Wonderful winner of Windsor Park Stakes

Little Wonder (NZ) crowned an outstanding season with a determined victory against a hot field of three year-olds in the G3 Windsor Park Breeders Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday.

The well-related son of Volksraad, who was such an influence on the Australasian breeding industry during his tenure at the race sponsor’s Cambridge farm, claimed his fourth career success with the win and is now likely to head for a break.

“It was a very good field and he got the job done.  I don’t think there’s too much left for him now,” said Trevor McKee, standing in for trainer son Stephen.  “He deserved this one.  Last time out he got taken on by So Wotif and finished very close to him.”

Little Wonder (3g Volksraad – Shortblackmini by Black Minnaloushe) had put together a hat-trick of summer wins at Ellerslie to raise his profile and then finished fourth in the G3 Mr Tiz Trophy prior to a last-start third back in Auckland.

Partnered as usual at Te Rapa by Sam Spratt, he stalked the pace to the turn and proved dominant in the closing 200 metres to account for Lucky Country (Darci Brahma) and So Wotif (Iffraaj).   “He had a hard run last time out so it was a good, gutsy effort,” Spratt said.  “I was a bit concerned about the track, but once I got him out and into the better going he finished it off well.  He’s not that big, but he is quite stocky.”

Little Wonder’s dam Shortblackmini is a winning half-sister to Group 1 hero Sir Slick.  He cost $67,500 from Esker Lodge at the 2011 NZB Karaka yearling sale.