The Little Pumper to do his namesake proud

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The inspiration behind the naming of The Little Pumper comes from the proprietor’s ardour for golf and his admiration for a driving legend.

The Little Pumper, a putting bay two-year-old colt, makes his race debut within the $500,000 Inglis Nursery (1000m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

The teen’s title led to hypothesis he was named after champion jockey and Corridor of Famer Jim “Pumper” Cassidy.

However the man liable for naming The Little Pumper, part-owner and Central Coast actual property agent Alan Bowler, admitted there may be extra to the story.

“I play a number of golf and though I don’t hit hem significantly lengthy, I hit them straight,” Bowler stated.

“My mate calls me ‘The Little Pumper’ as I hold ‘pumping’ them up the green. I’ve at all times thought it might make a superb title for a racehorse.

“I used to be at all times an enormous fan of Jimmy Cassidy, too. He was such a legend and my all-time favorite jockey.”

Cassidy rode 104 Group 1 winners throughout his stellar driving profession that included two Melbourne Cups, two Caulfield Cups, Cox Plate and Golden Slipper earlier than he retired from the saddle in 2015.

The champion jockey has been serving to trainers Jim and Greg Lee at Randwick in latest months however admitted he had not seen The Little Pumper in early morning trackwork.

“I do bear in mind a horse known as The Pumper that Greg Childs gained on at Flemington (in 2001),” Cassidy stated.

“Now there’s a horse known as The Little Pumper, I shall be watching the race on Saturday and giving him a cheer for positive.”

The Little Pumper is by Shalaa out of Sensibility and price $120,000 on the Inglis Basic Sale earlier this 12 months.

Skilled by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, the colt has formed promisingly in two barrier trials main into the Inglis Nursery.

Bowler, who has shared within the possession of some good sorts together with Main Beel and Cogliere, stated The Little Pumper has proven pure expertise in his two trials.

“His first trial was good, he was blocked for a run and will have gained,” Bowler stated.

“Cylinder, who ran properly in that trial, has since completed second at Newcastle and Caulfield.

“Then he gained his second trial and we really feel he ought to run an excellent race though the favorite (Facile) shall be laborious to beat.”

In newest TAB Mounted Odds betting for the Inglis Nursery, Facile is into $2.10 favouritism with The Little Pumper at $7.50.

Initially printed as Tulloch Lodge debutant able to kick off in type in Inglis Nursery

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