Heathcote likens tiny Group 1 star to league legend

Heathcote likens tiny Group 1 star to league legend

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Rob Heathcote has likened Group 1 winner Startantes to pint-sized rugby league legend Allan “Alfie” Langer, as the diminutive equine pocket rocket embarks on a rich Sydney spring campaign starting Saturday.

Last-start Group 1 Tatt’s Tiara winner Startantes is the mare who is so small that she is known as “The Little Pumpkin” around Heathcote’s Eagle Farm stables.

But what she lacks in size, she makes up for in sheer talent and will to win.

She reminds Heathcote of Queensland league legend and Aussie sporting icon Allan “Alfie” Langer, the tiny halfback who mesmerised his much bigger opponents.


“What made Alfie Langer so good, he was only a little fella?” Heathcote said.

“But little Alfie was one of the best.

“Darren Lockyer was a bit the same, there was not a lot of them but they couldn’t stop them could they?

“Startantes is a bit the same.

“People should also remember the little mare called Brawny Spirit in

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