Long-time Muttaburra trainer Little relocated to Ilfracombe just under a decade ago.
A former jockey, Little had his first picnic race ride when he was about 15 and has been training since he was 20, which was 40-odd years ago, he recalls.
Little, who has 10 horses in work at Ilfracombe, would love a few more in his stable like Boingo, who is still going strong at almost 70 career starts.
“She has a very good record and is a very hard, tough mare,” Little said.
“She is honest as the day is long, she is a bloody lovely mare and I wish I had a few more like her.
“It is going to be a very good race on Saturday, she will be right there somewhere in the straight not far away from the winning post, I’ll guarantee that.”
The $27,500 Longreach Cup, a qualifier for this year’s Country Cups Challenge, is Saturday’s feature event with the winner going on to run at Doomben as part of the TAB Queensland Summer Racing Carnival in early December.
Like he did earlier this year with the BOTB, Little says he would head to Brisbane for the CCC Final if he was to qualify.
The Country Cups Challenge and Country Stampede returns bigger and better in 2021.
Over 20 heats take place across regional Queensland with the best horses in country racing chasing a berth to battle it out in a Metropolitan final held at Doomben during the TAB Queensland Summer Racing Carnival.
Four CCC qualifiers will be run on the first weekend of the series - including Ewan, Longreach, Mt Isa and Taroom, with two tracks also hosting Stampede qualifiers, Mt Isa and Gladstone.
On the Cup itself, Little is slightly concerned around the big weight (62 kgs) and the wide alley (barrier seven) but is keen to press on and hopefully slot in just behind the leaders.
The 2021 Longreach Cup will be run over a mile, with Boingo only ever winning up to 1400 metres, however Little thinks she will get the extra trip this week.
Leading regional apprentice Emma Bell retains the ride on the Little middle-distance galloper, having won the mare seven teams, as well as 10 other minor placings.
Meanwhile, Cairns-based apprentice Scott Gittos makes the long trip from FNQ to Longreach on Saturday with a strong book of rides.
Gittos, who claims three kilograms at non-TABs, has five engagements for Saturday after collecting a winner at Winton earlier this month.