A win is a win for Basil

Winning trainer Basil Dooley is pictured holding the Laidlaw Family trophy, after Lotsa Life won the Laidlaw Family Pace.

Winning trainer Basil Dooley is pictured holding the Laidlaw Family trophy, after Lotsa Life won the Laidlaw Family Pace.

BALLARAT trained colt Lotsa Life has provided Basil Dooley with his second Laidlaw Family Pace win at Laidlaw Park.

The four year old has had plenty of success over his short career placing 16 times from just 27 starts.

Seven of those 16 starts have produced wins.

Greg Sugars, who drives Lotsa Life the majority of the time, was in the sulky again at Stawell.

The colt got to the front early and settled into a nice rhythm, leading for most of the race.

After leading at the bell Lotsa Life went to the line strongly, recording a mile rate of 2.02.9.

Trainer Basil Dooley was happy with the run, but if he was being honest, thought it could have been better.

"We won't complain with a win," he said.

"He just looked a little flat and didn't sprint as well as he normally does."

The horse still hit the line strongly with a 29 second flat final quarter.

Despite the horse going into the race a short priced favourite at $1.50 it had been some time since he had won, going back to the start of April.

"We went in a heavy favourite so we would have been disappointed had he lost," Dooley said.

Finishing in second place was Nikkis Delight, who was heavily supported by punters just before the start of the race.

Lotsa Life is now in his third year of racing and Dooley thinks he has a long way to go.

"The horse is very immature between the ears," Dooley said.

"He thinks it is all about him and he plays up quite a bit. You should see him in the float. Every time it stops he cracks it."

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