Dreams of a tilt at this year's Cathay Pacific Hong Kong Sprint probably evaporated for the Danny Shum Chap-shing-trained Little Bridge, despite the four-year-old keeping his unbeaten record intact. Returning to the 1,000m course where he had won his first three starts, Little Bridge (Zac Purton) made it five wins from as many starts, but backers who took the long odds-on were made to sweat it out for a narrow victory - just as they had been last time over 1,200m. 'From gate one, I parked behind the fast horses like Blaze King and Multiglory and they went very quick early and I had to just let them go,' Purton (pictured) said. 'Multiglory didn't press on towards the outside of the track to cart me into it and I suddenly realised that he wasn't going to take me anywhere. That meant I had to come off his back and go to the centre and start my own run earlier than I planned, so he had to sustain his run longer than in the past. 'In the past when he won at the 1,000m, there was always plenty left in the tank at the finish. Today, he really had to dig in and he was pretty well spent on the line.' Good news for those who took the prohibitive odds, but bad news for an international races campaign, which had been called into question after Little Bridge's narrow 1,200m win last time and that now must be long odds-against to happen. 'I think Danny is planning to give him a short break now rather than press on to the internationals, and that's probably what the horse wants after I had to throw everything at him today,' Purton said. Shum said he had been relieved to get the victory again and would now sit down in a meeting with Purton and owner, Ko Kam-piu, to discuss where Little Bridge's path would go from here.