Group One-winning mare Perfect Fit warmed up for the Gr. 1 Sistema
Railway at Ellerslie on New Year’s Day with a bold exhibition gallop at
Tauranga this afternoon.
Ridden by regular pilot Michael Coleman, the Elusive City mare ran
1000 metres in 59 seconds and clocked a rapid 33.08 for the last 600.
“She went very well, I was very happy with the work,” co-trainer Ken
Kelso told www.theinformant.co.nz. “Michael was really happy as well,
which is always good to hear.
“The idea was to give her a nice hitout today and I think we
accomplished that. There’s a bit of time between the Counties Bowl and
the Railway, and an exhibition gallop is a nice way to get some work
into her and keep her ticking over without having to take her to the
races or trials. We did the same thing last season before she won the
Westbury Classic, so we’re following the same pattern again.
“I think we’re all on track for the Railway now. This should bring
her forward nicely and have her pretty much at her peak on New Year’s
Day. It’ll be important to draw a good alley, of course, but as far as
the things we can control are concerned I’m very happy.”
Perfect Fit is currently rated a $7 chance for the Railway, sharing
the second line of favouritism with Natuzzi and Xtravagant. Just ahead
of them at $6 is Start Wondering.
Bred and part-owned by Haunui Bloodstock, Perfect Fit has had 13
starts for six wins, five placings and $273,500 in prize-money. Her wins
include this year’s Gr. 1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes and
Gr. 2 Westbury Classic, while she resumed for this season with a close
third in the Listed Counties Bowl.