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Perfect Fit impresses in Tauranga exhibition gallop
22 Dec 2016

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 “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.

Richard Edmunds

The Informant