After some strong performances this preparation in better class races, Fit For Purpose scored a deserved win in the Benchamark 75 at Ipswich on cup day.

Fit For Purpose is a horse for some unknown reason who seems to draw more than his fair share of wide barriers so his owners were very happy to see him start from barrier seven when allotted the steadier of 58.5kgs by the handicapper. 

After being back second last soon after jumping McGillivray was forced to push Fit For Purpose along for the first 200 metres to settle in a more prominent midfield position. 

McGillivray had Fit For Purpose travelling sweetly in what looked to be a muddling tempo at times during the race.  As the field swept onto the home bend McGillivray was able to move Fit For Purpose around the outside of the Bluebrook who was considered by the bookies to be his main danger.

Bluebrook stuck to the fence and secured a great run through hard up against the paint to take the lead at the 200 metre marker while Fit For Purpose was forced out six horses wide but in the clear and beginning to lengthen his stride.

Fit For Purpose had not trouble running Bluebrook down with 50 metres to go going on to win by three quarters of a length.  The bookies were spot on in this race with the first three horses home being the shortest priced runners in the race.

Congratulations to breeder Craig Cygler and owners Mrs A Cygler, Mrs S McIntosh & Mrs M Fowler on another winner by Fit For Purpose.

This fifth win in fifteen starts takes Fit For Purpose prizemoney to $170,800.

On this occasion Fit For Purpose was strapped by Donna Fisher.



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