Ex Victorian jockey Dale Smith claimed his first listed win since relocating from Victoria to Queensland when combining with the Liam Birchley trained Fit For Purpose to win the Tattersall’s Mile at Doomben.

After drawing well in barrier 2 in a race which looked on paper as though it could have good pace in it the decision to back up from the previous week proved to be the correct one.  

As the field went past the 1200 metre point Fit For Purpose had settled back on the fence in about tenth position twelve lengths from the leaders in a truly run race.

When the field went by the 700 metre point Smith was given an invitation when No Annamossity moved away from the fence to make a wide move allowing Fit For Purpose to save ground and track up behind Princess Posh. If one wasn’t enough Smith was given a second invitation when Princess Posh’s rider moved away from the fence.

Accepting both invitations Smith saved a tremendous amount of ground by sticking to the fence.  Staying hard up against the fence Fit For Purpose gained the lead at the 200 metre point going on to record a two length win over No Annamossity who was forced to make his run out eight wide.

The writing appeared to be on the wall a long way out when the patient Smith accepted both invitations in what was a nice welcome to Queensland racing.

It hasn’t taken Smith long to make a winning impact in Queensland recording six wins and seven placings from only thirty five rides.

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

This sixth win in eighteen starts takes Fit For Purpose prizemoney to $246,150.

On this occasion Fit For Purpose was strapped by Brad Dorman.

 

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