Pitch Perfect is on song for Anderson
By Frank Marrion
Pitch Perfect has largely missed what promised to be a rather profitable three-year-old season. But the Bettor’s Delight gelding looks set to continue making up for lost time at Sunday’s Ashburton meeting for trainer Matt Anderson.
Since reappearing in late April, Pitch Perfect has shown marked improvement with each run and Anderson thinks he has come on again since a very easy and impressive last start win at Ascot Park a few weeks ago.
Pitch Perfect lines up in perhaps the race of the day, an R57-63 2400m mobile full of form and progressive types, but he will be the one to beat from barrier two.
“He had a little bit of a setback last year and after being away from racing for so long, you probably had to expect it would take a few runs for him to hit top gear again,” said Anderson.
“But he has got better and better with each outing and just jogged it last time, so I’m pretty happy with where he’s at.”
A brother to the top filly Katy Perry and half-brother to the open class pacer Cash N Flow, Pitch Perfect was a $45,000 purchase at the Premier for a group of owners which includes Maurice McDermott and Tim Vince.
He made a big impression winning his debut at Addington a year ago, easily downing J B Mauney in a juvenile event to give Anderson his first training success.
Two trials had him prepped to resume at Addington as the favourite, but he only made ground fairly in strong company after getting pushed back in the running line down the back.
Pitch Perfect showed marked improvement a week later at Ascot Park, where he made a big run to take over with a lap to run, only to be outpointed late in the piece by the equally promising Paddyproudfoot.
The following week however, Pitch Perfect bolted in by four lengths over the good mare Bridesdale Robyn, in a 1.58 mile rate for 2200m.
Anderson drove Pitch Perfect on that occasion and was confident enough to sit parked over the last mile, rather than be trapped on the fence.
Feel The Money and Baltimore Jack appear the mostly likely to trouble Pitch Perfect, but they both have difficult marbles to contend with.
Anderson also produces Linton Shard at Ashburton although he will have his work cut out from 20m and having to give a 10m headstart to the All Stars’ The Moonshadow, who has been very good in two thirds since resuming.
Linton Shard will be improved by his seventh at Addington behind Vintage Cheddar a few weeks ago however, as it was his first run back from a freshen up.
Anderson also takes the drive on Glenthorne in the last race at Ashburton for trainer Kevin Chapman, with Tim Williams committed to race favourite Self Assured.
Anderson has not driven the Sir Lincoln three-year-old before, but they should be a factor from barrier one in the 2400m mobile.