The Good Fight charges home4 Aug 2019

The Good Fight underlined his untapped potential with a strong last-to-first win in the $30,000 Cal Isuzu (Rating 82) over 1400 metres on Saturday.

Resuming after a six month layoff after a last start midfield finish in the Group Two Avondale Cup, the five-year-old son of High Chaparral began his 2019 campaign in the best possible way when he was set alight by jockey Taiki Yanagida at the top of the straight to charge home at beat Viktor Vegas (M. Cameron) at the post with a nose margin, Benaud (S. Johnson) a head back in third.

“He jumped alright but wasn’t travelling very well early but once clear of the traffic, he ran very well in home straight,” Yanagida said.
“He tried really hard and was too strong at the end,” he said.

The Good Fight’s winning time was 1:24.63 (last 600m in 36.42) on a Heavy10 track.

“It was a great performance,” trainer Shaune Ritchie said.
“He was detached from the field and couldn’t keep up early, so it looks good when he gets over ground.”
“He is a very exciting horse. He’s one of those horse you love to have in the stable.”
“He’s still doing things wrong, so it was a particular good performance.”
“I’m delighted with him,” Ritchie added.
“I fell in love with before the sales and stepped myself out to buy him for $300,000,” Ritchie said.
The Good Fight third win comes in his 12th start that includes four second placings and stakes of $77,000 for owners Ms S E Anderson, A D Burrett, Gee Gee Equine Ltd (Mgr: Gerard Peterson), R J Limbrick, N & N P Nausbaum, G D & Mrs M L Witters.

The Good Fight is from the Zabeel mare Pravda, winner of eight races, including the Group 2 Taranaki Cup, Group 2 AJC Chairman’s Handicap and the Group 3 STC Manion Cup, and among her best placings was a second in the Group 1 NZ Oaks.