BOUNCING back to his best last weekend, Perfect Stride is expected to continue his winning ways at Club Menangle on Saturday night.
Hampered by a “minor problem” when unplaced during his previous start, Perfect Stride returned from a short let-up to score with ease at the world class venue.
Driven by trainer Anthony Butt the three-year-old registered a personal best 1:51.7.
With the son of Bettors Delight poised to face a similar field Butt is positive Perfect Stride can repeat the dose despite drawing wide in barrier seven.
“Last week showed he was over the minor problem he had earlier in the month,” Butt said. “He hadn’t raced for a few weeks and still went quite well.
“His work this week has been strong and he will strip fitter again on Saturday night.”
Citing Mach Da Vinci as the main danger, Butt predicts quality filly Dr Susan will be a major improver.
Second behind Perfect Stride, Mach Da Vinci won his two previous starts for trainer Peter Hanson.
The son of Mach Three will come from gate six.
Third behind the pair at her first run from a four-month spell, Dr Susan has drawn the widest of eight runners.
The dual Group One winner is prepared by Butt’s partner Sonya Smith.
“Mach Da Vinci would have to rate as the main danger again,” Butt said. “Dr Susan went well first-up and is certainly going to be better for the run.”