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Kitty ready for Combat at Randwick


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Smart filly Combat Kitty has come through a track gallop in fine order and is set to put her Magic Millions credentials on the line this Saturday.

An elevated temperature kept the filly from racing on New Year’s Day but trainer Matthew Smith says that’s behind her now.

“She’s been good since the middle of last week and I was happy with the way she worked this morning,” Smith said.

“It was important she worked well and she came out of the work well which was important also.”

Sydney’s premiership-leading jockey Corey Brown, who is booked to ride Combat Kitty at Randwick on Saturday, went to Warwick Farm on Tuesday to get his first feel of the General Nediym filly.

“Corey said he was happy with the way she worked, he said it was nice work, and she pulled up well,” Smith said.

Combat Kitty shot into calculations for the $2 million Magic Millions Classic (1200m) when she streeted her rivals by more than five lengths in a 1000m maiden on debut at Kembla on December 18.

The filly is rated a $10 Magic Millions chance in latest TAB Sportsbet markets and a winning performance on Saturday would book her place in the January 15 feature at the Gold Coast.

Smith knew Combat Kitty had ability but said the Kembla win brought the Magic Millions into focus.

“She had trialled really well so I did expect her to be very competitive but I didn’t expect her to win like that,” the trainer said.

“She pulled up really well and once we got that win under her belt and we seen what she could do, it gave us confidence going to the Magic Millions.”

The setback at the beginning of last week hasn’t been ideal but Smith believes the filly is back on track.

“All you can do is see how she runs (on Saturday) and see how she pulls up,” he said.

The Randwick meeting will also signal the return of the Smith-trained Toulon Bay who has been off the scene for almost 18 months.

The six-year-old mare, a winner of four of her 12 starts, is nominated for a fillies and mares race over 1200m.

“She had problems as a young horse and then we had a good preparation with her,” Smith said.

“She’s had a couple of preparations where she hasn’t come up through various problems but it seems like we’ve got her right now.

“She’ll be suited over further but it will be a nice race to kick her off in.”