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Kiwi Filly Passes Test With Flying Colours
Meanwhile, promising Kiwi filly First Serve may have suffered the first defeat of her fledgling career last Saturday, but for co-trainer Michael Pitman it was still an ace performance, reports NZ Racing Desk. The inexperienced daughter of Westbury Stud's Gr1 Oakleigh Plate-winning stallion Swiss Ace took on a hot field of 3YOs in the Gr3 Cambridge Breeders' Stakes (1200m) last weekend and turned in an outstanding effort to finish runner-up to star colt Xtravagant. "She had to take a huge step up and it felt like a win," said Pitman, who prepares First Serve with his son Matthew. "We were pretty hopeful she would go really well, but it was a big undertaking for such a lightly-raced horse." First Serve had won her first two starts in impressive fashion on her home track at Riccarton before trekking north and her task wasn't made any easier when the Cook Strait ferry was held up. "There was a major delay so it was a big trip for her," Pitman said. "She's got a fantastic temperament and she's very competitive." He added: "She's proved how capable she is now and it's so important to get black type. We're going to gather our thoughts later this week and decide what to do." From the Kaapstad mare Fuar, First Serve was a bargain purchase for Pitman who secured her up for just NZ$6,000 at the 2014 NZB Festival Yearling Sale from the draft of Rich Hill Stud.