Nailed It lived up to her name when she produced a tenacious performance at one of her favourite haunts on Friday.
The seven-year-old was successful in the Crockford Real Estate Handicap (1400) at Tauranga where she has now won on three of her five visits.
Trained by Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman, Nailed It went into the race off the back of an unexpected victory on a good surface at Ellerslie.
“She surprised us last time that she went as well as she did on a firm track,” Forman said.
“That gave us a lot of confidence for today. The dead track was perfect for her and she has raced well here before.”
Nailed It raced outside the leader Ocean Emperor and took over early in the run home before he was clearly headed by the runner-up Stylish Attack, who was resuming after a nine-month break.
“It was probably a combination of things – a good, strong ride by Matt (Cameron) and she was the fitter horse,” Forsman said of Nailed It’s short head victory.
Stylish Attack’s performance augured well for her campaign with Calligraphy a close third and the winner’s stablemate Show The World ran on strongly for fourth in his first appearance for some time.
“He went a boomer first-up,” Forsman said. “We had a lot of niggly problems with him eight months ago so we gave him a good break and he’s come back in good order.”