Geoff Perkins has a multitude of horses in training, in partnership and on his own, and although Secret Service came up short and Naked Truth fourth behind Barking Irons, he had a change of fortune in the tabGOLD Information App Handicap at Greyville on Sunday when Madame Excess got the better of her rivals in a titanic struggle to the line. She looked a lost cause 400m out but Keagan de Melo kept her hard to her task and she got up close home to deny favourite Queenie and Gorgeous Guest with two short-heads the finishing margins.
I put blinkers on her and she showed exceptional work at home on the sand, said Duncan Howells. Shes not an easy ride and doesnt quite give 100%, commented De Melo. However, Howells revealed that Madame Excess had, had a couple of niggly back problems.