DEFENDING champion My Ultimate Byron has recaptured his best form at the right time.

An effortless winner of last season’s Australian Pacing Gold Bullion Final at Club Menangle, My Ultimate Byron was a maiden after four outings this term.

The Jarrod Alchin-trained gelding’s runs produced three seconds and an unplaced performance in last month’s New South Wales Derby.

Given a short freshen-up after the Blue Riband, My Ultimate Byron was too slick in an APG heat at Menangle last night proving he is ready for his title defence.

“He showed he is back to his best with that run,” Alchin said. “That said I haven’t been unhappy with his other runs.

“A few of those were over the longer trip and being back to a mile saw him in his element.”

With Cameron Hart in the cart, My Ultimate Byron worked to the lead from barrier five before completing a five-and-a-half metre win from Iam The Captain, with Uncle Miki eight metres away third.

“It was also his first run in six weeks, so he will be a lot better for it when the Final comes around in another 10 days,” Alchin said.

Stopping the clock in 1:51.6, the son of Somebeachsomewhere was the middle leg of a local treble for Alchin and Hart.

The pair also combined to score with My Ultimate Snowy, which stretched his unbeaten record to three by trouncing his rivals in an APG heat.

Never seriously challenged, the two-year-old covered the mile in 1:54.2 as Captains Knock and Ambiguous filled the placings.

“I really like this bloke,” Alchin said. “I think he has an x-factor about him and the making of a very nice type.

“He’s still got to live up to those expectations, but he gives the feeling he can go a long way.”

Also an APG Final winner last season, Madrid rounded out the treble when she led throughout in 1:54.5 to score from Smooth Bon Bon and Zenxena.

“She just doesn’t know how to put in a bad run,” Alchin said. “Her last start was a fourth in the Bathurst Bracelet after racing in the ‘death’ and it was the first time she hadn’t been in the top three.

“Even that run was full of merit and she showed again last night she’ll be among the leading chances in the Final.”

Along with his three Menangle winners Alchin prepared My Ultimate Jacko to capture an APG heat at Albion Park.

Breaking his maiden at his sixth start, the son of Art Major rated 1:58.6 over 1660 metres.

“He has been racing well without luck and I was pretty confident with him last night,” Alchin said. “Hopefully he gets accustomed to the winning feeling and can do it again in the Final up there.”

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  • PAUL COURTS