REIGNING champion Madrid is in perfect shape for her Australian Pacing Gold title defence at Club Menangle on Saturday night.

Capturing last year’s APG Gold Sovereign Final by 29 metres at her second start, Madrid will be second-up from a spell on this occasion.

Although runner-up in her heat a fortnight ago, the filly will be a major improver according to trainer Jarrod Alchin.

“She was a bit fresh in her heat, got a bit keen and started kicking the wheels,” Alchin explained.

“Her work since has been terrific and she will sharper this time.”

Back from representing New South Wales during last weekend’s Australian Drivers’ Championship in South Australia in which he finished second behind Victorian James Herbertson, Cameron Hart will partner Madrid.

TAB Fixed Odds have the three-year-old listed as a $1.22 favourite despite being the widest drawn of seven runners.

From barrier four, Ideal In Dreams is the only rival under double figures at $6.50.

“The draw won’t matter,” Alchin said. “She’s got terrific gate speed and will be going forward.

“Regardless of where she settles, it is a small field and she will be hard to beat.”