Catkins' Class To Shine On Gardens

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Mares hold spotlight at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday with the running of the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m).

Despite drawing wide in barrier 9, Chris Waller’s classy mare Catkins looks well-placed with 57kg under the set weights plus penalties conditions. She has won 12 of her 27 starts, with ten further placings to earn connections $1.26m in stakes. That’s more than double her nearest rival.

To add further merit to the claims of this gallant grey, the five-year-old daughter of Dubawi has won five of seven starts first up, five of nine at 1200m, five of 11 at Rosehill and two of six over the track and distance. And if there was a little rain around on the weekend that wouldn't bother Catkins either. She's won four of six in soft going and two from two on heavy ground. 

The Snowdens’ Marianne and Team Hawkes’ Mihiri are also well-fancied. 

In the Group 3 Eskimo Prince (1200m), classy three-year-old Scissor Kick makes his long-awaited return to the track. Paul Messara’s impressive colt is back after his previous six-run campaign netted three wins and two seconds, before a ninth behind Brazen Beau in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes down the straight six at Flemington.

Premier Sydney trainer Chris Waller also has a strong hand in this event saddling up Delectation (who was second in the Coolmore), the promising Kermadec (who will be better suited over longer distances) and the consistent Harrier Jet .

At Sandown Hillside, the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) is one of the highlights. Danny O’Brien’s colt Prompt Return , with two wins and a close second, looks the testing material, despite conceding weight to all his opposition. The Maribyrnong Plate winner has already banked $136,500 in prize money and can add another $90k if successful.

Promising fillies Thurlow  and Parcel are dangers.


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