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Catchy impressive in Prelude

Catchy only has to draw a favourable barrier position to start favourite in the Blue Diamond Stakes in two weeks time after her impressive win in the Group 2 Prelude.

The margin may have been slender, just a short head, but there was nothing wrong with the performance, she remains unbeaten after three starts.

She had to chase another good filly in Limestone, who didn’t shirk the issue at any stage in the straight, and a winner at her two previous starts.

“We were a little arrogant with our instructions in how to ride her, she went wide in the field to keep out of trouble, yet finishing her race off nicely, we are happy with her,” said David Hayes.

“The race to follow will be higher pressure, we are happy she can come off a fast pace and get the job done, “he added.

“She won’t have to get back that far in the Blue Diamond, there is lots of improvement in her, we are not concerned, she hasn’t been squeezed yet,“ he said.

Limestone lost no admires with her gallant run, however, whether her connections pay a late entry fee is yet to be decided.

Arctic Angel, who set up the pace, races in the same ownership as Limestone, but in different stables, she is hardly likely to be a final acceptor.

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Catchy on the outside of Limestone

Property not certain of a start

Property is a case of wait and see after his win in the Colts and Geldings Prelude, he is another on the waiting list, whether connections pay a late entry fee to enable the gelding to take his place in Melbourne’s premier two year race at Caulfield.

The gelding was a drifter in the market place, although he had previously won the Preview, yet still there is no certainty if he will be a definite runner.

“It was well documented that he had been sold to Hong Kong, but he failed the X Rays to our benefit, he is racing well,/9 he is a free striding gelding and travelled well one off the fence,” said Robert Smerdon.

“Our thoughts were from a good gate drawing three, yet he was three wide all the way, I was scratching my head why Craig went further out, however, there are no complaints now, all is well now though,” he added.

While the Sydney colt, Pariah, was no match for Property in the straight, he will gain benefit from the run and can be improved.

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Property winning the Prelude for colts

Big finish gone missing

The big finish expected of Chautauqua was missing in the Rubiton Stakes, he had a clear passage all of the way, he could only manage to finish third in a field of eight runners.

His failure was debated long after the race, a lot of questions will be asked, how many can be answered is another matter.

Those barn storming performances must ultimately come to a conclusion, they cannot continue indefinitely.

Caulfield was never going to suit his style of racing, at any rate even Moonee Valley comes into question, he has been seen best on right handed tracks, and Flemington also suits him.

Those performances coming from last in the T J Smith at Randwick, and the Chairman’s Sprint at Sha Tin, were outstanding performances that will take some repeating.

However, let’s not overlook the winner of the Rubiton Stakes Super Cash, she was first up since November, she is certain to be improved by the outing, and is more than capable of capturing a major sprint during the autumn.

The mare is prepared by Andrew Noblet at Caulfield, and ridden to perfection by Katelyn Mallyo, her grandad, Mick, would be proud of her.

The mare surprised her trainer, Andrew Noblet, as he didn’t go into the race with a lot of confidence, it was a place chance at best, hence the win was a pleasant surprise.

Super Cash is by Written Tycoon, Victoria’s leading sire by a mile, with 83 winners and progeny earnings of $4.693 million this season, he still $2 million shy on last season.

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Super Cash ridden by Katelyn Mallyon

Black Heart Bart back in business

Black Heart Bart stamped his authority on the weight for age scale after an impressive win in the C F Orr Stakes.

He was the preferred favourite ahead of Malaguerra who was hunted up to lead from his wide gate, whereas the favourite settled well back in the field with the run of the race.

Malaguerra had run his race coming to the home turn, while Black Heart Bart was coasting along just about ready to come into the race.

He finished stoutly; it was a very strong win, taking his earnings beyond $3 million and another likely pay day coming up in the Futurity Stakes again at Caulfield.

Turn Me Loose is not far off a win, he led for much of the trip, finishing the race off in great style. his hoof is edging closer to the till.

Jameka ran a slashing race from a clear last, with 800 metres to run she came home at the rate of knots, first up since the Melbourne Cup; there is something special in mind for her.

Palentino will be all the better for the run, and the advantage of less poundage.

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Black Heart Bart winning the Orr Stakes 


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