CATCHING CATCHY JUST IMPOSSIBLE IN DANEHILL
TRAINER David Hayes has not ruled out a Caulfield Guineas start for star filly Catchy after she beat the boys in the Danehill Stakes at Flemington yesterday.
Victory in the 1200m Group 2 feature opened up programming possibilities for Hayes, notably the choice between the $500,000 Thousand Guineas for fillies or the $2 million Caulfield Guineas on October 14.
Asked if he would consider a tilt for Catchy at the colts in the Caulfield Guineas, where unbeaten Royal Symphony is the UBET $3.10 favourite, Hayes said: “Why not?
“Four times the money and twice the fun beating the colts.
“She’ll run against the fillies next start (in the Thousand Guineas Prelude) and if she’s dominant, she’ll take on the boys again.
“She’s a Group 1 winner (Blue Diamond) against the boys.
‘‘I’d have no hesitation in taking them on again.
‘‘So, at the moment, she’s probably favourite to take the boys on in the $2 million Caulfield Guineas.”
Damian Lane and Limestone both escaped injury after a heavy fall inside the last 50m.
Craig Williams, who rode runner-up, Jukebox, accepted responsibility for Lane’s fall and ruled out an appeal against a hefty 23-meeting suspension for careless riding.
He was charged for causing interference to Limestone.
“The responsibility lies with me and I won’t be appealing,” said Williams, who is free to resume on October 8.
Ben Melham (12 meetings) and Regan Bayliss (seven) were also suspended yesterday.
TOO GOOD: Star filly Catchy.