The Courier-Mail

Ripper race for Catkins to clean up

- BRAD DAVIDSON

CHRIS Waller was at his diplomatic best when quizzed about Catkins yesterday but his bad poker face gave a few hints away.

Waller is not one to make statements and true to his form, he didn’t get carried away when asked just how well Catkins was travelling ahead of her return to Queensland at Doomben this Saturday.

But the smile on his face suggested all was in order as the five-year-old grey gets set to finally claim her first Group 1 win.

“The last six months have clearly been her best and there’s no reason to say she can’t bring that form to Brisbane,” Waller said.

“She worked well on the course proper (before the races at Rosehill on Saturday) and she is ready to race over 1350m next weekend.”

Catkins is one of Australia’s most popular mares. She has been placed five times at the top level and is a five-time Group 2 winner as well.

There probably isn’t a horse in Australia that deserves a Group 1 win as much as her and that’s why Waller is unlikely to be tempted by the $2 million on offer in the Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) this Saturday.

“It’s very unlikely she will run in the Stradbroke and it is most likely she will run in the Dane Ripper Stakes,” he said.

“If she had a Group 1 next to her name she would be running in the Stradbroke for sure but I just want to try and win that Group 1 with her and make it as easy as possible to do that.” Warwick Farm, Bendigo, Balaklava, Belmont Thursday: Ipswich, Albury, Gosford, Pakenham Friday: Rockhampto­n, Tamworth, Taree, Swan Hill Saturday: Doomben, Randwick, Moonee Valley, Morphettvi­lle, Belmont, Sunshine Coast, Toowoomba, Rockhampto­n, Kembla Grange, Lismore, Swan Hill, Roebourne, Darwin Sunday: Gatton, Hawkesbury, Sapphire Coast, Edenhope, Swan Hill, Port Augusta, Carnarvon, Kalgoorlie, Devonport, Alice Springs THE QUOTE “She’ll be winning too.”

Trainer Toby Edmonds after confirming Sagaronne would back up into the JJ Atkins.

NATHAN.EXELBY@NEWS.COM.AU

 ??  ?? ALL SMILES: Chris Waller.
ALL SMILES: Chris Waller.

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