Chris Waller’s flying grey Catkins heads a star line-up for the 2014 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill Gardens this Saturday, March 22.
The daughter of Dubawi is one of 17 final acceptors for the fillies’ and mares’ classic, the $600,000 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) to run as Rosehill Race 7 at 4:00pm (AEST).
Catkins is also one of three in the mix for Waller, the four-year-old drawn wide in barrier 14 with Hugh Bowman to ride.
Waller originally had four entries for the Coolmore but opted not to accept for his star mare Red Tracer after she was allocated 59kg.
Without Red Tracer’s acceptance the Coolmore Classic weights were raised 1.5kg giving Catkins and stable mate Royal Descent the minimum top weight of 58kg.
Catkins ran second to Red Tracer to finish off a top spring in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) last prep and has been in ace form this time in.
First-up she won the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) at Rosehill and then she made it two on the trot with her Group 3 Wiggle Stakes (1400m) success at Warwick Farm on March 8, Bowman aboard for both runs.
Fellow top weight Royal Descent meanwhile is also drawn wide with gate 13 and Nash Rawiller riding.
The daughter of Redoute’s Choice loves a wet track having put a minimum 10 lengths on her rivals in the mud at Randwick last autumn for her Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) triumph.
Her spring was also competitive and included a George Main Stakes second and Caulfield Cup fifth, the latter seeing her beaten under two lengths.
She resumed on March 1 in the Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) when fourth behind Red Tracer after getting caught wide.
Waller’s third Coolmore Classic hope this weekend is then Arinosa (56kg) in gate four with Glyn Schofield engaged for the ride.
Along with Catkins the other two last start winners in the field are then the Pat Hyland-trained Bonaria (54.5kg) and Peter Moody’s nicely drawn A Time For Julia (54kg) in gate three with Glen Boss in the saddle.
Consistent Redoute’s Choice five-year-old Bonaria has won her past two starts at Group 3 level, most recently setting a strong pace for a lovely win in the Group 3 Schweppervescence Trophy (1600m) at Flemington.
While the other top performers in that race are facing off in Friday night’s Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley, Saturday will see Bonaria try her luck in the Sydney Group 1 in her maiden interstate assignment.
A Time For Julia meanwhile won the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) first-up in Melbourne last month before her Millie Fox second in Sydney and then her last start victory in the Group 3 Roy Higgins Tribute (1200m) at Randwick just last Saturday.
She’s on the short back-up here but goes down a kilo in the weights, gets a far nicer draw than her gate 11 allocation there and was strong enough in the finish to suggest she still had some in the tank for this run.
Other Coolmore Classic hopes coming off some nice lead-up runs then include the Joe Pride-trained Breeders Classic runner-up Steps In Time, Gai Waterhouse’s Magic Millions Guineas champ Sweet Idea who also won the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes at Randwick before her seventh from a wide draw in the Surround Stakes and Surround Stakes fourth placed Gypsy Diamond in the far outside gate for John O’Shea.
The official Coolmore Classic 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and weights are detailed in the table below.
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2014 Coolmore Classic Final Field & Barrier Draw
Rosehill Race 7 – 4:00pm (AEST) – 22/03/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||x221312x11||CATKINS||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||14||58kg||110|
|2||11x23205x4||ROYAL DESCENT||Chris Waller||Nash Rawiller||13||58kg||110|
|3||7x738320x3||DEAR DEMI||Clarry Conners||Damien Oliver||10||57.5kg||109|
|4||x070x348x2||STEPS IN TIME||Joseph Pride||Jim Cassidy||7||57kg||108|
|5||114x102x09||ARINOSA||Chris Waller||Glyn Schofield||4||56kg||106|
|6||1x01533x65||FIRE UP FIFI||Robert Heathcote||Damian Browne||12||56kg||106|
|7||x462x6983x||HANA’S GOAL (JPN)||Kazuhiro Kato||Craig Williams||15||56kg||106|
|8||0x60114x42||SHARNEE ROSE||Kris Lees||Brenton Avdulla||1||55kg||104|
|9||213x2x1117||SWEET IDEA||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||9||54.5kg||104|
|10||440204×311||BONARIA||Pat Hyland||Tim Clark||8||54.5kg||103|
|11||1x2350x121||A TIME FOR JULIA||Peter G Moody||Glen Boss||3||54kg||102|
|12||3025x910x6||LONGPORT||Danny J Bougoure||Jay Ford||5||54kg||102|
|13||11x111x37||WHITE SAGE||John O’Shea||James McDonald||11||53.5kg||100|
|14||1311×42||REAL SURREAL||Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes||Corey Brown||16||53.5kg||94|
|15||x376154x24||GYPSY DIAMOND||John O’Shea||Kerrin McEvoy||17||53.5kg||91|
|16||161F2x3||LUCIA VALENTINA (NZ)||Kris Lees||Chad Schofield||6||53.5kg||91|
|17||0x40003124||SCORPIO QUEEN||Les Kelly||Craig Newitt||2||53.5kg||91|