Beaten favourite in the Golden Pendant in Sydney last start, the Chris Waller-trained Catkins is out to atone with her first Melbourne run of the spring in Saturday’s Tristarc Stakes 2014 at Caulfield Racecourse.
The talented five-year-old daughter of Dubai is one of 10 mares accepted to face off in Caulfield Cup Day Race 6 this weekend, the $200,000 Group 2 Schweppes Tristarc Stakes (1400m) jumping at 3:45pm (AEDT).
Waller won the race 12 months ago with his star Group 1 winning mare Red Tracer who put an easy three lengths on her closest rival second-up.
Last year Red Tracer came off a second in the Group 3 Golden Pendant (1400m) at Rosehill as Catkins does this year after she went down as the $1.40 top fancy when beaten half a length by Arabian Gold on September 27.
Before that the Group 1 placed grey won the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m), Saturday her first look at Caulfield since she won her maiden start at the track in September last year three runs in.
Also coming off excellent form this season is the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Girl Guide in gate five on Saturday with Dwayne Dunn riding.
The Churchill Downs five-year-old won back-to-back Melbourne races to kick off her season including in the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200M) here at Caulfield before her close second behind Griante in the Group 3 Sprint Series Final (1200m) here last Saturday.
Others with nice lead-up form include the Darren Weir-trained May’s Dream, Politeness and Sweet Idea.
Winner of the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks (2000m) in Adelaide during the autumn, New Approach mare May’s Dream resumed with a seventh in the How Now Stakes before improving when stepped up to 1400m in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes at Flemington on October 4 when third to Forever Loved and fellow Tristarc Stakes acceptor Enquare.
The Robert Smerdon-trained Politeness meanwhile ran fourth in those same two lead-up races, the How Now and Blazer Stakes, and shoots for her first win since the Group 3 PJ Bell Stakes (1200m) at Randwick in April.
Also coming off a last start fourth, Snitzel four-year-old Sweet Idea won the Group 2 Missile Stakes (1200m) in Sydney first-up before a brave second to Dissident in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 30.
She was in Group 1 company again at the track and distance on September 28 when fourth in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes to Trust In A Gust, the drop back in class this weekend to work in her favour.
Along with Sweet Idea Gai Waterhouse has also accepted for her Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes winner Diamond Drille in barrier two and out to improve on a first-up eighth in the wet in Sydney.
See below for the full Tristarc Stakes 2014 field, barriers, jockeys and set weights plus penalties.
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2014 Tristarc Stakes Final Field & Barrier Draw
Caulfield Race 6 (3:45pm) – 18/10/2014
|#||Form (Last 10)||Horse||Trainer||Jockey||Br.||Wgt.||Hcp. Rating|
|1||21x58141x8||DIAMOND DRILLE||Gai Waterhouse||Steven Arnold||2||58.5kg||106|
|2||28x4131x73||MAY’S DREAM||Darren Weir||Brad Rawiller||3||58.5kg||101|
|3||111729×124||SWEET IDEA||Gai Waterhouse||Tommy Berry||6||57.5kg||109|
|4||11316x4x12||CATKINS||Chris Waller||Hugh Bowman||8||57.5kg||110|
|5||1113x70x62||ENQUARE||Jason McLachlan||Craig Newitt||9||56.5kg||92|
|6||121113×112||GIRL GUIDE||David Hayes & Tom Dabernig||Dwayne Dunn||5||56.5kg||93|
|7||737x621x44||POLITENESS||Robert Smerdon||Craig Williams||4||56.5kg||93|
|8||11x34310x9||GIRL IN FLIGHT||Robbie Griffiths||Kerrin McEvoy||7||56.5kg||86|
|9||63x1224x00||MINNIE DOWNS||Brian Cox||Regan Bayliss (a)||10||55kg||87|
|10||7384221×20||CHIQUADA (NZ)||Brian Jenkins||–||1||55kg||78|