Australia has lost one of it’s most promising three-year-olds after Looks Like The Cat was sold to Hong Kong interests. The gelding has served under trainer Tony Gollan for all seven of his career starts but will now continue his racing career under Caspar Fownes.
“It is disappointing to lose a horse of his calbire but I respect the owners decision,” Gollan told TVN.
Looks Like The Cat debuted with an impressive two length victory in the XXXX Gold 2YO Handicap (1200m) back in February before a successful Brisbane Winter Carnival saw the horse finish in the first three in all three of his starts, including the Group 1 J.J. Atkins Stakes (1600m) in June.
He was put to sleep three back from the fence in the 2014 J.J. Atkins Stakes but dipped back at the 1000m mark. He needed galloping room but had to track runner-up Brazen Beau through before running out of room. He finished the best of all 11 runners in third place, just a neck off the win.
The three-year-old made his first journey down to Melbourne in the spring, finishing runner-up in both the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) and Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m), which earned him a place in the field for the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) on October 11.
Before the 2014 Caulfield Guineas, Looks Like The Cat had finished first three in all six of his starts but he unfortunately got trapped wide the whole way in the $1 million feature race. He kept working forward but his early efforts were telling and he ended up being beaten by a long margin in third last place.
“There had been a fair few offers on the table at the conclusion of the Brisbane winter carnival but they were knocked back,” Gollan revealed.
“They came again at the end of his spring campaign and his owners sat down and had a long think about it before deciding to take the bird in the hand rather than chasing two in the bush.
“It is hard to compete against the money that is being offered, it is easy to see why owners would look to cash in their chips.”
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