The Chris Waller-trained third placegetter in the same race last Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival, Catkins is set to jump favourite in the Tristarc Stakes 2015 on Caulfield Cup Day this weekend.
Prepared in Sydney by her star horseman, the always-honest daughter of Dubawi is one of 13 mares making up the field for the $200,000 Group 2 Schweppes Tristarc Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday.
She carries 57.5kg under the set weights plus penalties conditions of the middle-distance clash with Damien Oliver, who shoots for his fifth Caulfield Cup win in Race 9 on the card aboard British raider Snow Sky ($11), and is out to improve on her third behind Sweet Idea in last year’s race.
First-up winner of the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m), Catkins was last seen crossing fifth to Peeping in the Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) at Rosehill and has her first Melbourne run on Saturday since a third to Bonaria in last November’s Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) over the Flemington mile.
The six-year-old grey has won just one of her 10 1400m starts to date, but boasts six other placings at the distance and leads Tristarc Stakes betting at $3.30 through Ladbrokes.com.au who are offering Best Tote or SP + 20% on all 10 Caulfield races at the meeting!
There is just one other mare under double figures for the Tristarc Stakes victory this season with Sabatini ($6) jumping from barrier nine with Kerrin McEvoy in the saddle.
Lee & Shannon Hope’s Street Cry four-year-old has an excellent record of four wins and a third from seven previous Caulfield runs, the latest being a 1100m win at the track over 1100m on September 26.
That was her first victory since she saluted over the 1400m at Caulfield back in late February in the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400m) during her three-year-old campaign.
Other notable fancies at more generous Tristarc Stakes odds for an upset result this weekend include Waller’s recent Group 2 Let’s Elope Stakes winner Amicus ($10) looking to atone for her 16th in the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at the track last start, the David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-trained Commands mare Gregers ($11) coming off a Sir Rupert 10th, Gerald Ryan’s returning Street Cry five-year-old Solicit ($12) and last start Blazer Stakes third placegetter Jessy Belle ($12) in the outside alley.
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