The Hayes & Dabernig-trained filly Catchy kept her unbeaten record intact with an easy victory at Caulfield on Saturday and will now be set for the Blue Diamond Stakes on February 25.
After an impressive victory on debut at Moonee Valley, the Fastnet Rock filly was sent out a firm $1.80 favourite.
It wasn’t an easy watch for favourite-backers, however, when the speed increased rounding the turn the odds on favourite was the first horse off the bridle whilst leader Property seemed to be doing it comfortably.
With 200m left to run Craig Williams asked Catchy for the supreme effort and she quickly loomed up and ran past Property who had no answer for her turn of foot and she went on to score an impressive two-length victory.
“She understood her job a lot better today,” said Williams in his post race interview. “There were panic stations around the home turn when she was off the bridle but once she got balanced and got into the straight, she was impressive.”
“Once she asserted her authority, I was just pushing to keep her mind on the job because she had switched off,” Williams said. “She’s now had really good experiences from both runs without any pressure.”
Co-trainer Ben Hayes confirmed that she would run in the Blue Diamond saying: “It was just great to see her run so well at Caulfield with a Blue Diamond preparation in mind.”
Fellow co-trainer Tom Dabernig was very impressed, adding: “I thought today was potentially a bit of a test, she was strong on the line so I think there’s still improvement to come.”
The stable now have two of the top three horses in the Blue Diamond betting market with Catchy the $13 third favourite with bookmaker CrownBet behind stablemate Tulip ($8.00) and Formality ($11).
The two stablemates aren’t expected to meet until the Blue Diamond, however, with Tulip likely to start in the Blue Diamond Preview on January 26 while Catchy is expected to line up in the Blue Diamond Prelude on February 11.