Craig Williams has made his all important decision for the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) and has elected to ride race favourite Catchy in the $1.5 million event.
Williams rode Catchy to victory in the Blue Diamond Prelude on Saturday, He was very impressed saying: “She’s a two-year-old-girl but she looks like a three-year-old boy.” Williams added “She’s sexy as well.”
“She took a bit of work today, I asked her to flatten out which is the first time she’d been up under that pressure and she did.”
Craig Williams said about Catchy: “Not many fillies win three from three (starts) and she’s been up for a long time with the stable managing her well.”
Catchy and the fillies ran 0.14 seconds faster than the Colts and Geldings. It is interesting to note Catchy ran her last 200m in 11.02 seconds, the fast 200m split of any horse in either of the Preludes.
Williams was expected to make his decision yesterday, however he gave the decision another night’s thought before announcing the news on Twitter.
Williams always held the key to the race, having his pick of five horses, all five are in the top seven in betting. These included Catchy, Formality, Jukebox, Tulip and Property (who isn’t nominated).
The decision was clear for Co-Trainer Tom Dabernig. Dabernig was glowing in his report of Catchy post race saying: “I love her versatility. I think our filly is exceptionally good. I think the 1200m and Blue Diamond is right up her alley. In time she might be better over further.”
“I’ll be intrigued to see what Craig does now, but you’d think he would be mad to jump off her.” When asked if Catchy was the best of the stables two-year-olds, Dabernig said: “On that performance today you’d have to rate her on top.”
Blue Diamond Stakes betting market courtesy of William Hill