Catkins sounded a warning to her rivals in the Coolmore Classic with a dominant win in the Wiggle Stakes (1400m) at Warwick Farm.
The Chris Waller trained mare had been heavily backed throughout the week and the support continued on course, firming from $1.90 to $1.65 and she didn’t disappoint, easily accounting for Sharnee Rose and Dear Demi.
While delighted with her progress towards the Group 1 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill Gardens in a fortnight, Waller is scared of what weight Catkins may receive.
“She won with a bit of authority, I guess the conditions of the race did suit her, it will be interesting next start, hopefully the handicapper will see that she is not yet a Group 1 winner, weight her accordingly and give her a chance to win a Group 1,” he said.
“She needed to win like that today to prove she deserves to be there, it is a hard race the Coolmore.
“I’m just petrified about the weight she would get, in the old days they would step in and give a non Group 1 winner a bit of help, and it looks like they have done that with the Doncaster.
“It is good to see the handicapper using their powers instead of just sticking the ratings, hopefully that is the case again with the Coolmore because albeit a handicap, I think the best horse deserves to win it and I hope she gets her chance.”
Waller said Catkins is likely to be the only mare he has in the race.
“Unlikely Red Tracer but I’m struggling to find the right race for her, Arinosa will trial Tuesday and possibly go there and She’s Clean didn’t go good enough today,” he said.