Catkins shows class first-up in Sheraco Stakes

Chris Waller is keen for Catkins to be given the opportunity of going one better in the Myer Classic after a comfortable victory first-up in the Sheraco Stakes.

Denied by the barest of margins by stablemate Red Tracer last year, Catkins’ main aim for her spring campaign is clearly returning to Flemington on Derby Day.

Catkins eased to $1.90 on course at Rosehill Gardens but proved much too strong for her rivals, racing near the speed and kicking strongly in the straight to defeat My Sabeel and Neena Rock.

“There is no rush, she will be there (Myer Classic) for probably her fourth start, last year she had to back up after running at Moonee Valley, which probably wasn’t ideal,” Waller said.

“This year we can plan it a bit better.

“In two weeks time there is the Golden Pendant, here which is a good prizemoney race and it is 1200m again.

“She deserves to be given her chance to win a Group 1, she wasn’t far off last year, she was so close, she is the right horse to do it.”

The victory gave Hugh Bowman a race-to-race double for Waller after piloting He’s Your Man to victory in the Kingston Town Stakes.

“She is easy to ride. She has brilliant gate speed, puts herself in a position, she travels well and moves into the race when you want her to.”

“She is a dream to ride. It is an honour.

“I felt like the pace was quite strong early on. I knew I was on the best horse, she was thrown in here on weights and measures and she didn’t let anyone down.”