Chris Waller will opt against running Catkins in the Coolmore Classic during the autumn carnival despite his consistent grey mare scoring a tough win first-up in the Breeders Classic at Rosehill Gardens.
Catkins was narrowly defeated with a big weight in the Group 1 mares handicap last year and Sydney’s leading trainer suggests he won’t follow the same path.
“I think we broke her heart last year in the Coolmore (Classic) with 59kg against good horses,” Waller said.
“I’m not going to make the same mistake so the Queen Of The Turf Stakes will be the target and then a freshen-up towards the Tatts Tiara.”
Catkins opened $1.80 and got to $2.20 before firming late to $2.10 and needed a photo finish to be declared the winner over Lilliburlero.
David Payne’s mare settled outside the leader and kicked strongly in the straight but Hugh Bowman was able to squeeze enough out of Catkins in the driving finish.
“She’s just a model of consistency,” Bowman said.
“Although she hasn’t won a Group 1, I’ve ridden plenty of mares and seen plenty of mares that aren’t at her level and won Group 1s.
“She never seems to let anyone down. She got to the front easily and I thought, ‘I’m going to win easily’ and I think she just idled a bit in front. I think she might have been having a lend of me at the end of it because she was just doing enough.”