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Catalyst Building Towards Melbourne Campaign
Unequivocally one of the most exciting prospects to come out of New Zealand in the past decade, prodigiously talented 3YO Catalyst will make his first public appearance since his dominant Gr1 success at Riccarton when he competes at the Matamata trials next week, reports NZ Racing Desk. The son of Darci Brahma lived right up to expectations when registering his fifth win from six starts with a easy-as display in the Gr1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) at the New Zealand Cup meeting on November 9 and he has thrived during his recent spell. "He had three weeks off when he came back from Christchurch and put on 23kgs in the 21 days he was out at (owner) The Oaks," trainer Clayton Chipperfield revealed. "He didn't lose a lot of fitness and when I weighed him the other day he was 473kgs and he last raced at 460kgs. He's put on a bit more muscle and is more solid. He looks great." Already a three-time Group winner, Catalyst will resume in the Gr3 Mr Tiz Trophy (1200m) at Ellerslie's Karaka Millions meeting on January 25 and, provided he passes the test, he will then head to Melbourne. "There's also the BCD Sprint (Gr.1, 1400m) at Te Rapa if he needs another run here, but it's more than likely he'll go straight to Australia after the Mr Tiz," Chipperfield said. The Gr3 C.S. Hayes (1400m) at Flemington on February 15 is pencilled-in as Catalyst's Australian debut with his next mission, the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) on the same track two weeks later. Catalyst is also in contention for the $5 million All Star Mile (1600m) at Caulfield on March 14 with nominations for the event closing on Thursday.