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Catalyst Cruises to Trial Win

Wednesday, 15th January 2020

Ahead of his planned trip to Australia, untapped New Zealand 3YO Catalyst had his first key trial leading into his new campaign, meeting and beating a high class field that included ultra talented Te Akau Shark who already has placings in the Gr1 Epsom Handicap and Gr1 Cox Plate to his name. After jumping well over the 1000m at Matamata, Catalyst sat one out, one back, before taking advantage of a gap that appeared at the top of the lane to score by a dominant 2-lengths from Te Akau Shark who also looked sharp. According to his trainer Clayton Chipperfield, the Gr1-winning 3YO has muscled up considerably and will race 15kg heavier. Catalyst’s Australian campaign is expected to include the Gr3 C.S. Hayes, Gr1 Australian Guineas and, hopefully, the $5 million All-Star Mile.

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