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Clayton Chipper About Catalyst

Monday, 1st June 2020

Te Awamutu trainer Clayton Chipperfield is looking forward to welcoming back a beefed-up Catalyst in the coming days, with this season's Gr1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) winner being readied for a spring campaign. The winner of six of his seven starts in New Zealand, Catalyst finished second to Alligator Blood in the Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) in an enthralling clash at Flemington, but failed to fire when sixth in the Gr1 Australian Guineas (1600m) to the same rival and was later found to have an issue that put an end to his autumn campaign. "We really noticed how far behind he was in the three-year-old races in Australia up against the bigger boys," accepted Chipperfield. "He looked a little behind but with the time that he's had now he's hopefully going to look the part with the rest of them when we come back. He's only a few days away from coming back in now, we've re-tested everything and all is 100 percent. He had a scintigraphy in Australia and it was just some heat in the joints. It is mainly just an immaturity thing."


Catalyst (pic:Trish Dunell)
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