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Catalyst ready to rock in the NZ Guineas

Steve Bennett in News 7 Nov 2019
  • Preparation perfect for NZ Guineas favourite
Catalyst - NZ Guineas favourite

Boom three-year-old Catalyst looks set to make a one-act affair of the Group One New Zealand Guineas.

The Darci Brahma gelding hasn’t looked back this time in, winning all three starts to date in preparation for Saturday’s $500,000 event.

Trained by Clayton Chipperfield, he clearly dominates the market, currently sitting as a white-hot $1.26 favourite with Beteasy. 

Chipperfield is happy with him and believes he is ready to get the job done.

"He got here this morning (Wednesday) and I got here last night,” he said. 
 “There were no hold-ups and he has travelled super.
“He is as ready as we are going to get him. Troy (Harris, jockey) is flying down today so I am going to get him to give him a little quiet trot and canter tomorrow to make sure everything is 100 percent.

Chipperfield gave credit to The Oaks Stud, stating the temperament of offspring by the stud’s resident sire went a long way to making them good racehorses.

“Full credit to the Darci Brahma breed. All Darci geldings are like him, they are relaxed and take everything in their stride.
“Catalyst worries about absolutely nothing. His last three races he has had to travel the night before and he eats up and just enjoys it. 
"Nothing bothers him and that is a huge asset to him.”

Chipperfield has high hopes of victory on Saturday and is looking forward to fulfilling the dream.

“It would be phenomenal to win the Guineas,” Chipperfield said.
“I’ve only just started taking the game a little more seriously at the start of this year. I think before this year I had trained four winners.
“When Rick (Williams, of the Oaks Stud) and I decided we were going to take a few more horses and send them to the trials and races, having the favourite for the 2000 Guineas was certainly a dream. 
"You wouldn’t possibly think it would happen this early, or ever. Horses like him don’t come along very often.
“It is going to put me on the map if I can get a Group One this early.”

The plan for Catalyst after Saturday’s Guineas is to head to the paddock for a spell and while he enjoys the break, his next target will then be discussed by the connections. 

A trip across the Tasman for an Autumn campaign has not been ruled out.

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