Talented three year old filly Catchy will step back up to Group 1 company following a last to first win in the Group 2 $600,000 Arrowfield 3yo Sprint (1200m) on day two of The Championships at Randwick today.
Catchy was rated one of the top two year olds of her season with a win in the 2017 Group 1 $1.5m Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield and now that she has found winning form again, Lindsay Park head trainer David Hayes will now set her for the Group 1 $1m Robert Sangster Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville during the Adelaide Festival Of Racing.
“But ridden that way, really classy today, she came from last. We will head her off to the Robert Sangster in a few weeks in Adelaide,” Hayes said.
Hayes admits that Catchy might have struggled against the older horses in recent outings but has ever lost faith in the Fastnet Rock filly.
“She went to open class and the three year old most of them have struggled when they go up to open class,” Hayes said.
“She ran third in the Group 1 and third in the Guineas and won the Danehill as a three year old. Not many can do that, but she is not quite as good as she was at two.”
Hayes was not perturbed to see Hong Kong super star Joao Moreira settle Catchy at the rear of the field as he knew the filly would power home with an interrupted run in the straight.
“I just said be confident in her because she is very good and has just had no luck,” Hayes said.
Moreria brought Catchy ($9) from the tail of the field on the home turn to overpower the rest of the field to record a one and a half lengths win over Showtime ($14) and I Am Excited ($5).
The disappointment of the race was the $4.20 favourite Viridine who had no luck in the straight when Hugh Bowman went looking for inside runs but all he found was a wall of horses in front of him and no way through and ended up in eighth position.