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High profile Lindsay Park trained fillies Catchy, Tulip and Formality will go their separate ways in the early part of their Spring Carnival campaigns.

Catchy, above, will be aimed towards the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield.  Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Catchy, above, will be aimed towards the Thousand Guineas at Caulfield. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Co-trainer Tom Dabernig said all three fillies would have a gallop on Monday before stepping up to two scheduled jump outs at Flemington in the coming weeks prior to their return to the race track.

“They are all having a gallop on Monday,” co-trainer Tom Dabernig told AAP.

“It will not be a real hard gallop and they’ll probably have two jump-outs at Flemington before resuming.

“They are all at a similar stage and at this stage we’re a little bit unsure of their paths.

“There’s races like the Quezette Stakes and one of them might kick off in Sydney. We’ll try to keep them all split up.

“We’re not quite locked in yet to where they are going to go but they all seem to have come back great.”

Dabernig, who trains in partnership with David and Ben Hayes, has the Group 1 $500,000 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 14 picked out for Blue Diamond Stakes winner Catchy and he wouldn’t be surprised if all three fillies line up aganist each other in the fillies classic.

“She’s (Catchy) had a good spell and she’s definitely come back in good order,” Dabernig said.

“We’ll head towards the Thousand Guineas with her and the way her pattern is, you’ll think she’ll get a mile but you never know until you try.”

“You never know how they transition from two to three but I think they look like they had that class factor that I reckon they will.”

“We’re hoping they’re milers.”

“They’ve shown that they’re good sprinters but the key this preparation will be to see whether they can run a mile.

“You’d think they would. Formality is out of Jolie’s Shinju. Tulip’s racing style lends itself like she would want further.

“And Catchy is so relaxed. You could just put her wherever you want.”

Catchy showed her class during the 2017 Melbourne Autumn Carnival and was undefeated from three starts before winning the Group 1 $1.5m Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.

The Fastnet Rock filly’s winning run came to an end when she suffered from heart fibrillation in the Group 1 $3.5m Longines Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill on March 18 and ended up at the tail of the sixteen horse field.

Tulip ran a mighty race in the Golden Slipper to finish third to She Will Reign before running fifth to Invader in the Group 1 $1m Inglis Sires’ (1400m) at Randwick a fortnight later.

Formality also went around in the Golden Slipper to finish fourteenth and then had one more run in during the Sydney Autumn Carnival for a nose second to Shoals in the Group 2 $600,000 IG Share Trading Percy Sykes Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 8.

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.


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