Popular mare Catkins has reportedly taken plenty of benefit from her time away from competition and has been confirmed to return to racing and defend her crown in Saturday’s 2016 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m) at Rosehill Gardens.
Catkins has been a standout performer for trainer Chris Waller since first appearing on course competitively in 2012; posting an exceptional sixteen race wins and thirteen minors through a total of 37 starts.
Catkins performed particularly well under James McDonald in a light piece of work at Randwick on Saturday and the leading hoop is confident the classy grey is primed for a successful return in the 2016 Millie Fox Stakes.
“She’s a winner,” McDonald told AAP.
“Whether it’s a trial or a race she knows where the line is and she wanted to win.”
Waller has already experienced good success through Group 1 winner Amicus this season, whom he confirmed will take her place in the Group 2 Guy Walter Stakes (1400m) at Randwick a week on Saturday.
“It makes sense to split them up,” Waller said.
“And with Amicus heading to the Coolmore the three weeks between runs fits in well.
“Catkins doesn’t necessarily head to the Coolmore. The Canterbury Stakes is there for her.”
Catkins returned to racing in 2015 in typically slick form; winning each of the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m) and Millie Fox Stakes before finishing second in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m).
Returning to winning form in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) on March 28th, the Dubawi mare ran a brave second in heavy conditions in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) on Day 2 of The Championships.
Having progressed to a credible second in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) on June 6th, Catkins had clearly had enough by the time she ran sixth in the Group 1 Tattersall’s Tiara (1600m) on June 20th.
Resuming in spring for success in the Group 3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m), Catkins placed fifth in the Group 2 Golden Pendant (1400m) on September 26th but failed to make anything of an impact when ninth in the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m).
The 2016 Millie Fox Stakes field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.
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