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Catkins Vulnerable In Sheraco

Friday, 11th September 2015

Despite boasting a brilliant first-up strike rate of 75 per cent, trainer Chris Waller says he will not be surprised if Catkins (Dubai-Salix Caprea, by Catbird) does not make a winning return in the Gr3 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday, reports horseracing.com.au. The multiple Group-winning mare is considered somewhat of a first-up specialist with 6 wins from 8 starts, but Waller feels she is not as forward this time around and may struggle against principal rivals Bounding and Peeping. "She is a bit heavier than she normally would be going to the races first prep," Waller said. "We have kept that mind that she is going to be up for a while and it is far from her grand final. Horses like Bounding and Peeping are serious horses and they both have a run under their belts." he added: "They have both drawn soft and they will be very hard for us to beat. I wouldn't be surprised if she didn't win, but she is in for a good preparation." Waller is yet to confirm a spring programme for Catkins, but he would love to win a Gr1 race with the 6YO and has entered her for the Gr1 Epsom Handicap (1600m) at Randwick on 3 October.

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