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Catalyst returning home to spell

Catalyst’s spring campaign is over, but trainer Clayton Chipperfield admits he breathed a sigh of relief when hearing the result of Monday morning’s Sydney veterinary inspection on his stable star. Catalyst is booked to return to New Zealand on Sunday for a three-month spell after he tailed the field home when resuming in the Group[...]
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Catalyst pleases in Taupo trial

A solid showing in his 1100m trial at Taupo on Wednesday has Catalyst’s connections excited ahead of his Sydney spring campaign. The Group 1 winner jumped well from the gates and went up to sit outside leader Aretha before hitting the lead turning for home and ran away to a comfortable 1-3/4 length win. Trainer[...]
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Kiwis given clearance to fly

There was an echoed sigh of relief in Waikato Monday with a handful of trainers receiving travel exemptions for their staff to fly to Australia. Cambridge trainer Tony Pike, who also heads the New Zealand Trainers’ Association, was one of the recipients of the good news and he has already booked flights for two of[...]
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Catalyst On A Golden Sydney Spring Path

Top New Zealander Catalyst is being readied for a Sydney spring campaign which could encompass starts in two of the carnival’s richest races. Trainer Clayton Chipperfield will target Catalyst at the $7.5 million Golden Eagle and says The Everest is also on the table if Catalyst’s early season form catches the attention of race slot[...]
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Pike team out in force at Ellerslie

Cambridge trainer Tony Pike had a number of talented gallopers in action at the Ellerslie trials on Tuesday, including comeback galloper Sacred Elixir. The now six-year-old was retired from racing in Hong Kong after a suspensory injury, with his most recent run in November 2017. Pike, who prepared the son of Pour Moi to win[...]
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Clayton chipper about Catalyst

Te Awamutu trainer Clayton Chipperfield is looking forward to welcoming back a beefed-up Catalyst in the coming days, with this season’s Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m) winner being readied for a spring campaign. The winner of six of his seven starts in New Zealand, Catalyst finished second to Alligator Blood in the Group[...]
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Catalyst Ruled Out Of All-Star Mile

New Zealand gelding Catalyst has been ruled out of the $5 million All-Star Mile with bruised fetlocks. Trainer Clayton Chipperfield sent him to the Ballarat Vet Clinic on Tuesday fearing he was not quite himself after his below-par run in the Australian Guineas. He told Racing Victoria stewards late in the day tests revealed Catalyst[...]
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Catalyst Undergoing Vet Tests On Back

All-Star Mile hopeful Catalyst has been sent to the Ballarat Vet Clinic to determine the extent of a back issue. After initially believing Catalyst had pulled up well from his unplaced run in Saturday’s Group One Australian Guineas at Flemington, trainer Clayton Chipperfield told Racing Victoria stewards on Tuesday the gelding had been sent to[...]
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Battle lost but war far from over for Catalyst

While rugged Queenslander Alligator Blood may have taken out the first skirmish with classy New Zealand contender Catalyst, Kiwi trainer Clayton Chipperfield is confident his star can still win the war when the pair clash again in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) in a fortnight. In an enthralling length-of-the-straight battle, which more than lived[...]
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