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Pike hoping Catalyst can find old zest

Comeback horse Alligator Blood’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) triumph has Cambridge trainer Tony Pike hoping that one of that horse’s most notable rivals can have a similarly successful return to racing next spring. Alligator Blood’s Stradbroke victory was his first trip to the winners circle since he took out the Group 1 Australian Guineas[...]
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Australian campaign for Brando

He’s got the movie star looks and now exciting Savabeel colt Brando will be out to showcase his talents on the international stage. Trainer Jamie Richards is keen to test the lightly tried galloper against the best of his generation across the Tasman following his runner-up finish in Saturday’s Group 1 Levin Classic (1600). A[...]
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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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Catalyst primed for bold Australian debut

Rick Williams is predicting a career-best performance from star New Zealand three-year-old Catalyst in Saturday’s Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington. Williams has guided the racing stock of Cambridge’s The Oaks Stud for Queensland owner Dick Karreman for the past 18 years, overseeing the career of champion mare Seachange among a host of[...]
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Kiwi invaders touch down in Melbourne

The Kiwi assault on next month’s A$5million All-Star Mile (1600m) has begun, with contenders Catalyst and Melody Belle arriving in Melbourne on Sunday. The pair have settled in well according to their connections and are getting ready for their respective first-up targets in Australia. Catalyst’s trainer Clayton Chipperfield has crossed the Tasman with his charge[...]
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Alligator Blood Set For Melbourne Showdown

Star Queensland three-year-old Alligator Blood is settling into Melbourne ahead of a planned three-run campaign including the Group One Australian Guineas and All-Star Mile. Trained by David Vandyke at the Sunshine Coast, Alligator Blood arrived in Melbourne early on Wednesday morning after being flown from Queensland before heading to the Flemington stables where he will[...]
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