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Nature Strip returns in emphatic fashion

Don't be fooled by Nature Strip's stunning, gleaming coat. That was the ominous message to opponents from trainer Chris Waller after his superstar sprinter coasted to a seemingly-effortless 1.5-length victory in the $1 million Shorts at Randwick on Saturday. The freakish seven-year-old continues to get better and showed no ill-effects from his stunning 4.5-length triumph in the[...]
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Trans-Tasman plans for Catalyst

Tony Pike is looking forward to spring racing with his new acquisition Catalyst. The rising five-year-old son of Darci Brahma won six of his 10 races for former trainer Clayton Chipperfield, five of which were at stakes level, including the Group 1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m). He hasn't raced since pulling up lame in[...]
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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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