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C. S. Hayes Stakes 2020 - Alligator Blood vs Catalyst

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aturday 4.50pm
 

CS HAYES STAKES (G3)

Stakes:174000 NZ
Class:.
Distance:1400 METRES
Rail:True Entire Circuit
 
JJames McDonald(58.5)
TClayton Chipperfield
 
JRegan Bayliss(58.5)
THayes/Dabernig
 
JRyan Maloney(57.5)
TDavid Vandyke
 
JBen Melham(57.5)
TMacdonald/Gluyas
 
JCraig Williams(57.5)
TKen Keys
 
Spend
1X4
JDwayne Dunn(56)
TM, W & J Hawkes
 
JMichael Dee(55)
TClare Cunningham
 
Chenier
12X
JDamien Oliver(55)
TAnthony Freedman
 

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I would happily bet on Catalyst @ $2.50.

He's facing some tough types but he has the x-factor. 

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Just looking at the weather forecast and there is every chance of rain for Saturday.

Not that Catalyst would need any assistance, but it would definitely favour him moreso than his main rival, Alligator Blood, who is untried on a soft track on a raceday. 

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Williams believes the Clayton Chipperfield-trained Catalyst is on track to be better than his dad.

“He’s more talented than Darci Brahma, he’s got more brilliant acceleration,” Williams said.

“You have a look through the 200m sectionals of his win at Ellerslie first-up and how fast they are – and that’s knowing he wasn’t at his best.”

After a slow start to the Gr.3 Mr Tiz Trophy (1200m) at Ellerslie last month, Catalyst was able clock a sizzling 43.87-second last 800m of the race that saw him break 11 seconds for three consecutive 200m splits from the 800m to the 200m, equating to a world-class 32.19 600m burst that paved the way to his sixth win from just seven starts.

 

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Smart move taking him the sunburnt land -the 3yo fillies in NZ seem so much better than the boys.

Recall Darci taking on the most useless field ever in an Aussie group one and having to be flogged senseless  [79 whacks ?] That he recovered to race again was a miracle and a tribute to his sheer guts.

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