2015 Dane Ripper Stakes Confirmed for Catkins

June 3rd, 2015

Having considered a berth in the featured Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) on the same Doomben race card, trainer Chris Waller has confirmed Catkins will contest the 2015 Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes (1350m) on Saturday with a view towards peak condition for the Tattersall’s Tiara (1400m) in a fortnight.

Catkins will contest Saturday's Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes at Doomben. Photo: Steve Hart

Catkins will contest Saturday’s Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes at Doomben. Photo: Steve Hart

Catkins has undoubtedly found career-best form to date over the last six months and will enter the 2015 Dane Ripper Stakes off the back of a brief freshen-up following a close second in the Group 1 Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) on April 11th.

Understandably thrilled with the results posted by the popular mare over an impressive racing career, Waller cited the desire to post a maiden Group 1 victory with the daughter of Dubawi as the major reason for the 2015 Dane Ripper Stakes/Tattersall’s Tiara progression.

“The last six months have clearly been her best and there’s no reason to say she can’t bring that form to Brisbane,” Waller told the Courier Mail.

“She worked well on the course proper and she is ready to race over 1350m next weekend.

“It is very unlikely she will run in the Stradbroke and it is most likely she will run in the Dane Ripper Stakes.

“If she had a Group 1 next to her name she would be running in the Stradbroke for sure but I just want to try and win that Group 1 with her and make it as easy as possible to do that.

“You can’t underestimate the Stradbroke and you can’t underestimate the Tattersall’s Tiara two weeks later.”

Posting a career total of 15 wins and a further 12 minors over 32 career starts so far, Catkins is undoubtedly the country’s most talented thoroughbred yet to break through for a maiden win at the highest level.

Returning for consecutive wins in the Group 2 Breeders’ Classic (1200m) and Group 2 Millie Fox Stakes (1300m), Catkins ran second to Cosmic Endeavour in the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) on March 7th; returning to the winner’s circle in the Group 2 Emancipation Stakes (1500m) in her only other start prior to the Queen Of The Turf Stakes.

The 2015 Dane Ripper Stake final field and barrier draw is due to be completed and released by midday, Wednesday.

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