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You can make a lot more money if you back something to beat him and you're right. not entirely out of the question ..first time at Ellerslie (which has tripped up a few 'certainties'), some quality opponents, first up after decent break, big crowd atmosphere, wide draw and a slippery fast tempo likely ..will Catalyst get the stitch or leave his run too late? Will he run off on the corner? Slipped saddle? Jock weigh in light (it happened just last month at Ruakaka!).Disqualified for causing interference? (It happened just last month at Ellerslie!)

It's the glorious uncertainty of horse racing ..imagine what Winx's connections went through  from the moment she was labelled unbeatable.

I'm looking forward to seeing him again 'in the flesh'.

 

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Interesting, I don't have a fast paced race.

I have moderate pace at best and in running 8,6,3,5,1

He might just get back 3 on the fence, but been there before and proved more than good enough to get out and power away.

Having said that there are 2 very good bets in the race that I will be taking.

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We are banking on a short priced double for us at Tamworth today:

Race 1 : Total Recall - Animal Kingdom first starter who has been given time and trialled well

Race 4 : Free Rider - Another AK which we have gone out west with to secure that maiden win. probably the better chance.

Small fish are sweet if you like 'em

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urrrghhh - I hope no one read that previous post much less backed it ! beaten at Tamworth, still there's always Qirindi or Coonabarrabran or Coonamble or Louth or.....

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CATALYST OVERCOMES SLOW START IN GROUP 3

January 25, 2020 5:36 pm.
AAP

Boom New Zealand three-year-old Catalyst has shown he can be a force in Melbourne, overcoming a sluggish start to win a Group Three race at Ellerslie.

Second favourite for next month’s Australian Guineas, Catalyst missed the start and was a clear last until the home turn in Saturday’s Mr Tiz Trophy (1200m).

But when Troy Harris asked for the acceleration that has carried Catalyst to four stakes wins through the spring, the star gelding answered the call.

Catalyst cruised past his rivals and stretched out to win by 2-1/2 lengths under hands and heels.

His trainer Clayton Chipperfield confirmed Melbourne would be the next stop for the winner of six of his seven starts with the Group Three C S Hayes (1400m) on February 15 his first Australian mission.

“That was heart-stopping,” Chipperfield said. “I thought we were in a heap of trouble, but what a turn of foot he’s got.

“The amount of ground he was able to make up in a short space of time, it’s just unbelievable.

“He’ll take plenty of improvement out of this as we head towards Australia. But we’ll be putting the hood back on. He can’t afford to fall out of the gates like that over there.”

Harris put Catalyst’s slow start down to the distraction of a horse playing up in a neighbouring gate.

“I was never worried, I always knew he was going to pick them up,” he said. “It’s unreal riding a horse like him – he’s a machine.”

Run To Perfection, fourth behind Catalyst in the 2000 Guineas, finished second with filly Bavella third.

Queensland star Alligator Blood remains the $4 favourite for the Australian Guineas with Catalyst at $4.50.

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I see consideration is being given to aiming him for the HB triple crown next season.

Full credit to Dick Karreman if this does happen, a real boost for NZ racing, especially if he does well in Aus(C S hayes, Australian Guineas, All Star Mile)

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I have a different spin on this prospect, Hesi. Far better for Catalyst to conquer Oz and beyond than scoop up the prizemoney in our (fake) HB Triple Crown series. Better for that money to go elsewhere among the many battling owners and trainers. I'd enjoy seeing Catalyst's connections get the Ozzie dollars and putting the spotlight on our breeding prowess. Besides, to win the 'Triple Crown' here you need to be ready to go before the Spring breaks through, really. Let him avoid the worst of the winter here and resume in Oz. Winx Stakes, George Main Stakes, Turnbull Stakes, COX PLATE is the go! 

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Catalyst’ could possibly run in the triple crown then come to Aus and be aimed at the Golden Eagle on Oct 31, a race for 4yr olds only worth 7.5 million, as a gelding this would be the race you would aim him for, you only get 1 crack at the Golden Eagle and that’s when you are 4 years old, also 10% of the prize money goes to a charity of the winning connections choice.

The Golden Eagle is over 1500mtrs so the other option would be the Cox Plate

 

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16 hours ago, Hesi said:

I see consideration is being given to aiming him for the HB triple crown next season.

Full credit to Dick Karreman if this does happen, a real boost for NZ racing, especially if he does well in Aus(C S hayes, Australian Guineas, All Star Mile)

If he wins some or all those races in the autumn, what on earth is the point of racing him in NZ? To show off our wonderful racetracks/facilities/crowds to an international audience following the rise of a new champion? What a joke! I note that they have already opted for an Ozzie jock for the autumn, so 'loyalty' to his country of origin only goes so far. If Catalyst has 3 from 3 in Oz in the autumn, he'd be wasted in Hawkes Bay. A lot will depend on whether or not he is seen as a 2000m+ horse or more a sprinter-miler; if he's suspect over ground they'll avoid the Livamol and the Cox Plate - at least this year. He's only three, plenty of time to let him grow (up) and take on the best. It's amazing how many starry 3yos don't bounce back at 4 or 5.

MM

 

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I guess there are a lot of ifs with the horse

How many have ventured to Aus and come home with their tail between  their legs.  In the event that does become the case then that HB triple crown is a good option

Aus is packed  with many hardened group horses, when are people going to start understanding you can't  go over there  with what appears a top horse and sweep all before you

Also, as was shown with Melody  Belle, you can't give the top horses  over there,  big starts and expect to run them down, like Catalyst did on Sat

Superb sectionals, but only a Winx can keep running  those times 

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What I'm curious about is how could anyone rate this fella a 25% or less chance of winning that race last Saturday.  The proven ability, the very nice lead-up trial, the quality of the field??

The $1.10 (91% chance) was too short but surely he was at worst a 50-60% chance of winning?

 

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1 hour ago, VvD said:

What I'm curious about is how could anyone rate this fella a 25% or less chance of winning that race last Saturday.  The proven ability, the very nice lead-up trial, the quality of the field??

The $1.10 (91% chance) was too short but surely he was at worst a 50-60% chance of winning?

 

Have you been taking lessons from Thommo in post-race assessment?

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16 hours ago, curious said:

Have you been taking lessons from Thommo in post-race assessment?

I accept that my question had an element of "benefit of hindsight" to it, but Blind Freddy (and 90% of racing enthusiasts) wouldn't require hindsight to tell you this guy was at least a 60% chance of winning this race. 

It was a genuine question.  Hesi is seeking enlightenment here on different rating methods/systems and I'm interested to understand what data and analysis you would use to rate him only a 25% chance of winning.

In future I'm happy to question ratings before the event if that would make it less adversarial or offensive to you!?

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4 hours ago, VvD said:

I accept that my question had an element of "benefit of hindsight" to it, but Blind Freddy (and 90% of racing enthusiasts) wouldn't require hindsight to tell you this guy was at least a 60% chance of winning this race. 

It was a genuine question.  Hesi is seeking enlightenment here on different rating methods/systems and I'm interested to understand what data and analysis you would use to rate him only a 25% chance of winning.

In future I'm happy to question ratings before the event if that would make it less adversarial or offensive to you!?

That's fine. I suggest you stick with blind Freddy. I agree that in this case the horse way outperformed my assessment. However, I was never going to back him at $1.10 whether I rated him as a 20% or a 90% chance. What I know  is that about 25% of my assessed 25% chances win. That's all I need to know.

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1 hour ago, curious said:

 However, I was never going to back him at $1.10 whether I rated him as a 20% or a 90% chance. 

The issue has nothing to do with not backing Catalyst (very few would at $1.10) - it's more to do with the fact that by rating Catalyst at 20-25%, the rest of the field are collectively rated as a 75-80% chance and you'd potentially be betting on what appear to you as significant overs on the rest of the field.

There's a big difference between saying Catalyst is unders at $1.10, and a provocative statement that he was more like a $4 chance.

and yes I agree - I'm better to stick with Freddy

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Yes. You are quite right VvD. If I lay bet which would have been justified based on my assessment I'd have got a hiding and also as I noted elsewhere having him assessed at around 22% meant that all other runners were at some value and I also could have backed any of them and missed. However, the way I do my assessment relies on previous performance that is actually on the record. In this case, using that same method his performance on Saturday was 6 lengths better than any previous run and 8 lengths better than my assessment. That was predicted by you and other assessment methods that predict improvement, partly based on trial performance and other factors that I don't consider. If I'd had a bet it would have been Bavella. Run to Perfection was my third rated.

Since we have a theme here of retrospective analysis, I just relooked at that race with Catalyst rated based on my rating of his actual performance and all other runners as they were. I then have him at $1.80, about a 55% chance. More in line with what you suggest.

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The more people that put up their thoughts and analysis pre-race, the better, as far as I am concerned, we don't want to get like the other channel with all the theoretical BS, post race.  I see the 'new' section on Gallops selections still remains empty after about 3 months:classic_rolleyes:

Most of the betting agencies around the world, opened up Catalyst a lot longer than the NZ TAB, I see from the other channel, that Neds supposedly opened him at $1.70.

I guess the NZ TAB in opening him so short, were saying, we don't want you to bet on him, and don't put him in your multis, because at $1.10, it ain't worth the risk, for the return.  In the Catalyst case they(NZ TAB) were right, but it was a defensive play

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23 hours ago, curious said:

That's fine. I suggest you stick with blind Freddy. I agree that in this case the horse way outperformed my assessment. However, I was never going to back him at $1.10 whether I rated him as a 20% or a 90% chance. What I know  is that about 25% of my assessed 25% chances win. That's all I need to know.

Interesting. So a one in four strike rate for horses assessed at 25% to win. Does that keep you on the right side of the ledger and what are the average starting odds for that quarter winning percentage. 

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59 minutes ago, Hesi said:

The more people that put up their thoughts and analysis pre-race, the better, as far as I am concerned, we don't want to get like the other channel with all the theoretical BS, post race.  I see the 'new' section on Gallops selections still remains empty after about 3 months:classic_rolleyes:

Most of the betting agencies around the world, opened up Catalyst a lot longer than the NZ TAB, I see from the other channel, that Neds supposedly opened him at $1.70.

I guess the NZ TAB in opening him so short, were saying, we don't want you to bet on him, and don't put him in your multis, because at $1.10, it ain't worth the risk, for the return.  In the Catalyst case they(NZ TAB) were right, but it was a defensive play

Paid $1.10 on the tote so wasn't only the NZ TAB bookies who assessed him at that price.

and just to be clear - my question wasn't intended as "theoretical BS post race" - it was a genuine question trying to understand different rating methods.  The horse was rated 15 & 18 points better than the next two most favoured horses in the race,  and under SW&P was only giving them 2kgs (4kgs to the filly, but 2kgs if you allow for the 2kg gender allowance).

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