Te Akau Stables trainer Jason Bridgman has confirmed Catalonia (NZ) is on course for the Karaka Million on January 27.
Catalonia (2c Commands – Valpolicella by Red Ransom) raced right up to his star billing at Te Rapa on the weekend when making short work of his rivals in the LR Wentwood Grange Stakes (1100m). He had finished runner-up on debut over 880m at Ellerslie in October.
“It was very satisfying to see him win so well as he signalled early on that he was a natural,” Bridgman said. “When he steps up to 1200 metres we will see the best of him and he will learn a lot going forward to the bigger races.”
Catalonia sat back off the leading duo at Te Rapa before lengthening stride to hit the front halfway do