Spring Over for Injured Catalyst, Heading Back to NZ

Mon 21st September 2020

Catalyst’s spring campaign has ended prematurely, after the Kiwi galloper pulled up injured following his last place effort in The Shorts (1100m).

The son of Darci Brahma was a $9.50 chance in The Shorts, but failed to beat a runner home and was reported to have pulled up lame in the off foreleg.

Upon further examination, the camp announced minor joint issues had been found, and that Catalyst’s spring was over.

Trainer Clayton Chipperfield had been targeting the $7.5 million Golden Eagle (1500m) with the galloper, as well as a potential slot in The Everest.

Catalyst will return home to New Zealand to spell and recover from his injuries.

From Muswellbrook to the Melbourne Cup, Will is mad about all things racing and sport. Spent countless hours in the backyard as a child pretending to be Glenn McGrath, and has been known to get deadly late swing with a taped tennis ball.