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Williams’ high praise for 2yo filly Catchy

Judging by champion jockey Craig Williams’ opinion, two-year-old Catchy is a filly we will be hearing a lot more about.

Catchy made a winning start to her career at Moonee Valley on Friday night and her trainers, the Lindsay Park team, will put the filly on a Blue Diamond Stakes path.

Her win on Friday came as no surprise to Williams who rates her a Group One horse and he even made comparisons to former superstar filly Miss Finland.

Williams won the Golden Slipper on Miss Finland and another four Group One races when she was a three-year-old.

“She was very impressive. She’s a Group One horse,” Williams said of Catchy.

“When I first trialled her I felt that she had a feeling of Miss Finland about her. And the way that she did it on Friday night, I was very happy.”

Catchy, a daughter of Fastnet Rock out of dual Group Two winner Cats Whisker, was sent out the $2.60 favourite for her debut,

After settling at the back of the field she travelled into the race ominously between horses rounding the home turn before scoring a narrow, but impressive win.

Williams says Catchy has the right attitude and said the way she handled herself and relaxed showed she was not just a “jump-and-run” two-year-old.

“So even if she’s not a Blue Diamond filly she’s going to be a classic filly somewhere, wherever it is,” he said.

“All going really well she will be a Blue Diamond filly, and if not, Miss Finland never won the Blue Diamond.

“But she’s definitely got something about her.”

Williams said what he liked about Catchy on Friday night was that she “made up four lengths on the bridle that quick” around the home turn.

“She’s just got that something about her,” he said.

“Even when she walks in the yard, she’s big, she’s strong and she’s just got a very mature head on her shoulders too.

“For a two-year-old to sit back, get between them and then accelerate. But around the turn was the best part.”

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