EXCITING freshman Catch A Wave justified trainer Andy Gath’s opinion of him with a breathtaking performance in Ballarat last night.
Making an impressive debut in an Australian Pacing Gold Sovereign heat a fortnight ago, Catch A Wave produced a scintillating effort in the Final.
With Gath’s reinswoman-wife Kate in the cart, Catch A Wave led throughout from barrier four to score by 12-and-a-half metres from Maurlen.
Muscle Bart was a metre-and-a-half away third.
“We really like him, but that probably exceeded our expectations on how good we thought he was,” Kate said.
“He felt really good and I didn’t have to turn the stick or pull the plugs, but hopefully when we have to do that there will be something there.”
Covering the last half in a slick 54.6 seconds, the two-year-old rated 1:53.8 over 1710 metres.
“I thought he would have run 54-ish, but I didn’t necessarily know the last quarter was a 26 something, although it did feel fast around the last corner,” Kate said. “We were hiking!”
With several majors earmarked for the Richard and Pauline Matthews-owned son of Captaintreacherous, including the Breeders’ Crown and Vicbred Super Series, the Gaths will attempt to “keep a lid” on their excitement as Catch A Wave steps up on grade.
“I don’t want to get too excited,” Kate said. “Who knows how he’ll go against the best ones?
“It’s one thing to have one to be really impressed by, but it’s always that next step to take on the best ones.
“He certainly feels like he’s got it all to make it down the track, but time will tell I guess.”