Cathy can Carry on Thompson stable’s good form at Orange

The Brett Thomson trained Carry On Cathy with Ben Thompson and Tom Shearman after her win at Warren. Photo: Racing Photography.

The Brett Thompson stable has been in outstanding form in recent weeks and is aiming to keep the momentum rolling when Carry On Cathy lines up at Orange on Friday for a first time owner who has been left pinching himself.

The Gulgong-trainer’s last 12 runners have resulted in a hattrick of winners at Warren, as well as a further 6 placegetters including an outstanding second-place performance by Blow Dart on Wednesday’s Rosehill meeting this week.

Longtime family friend of the Thompson’s, Tom Shearman, has always wanted to get into the racing industry and jumped at the chance to buy into two horses back in 2020; a bay filly by Press Statement and a brown colt by Denman. These were named Carry on Cathy and Blowdart – not a bad way to start your racehorse ownership journey.

“I’ve known Tom my whole life and when he moved back to Mudgee he became really interested in the horses and hanging around the stables,” Brett Thompson’s son, Ben said.

“We bought Blow Dart up at the Magic Millions, so he jumped in him with a few other mates and then me and Tom bought Carry On Cathy online.

“Both have been winners in their three-year-old season and Blow Dart won as a two-year-old. So he’s been lucky and had a great start to ownership – he can’t believe it – but I guess that’s what happens when you buy the right stock and you are patient; you make your own luck.

“The stable’s flying. I think we have 14 or 15 seconds and nine or 10 winners, so we are going really well. The horses are running well and really consistently.”

According to Ben, the stable’s recent form is no fluke and is a product of work put in by the team over the past few seasons.

“I put our recent good form down to time,” Thompson said. 

“We’ve just rebuilt our stable and it took a while to restructure it.

“A lot of our older horses were on the way out and we had to be patient with our young ones and now our patience is paying off because we have looked after them when they were young.”

Ben believes both Tom and Carry On Cathy have a great opportunity to rack up back-to-back wins, after leading all the way at Warren last start to break her maiden in fine style, when the filly lines up in barrier 2 in the On-Trac Ag Class 1 Handicap (1000m). 

“Carry on Cathy is a filly with a lot of ability,” Thompson said.

“There’s no reason why she couldn’t win again.

“It’s going to be a very hard race, but I think she’s going to have every chance going there and her work during the week has been very solid.

“Calyton Gallagher has stuck with her and now we just need the track to dry out because she hates the wet.

“If she can win again, we will look at taking her to town for a Highway.”

The stable rates Winter Moon their next best chance in the opening 2100m event on the eight-race-card at Orange.

The first race jumps at 1.10pm and the track is currently rated a Heavy (9), however there is no rain predicted in the next two days. 

Thompson also shared news, that Blow Dart’s performance on Wednesday has earned him the right to line up in the $100,000 Magic Millions Wyong 3YO & 4YO Stakes (1200m). 

A good performance there could see the $30,000 purchase racing for a share of $2 million in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas on the Gold Coast in January.