Kattegat claims thrilling Orange Sprint

The Natalie Jarvis-trained Kattegat (green and white silks, green cap) finds the front for jockey Alysha Collett in the Cooper’s Brewery Orange Sprint on Friday. Photo: Racing Photography.

On Friday, the Natalie Jarvis-trained Kattegat claimed a thrilling edition of the Cooper’s Brewery Orange Sprint (1010m). 

Heading down the Orange straight, the field fanned very wide as jockeys jostled for position, and there were several live chances with a furlong to go.

However, the Moruya galloper, which started at $4 equal favourite, dug deep for jockey Alysha Collett to find the line first, defeating the Brett Robb-trained Morgenstern (Clayton Gallagher, $4.80) by 0.58 of a length, while in third and 1.48 lengths back was the Todd Smart-trained Washington Towers (Nick Heywood, $4.60).

Collett explained that Kattegat did not necessarily handle the heavy nine conditions at Orange but that his will to win was enough to get the job done. 

“In the last 100m, I could feel as though I was going to win, but I was just worried about what would go on outside,” Collett said. 

“He was actually off the bit from the 800m to the 300m, so I didn’t feel like the winner, but he tries that hard; I think he will get through anything.”

With no rest for the wicked up front, there were some snappy early sectionals considering the conditions, and Collett believes the early speed battle played into her hands.

“He’s a super-consistent sort of horse, and today we had an awkward barrier, and the outside was the place to be,” Collett said. 

“They really set up a quick tempo, which made it great for us because the outside horses were trying to get around that corner, so we were able to come underneath and out as far as we could.”

Collett can be credited for a brilliant ride in a race that was muddled at times. 

It is a seventh career win for Kattegat, which was a purchase from the Magic Millions Godolphin sale, and he has been a good earner and country sprinter for Jarvis and connections, starting 35 times and finishing in the first three on 16 occasions on his way to earning over $200,000 in prizemoney.

In the Orange Motor Group Orange Cup (2100m), the Richard and Will Freedman-trained Unamerican was given a dream ride by Winona Costin when pulling away for a dominant 4.81 lengths victory in the $75,0000 event. 

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