Racing WA

Category Three Carnival Threat

20 January 2023

Leading trainer Adam Durrant has forecast a bright future for exciting mare Category Three, as she looks to make it back-to-back wins when she lines up in the Crown Perth Handicap (1400m) at Ascot tomorrow.

The Xtravagant mare scored a well-deserved win when she was too classy for her rivals at Ascot on January 7.

Although the four-year-old is stepping up in class tomorrow, Durrant said he expected Category Three to figure in the finish.

“She’s really in that zone,” Durrant told TABradio.

“She’s lean and mean but in that fit zone.

“I think if we gave her a week off in the paddock she wouldn’t put on any weight or lose any fitness.

“The same horse should turn up.”

William Pike takes the ride on Category Three and will line up from barrier four in the nine-horse field.

Owned by Bob and Sandra Peters, Category Three heads up the TABtouch market at $2.50, ahead of the Simon Miller-trained pair Hardly Ever ($4.20) and Time Scale ($6).

Durrant said provided the Category Three continued on her upward trajectory, she would likely figure in feature races like the Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m) and Starstruck Classic (1600m) later this year.

“She’s a horse you could see, and I think Bob is in the same mindset, in the fillies and mares carnival races later on in the year,” he said.

“Maybe she could be in the 14, 16 and even up to 1800.

“She is bred to get a little bit of ground.”

Meanwhile, Durrant said it was likely Memorable Miss would be scratched from the same event tomorrow and run next Saturday.

“Bob will make a decision in the morning which one will run,” he said.

“He was in the mindset of if something went wrong with Category Three then Memorable Miss would go.”

Tim Walker

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WATCH - Category Three's last start win