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Katanti capitalizes on early speed

By Isaac Murphy

There is no free invitations to the Ipswich Young Guns final this Saturday night.

With plenty of depth in all four heats, the youngsters had to earn their way in and one of those was John Catton’s Katanti.

The dog flew under the radar in a heat, which was expected to be dominated by the luckless Cash View.

But Katanti took luck out of the equation as he burst to the lead to secure his spot.

“I thought the heat looked a really nice race for him, there were some very strong dogs Magic Prince, Cash View, Street Cry, but he had the early speed to get the fly,” Catton said.

“Everything was going to plan early he left beautifully and was first past the post, but to our detriment Magic Prince was able to find his way into second from box eight and was just a bit too strong.

“I am still really pleased with the direction he’s going, running 30.7 seconds in defeat and giving himself a shot against a gun field this Saturday night.”

Katanti has the box manners you can’t teach, but something that will get better with time is his run home.

“There’s definitely some improvement in him and he’s really well drawn out there in the eight, he’ll run a nice straight line and cut hard once he gets out in front, he’s a faultless beginner,” Catton said.

“You’ve got a lot of dogs in that race who are mad for the rail and I know if my bloke stays wide and out of trouble it could win him the race.

“There’s dogs drawn where they don’t want to be and that usually spells trouble behind and he’ll be there to capitalize.”



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Ipswich can be an acquired taste for some dogs but Katanti loves the place, winning over the short course before last week’s run.

“I broke him in up at Ipswich, so he knows the place pretty well, which should stand him in good stead,” Catton said.

“It’s his home track through his first dozen starts and the most important thing is every time he races there, he seems to pick up a little bit more knowledge.

“All the heat winners were around 30.5 seconds last week, he only has to improve one or two lengths to run that time and he’s going to need to against Louis Rumble, Out of Champagne and Magic Prince, to name a few.”

A student of the game, Catton is always looking one litter ahead but he is happy with how his current crop were progressing.

“He’s turning into a nice young dog, I bred her out of Sulzanti and I bitch I raced Snakey Katie,” he said.

“The litter have just turned two and they’ve all won races now, I really like the way they’re coming to hand.

“Since the breakers Katanti was always the most progressive and he’s continued that way into his racing career, his last victory was five starts ago but he hasn’t been out of the money since.”

A good middle-distance bitch in her own right, Snakey Katie looks to have thrown some versatile types.

“The litter produced seven dogs, I would have liked a couple of bitches for breeding purposes down the line, seven boys are a bit of a handful as well,” Catton said.

“Snakey Katie’s been a cracking brood bitch for me and she’s got a couple of litter’s still to come where I’m sure the numbers will balance out.

“It’s interesting to see the contrast in some of her offspring, Katanti's brother Oh My who’s with Ray Plimmer ran home in 12.58 seconds to win at Albion Park last night, hopefully we’ve got a good sprinter and stayer in time.”



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