Horse Racing: Catchy has sprouted wings to haul in Pariah with an epic finishing burst to claim the $1.5 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes.
TOP trainer Tony McEvoy will have a new, excited owner on board as he searches for his next champion at this week’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling sale.
New mum Suzanne Rodda-Hopkins was on Sunday drawn out of a pool of 35,000-plus entries to win the Inglis/Sunday Herald Sun Win A Share In A Racehorse competition.
Rodda-Hopkins has won a 10 per cent share in a yearling bought by McEvoy this week as well as two years of training fees and insurance.
Rodda-Hopkins, from Collingwood, said she was “very excited — it’s really cool”.
“My husband gets the Herald Sun every day, and he saw the competition. He’s been aware of it for a while so we decided to enter this year. I did do quite a few entries,’’ she said.
“Sitting on the couch, having a toddler, you don’t tend to go out as much. I’m probably a typical Melburnian … we go to quite a few country meetings, and always socially on Melbourne Cup day. A day at the races is really, really fun.
“My dad is into racing, as is (husband) Chris’s whole family, so it’s going to be great.
Already the competition has delivered some exceptional horses including the impressive Set For Fame, last year’s beaten Blue Diamond favourite Fontiton, as well as consistent city winner Backstedt.
Cox Plate-winning trainer McEvoy won a ballot to train the youngster to be purchased at the sales, which started today and run until Wednesday at Oaklands Junction.
“Tony — he’s such a nice guy. You hear of these people and see them on TV but you don’t realise how nice they are really are. I think we’re going to have heaps of fun,” Rodda-Hopkins said.