Ms Catherine winning the Typhoon Tracy Stakes (Image: Racing Photos)
Caulfield trainer Henry Dwyer achieved a dream result at The Valley on Friday night when he won a Group race with an unbeaten filly who was ridden by his stable apprentice Georgina Cartwright.
Shooting To Win filly Ms Catherine rose to the Group 3 level of the Typhoon Tracy Stakes at The Valley after blistering wins at Bendigo and The Valley in restricted grade, but she took the rise in class in her stride as she shot clear and held on at her 1200 metre debut.
Dwyer said he was thrilled for the connections of the emerging filly, but also for Cartwright, who, at 26 years of age, has been in the system for a while now.
“I am very proud of her to be honest,” Dwyer said later of Cartwright.
“She’s done it the tough way as she’s been an apprentice for a long time but she’s a great worker and it’s great she could win her first group race on this horse.”
Cartwright had only ever ridden a Listed race winner in the Balaklava Cup and was thrilled to be a part of Ms Catherine’s rise to become a Group 3 winner.
“She flies the gate and does everything right,” she said. “She probably doesn’t want any more than 1200 but she was too good tonight.”
Dwyer said he had plenty of options with the filly but said that after three runs for three wins, she might have done enough to earn a little break at her first racing campaign.
Starting at 4.60, Ms Catherine held on narrowly from the Godolphin filly Tenley ($6) who got home powerfully with Don’ttelltheboss ($12) in third place.