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Vinery Stud’s dual G1 winning Hinchinbrook horse Press Statement looks to have a very smart South African representative to his name in the form of Kitty Cat Chat.

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The latter made it three wins from three starts with a stirring display at Kenilworth on Wednesday afternoon. Bred and owned by Ridgemont, Kitty Cat Chat was a red hot 11-20 favourite for Wednesday’s FM 88 Handicap (F&M) (1200m), and the Brett Crawford trained filly duly lived up to expectations.

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Under Anton Marcus, the three-year-old made much of the running in Wednesday’s sprint, and when Marcus asked the question, Kitty Cat Chat found more and went away to score by three-parts of a length over Marmalisa (11-1), with the latter receiving 5.5kgs from the winner. A fluent winner of her first two starts by an aggregate of five and a half lengths, Kitty Cat Chat maintained her unbeaten record by scoring in a time of 72.43 seconds. Her sire Press Statement, a G1 winner at both two and three, ended the 2019-2020 season eighth on Australia’s Leading 1st Season Sires List, with his first Australian runners banking $316 445 that season.

Racing in the blue and green silks of owner Ridgemont Highlands, it was not that long ago, another star Australian bred filly started her career off in similar fashion with an unbeaten run – retiring in the last few days off the back of victory in the Gr.1 Cape Flying Championship, only time will tell if Kitty Cat Chat is the next Run Fox Run for the connections. Carrying the Arrowfield Stud brand, Kitty Cat Chat was bred by her owners in Australia before being exported to South Africa, while her dam and half-sister by Arrowfield Stud’s Japanese shuttler Maurice, now named Whoa Whoa Whoa, were exported to Ireland by their owners.

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Kitty Cat Chat was produced by the Fast ‘N’ Famous mare Whats New Pussycat, a half-sister to Winter Challenge winner Seaway. Kittty Cat Chat’s fifth dam is VRC Oaks/VATC 1000 Guineas winner Toltrice, the granddam of Lightning Stakes winning sire Keltrice.

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