Catch The Thief's Stunning St. Leger Display

CATCH The Thief returned to where it all began to capture Saturday night's Warragul St Leger Final in spectacular fashion for trainer Matt Clark.

Adam Dobbin

9 August 2020

CATCH The Thief returned to where it all began to capture Saturday night’s Group 3 Warragul St Leger Final (460m) in spectacular fashion for trainer Matt Clark.

It was only last December that the high flying son of Aussie Infrared launched his career with a dazzling 25.78 maiden victory at the Gippsland circuit, the platform for a fantastic eight months of racing, which has netted 15 wins from 25 starts and $125,000 in stakes.

Betting for Saturday night’s group 3 blockbuster suggested that the $25,000 to-the-winner feature was largely a match in two between Zambora Smokey and Catch The Thief.

But with Zambora Smokey tardily away and Catch The Thief landing straight to the front, the race was as good as over, with Catch The Thief recording a sublime 25.50 to defeat Weblec Jet by 1 1/2 lengths with Zipping Sullivan in third.

It was Catch The Thief’s first Victorian group victory, joining his group 2 WA Derby success at Cannington back in May.

He joins a Warragul St. Leger honour roll that boasts Aston Kimetto (2018) and Mepunga Daniel (2019) as previous winners since the race was successfully revamped by the club a few years ago.

With a little over three weeks until the start of the TAB Million Dollar Chase, it’s now expected that the star youngster will be full bore towards a tilt at the lucrative series.

Saturday night’s Warragul card witnessed some fantastic performances across a stellar card.

They were headed by Motor City Tiger’s last to first triumph in the President’s Cup (680m).

Trained by Geoff Scott-Smith, the son of Buck Fever has quickly created a huge impression for the Pakenham South conditioner since stepping up in journey.

Winner at six of his 14 starts, Motor City Tiger took out Saturday night’s feature by 6 1/2 lengths in 39.14, while Slingshot Titan annexed the Simon Benson Memorial (460m) later in the night in 25.73.