I Am Invincible x Catchy filly (Image: Inglis)

Catchy’s million-dollar baby

April 7 2021

It was with mixed emotions that Robert Crabtree entered the first foal of Catchy at this year’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

The daughter of Fastnet Rock was a brilliant filly for Crabtree, winning a Group 1 Blue Diamond at two and a Danehill Stakes and Arrowfield Stakes at G2 level at three, but he is a breeder and is acutely aware that, sometimes, head needs to win out over heart.

Hence, he tested the market with the filly who was the result of a union between Catchy and champion stallion I Am Invincible.

That decision was justified when she sold to Guy Mulcaster for $1.2 million, although Crabtree would have loved to have sacrificed a portion of that to remain involved as a part-owner.

“It’s bittersweet really,” he said minutes after her time in the ring. “You’d love to keep them, but you have to pay the bills and you have to be seen to be a seller.

“I would have loved to have kept a bit of her and when I found out that Guy Mulcaster had bought her for the Chris Waller stable I said, ‘Can I stay in for a little bit’, but it didn’t work out this time.

“I guess that really just says everything is very good business when the vendor would like to stay in and there’s still no room for him.

“But we’re happy.”

Waller’s bloodstock agent Mulcaster bought the filly in a transaction that also includes Hermitage Thoroughbreds.

Catchy’s first foal was Crabtree’s second seven-figure yearling of the season after selling the $1.1m colt by Written Tycoon out of Gybe who topped the Inglis Premier Sale in Melbourne earlier this year.

She went through as Lot 242, followed by a colt who is effectively the filly’s uncle. Lot 243, who was prepared for sale by Coolmore, is a son of Fastnet Rock and Cats Whisker, which makes a brother to Catchy, and he sold to Lotte Bloodstock for $200,000.

The Catchy filly was one of three seven-figure yearlings in the first hour of selling early on Day 2, all of whom were by I Am Invincible.

Coolmore paid $1.4m for a colt out of G1 winner Cosmic Endeavour by the sure sire who will also be trained by Waller, while Andrew Williams went to $1m for a colt with a page that includes Darley/Godolphin stars Sepoy, Bivouac and Guelph.

– Brad Bishop, racing.com