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“He’s got everything he needs to go to the top!” enthused jockey Aldo Domeyer after he’d steered three-year-old Katak (2018 CTS April Yearling Sale) to a scintillating win in Tuesday’s Kuda Variety Club Mile (Gr3) at Kenilworth. Arctic Drift (CPYS 2018), finished second, 5.50-lengths adrift of Katak, and ahead of Captain Flinders in third.

Domeyer had been looking forward to partnering Katak in a race after being called up to ride him in home gallops recently and he said: “When I got off him the first time I said to Mr Steyn (Piet, part-owner and trainer), that his colt is something special.

“I had all the confidence in him and his athletic ability today and he showed how good he is. When he quickened away, he just lengthened and lengthened. He will get better and I am excited for the summer, when he will be at his best.”

Steyn acquired the Highlands-bred Katak privately from Rosedene Stud, who had consigned him to the sale. He sold half a share afterwards to Marsh Shirtliff, and they are both looking forward to what looks like a sparkling career in the making.

“He didn’t make a bid at the sale, he went through the ring unsold, but I liked him and managed to get him afterwards,” Steyn commented. “I think Katak is one of the best I’ve trained. One can only proved they are the best when they run against the best, so this was a good starting point. Well go for the rest of the series races now,” Steyn said, pointing to the Winter Classic and the Winter Derby.

Katak, by Potala Palace from Sapphire Silk, by Windrush, is three from three with earnings of just a notch below R160,000.