📸 PacePix - Catch a Wave's win

Catch A Wave claimed an unheralded second success in a million dollar race when he outstayed a top field in the $1,250,000 Group 1 The Nullarbor at Gloucester Park on Friday night (April 19).

The Captaintreacherous gelding, a graduate of the 2020 Australian Pacing Gold sale in Melbourne, had earlier captured the $1million Miracle Mile at Menangle in 2023.

After settling midfield, Catch A Wave latched onto the three-wide train with a round to go and, under Kate Gath’s urgings, gradually wore down his nine talented rivals to win by 3.1 metres.

The $500,000 winner’s cheque boosted his lifetime tally to a whopping $1,799,588.

He has won 21 races including seven at Group 1 level with seven placings from 37 starts – an average of $48,638 per start.

A former Australian 2YO Colt of the Year, Catch A Wave’s successes also include the Chariots of Fire, the Australian Pacing Gold 3YO Final, the VicBred 3YO Final and the Breeders Crown Finals at 2 and 3.

Catch A Wave was bred by Benstud Standardbreds and Peter and Zilla O’Shea and is the third foal and winner of the Christian Cullen mare Coppagoodone NZ, a daughter of the NZ and Victoria Oaks winner Copper Beach.

The five-year-old is raced by Pauline Matthews, the widow of prominent owner Richard Matthews, and is trained by Andy Gath. He was purchased for $82,000 as a yearling.

Thirty minutes earlier another APG sale graduate in Pinny Tiger led throughout to win the Parliamentarian’s Cup Nullarbor Consolation.

A six-year-old by Mach Three, Pinny Tiger was bred by David Boydell’s Pinaroo Park and was knocked down for $53,000 at the APG Melbourne sale in 2019. He has banked $294,506, the result of 18 wins and 13 placings from 48 starts.

No less than five winners on the 11-race card were sold at APG yearling sales. Besides Catch A Wave and Pinny Tiger, other sale graduates to win were Loucid Dreams, Eldaytona and Water Lou.