MARK Kavanagh’s talented sprinter Catapulted will carry the weight of history into tomorrow’s Standish Handicap at Flemington.
Catapulted, winner of the Group 3 race in 2012, is attempting to match a feat last achieved more than 60 years ago.
While Lee Freedman’s Super Impressive and the late Kevin Curtain’s Rooney won the Standish twice, the last horse to win successive Standish Handicaps is Ungar in 1950-51.
In fact, Ungar is one of just four horses in more than 100 years to win back-to-back Standish Handicaps.
Blue Cross (1920-21), Berry Consols (1912-13) and Miss Bobby (1907-08) are the only horses to have won successive Standish Handicaps.
And, Catapulted, who’ll carry 59kg – the same weight as he carried to victory in last year’s three length victory – will match the achievement of Grandiose, whose 59kg impost is the most carried to victory in a Standish in the modern era.
Sportsbet.com.au rates Catapulted as a $2.25 favourite.