Miracle Mile winner from top NZ family 

By Peter Wharton 

Catch A Wave, Australasia’s newest millionaire and winner of the Garrard’s Miracle Mile at Menangle, was bred and raised in Victoria but belongs to a family with deep roots in New Zealand.

Catch A Wave – 2023 Miracle Mile winner

Only a four-year-old, Catch A Wave was sired by Captaintreacherous, one of the best credentialled stallions to become available to NZ and Australian breeders, being by Somebeachsomewhere, a grandson of Matt’s Scooter. 

Captaintreacherous had a record of 1:47.2 and was one of America’s greatest colt pacers. His oldest stock ‘down under’ are five-year-olds and include Tough Tilly, Captain Ravishing, Encipher, Jewel Melody, Treachery and others, and in America he sired 59 in the 1:50 list including Lyons Sentinel ($2.1million). 

On his dam’s side, Catch A Wave has a wealth of breeding, being out of the Christian Cullen mare Coppagoodone, a member of the very successful Zenith branch of the Bell Aurore tribe. 

Coppagodone, who took a record of 1:57, produced others in Yambukian (1:55.4), a winner of 10 races to date including the Vicbred 4YO Silver and $131,850 in stakes, and Bettor Coppagoodone (1:54.5), a winner of 11 races and $103,651. 

Coppagoodone was a half-sister to the outstanding NZ racemare and dual Oaks winner De Lovely 1:54 ($613,355), the country cups winner Zadaka 1:54.4 ($203,066), Le Girl (1:58), Beez Neez (1:58.9), Sea MC (2:00) and the unraced Czanyi, dam of the Victoria 2YO Classic winner Summertime (1:56.2) and Mitsi Gaynor 1:55.3 (6 wins to date). 

Their dam, Copper Beach (1:58.6) won nine races including the NZ and Victoria Oaks and $179,794. She was by the Little Brown Jug winner Beach Towel from Lez Payzen Star, by Payson’s Brother from the Listed winner Interchange (5 wins and $116,495), by New York Motoring. 

A dual NZ Broodmare of the Year, Interchange left seven individual winners and four winner-producing daughters. Undoubtedly, the best of her progeny was the Inter Dominion champion and triple Derby and dual Auckland Cup winner Elsu 1:53.6 ($2million), who later sired winners in both Australia and NZ. 

Others from Interchange were the NZ Sires’ Stakes 2YO Championship and Redcliffe Cup winner Revonez 1:56.1 ($264,670), the exported Falcor 1:53 ($228,231) and the NZ Yearling Sale Graduate victor Mombassa. 

She was the grand-dam of the WA Sales Classic winner Cabsav, Beltane 1:51.1 ($415,706) and the Albion Park winners Lurah 1:53.6 ($140,878) and Le Tissier 1:53.3 ($119,580) and the third dam of last year’s NZ Sapling Stakes winner Vinke B, Magic Four (NZ Harness Million 3YO), the Victorian Group 2 winner Sirletic and Queen Shenandoah (WA Nights of Thunder). 

In the back removes of Catch A Wave’s pedigree are horses of the calibre of the Breeders Crown champion and successful colonial sire Tintin In America, the NZ 2YO of the Year Motoring Magic, Crombie (WA Derby), Susie Maguire (NZ 2YO Filly of the Year), Albert Jacka (WA Members Sprint), Lord Zin Zan (1:49.6), Truckers Ruffnut (WA Sires Stakes 3YO), My Ruebe Star (1:50.2) and Jack Farthing.