2016 Oakleigh Plate an Option for Holler

January 28th, 2016

Godolphin colt Holler appears likely to be set for a Group 1 appearance in a race like the 2016 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) after returning for an impressive performance a win amongst open company in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley over the weekend.

Holler may be set for the 2016 Oakleigh Plate after winning the Group 2 Australia Stakes first-up. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Holler may be set for the 2016 Oakleigh Plate after winning the Group 2 Australia Stakes first-up. Photo: Ultimate Racing Photos

Holler received good support in betting markets in the hours leading up to the Australia Stakes and did his chances of success no harm when jumping well and settling in prime position on the heels of early race leader Rebel Dane.

Offered a clear racing line upon arriving at the final straight, the son of Commands produced a strong turn of foot to pull clear and withstand a late charge from Churchill Dancer to return to racing in the best way possible.

Stable representative for Godolphin in Melbourne, David Charles was pleased with the performance and while yet to settle on a plan with trainer John O’Shea, the Group 1 sprint races including the 2016 Oakleigh Plate will likely be the targets.

“Obviously he’s improved since the spring and he’s in for an exciting autumn I’d say,’’ Charles said.

“It’s fantastic, he’s made the progress from the spring to the autumn, and it’s an exciting time ahead.”

“I don’t really know (if he stays in Melbourne). That’s John’s decision, but a nice one to have.

“John’ll be wrapped. He’s a nice horse.”

Craig Williams delivered a typically brilliant ride aboard Holler to win the Australia Stakes and is confident the horse is up to the highest level this season.

“Definitely, absolutely (can compete in the top level sprints),” Williams said after the race.

“He’s a beautiful looking horse, moves really well, gives himself every opportunity when he finds that forward position, and very solid.”

“I gave him a kick at the top of the straight, and at this level, he did a really good job to hold off a lot of Group 1 horses behind him.

“For a three-year-old to beat the older horses at weight-for-age, says he’s in for a nice summer-autumn preparation.”

Holler has posted an impressive three wins and four minors through only eight competitive starts since first appearing on course in early 2015.

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