Holler: “No Black Caviar but he’s a good weight for age horse”
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By David Milnes 10:15AM 9 JUN 2016
AUSTRALIAN sprinter Holler had a feel of the pristine English turf of the Limekilns in Newmarket on Thursday morning as he builds up to a crack at the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot on Saturday week.
A general 12-1 chance for the 6f contest, the Godolphin-owned speedster has been lodging at Charlie Appleby’s Moulton Paddocks base since his arrival last week.
Trainer John O’Shea was on hand to supervise a four furlong exercise on the trial ground but is realistic about the task in hand.
He said: “Holler is no Black Caviar but he’s a good weight for age horse. He’ll have another workout on Tuesday when James McDonald will ride him and we’ll know more after that.
“I had a runner here three years ago but she did rather too well and was overweight when she ran at Royal Ascot so we’ll have to keep him busy but I’m very much looking forward to the race.”
He added: “We first thought about bringing him here after he won the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes at Randwick and then he was only just beaten in the William Reid. It’s hard to get a handle on the form as the Australian sprinters usually run in the Newmarket Handicap before coming here.”
Noseda to stick with plan A
Jeremy Noseda is counting down the days until Nemoralia lines up for next Friday’s Coronation Stakes and says he has been delighted by the work of last season’s Breeders’ Cup third.
But he will be keeping a wary eye on the weather at Ascot over the next eight days and described Nemoralia as “an unlikely runner” should the ground turn soft.
The classy daughter of More Than Ready disputes favouritism for the mile contest with Ballydoyle, but Noseda feels that his filly has improved since her comeback win at Listed level at York and is more than capable of matching the Classic runners.
Nemoralia: “It was always the plan to miss all the Guineas with her”
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The Newmarket trainer said: “I couldn’t be happier with Nemoralia as she worked really nicely under Frankie Dettori on Tuesday and we are very much looking forward to the race.”
Currently a best-priced 5-2 chance for the Coronation, Nemoralia’s best form at two came in the United States, where she stepped up from a Doncaster Nursery success to finishing second in a Grade 1 at Belmont Park, before rounding off her campain with a running on third on yielding ground at Keeneland.
Noseda said: “It was always the plan to miss all the Guineas with her and wait for Royal Ascot as she had a spell in Florida after the Breeders Cup and came back here later.”
The only cloud on the horizon for Ascot could be the weather as Nemoralia needs a sound surface to show her best. He added: “What we want now is some decent ground as if they get the rain and it went on the soft side, she would be an unlikely runner.”
Godolphin also worked their US juvenile Drafted in a similar exercise to Holler and he is to head to the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes.
After dismounting, jockey William Buick reported: “He felt good but the idea was to get him used to a straight track as they only ever go around bends in America.”