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Holler to miss July Cup, Spring Carnival a priority

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Trainer John O’Shea will bypass the Group 1 £500,000 Darley July Cup (6 furlong) at Newmarket on July 9 with Holler and has sent the three year old home to prepare for the Spring Carnival.

Holler will return to Australia and be prapared for the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Holler will return to Australia and be prapared for the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley. Photo by Ultimate Racing Photos.

Holler has been campaigning in England and finished seventh to Twilight Son down the straight at Royal Ascot last Saturday in the Group 1 £600,000 The Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs).

O’Shea has said that Holler had pulled up well and was initially planning to stay on in England and run at Newmarket but has since changed tact and Holler and will now head back to Australia and be prepared for the major sprints over the Spring Carnival.

“He’s come out of the race well, but he’ll have a break now, and we will get him ready for the big races in the Spring at home,” O’Shea said.

Holler has raced well at Moonee Valley for two wins and a second and could head there for the Group 1 $1m Manikato Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on October 21.

“The race that springs to mind is the Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley. He loves the Valley, and has run some big races there,” O’Shea said.

“But having said that, I believe he has benefited from his race up the straight at Ascot, he will have learned a lot.”

Holler’s three runs at Moonee Valley resulted in a win in the Group 3 $150,000 Telstra Phonewords Stakes (1200m) during the 2015 Spring Carnival, and a win in the Group 2 $200,000 Jeep Australia Stakes (1200m) and a second in the Group 1 $500,000 Mitchelton Wines William Reid Stakes (1200m) during the 2016 Melbourne Autumn Carnival.

The Commands colt has also proved himself at Group 1 level with an all the way win in the Group 1 $500,000 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick on March 5.

The 2016 Melbourne Spring Carnival sprinting features are set to be blockbusters with the world’s highest rated sprinter Chautauqua, multiple Group 1 winner Lankan Rupee and international Group 1 winner Buffering all being prepared to make an appearance.

About The Author

Mark Mazzaglia

Mark is a passionate journalist with a life-time involvement in the racing industry. He spent many years as an analyst and form expert at the Courier Mail and also has hands-on experience working with some of Queensland’s top trainers.

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