2016 Manikato Stakes in Mind for Holler

June 22, 2016

DEPOSIT $100 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $50 bet with


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $25 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

deposit $250 to get


*In Bonus-bets

View Offers

2016 Manikato Stakes in Mind for Holler

After a failed Diamond Jubilee bid at Royal Ascot, the Godolphin-raced Holler will bypass a shot at the July Cup and instead return home from England with the Manikato Stakes 2016 in mind.


Holler returns from England for a Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival bid targeting the 2016 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley. Photo: Steve Hart.

Trainer John O’Shea confirmed the Commands colt would not press on to the Group 1 Darley July Cup (1207m) at Newmarket next month after he only managed to finish seventh behind Twilight Son over the weekend in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1207m).

Far from being disappointed with the run, O’Shea was looking at the positives and said Holler had come through the run in good order and would benefit greatly from his first experience of straight track racing.

“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 told Racenet.

To date Holler has won four of his 12 career starts, including most notably the Group 1 Canterbury Stakes (1300m) at Randwick back in March.

He backed up from that elite level success running a brave second to Flamberge at Moonee Valley in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) in his final start before heading off overseas.

O’Shea plans to head back to Moonee Valley this Melbourne Spring Racing Carnival with Holler where the young horse has an obvious liking for the tight circuit.

He was defeated just a nose in the William Reid and also boasts wins in the Group 2 Australia Stakes (1200m) from January and the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) last Cox Plate Day.

His likely target will be the $1 million Group 1 Manikato Stakes (1200m) on Cox Plate Eve under the lights on the evening of Friday 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.”

That could open up the sprint features down the famous Flemington straight including the $1 million Group 1 Darley Classic (1200m) on the first Saturday of November.

O’Shea has had just one previous Manikato Stakes runner and was successful with classy mare Sea Siren (2012) when she held off a class field including the beaten favourite Buffering (6th).

Holler will be a four-year-old by the time this season’s Manikato rolls around and Sea Siren was also the last four-year-old to win the weight-for-age feature.

The other most recent four-year-old Manikato Stakes winner was another mare, Gold Edition (2007).

The last male four-year-old to get the job done was Spark Of Life (2004) who backed up and successfully defended his Manikato title as a five-year-old in 2005.

To back Holler next race and to access the spring’s best Group 1 racing markets, make sure you’ve got an account open and ready to go at Ladbrokes.com.au where first time depositing players (excluding NSW) only need to quote the code BETBONUS to enjoy up to $500 in bonuses!

Racing fields and data are copyright 2011-2018 © Racing Australia Pty Ltd (RA) (and other parties working with it).
Racing materials, including fields, form and results, is subject to copyright which is owned by RA and other parties working with it. Full copyright notice.

Spring Racing

The Everest 2018 Ultimate Goal...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field ...

Capacity 2018 Perth Cup Field Released

Ascot Racecourse in W.A. hosts one of the summer’s highlight races on New...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney R...

2018 The Everest Next Sydney Race for Viddora

Ace young South Australian trainer Lloyd Kennewell has confirmed his Group 1...

Vega Magic Injured But Still S...

Vega Magic Injured But Still Scaling The Everest 2018

A freak accident in the paddock last month has ruled the Lindsay Park-trained...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 Geo...

Snoopy Could Miss Wet 2017 George Moore Stakes

Heavy midweek rainfall in Brisbane has put the George Moore Stakes 2017 run of...

Horse Racing Today

Pierata heads up final field f...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emerge...

Full field of 16 plus 5 emergencies for 2018 Magic Millions 2yo Classic

The David Atkins trained Jonker will carry the number one saddlecloth in the...

Pierata chasing huge payday in...

Pierata chasing huge payday in 2018 Magic Millions 3yo Guineas

The Greg Hickman trained three year old Pierata is in the running for a huge...

Magic Millions 2yo Classic fan...

Magic Millions 2yo Classic fancies hoping for middle of the field barriers

Connections of the two favourites for the 2018 $2m Magic Millions 2yo Classic...

Peters has 4 runners in 2017 K...

Peters has 4 runners in 2017 Kingston Town Classic

Prominent Perth owner Bob Peters has four runners to try to give him his fifth...

Race Results

Viewed Victorious in Caulfield Cup

Race 1 Result – $101 500 AGL Renewable Energy Stakes – She’s Got Gears Wins

Race 2 – $101,500 Schiavello Plate – Avienus Wins

Race 3 – $101 500 Lavazza A Modo Mio – Linton Street Wins

Race 4 Results – $151,500 Listed Herald Sun Stakes – Strawberry Field Wins

Race Previews

2009 Caulfield Cup Barrier Draw Announced

Who Are the Top Contenders for Tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup?

Victoria Derby in sight for Onemorenomore

2009 Melbourne Cup Field

Eclipse Stakes Final Field & Preview

Fields & Form

Can Kelinni Win Sydney Cup 2013 for the Punters?

Moroney Gets into Queensland Derby 2013 Rhythm

Buffering Draws 7 – 2013 BTC Cup Final Field and Barrier Draw

SA Fillies Classic 2013 Field Released

13 two-year-olds in 2013 Champagne Classic Field