Former kiwi mare Holy Moly (NZ) began her career at John Sargent’s new Warwick Farm stables with a tough win in the $85,000 Nestle Professional (BM80) Handicap (1200m) at Warwick Farm on Saturday.
Holy Moly under Glyn Schofield, holds off Pentasia and Zauberflote to win the Nestle Professional, picture sportpix.com.au
Holy Moly came across the Tasman with pretty strong form including a listed win and a group three placing though it was expected that the six furlongs of Saturday’s race would be too short, however after a nice trial leading in, the distance wasn’t a problem.
Ridden by Glyn Schofield, Holy Moly jumped well from the barriers and sat third in the run behind Trilione (Parr) and Pentasia (Spriggs), who was outside the leader.
Rounding the turn, Trilione shifted off the fence and took out Pentasia which gave Schofield a clear run into the straight without having to take move off his line.
In the run to the line Pentasia kept kicking while Holy Moly made ground up the inside and Zauberflote (Shinn) came with a late challenge down the outside . Stride by stride the other two reeled the leader in and it was Holy Moly who put her head in front and got the result on the line.
The official margin was a head to Pentasia with short head to Zauberflote in third. The overall time was 1.10.91 with the last 600m run in 35.5.
“It was a great result,” stable representative Andrew Carston said. “She was a listed winner at three in New Zealand, but today was over 1400m which we thought might have been a bit sharp but her trial was nice and she has come on.
“She is a rough, hard going filly and Glyn rode her lovely. It takes a bit of pressure off and it is a great start to our new stable.”
“I just really loved the way she attacked the line and really wanted to win,” Schofield said.
“I was fortunate, I got a nice cozy run in behind them. When they all came off the fence rounding the turn I was in two minds to either poke up outside Blake or hold the inside line, which is what I did and I think saving that ground might have helped.
“Nonetheless, she really wanted to win and she is a really nice type of mare, she upside to her now, there will be a little bit of improvement and they look to have the yardstick right with a win first up.”
Holy Mole (NZ) is by Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) out of the Zabeel (NZ) mare Clarissa (NZ) and is owned by I W Moses.