The Roger James trained Holy Moly gained some more valuable black type at Te Rapa yesterday as she continued her path toward the Group One - One Thousand Guineas.
She may have been beaten by arguably the best colt (Antonio Lombardo) and best filly (Anabandana) in the country in the Group 3 James & Annie Sarten Memorial (1400m), but Holy Moly’s rider Vinny Colgan remained upbeat about her Christchurch prospects, and definitely wants to stay with her in the $300,000 Group One on the last day of the carnival.
Trainer Roger James is confident he will have at least two chances in the One Thousand Guineas this year – Holy Moly and Full Of Spirit, who was unlucky at Ellerslie on Saturday after beating subsequent winner Cathay Lady on debut at Tauranga. Jockey Jason Waddell has picked up the ride on Full Of Spirit at Riccarton, after previously being booked to ride another James trained filly Prestigious Miss. “Unfortunately, she had to have an operation to remove a chip from a joint after Hastings and is in the paddock for now” said James.
Quizzed on how He’s Remarkable went at Mooney Valley on Saturday James said “I wasn’t unhappy with the run. There had been a fair bit of rain before his race and the track was a genuine Dead, and even his jockey Cory Brown felt he hadn’t shown the turn of foot he had seen in previous videos of his New Zealand runs, and may need it firmer ”
“It makes it hard for him to get into the Emirates Mile on the last day at Flemington now” said James, “but we’ll see what happens”