Holy Cow Another Winner!
May 12, 2016
The impost of 61kg was not enough to stop Holy Cow showing her class at Sandown on Wednesday, the talented but unfortunately sparingly raced mare dominating her rivals in the Swettenham Stud Handicap.
Ridden quietly by an in-form Mark Zahra, the five-year-old was wide with cover, sneaking closer from the 600m before swinging five wide into the straight and letting down nicely.
Drawing clear from the 100m to win by a comfortable 1 3/4 lengths, Holy Cow recorded third success of her 16 start career and her first since a Moonee Valley victory in the spring of 2014.
"She probably isn't going to get to the heights she was going to," Michael Kent rued, noting that "she was a stakes class filly but she's had a lot of issues with her feet which have held her back."
Twice fourth in stakes company, it may not be too late for Holy Cow to earn coveted black type with the Listed Centaurea Stakes at Morphettvillelooking a nice race for her.
Kent was happy to strike rain affected going with Holy Cow, having contemplated running her at Flemington last weekend - but conditions didn't suit.
"When it came up a good 3 I thought we will stay out of that. The track today is beautiful, it has a nice jar out of it."
A $150,000 Easter graduate raced by Rick Jamieson's Gilgai Farm, Holy Cow is a daughter of Teofilo and the stakes placed imported mare Mermaid Island. Served last spring by Pierro, she is a half-sister to the Irish 1000 Guineas winner Nightime.
Holy Cow's page received an upgrade just hours after her win - Nightime's daughter Zhukova by Fastnet Rock winning at Group 3 level at The Curragh on Wednesday night.
It was Mark Zahra's first ride on Holy Cow and he was confident throughout - "with 61kg you could not have scripted it better," he said.
"She had a lovely flow into the race and I was able to wind her up from the 1000m. She felt a bit flat at the top of the straight but I gave her a couple and she was gold through the line."
"I think she is looking for a bit further now too," - good news with the Centaurea Stakes run at 2000m.