A Holy Double

Nov 22, 2014

It may have taken a while for the talented Holy Cow to break through for her first win but after claiming her maiden at Moonee Valley late last month she was able to go right on with the job at that same track on Friday night.

Despite rising in both class and distance, the dashing chestnut was sent out favourite – so impressive had she been winning at her previous outing.

And she looked even better this time, taking a sit behind the pace before making an early challenge – always travelling sweetly for Jackie Beriman.

Beginning her run at the school, Holy Cow served it up to her rivals approaching the corner and just before the turn was in front – giving a winning kick into the straight.

Saluting by a soft two lengths, Holy Cow impressed her rider.

“She revelled today, she felt a lot better than she did last start so I can’t see why she cant go on with it,” Beriman enthused.

“Mick said don’t be afraid to come out at the 600m and make your run and that’s what we did.”

“She is very, very tough,” Beriman continued, adding that she was pleased to outride her 2kg claim on a Mick Kent trained horse.

“It is great to do it one of his horses, he is my biggest supporter and I can’t thank him enough.”

Raced in the all black colours of long time stable supporter Rick Jamieson, Holy Cow will now head to the paddock in preparation for an autumn campaign.

“We will set her for some stakes races – she’s got the talent and I think we have the timing right for her to head out for a spell now,” Kent said.

“She’s got great depth, she just keeps galloping and I think she will keep on galloping. She could go a mile and a quarter if I wanted her to… there is more to come from her for sure.”

Rueing the fact that Holy Cow was unlucky not to win her first two starts at stakes level, Kent noted that the daughter of Teofilo has been lightly raced due to hoof problems.

“She has very shallow white feet and they have given me lots of trouble,” he said, adding that he was happy that the Strathayr had a bit of give in it.


Photo by Grant Courtney