Holler set for G1 Manikato Stakes

Group 1 winning Commands sprinter Holler will join the Darley Victoria roster in 2017.

The announcement was made by Darley Australia’s managing director Henry Plumptre at the stud’s annual stallion parade at Northwood Park on Sunday.

Holler is being set for the G1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley in October after a trip to Royal Ascot where he was unplaced in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes.

He earned a start overseas after winning the G2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley and G1 Canterbury Stakes earlier this year.  He was also bloused out of the G1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley, beaten a nose by Flamberge.

“He’s come out of Royal Ascot well and had a good break,” trainer John O’Shea said.  “He benefited from that race up the straight and learned a lot.  We’re getting him ready for the big sprints in the spring and the race that springs to mind is the Manikato.  He loves the Valley and has run some big races there.”

Holler is a homebred for Sheikh Mohammed and he became the 10th Group 1 winner by Commands with a brilliant display of sustained speed in the Canterbury Stakes in March.

Commands, who died in July 2014, has several sire sons at stud including Epaulette (Darley NSW) and Skilled (Darley Victoria).  “He is your quintessential Australian horse and has strong Australian pedigree,” O’Shea said.  “He is a big, tough galloping horse and raced at 550kg.”

Holler is the best of three winners out of Shouts (Strategic) who is a half-sister to champion sprinter Yell (Anabaa).  His second-dam Vocalised (Bluebird) is a stakes winning half-sister to Group 1 winner Anthems (Palace Music).