Hoylonny could be a star in the making
The $1 million Golden Rose was considered for emerging talent Hoylonny but he is instead being saved for next year’s autumn carnival after breaking through in style at Canterbury on Wednesday. Chris Waller has a big opinion of the three-year-old son of Lonhro and had even contemplated throwing him in the deep end in Saturday’s Group One Golden Rose (1400m).
Instead he opted for the midweek race at Canterbury and Hoylonny overcome a slow getaway to score a soft win in the Rosehill on Facebook Handicap (1200m).
“He’ll probably go for a spell now, I’ve got a really high opinion of him,” Waller said.
“He’s just a frame at the moment and he needs to fill out, but he’s got a big future.”
Waller said the Group One Randwick Guineas (1600m) in the autumn would be a “perfect” target for Hoylonny who was having just his second start on Wednesday.
Hoylonny, who formed part of a winning treble at Canterbury for Waller, jumped away slowly but jockey Hugh Bowman was able to sneak up into a good position along the rail before angling between runners shortly after straightening.
He defeated The Great Snowman by half a length with Lord Mitchell three-quarters of a length away third.
Despite winning, Bowman believes there is still plenty to learn for the lightly-raced galloper.
“The lights are on but nobody is home yet,” the jockey said.
While Hoylonny will have to wait to get his chance in better company, the Anthony Cummings-trained three-year-old Shadow West is headed for spring fillies features after breaking her maiden status in the Grand Pavilion Handicap (1200m).
Shadow West is a full-sister to the Cummings-trained South Australian Derby winner Shadows In The Sun and relished a drop back to midweek grade as she came from back in the field to defeat debutante Choice Words by a neck.
Cummings said the Group One Flight Stakes is on the agenda for Shadow West with the filly also nominated for the VRC Oaks.
“She’s one of the best trackworkers we have got but this was the first time she has put it all together in a race,” Cummings said.
Shadow West was part of a winning double for jockey Glyn Schofield who also scored on the Waller-trained import Kelinni, while Kerrin McEvoy took riding honours with a treble including victory on Adroitly who cruised home by 7-1/2 lengths in a restricted 2800m event.
“I had to have a look around (in the straight) because I wasn’t trusting the vision I saw on the big screen,” McEvoy quipped after his win on Adroitly.
McEvoy’s other wins came aboard Beg in the fourth event and Lohengrin in the final race.