Ian Holland will be hoping his well named galloper, Glover, can go the full 12 rounds at Coonamble Jockey Club on Saturday, when contesting the Class One/Maiden over the 2000m.
The Al Maher gelding was a good maiden winner over the 1300m at Coonamble at their showcase meeting on October 11, and on Saturday will get the chance to demonstrate his staying potential, racing over the tough 10-furlong trip.
Stable foreman and trackwork rider, Ashley Holland, explained that Glover seemed destined to be a stayer, before suggesting he was a winning chance this weekend if he settled into a solid rhythm early in the event.
“We really think he can get over a bit of ground,” Ms Holland said.
“He is a funny horse to ride, he doesn’t like too much pressure on him and over the longer trip, hopefully he can settle down nicely.”
The lightly raced seven-year-old has been a work in progress for the Coonamble stable, and Holland explained it was his flighty personality that has kept him and the team on their toes.
“We are the second people to have him, he was broken in and he got marked as a handful, and I think he just got forgotten about and we had another horse (Crim) with the owners and they asked us if we could have a go with him,” Ms Holland said.
“When he won his maiden here, he didn’t have too much pressure, but when Kody Nestor’s horses came at him, he fought back and won, but ever race since then, he has either drawn really bad gates, or they have gone too quick for him.”
As a result of his boisterous personality, Glover can be a little bit naughty at times, and Holland said he needs things to go his way.
“I ride him at work, he pulls a little bit, and you need to manage it, but you can’t pull him up too much, or he will start reefing or tearing away,” Ms Holland said.
“He just needs things to go his way. We just need to slow him down and sit him there with no pressure, even if he is out the back, or if he gets out and sets a slow tempo; we just need to take that pressure of him.”
The Holland racing team believe Glover will improve on recent runs at Coonabarabran and Warren when returning to his home track and with veteran hoop, Ken Dunbar, in the saddle.
“He should be suited to Coonamble more so this preparation. We have been on the track a little more, so we hope he realises where he is and that he will know what he is in for,” Ms Holland said.
“Ken Dunbar is also on board, he knows the horse, he has ridden him a few times and he will get the best out of him.”
Holland will likely have two runners in action at the meeting, with the stable confident Local Belle can run a sneaky race in the 1100m Maiden Plate.
“Local Belle will race if she gets a run, this will only be her third start for us, and she has been working exceptionally well and she is nice and fresh,” Ms Holland said.
“We got her from another local trainer here in town and we have changed a few tactics with her, and she ran a really nice at Mudgee, leading all the way to only get swamped in the finish.”
In what should be another bumper day of racing, the six-race-program is another TAB race day for Coonamble Jockey Club, and there is ample interest, with 104 nominations.
Final fields will be released by Racing NSW tomorrow (Thursday) morning and for more information on attending the meeting, patrons and race goers are encouraged to visit Coonamble Jockey Club on Facebook.