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O'Shea Takes Positives Out Of Holler Performance
Godolphin 3YO Holler has failed in his quest to become the latest Australian sprinter to win at Royal Ascot with a sub-par 7th place finish (beaten 2.5-lengths) in the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (6 furlongs) on Saturday. However, despite his prima facie disappointing effort, trainer John O'Shea said he would give some thought to running the colt in the Gr1 July Cup at Newmarket on 9 July. "I think that he will definitely improve off that but whether he will improve enough to win the July Cup is what we have to decide," O'Shea told Racing.com. O'Shea said the experience of campaigning Holler in England had provided him with valuable insight into what is required to achieve success abroad. "This has been an important experience for the type of horse that we need to bring across and for what races," O'Shea said. "Holler has always been a second tier horse, a nice horse and a Group One winner, but certainly not the best that we have." He added: "I would like to come and compete again, not with big numbers but with the right type of horse. A race like the Commonwealth Cup would be great to target with a two year old that ran well in a Golden Slipper."