Holy Moly posted the first southern black-type win for former Coolmore Stud shuttler Holy Roman Emperor at Ellerslie on Saturday.
Holy Moly (3f Holy Roman Emperor – Clarissa by Zabeel) improved sharply on her recent form to win the LR Soliloquy Stakes (1400m). She scored a three-quarter length victory over Perfect Katch (Perfectly Ready) and the favourite Whoshe (Storm Creek).
The Soliloquy was the second leg of the NZ Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series. Anabandana (Anabaa) won the opening leg in the G3 Gold Trail Stakes on September 17.
Holy Moly is trained by Roger James and was sold for $200,000 at the 2010 NZ Bloodstock Premier yearling sale. She was a member of the Curraghmore draft and was purchased by agent Barry Lee on behalf of Waimarie Partnership.
Holy Roman Emperor (Danehill) was a G1 winner of the 2006 Phoenix Stakes and Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere and was being set for the following year’s classics when Coolmore drafted him into stud duties at short notice to replace George Washington.
He shuttled to Coolmore Australia for four seasons but did not make the trip this year. His first southern book contained 131 mares and there have been 5 winners from 27 starters to date.