Better end to day for Holmquist

Ulrika Holmquist saluting the judge after winning on Chatham Whisper at Ellerslie last Monday.

Ulrika Holmquist saluting the judge after winning on Chatham Whisper at Ellerslie last Monday.

Talented Cambridge apprentice Ulrika Holmquist had a bad start to raceday at Ellerslie last Monday, but she ended up on a high note.

Before the first race on McGregor Grant Steeples day, Holmquist attended an adjourned inquiry into her ride on Sing For The Sun at Ellerslie two days earlier. She admitted a breach of careless riding after angling her mount outwards when not sufficiently clear of Special Unit near the 200 metres and was suspended for four riding days (June 12 – 19).

Unperturbed by the setback, Holmquist picked up a third on the Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs-trained Lord And Master then two races later, in the eighth event, she guided Chatham Whisper to victory for her “boss” Anne Herbert.

Bred by Awapuni trainer Jeff Lynds, Chatham Whisper is owned by Herbert and had shown promise with a win and a couple of placings in his previous 11 starts. Holmquist had been aboard the Chinese Dragon four-year-old in each of his best performances with the maiden win coming at Matamata last January.

An eye-catching fifth at Ellerslie on May 28 suggested Chatham Whisper was on the verge of a win and Holmquist gave him every opportunity last Monday, settling him in the trail, cutting the corner and challenging with 300 metres to run.

Chatham Whisper didn’t make it easy for Holmquist as he laid out under pressure in the run home, inconveniencing Bold Bachelor 200 metres, and continued to shift ground outwards.

However, Holmquist was doing her best on the gelding and she got Chatham Whisper home by a long neck from Taken The Liberty.

Holmquist has ridden 13 winners this season and 10 of them have been for Herbert. In total she has kicked home 38 winners and she should get her share of opportunities over the winter months with trainers taking advantage of her 2kg claim.