Holmquist calling for winner

Hescallingcalling and Ulrika Holmquist racing away to an easy win at Matamata yesterday. (Photo: Kenton Wright).

Hescallingcalling and Ulrika Holmquist racing away to an easy win at Matamata yesterday. (Photo: Kenton Wright).

Cambridge apprentice Ulrika Holmquist may have a long wait before she gets her wish with Hes Callingcalling.

Holmquist is one of the biggest fans of the Road To Rock three-year-old and was thrilled to guide him to victory in the Allied Security 1200 at Matamata yesterday.

“He’s one of my favourites in the (Anne Herbert) stable,” said Holmquist. “When he retires I want him as my pony. He’s such a neat little horse.”

Hes Callingcalling had finished fifth and third in his first two starts, both on heavy tracks, before breaking through for a deserved win in the slow going and he did it in the manner of a horse likely to win more races.

“I didn’t ask him until the 200 and he kicked really well,” said Holmquist after guiding him to a two and a half-length win over Duchess Kate.

He’s Callingcalling had already repaid his modest purchase price before winning yesterday. He cost owner John Comber a mere $200 when offered at the 2013 National Weanling Sale at Karaka and has now won $5250 in prize money.

It was a bargain basement price which doesn’t reflect his pedigree and it’s no wonder Herbert is happy to have him in the stable. He is closely related to Baldessarini, who won seven races from the Herbert stable and provided a highlight when taking the 2005 Gr. 1 Railway Handicap at Ellerslie.

When talking of Hes Callingcalling, only one horse is more favoured by Holmquist and that one is also owned by Comber.

“He’s my second favourite to Ysabella Brave,” said Holmquist. “She’s got to be my favourite.”

Holmquist has been aboard Ysabella Brave in almost all her races, including each of her four wins (all at Matamata).