Holland gains his Oscar in Select Stakes decider
Trainer Graham Holland captured another major prize on Saturday night when Riverside Oscar won the early battle and then stormed clear for a five-and-a-half length victory to claim the €13,000 winner's prize in the Gain Select Stakes at Waterford.
It was always likely this race would be decided by the early happenings and so it proved. Holland's other runner Skywalker Manner was the 2-1 favourite but he mistimed the start and his chance was gone from an early stage.
Quietly actually showed marginally ahead on the outside to the bend but he couldn't get across Riverside Oscar and then checked between bends. This allowed the outsider Alien Jet to take up the chase but Riverside Oscar was already gone beyond catching.
Riverside led by five lengths at halfway from Alien Jet and coasted home a five-and-a-half length winner in 28.42 with Burgess Popeye running on well to claim the third spot another three lengths adrift.
Trainer Holland hopes to run Riverside Oscar in the Night of Stars 525 for which his kennel companion Skywalker Manner, as winner of the Irish Independent Irish Laurels, is already a guaranteed runner.
There was no competition action at Shelbourne but a very interesting card produced a fleet of top class performances. Best of them would have been the 28.18 run from the Owen McKenna-trained Hot Trend in an open 525. He would have to be a contender for the Night of Stars 525 but connections may keep him for the Comerford Cakes, which they sponsor.
Holland had mixed luck at Shelbourne where Derby favourite Sonic returned to action and ran well in an open 575 but had to settle for second behind Ken Busteed's Vivaro Swift in 31.05. But Holland was on the mark with Skywalker Pearl as she beat Droopys Awesome by a length in 28.51.
There was a brilliant run from Fraser Black's Vancouver Shea which flew from traps and won by three-and-a-half lengths from Garryvoe Bobby in 28.44.