IMPOSSIBLE as it seems, San Carlo may soon be replaced as the stable glamour boy.
Affectionately-known as Murray, San Carlo has gained a strong following thanks to his racing ability, which has seen him establish a record of 29 wins and 10 placings from 51 starts for earnings of $531,698.
San Carlo’s standing as the poster pacer of the team, however, is in danger of being taken away by an unraced four-year-old.
Already drawing plenty of attention during his trials, Holstein is destined to establish a cult-like status.
Although the gelding has “average ability” according to co-trainer Steve O’Donoghue, Holstein demands attention purely by his appearance.
An unfashionably-bred pacer, Holstein is a remarkable looking skewbald.
“Anne (O’Donoghue, wife) loves him so much I don’t think he will ever leave the stable,” O’Donoghue said. “She bred him and pretty much does all the work with him.
“He only has average ability but has improved a lot and is still improving.
“For a horse which is yet to race he has already attractive a lot of attention at the trials with people asking about him and wanting to know when he will race.”
To be driven by Abbey Turnbull, Holstein is poised to make his debut in Echuca on Thursday night where he has drawn barrier three over 2160 metres.
By Major Bronksi, Holstein is from unraced mare Havilah Mistress, which is from the unraced Heathers Angel.
Holstein’s great granddam Admirals Heather won 12 of her 52 starts while also running 17 placings.
“He’s won a couple of easy trials and I was going to wait a little longer to race him, but the owner wants him out there,” O’Donoghue said.
“If he gets a good trip and can run up to his trial form he will do well.
“He’s got the ability to win a few races but how far he can get it hard to say.”