Holloway to keep no secrets about No Telling Heather

The Holloway crew is hopeful a horse that started as a secret and quickly found her way into the headlines will recapture some old form in tomorrow night’s Haras Des Trotteurs Nutrien Equine Classic Final for three-year-old trotting fillies.

The Holloway Crew.
The Holloway Crew. Picture: HRV

No Telling Heather broke her maiden while taking out the $62,500 Nutrien feature as a two-year-old in August last year, but has won just one race since and heads into the $150,000 showdown at Melton on the back of three below-par runs this campaign.

Trainer Colin Holloway is confident that a favourable barrier draw can assist the daughter of Sebastian K this evening.

"She is going as well as ever, but the other horses have caught up with her," Holloway said. "We have drawn one so that should help her out."

No Telling Heather is a family affair for the Holloway clan, with Colin and his wife Heather making up the ownership team along with grand-daughter Demi and son Brett, who also drives the horse.

The 76-year-old trainer has fond memories of his filly's two-year-old triumph and the quirky story behind the name.

"It was a really good feeling, especially when we bought the horse," he said. "My wife didn't know and she found out on the way home. She locked the back door on me and wouldn't let me in, that's why we called her 'No Telling Heather'."

The family aspect is most important to the Sebastopol trainer.

"My son drives and my grand-daughter Demi Candy, she comes and helps me work the horses during the week. My son also comes and helps me during the week when he can," he said.

"The good part about it is it is a complete family thing; my wife is heavily involved as well and she gives us a lot of advice."

It would be a dream come true for the Holloways if their squaregaiter was able to snatch Nutrien Equine Classic honours as a three-year-old.

"It would be huge, but I am really not expecting it," he said. "She is just improving a little bit, and drawing one, I just expect her to run better than what she did in the heat (fifth)."

The Jayne Davies-prepared We Can Have It All and the Margaret Lee-trained Keayang Tweetybird won the two heats of the series and will start from gates five and 12 respectively.