Hong Kong Opportunity Beckons For Single Gaze

A successful spring campaign could see star Canberra mare racing in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club has sounded out trainer Nick Olive about the possibility of Single Gaze competing at the International Race Day on 10 December.

The $4 million Hong Kong Cup (2000m) and the $3 million Hong Kong Vase (2400m) are possibilities for Single Gaze and Olive says she has had the required inoculations to enable her to travel and compete.

Olive says she’s yet to be officially invited, but of she races well in Melbourne in the spring an invitation would be probable.

Paul Facoory Joins Canberra’s Training Ranks

Long-time Toowoomba trainer Paul Facoory is the latest addition to Canberra’s training ranks.

Facoory moved to the capital four weeks ago and has 11 horses in work with more to come down.

The former New Zealander will line up two runners at Friday’s meeting on the Acton surface — Swindlers Miss in Race 1 and Quite Magical in Race 7 and both resume.

Facoory rode on the flat and over the fences in New Zealand and later worked with a number of leading stables.

The Everest Market — $26 Canberra’s Fell Swoop

Bookies are offering $26 about star Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop to win the inaugural $10 million The Everest at Randwick on 14 October.

The All In Betting has Chautauqua heading the market at $5 from Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign and UK sprinter Caravaggio both $7 — with the latter an unlikely starter.

Other locals currently fancied by the bookies ahead of Fell Swoop are Russian Revolution, Houtzen, Spieth, Vega Magic and Ability.  

Perizada Wins For Weston-Nisbet At Warwick Farm

Canberra trainers Ron Weston and John Nisbet recorded their first city winner in partnership when Perizada saluted Wednesday in a Warwick Farm BM 70 (1200m).

Third-up, the 6yo Shaft mare was backed from $7.0 into the $3.90 favourite ridden by Tim Clark.

Nisbet said she deserved the win after recovering from a setback that saw her 18 months in the paddock.

“She’s a really good mare … Eric her owner has been very patient with her and she has repaid him.

Premiership winners


Trainer Nick Olive and Jockey Brendan Ward added to their ACT premiership tallies when the 2016/2017 racing season wrapped up in Canberra on Friday.

Olive looked out of the race mid-season but with winning trebles at the last two meetings saw him on even points with the Dryden/Collings stable.  Olive secured the premiership with 3win up at the end of the day.

To add to the merit the Olive stable achieved a 24% strike rate on the Canberra course proper and 25% on the Acton synthetic.

Premiership winners for 2016/2017

Trainer Nick Olive and Jockey Brendan Ward added to their ACT premiership tallies when the 1016-17 racing season wound up at Canberra of Friday.

Olive looked out of the race mid-season but came home with a wet sail scoring trebles at the last two meetings to top the Keith-Dryden–Scott Collings yard by 3 wins.

To add to the merit the Olive stable achieved a 24% strike rate on the Canberra course proper and 25% on the Acton synthetic.

Single Gaze Back In Work

Good news for Single Gaze’s legion of fans.

Canberra trainer Nick Olive reports the star mare has come back to work in tremendous order and has improved again.

Olive says Single Gaze worked along very well on Tuesday and will get down to more serious work next week.

He says she will race exclusively in Melbourne during the spring.

“She has never been down there before and it will be her first experience the Melbourne way,” Olive says.

Top Stables Flex Canberra Premiership Muscle

With the 2016-17 ACT Trainer Premiership on the line the two front-running stables have powerful representation at Friday’s season-ending meeting at Canberra.

Nick Olive goes into the day with a one win lead over the Keith Dryden-Scott Collings partnership.

Olive has accepted with 11 horses, including a couple of emergencies, and Dryden Collings with 9, including a double acceptor.

Highway Decision Deferred For At Least Three Months

Racing NSW has deferred for at least three months a decision on whether Canberra trainers maintain their “country” status.

This follows a meeting between the Canberra Racing Club and Racing NSW chief executive Peter V’landys and chairman Russell Balding.

Peter V’landys says the meeting was “productive” and that the club had “put forward a concise presentation”.

He said Racing NSW had agreed to defer any decision for “at least three months” to give the Racing NSW Board time to consider the club’s presentation.    

Dale's weekend of racing

Matt Dale has 3 runners at Randwick on Saturday and expects his up and comer Clipper to perform well after her last start at Caulfield where she came an admirable third.   Dale made the decision to rest her for an additional week after her arrival back at the Canberra stables to recuperate and she will head to Sydney to compete against older mares in the Benchmark 85 over 1100m.  An ideal barrier and in-form jockey Tim Clark with 55 kilos may be the perfect combination.

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