Single Gaze all set for Cup day

Trainer Nick Olive reports all is well with Single Gaze heading into tomorrow’s Melbourne Cup.

Olive says the star Canberra mare has been ticking along nicely and went back to the beach yesterday and had a canter around this morning (Monday).

Olive says Single Gaze’s jockey Kathy O’Hara has just arrived in Melbourne and off a big winning weekend.   O’Hara wrote three winners at Rosehill on Saturday including Carzoff for Chris Waller. She followed up on Sunday with a winner at Goulburn.

Canberra Racing Geared For Melbourne Cup Day

Canberra’s Melbourne Cup day meeting is always a cracker occasion and will be boosted this year with the likely presence of star local Single Gaze in the race that stops the nation.

The Nick Olive-trained Single Gaze comes off a second placing in the Caulfield Cup and has enthralled Canberra race-fans with her spring performances.

Local TABS and Clubs have been packed for her appearances and that’s sure to be replicated at Thoroughbred Park on Tuesday 7 November when a record crowd is anticipated.

Maryore to run in Flemington on Cup day

Canberra is likely to be represented by two horses on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington.

If all goes to plan Caulfield Cup runner-up Single Gaze will take her place in the 2017 Melbourne Cup for Nick Olive.

And Joe Ible is setting Maryore up for a first-up tilt in the Group 3, 2017 Maybe Mahal Stakes for mares over 1400m.

Maryore won the 2017 Provincial Championships when trained by Phillip Courtney and then spelled in Queensland before joining Ible’s Canberra team.

Maryore to run in Flemington on Cup day

Canberra is likely to be represented by two horses on Melbourne Cup Day at Flemington.

If all goes to plan Caulfield Cup runner-up Single Gaze will take her place in the 2017 Melbourne Cup for Nick Olive.

And Joe Ible is setting Maryore up for a first-up tilt in the Group 3, 2017 Maybe Mahal Stakes for mares over 1400m.

Maryore won the 2017 Provincial Championships when trained by Phillip Courtney and then spelled in Queensland before joining Ible’s Canberra team.

Single Gaze ‘As Good As Ever’ — Trainer Nick Olive

“It’s starting to get real” … that’s Canberra trainer’s thoughts as his brave mare Single Gaze heads into Saturday’s $3 million 2017 Caulfield Cup (2400m).

Olive says the support for Single Gaze — not just in Canberra, but nationally — has been “phenomenal.”

“There’s a real story behind the horse which people relate to and she’s being doing them proud,” Olive says.

Single Gaze drew barrier 12, which makes it a little tougher for a mare who can sit handy, but Olive says he’s not overly disappointed.

Canberra starts in the World's richest horse race

There is stellar racing representation by Canberra stables in two major cities over the weekend including local stars Fell Swoop and Single Gaze. 

Fell Swoop takes his position in The $10 million Everest in Sydney and hopes ride for another Group 1 win by Single Gaze in the $1 million Ladbrokes Stakes in Caulfield. 

Ten Canberra horses will contest races at Randwick tomorrow.  Apart from Fell Swoop there are three horses engaged in the anniversary highway and five in the consulation highway, with Fox Tales contesting the last race.

Bring A Secret Top Weight For Rich Anniversary Highway

Canberra stables will play a strong hand in Saturday’s $200,000 TAB Anniversary Highway 1400m at Royal Randwick.

Nominations for race were so numerous that the Australian Turf Club took the decision to run an additional race on the Everest Day program — a $100,000 TAB Highway Consolation 1400m.

The Nick Olive trained Bring A Secret is top weight in the $200,000 feature coming off a dominant win in the Tony Campbell Memorial at Canberra.

Other Canberra gallopers sure to get a start are Le Cavalier (Norm Gardner), and Darts Away (Barbara Joseph-Paul Jones).

Bring A Secret Caps A Memorable Day For Trainer Nick Olive

 

Tony Campbell Cup Day was an occasion to remember for Canberra premiership trainer Nick Olive.  

On top of the premiership, Olive took out a number of awards including Horse Of The Year — and to cap it off won his fourth Tony Campbell Memorial Cup when Bring A Secret saluted in the prestigious race.

Olive celebrated the day at the gala luncheon with a larger group of owners and friends and was delighted with Bring A Secret’s win.

Upwards for Single Gaze

Star Canberra mare Single Gaze has come through her tough run in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) in good order, according to trainer Nick Olive.

Single Gaze was forced to work hard outside the leader Samovare and did a big job to finish just 1.9L behind the winner Bonneval.

“It would have been nice for her to get a softer run for another furlong,” Olive said.

“She knew she’d been around. But she pulled up well and has eaten-up.”

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