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.

“It could have been worse and she has the ability to find a comfortable spot.”

Single Gaze was just nosed-out of third in last Saturday’s $1 million Caulfield Stakes and Olive says Single Gaze “… is as good now as she has ever being.”

Olive was speaking as he returned from Melbourne’s Mordialloc Bay (Wednesday morning), where Single Gaze has been a regular feature since she’s been in Melbourne.

“She loves it at the beach, and continues to thrive in her general work.”

Single Gaze will go to the 2400m for the first time and Olive says he’s “excited” to see her over the trip, believing she will run it right out.

The furthest the mare has competed is 2200m — winning the Group 2, 2017 PJ O’Shea at Doomben, followed by a second placing in the Group 2, 2017 Brisbane Cup at the same venue.

Single Gaze started from a wide gate in that event and worked early settling in fourth with cover and fought hard conceding 6kg to the winner Chocante.  

The mare has been nominated for the 2017 Melbourne Cup and Olive says a start is not out of the question.

“We will know a lot more after Saturday.”