Olive on top

Canberra based trainer Nick Olive has re-established himself as the district's leading trainer when notching up his fifth Canberra Racing Club Trainer's Premiership this month.

Having finished fourth behind Keith Dryden in the premiership last year, Olive proved dominant this season clearing out to defeat his nearest rival Guy Walter by five wins with local trainers Keith Dryden and John Nisbet finishing third and fourth respectively.

"It's been a great season for the stable, we've got a good bunch of staff and I've had some nice horses come through of late especially in the last six months," Olive said.

Currently training at a strike rate of 15 per cent for this season Olive has really been pleased to see up and coming gallopers Akoonah and Rose Of Falvelon excel at the races this time in.

Having remained unbeaten in her three career starts to date Olive hopes to raise the bar next time in and will look to take on metropolitan company with rising star Akoonah.

"She [Akoonah] does appear to be quite promising she's gone out to the paddock now," Olive said.

"Hopefully we can get her to town next preparation and she can be super competitive up there.

"You never know with these sort of horses you keep raising the bar with them and hopefully they can just keep making the step up."

Although Rose Of Falvelon notably failed at her last start at Canterbury, Olive was quick to rule a line through that performance after she failed to handle the heavy conditions.

"She didn't handle it all, all her brothers and sisters hated the wet so we were a bit wary of that and she proved the theory right," Olive said.

"She's had a long preparation with a few setbacks so we decided to turn her out as well."

While admitting Rose Of Falvelon had always impressed at home he was taken aback by Akoonah's efforts at the races.

"Rose of Falvelon has always showed us a lot at home where as Akoonah sort of snuck up on us a little bit," Olive said.

"She [Akoonah] was quite immature but when she got to the racecourse she really put it together and kept improving."

In what has proven his fifth trainer's premiership in the past seven years Olive is not one to settle on the past achievements with his focus geared towards next season.

"You can't dwell on the past season too much and just got to look forward to the next season, hopefully some of those young horses can step up to a bit higher grade next time in and we can continue the success," Olive said.