Single Gaze Seeks Doomben Double

Despite having to carry top weight, Canberra trainer Nick Olive had no hesitation backing up Single Gaze in Saturday’s 2017 Brisbane Cup Group 2 at Doomben.

Single Gaze took out the 2017 Group 2 O’Shea Stakes a week ago and Olive says the mare “pulled up as if she’d just finished a track gallop”.

“She’s thrived since the O’Shea and is going too well to put out.”

Olive says whatever the outcome on Saturday Single Gaze will be given a short spell and be aimed at the Spring features in Melbourne.

Olive will play a strong hand at tomorrow’s (Friday) Canberra meeting with the progressive Lord Denman leading the charge in the Tabcorp BM 60 (Race 7).

Olive had Lord Denman nominated for the Highway Handicap at Randwick on Saturday but has reserved him for the easier assignment at home and on a surface he clearly relishes.    

In Race 5, the Affinity Constructions Aus Maiden, Let It Roll presents third-up off two placings and also rates to win.

There will be plenty of interest in the debut of I Am Kalani for Olive in the John McGrath Auto Group Maiden (Race 4).  She has won a trial and Ward rides off an inside gate. Olive says she’s a “nice filly”.  

Olive says he’s hoping to see an improved run from Chuckles (Race 8) who comes to the synthetic off a couple of disappointing runs on the grass.  

Single Gaze is currently on the second line of betting for the Brisbane Cup ($5.5), behind Darren Weir’s Neverland (4.80).