2016 Cox Plate ‘Dream Option’ for Single Gaze
Nick Olive-trained Single Gaze is back in work with major spring races in prospect including the Cox Plate.
At her most recent run, Single Gaze crashed to the Turf in the Australian Oaks; a fall that left jockey Kathy O’Hara badly injured and Single Gaze with bruising and a pulled stomach muscle.
Just two weeks before, the mare had provided Olive with his first Group 1 success when she saluted in the 2016 Vinery Stud Stakes at Rosehill.
After vet clearances, Single Gaze was spelled for two months and has now returned to Olive’s Canberra stable.
Olive says he’s “… really happy with her”.
“She’s tough and has come back even stronger than at the commencement of her last campaign — she’s settled back in, is relaxed and going through everything perfectly.
“She’s more muscular and feels stronger under saddle.”
Olive says the stable has still to decide whether Single Gaze starts first-up in Sydneyor goes to Melbourne; with the 2016 Lets Elope Stakes at Flemington a strong possibility.
“She will initially be headed towards the W H Stock Stakes which is a Group 2 mares race at Mooney Valleyover a mile; it looks a really nice race for her.
“She will be nominated for all the big spring races and if she can win the Stocks — or goes well — the Cox Plate will definitely be on the radar, but she’s got to show she’s up to it.
“Obviously the Mackinnon Stakes is also a possibility now that they have moved it.
“These are the dream options if everything goes to plan, and she has improved as she has with every other preparation.
“There are other races like the Group 1 Myer Classic — and if she doesn’t show she’s up to Group 1 mares there is still a lot of alternatives for her.”