Bring A Secret Puts A Spring In Trainer Nick Olive’s Step
Canberra trainer Nick Olive remains up-beat that Bring a Secret is back to his best and rates a value chance in Sunday’s $125,000 XXX Gold Canberra Guineas 1400m.
After couple of country ‘kills’ Olive went into the Goulburn Country Championships qualifier 2-weeks ago with a degree of confidence, but Bring A Secret was never a hope when the storms came and the track softened.
“When the rain came it changed everything,” Olive says.
“He doesn’t like the wet and the race didn’t pan out for him either.
“He galloped on the Canberra course proper on Tuesday and he went brilliantly — probably the best he has ever worked. It has really put a spring into my step.
“If he gets things to suit him and he performs at his best he will be right in the finish. He is best outside horses and rolling a long.”
The Sebring gelding showed a stack of promise in his two-year old year winning in Sydney and placing third beaten less than a length in the Listed The Phoenix at Doomben.
There is no doubt he rates a hope on Sunday on that form -- and if Olive’s confidence in the Bring A Secret’s rejuvenation is confirmed.
Olive will be represented by Fox Tale in the rich Mercedes Benz Black Opal Stakes..
One of the first winners for new sire Foxwedge, Fox Tales saluted at Albury on debut and then repeated at Canberra.
Last start he raced on speed placing in the Lightning Ridge at the same venue.
“It was a good run last time and I don’t think he went into the race 100%,” Olive says.
“He’s improved off it and I think the 1200m will suit him better.
“Obviously has to step up to another level, but he’s a nice horse with plenty of ability — and will be at his top on Sunday.
“Whatever happens I believe he will go on to be a metropolitan horse in the future.”
Olive sees last year’s Black Opal Stakes as “… the one that got away”.
His classy filly Single Gaze was beaten a length into second by Takedown in the race.
“I really felt we should have won it. The track raced leaderish all day and we drew the outside gate and we were flashing home… another three strides we win.”