Capital Commander on track
A distinct lack of speed has left Canberra based trainer Nick Olive confident stable star Capital Commander can break a long winning drought at Randwick on Saturday.
Having proven a model of consistency this time in Olive felt if able to get her own way in front she could take some catching following her game performance when only narrowly beaten last start.
While a victor of eight of her 36 career starts to date the winner's stall has unfortunately eluded the daughter of Commands having not won since taking out the Magic Millions Quality back in January last year.
With minor placings at five of her last 11 starts, Capital Commander has rarely been far away and OIive remains confident he couldn't have her any better leading into Saturday.
"I just couldn't be happier with her at the moment she seems to be in the best form of her life to be honest," Olive said.
"I expect her to go very well tomorrow she is just completely thriving in her work."
With little to no speed engaged Olive will look to roll forward on Capital Commander and plans to give them all something to chase.
"There doesn't seem to be a lot of speed in the race tomorrow and she might just get her own way in front," Olive said.
The Chris Waller trained Index Linked chases a hat-trick of wins on Saturday with Olive not shying away from the fact that he is definitely the horse to beat.
"Obviously Index Linked is going to be very hard to beat, he's been in great form this time in and chases his third straight win on Saturday," Olive said.
"He [Index Linked]is up in the weights now though and I'm hoping that plays a factor as well."
Promising galloper Nat King Cu also appears set to make his return on Saturday however Olive was yet to confirm whether or not he would line up in the race after drawing poorly.
"I've got to speak to the owners first because he is also nominated for a race on Wednesday which I feel is more suitable for him but we'll just have to wait and see," Olive said.
"Saturday class might just prove a bit too rich for him at this stage."
An exciting prospect who won four of his first five starts Olive said he had been very pleased with the progress he had made off a break.
"He has taken a few gallops to get him right but his last two pieces of work have been fantastic and I'm really looking forward to seeing him race again.