On the right track for Single Gaze and Fell Swoop

Canberra’s star gallopers Single Gaze and Fell Swoop pleased connections with their runs on Saturday as they prepare for bigger spring assignments.

Single Gaze’s trainer Nick Olive believes his mare’s fifth in the Makybe Diva Stakes was one of her best performances.

He is now deciding whether to run Single Gaze in the Underwood Stakes on Saturday week or the Turnbull Stakes the following week.

Olive says Single Gaze came through the Makybe Diva in good order and believes she would have gone close to placing with a better gate.

Fell Swoop Ready For Everest Campaign – Trainer Matt Dale

Star Canberra sprinter FELL SWOOP kicks off his Everest campaign in Saturday’s 2017 The Shorts Group 2 at Randwick and trainer Matt Dale says he’s had “a nice grounding” for his campaign pipe-opener.  

“He’s done the work to be ready to be there, although there will be improvement to come,” Dale says.

“His coat’s not quite through, but his preparation has gone to script and he worked well on the Canberra course proper on Tuesday.”

Dale will line up SURPRISE PARTY in Saturday’s the Highway Handicap at Randwick with Brodie Loy to ride.

Single Gaze’s Melbourne Program On-Track

Canberra trainer Nick Olive says SINGLE GAZE has pulled up in “fantastic” order following her spring pipe-opener in Melbourne.

Olive said the mare couldn’t get into the Memsie Stakes the way the race was run and her effort was okay under the circumstances.

Single Gaze will step up to the mile in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at her next start and can race handier.

Single Gaze has remained in Melbourne with stable foreman Billy Owen and Melbourne trainer Ciaron Maher is helping-out during her Melbourne stay.

Patience Pays For Canberra Owner-Breeder Michael Thomas

Canberra owner-breeder Michael Thomas surely believes in the adage that good things come to those who wait…

Certainly his patience with his homebred star HAPPY CLAPPER has been richly rewarded.

The 7YO Happy Clapper won the G2 Tramway Stakes first-up at Randwick last Saturday for his third victory Stakes level following wins in the G2 Villiers Stakes and G3 Newcastle Newmarket.

Single Gaze on track for this Saturday

Star Canberra mare Single Gaze has jumped out again at Caulfield and trainer Nick Olive says she’s ready for her first-up spring assignment en route to the Caulfield Cup.

Olive says Single Gaze has improved considerably in the two weeks she’s been in Melbourne and will race in Saturday’s Memsie Stakes where she’s been posted at $50 in the early markets.  

The Team Hayes-trained Vega Magic is currently $3.8 favourite for the Memsie with Black Heart Bart ($6.5) on the second line.

Promising Canberra Stayer Sydney Bound

The Barbara Joseph-Paul Jones stable have made a flying start to the new racing season in the capital.

They recorded a double on the Acton last Friday following a double at the season opener the fortnight before.

Former Kiwi — Almost Court — made it a hat-trick when he spaced the field winning the Laminex Benchmark 67 over 1900m.

CANBERRA TRAINED HORSES EXCLUDED FROM HIGHWAY RACES FROM AND INCLUDING 9 DECEMBER 2017

The Canberra Racing Club (the Club) appreciate the opportunity the Racing NSW Chairman and CEO provided the Club back in July to consider our submission and state our case to remain in Highway races.

Whilst we are disappointed with the outcome of the review to exclude Canberra trained horses from Highway Races, we respect the decision as it is prerogative of Racing NSW to set the conditions of entry for its races.

Single Gaze jumps out at Caulfield

Star Canberra mare Single Gaze has jumped out on the Caulfield course proper in preparation for her Melbourne spring campaign.

Race-rider Kathy O’Hara flew from Sydney to partner the mare who arrived in Melbourne on Friday under the care of part-owner Martin Hay and trainer Nick Olive’s travelling foreman Billy Owen.

Importantly, O’Hara reported that Single Gaze handled the Melbourne way of going although not pressured.

She said she leaned well into the corner and seemed natural on that leg.

Provincial Champ Maryore joins Joseph Ible stable

Provincial Championship winner Maryore has joined the Joe Ible stable.

Formerly trained by Phillip Courtney, Maryore spelled in Queensland and is now settling into Ible’s Canberra yard.

Ible says Maryore thrived during her break in the break   

“It’s a vote of confidence in the stable to get a horse of her quality,” Ible said.

“She had a long autumn and winter campaign and it’s our intention to give her just a couple of runs later in the spring — with race for fillies and mares in Melbourne a possible target.

Provincial Champ Maryore joins Joseph Ible stable

Provincial Championship winner Maryore has joined the Joe Ible stable.

Formerly trained by Phillip Courtney, Maryore spelled in Queensland and is now settling into Ible’s Canberra yard.

Ible says Maryore thrived during her break in the break   

“It’s a vote of confidence in the stable to get a horse of her quality,” Ible said.

“She had a long autumn and winter campaign and it’s our intention to give her just a couple of runs later in the spring — with race for fillies and mares in Melbourne a possible target.

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