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.

Hong Kong Opportunity Beckons For Single Gaze

A successful spring campaign could see star Canberra mare racing in Hong Kong.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club has sounded out trainer Nick Olive about the possibility of Single Gaze competing at the International Race Day on 10 December.

The $4 million Hong Kong Cup (2000m) and the $3 million Hong Kong Vase (2400m) are possibilities for Single Gaze and Olive says she has had the required inoculations to enable her to travel and compete.

Olive says she’s yet to be officially invited, but of she races well in Melbourne in the spring an invitation would be probable.

Paul Facoory Joins Canberra’s Training Ranks

Long-time Toowoomba trainer Paul Facoory is the latest addition to Canberra’s training ranks.

Facoory moved to the capital four weeks ago and has 11 horses in work with more to come down.

The former New Zealander will line up two runners at Friday’s meeting on the Acton surface — Swindlers Miss in Race 1 and Quite Magical in Race 7 and both resume.

Facoory rode on the flat and over the fences in New Zealand and later worked with a number of leading stables.

The Everest Market — $26 Canberra’s Fell Swoop

Bookies are offering $26 about star Canberra sprinter Fell Swoop to win the inaugural $10 million The Everest at Randwick on 14 October.

The All In Betting has Chautauqua heading the market at $5 from Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign and UK sprinter Caravaggio both $7 — with the latter an unlikely starter.

Other locals currently fancied by the bookies ahead of Fell Swoop are Russian Revolution, Houtzen, Spieth, Vega Magic and Ability.  

Perizada Wins For Weston-Nisbet At Warwick Farm

Canberra trainers Ron Weston and John Nisbet recorded their first city winner in partnership when Perizada saluted Wednesday in a Warwick Farm BM 70 (1200m).

Third-up, the 6yo Shaft mare was backed from $7.0 into the $3.90 favourite ridden by Tim Clark.

Nisbet said she deserved the win after recovering from a setback that saw her 18 months in the paddock.

“She’s a really good mare … Eric her owner has been very patient with her and she has repaid him.

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