TRAINER OF THE YEAR WINNER: NICK OLIVE
Nick Olive has recorded his seventh win in the Canberra trainer’s premiership capping off a great season. Nick recorded 27 wins on the Canberra tracks, 18 on the Course Proper at a strike rate of 24% and nine on the Acton Track at a strike rate of 25% for the season to win
TRAINER OF THE YEAR WINNER: NICK OLIVE
Star Canberra mare Single Gaze has come through her tough run in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) in good order, according to trainer Nick Olive.
Single Gaze was forced to work hard outside the leader Samovare and did a big job to finish just 1.9L behind the winner Bonneval.
“It would have been nice for her to get a softer run for another furlong,” Olive said.
“She knew she’d been around. But she pulled up well and has eaten-up.”
Canberra mare Single Gaze will continue her Caulfield Cup and Melbourne Cup preparation in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield on Sunday.
To date Single Gaze has amassed over $1.5 million in prize money over her 22 start career headlined by her 2016 Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes win.
“I am really happy with her, and she is as strong as ever” Olive said.
Single Gaze rounded out a Brisbane campaign over the winter finishing runner-up to Chocante in the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2200m) on June 10 at Doomben.
Matt Dale’s Fell Swoop finished sixth first-up in the group 2 Shorts (1100m) just ahead of champion sprinter Chautauqua at Randwick two weeks ago.
It marked the first clash between the geldings ahead of a showdown in the $10 million Everest (1200m), the world's richest race on turf, in Sydney on October 14.
“I was a bit anxious and nervous first-up for such a big campaign, so it was good to get that run out of the way and he was right on expectation with where he's at," Dale said.
The Barbara Joseph-Paul Jones stable have had its best start to a season for a number of years and leads the ACT Trainers Premiership by three wins over last year’s premier trainer Nick Olive and runner-up Keith Dryden-Scott Collings.
Joseph-Jones has had 24 starters for six winners at a strike rate of 25%. The stable recorded two winners on Friday: D’Beak in the Delegate Hotel BM68 and Critical Touch with apprentice Patrick Scorse up.
The reputation of Canberra’s Group 3 Black Opal Stakes has been further enhanced with Trapeze Artist’s win in Saturday’s Group 1 Golden Rose at Rosehill.
Trapeze Artist sat wide from the outside gate to wallop his rivals with the blinkers applied again.
Trainer Gerald Ryan said: “I put blinkers on him third-up in the Black Opal and he peaked that day and I kept telling the owners he is only being aimed at one race and one race only — the Golden Rose.” Ryan said.
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.
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.
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.
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.