Canberra starts in the World's richest horse race

There is stellar racing representation by Canberra stables in two major cities over the weekend including local stars Fell Swoop and Single Gaze. 

Fell Swoop takes his position in The $10 million Everest in Sydney and hopes ride for another Group 1 win by Single Gaze in the $1 million Ladbrokes Stakes in Caulfield. 

Ten Canberra horses will contest races at Randwick tomorrow.  Apart from Fell Swoop there are three horses engaged in the anniversary highway and five in the consulation highway, with Fox Tales contesting the last race.

Bring A Secret Top Weight For Rich Anniversary Highway

Canberra stables will play a strong hand in Saturday’s $200,000 TAB Anniversary Highway 1400m at Royal Randwick.

Nominations for race were so numerous that the Australian Turf Club took the decision to run an additional race on the Everest Day program — a $100,000 TAB Highway Consolation 1400m.

The Nick Olive trained Bring A Secret is top weight in the $200,000 feature coming off a dominant win in the Tony Campbell Memorial at Canberra.

Other Canberra gallopers sure to get a start are Le Cavalier (Norm Gardner), and Darts Away (Barbara Joseph-Paul Jones).

Bring A Secret Caps A Memorable Day For Trainer Nick Olive


Tony Campbell Cup Day was an occasion to remember for Canberra premiership trainer Nick Olive.  

On top of the premiership, Olive took out a number of awards including Horse Of The Year — and to cap it off won his fourth Tony Campbell Memorial Cup when Bring A Secret saluted in the prestigious race.

Olive celebrated the day at the gala luncheon with a larger group of owners and friends and was delighted with Bring A Secret’s win.

Upwards for Single Gaze

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.”

Single Gaze starts in the Underwood this Sunday

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.

Fell Swoop Everest campaign continues with this Saturday's Premiere Stakes

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.

Joseph & Jones Racing off to a flying start

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.

Black Opal Stakes Winner wins Rosehill Group 1

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.

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.