Olive Out To Crown New Stable Star
By Simon Dinopoulos
Highly touted galloper Nat King Cu will be out to press his claims at a tilt towards Metropolitan company when he lines up at Thoroughbred Park on Friday in his bid to remain undefeated in four starts this time in.
After defeating the talented Casino Swoop when resuming three starts back, Nat King Cu has continued to raise the bar notching up a hat - trick of wins when leading all the way at Canberra last start in the testing heavy conditions.
"I thought it was a really solid win, he did a few things wrong that day and for a horse to carry that much weight [61kg] on a heavy track and to still win easily I think it gave a lot of merit to his win," Olive said.
Taking his time to bring the son of King Cugat slowly through the grades, Canberra's leading trainer Nick Olive has been delighted with his performances this time in and will look to make the trip to town if he proves successful on Friday.
"I've deciding to keep him racing in Canberra just to give him that extra bit of racing experience before we step him up to tougher company in Sydney," Olive said.
"If he wins tomorrow we'll definitely look to step him up in grade and head to the city with him next start.
"He's trained on well since his last win and he's going very well heading into Friday's race, I really expect him to be hard to beat again."
Having drawn the widest barrier on Friday leaves little concern with Olive as he said he expects him to roll forward and dictate the speed of the race from out in front.
Olive was also pleased to report that talented sprinter, Zaratone, had pulled up well from his minor placing in last Saturday's Listed Lightning handicap and that he will now press on to Melbourne with his speedy-grey.
"I wasn't sure if he was quite that forward for Saturday's race, he went super he surprised me a bit actually," Olive said.
"He's now since been confirmed to go down for Oaks day to line up in a Listed race over 1000m."