Olive confident in turn of foot for Capital Commander
Although she proved very disappointing last start Canberra based trainer Nick Olive is confident stable star Capital Commander can bounce back at Randwick on Saturday.
Having proven very impressive fresh at Moonee Valley behind Draw Forward the daughter of Commands would go on to turn in one of her worst career performances when finishing twelfth at Rosehill behind Single Style last start.
"She was disappointing last start she did go a bit hard out in front but I think the main reason why she failed was because she didn't have long enough between runs," Olive said.
Given five weeks to get over that run Olive is confident he has her back on track heading into the weekend.
"She's travelling well into Saturday I'm really happy with her," Olive said.
"I don't think it's too bad a race for her obviously there a few nice horses in the race but she is going well and this is a good a race as she is going to get for a Saturday class race in Sydney."
With plenty of talk during the week surrounding horses struggling to lead and win at Randwick, Olive still remains in two minds as to how they plan to ride Capital Commander on Saturday.
"We're still not sure what we are going to do at this stage, I would probably prefer to sit in behind the leader but we'll just have to see how it pans out," Olive said.
"If no one wants to lead than maybe we might lead but I haven't really locked it in at this stage, we'll definitely go forward but I don't particularly want to lead."
Facing one of her easiest tasks to date in some time, Olive is not one to get overly confident heading into the affair.
"Obviously she is getting on a bit now and she hasn't won for a while so you probably can't be super confident but I'm really happy with how the mare is going heading into the race," Olive said.
"I'm expecting her to run a lot better race than what she did the other day that's for sure."
Olive will also saddle up ultra-consistent galloper Fullerton with connections electing to bypass an opportunity to race at Flemington after drawing poorly.
"We were looking to go to Melbourne with him over 1700m but unfortunately he drew off the track there," Olive said.
"There is a bit of cost involved going down there so we didn't want to risk it from the poor draw.
"He's in a pretty good race in Sydney, theres some really nice horses in it so it will definitely test him out.
"I am expecting him to run well it's just whether or not he's got the ability to beat some of those quality horses that's all."