Olive heads South with Stable Star
Canberra based trainer Nick Olive will head to Melbourne quietly confident with stable star Capital Commander set to fire fresh in the last race at Mooney Valley on Saturday.
Scratched out of last Saturday's Listed June Stakes at Randwick Olive said he couldn't be happier with how Capital Commander is heading into her first-up assignment.
"I'm really happy with her, she worked the Melbourne way on Tuesday and worked terrific," Olive said.
"She heads down there this afternoon and I really feel it's a much more suitable race than what she was in last week."
Boasting an impressive fresh record Olive felt his daughter of Commands is in line to continue that trend this weekend.
"She's pretty forward for Saturday's affair and is probably at about the same level as to where we have had her first up previously," Olive said.
Apart from the obvious of never having raced the Melbourne way of going Olive remains confident she can feature in the finish.
"The only thing against her on Saturday is the obvious - she's never been Melbourne way so she's got to get around there," Olive said.
"Apart from that, if that race was in Sydney I'd be very happy with it.
"Her form was great without winning last preparation and if she can repeat that she's going to be right on the money."
A race which appears to have plenty of speed engaged with noted front-runners Classy Chloe, Anabaa's Legacy and Counted, Olive still expects Capital Commander to race up on the speed.
"There does seem to be a fair bit of speed in the race but she has drawn well and she'll definitely be up there," Olive said.
"I don't know if she'll lead or not but she'll definitely be up the speed."
In-form Victorian jockey Michael Rodd will take the reins for the first time leaving Olive pleasantly surprised.
"I was a bit shocked when we got him [Michael Rodd] he's a great rider and probably knows Mooney Valley as well as anyone," Olive said.
"We're really happy to have him on board."