Single Gaze In Order For Australian Oaks
Wet or dry Single Gaze will take her place in Saturday’s James Boag’s Premium Australian Oaks at Randwick.
Canberra trainer Nick Olive says Single Gaze came through her 2016 Vinery Stud Stakes win on 26 March “in great order”.
Olive says Single Gaze has a great constitution and believes the step-up from 2000m will not be a problem for the Not A Single Doubt filly — but he concedes a wet track would be a bit of an unknown.
“She has never raced on a wet track, but when she has galloped on them she has worked super,” Olive says.
“It might be a different story if it’s an absolute bog track, but all things equal I do believe she will run the 2400m.”
Olive sees the Ciaron Maher-trained Jameka as the standout horse in the $1,000,000 Oaks.
“Jameka is obviously the one to beat, but she has to back-up. Behind her it looks pretty even.
“I’d prefer Single Gaze to be in a forwardish position in the race, but whatever, it is important that she finds a spot where she can switch off.”
In the meantime it is business as usual for the Group 1 winning trainer and he will line up two runners at Friday’s Canberra race meeting.
Cheeky Devil resumes off a strong run of form and Olive says “she has come back terrific”.
“She won first-up — at her first run for us — and she looks set to pick-up where she left off, and I expect her to go very well.
“This looks a more suitable race for Planet Earth and I expect him to go better than his last start.”