Without a Shadow heads to town
Canberra based trainer Nick Olive will head to Warwick Farm next Sunday in a bid to notch up a hat-trick of wins with progressive filly Without A Shadow.
Having resumed in great order when breaking her maiden status on the Acton track the daughter of Not A Single Doubt would go on to raise the bar at her next start when fighting back strongly to score after being headed 200m from home.
"That horse [Grand Allowance]that ran second to her raced past her and I thought she was beat but she did a real good job to fight back because it actually carried her in five horses as well," Olive said.
"It was a very good effort I couldn't be happier."
Leading Canberra based jockey Brendan Ward has ridden her at both starts back this time in and said he was very pleased with her effort following the race.
"He [Brendan Ward] was really impressed he said it was a very good win and thought the win was a lot better than what the margin indicated," Olive said.
A half-sister to the Group 3 winning mare Be Positive, Olive felt Without A Shadow has a very similar profile and should only improve further stepping up in trip.
"She'll be nominated for a Class 2 race at Canberra over 1400m next Friday but I will probably head to Warwick Farm on the Sunday with her," Olive said.
"It's a no-metro win race for three-year-old fillies over 1300m and at this stage I'm leaning that way I'll just wait and see what the nominations are like.
"I think she will have little concerns with the step up in trip and expect she will run 1400m."
Touted as a leading Black Opal chance early on in her career Without A Shadow failed to live up to expectations however Olive and connections are now thrilled to see her start reaching her potential this time in.
"I think I'm the most relieved to see her reach her potential to be honest," Olive said.
"I'd love to see her take the next step up in town if she won up there I'd be over the moon."
With a number of handy gallopers currently in his stable Olive isn't one to hide his high opinion of this filly and has her ranked right at the top of the list on potential.
"I think she is probably got as much potential as anything I've got," Olive said.