Gaze team keen on Group 1 upset
THE money says tomorrow’s $1m Group 1 Caulfield Stakes (2000m) is a two-horse race.
Hartnell ($3) and Bonneval ($3.10) head the field, but Canberra trainer Nick Olive believes Single Gaze can bring them down. He said it’s not a two-horse race.
“I don’t believe that at all. I think she’s a definite chance,” he said.
“We’ll obviously need a bit of luck in running and if everything can go right for us we can beat them. She’s flying under the radar.
“I know how much she’s improved from
last run to this one.”
Single Gaze has raced in Listed or Group company for all but a handful of her 25-start career.
She may be taking on couple of elite horses tomorrow, but Olive says she can measure up, particularly after her last run in the Underwood Stakes where Bonneval got past her late.
“I was happy with her last run but I’d like to have the race over again,” Olive said.
“We’d probably wait another furlong before we took off, but I thought she stuck on for a long way and it took those other good horses the whole straight to run her down.
“It’s been a great career. She’s raced in the Golden Slipper, she’s placed in the Magic Millions and won a Group 1 race over 2000m so been pretty versilte.”
Single Gaze, a winner of the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m), is going to head to the Caulfield Cup next week, but could be at her peak here fourth-up over what’s best distance.
“She worked super on Tuesday morning, probably as good as she can work so she’s ticking along nicely,” Olive said.
“It’s important to have that good gallop the week leading into a Group 1 and it’s bolstered my confidence.
“She’s right where I want her to be. She gives 100 per cent every time she goes around and backs up well from doing that.”