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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.”

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