Gaze eyeing Cup
Plucky Olive mare to battle raiders for feature
A HOST of glamour international raiders will be fancied to take out tomorrow’s $3m Caulfield Cup (2400m) but it’s a Canberra runner that could beat them all to the post.
Single Gaze has been building and improving nicely this preparation ahead of her biggest day.
She was less than three lengths off Gailo Chop in the Caulfield Stakes and was holding star mare Bonneval over the final 250m of the same race as she finished ahead of her in fourth.
Trainer Nick Olive said the $34 offered by the TAB during the week should be too juicy for punters to ignore given her form.
“I think she’s over the odds. Her form has been very solid and probably the most consistent out of those weight-for-age horses going into the cup,” he said.
“She was probably left a little flat-footed when they sprinted last start but I thought she was very strong through the line so I’m really looking forward to getting her out to 2400m.
“Jon Snow probably put a long neck on her in the straight and she fought back to just go down to him by a nose for third so it showed how strong she was on the line.”
The only reason Olive could find for her long odds was the fact she’s never been tried over 2400m, but regular jockey Kathy O’Hara told Olive the horse felt “sensational” and was looking for more ground.
“I’m looking forward to her running 2400m. She’s never been over that far but I’ve always thought she was looking for a trip so that could be the big factor,” Olive said.
“It’s going to make a big difference her and she’s only a small horse so dropping from 57kg down to 53kg is going to make things a lot easier.”
From gate 12 O’Hara will push forward on the five-year-old and try and find a nice spot with cover.
The race is very open, which is what’s made Olive confident.
His mare has been racing at Group or Listed level virtually her whole career.
“I think it’s a really even race and it’s hard to pick one out. It’s full of depth there’s probably about 12 horses that can win it,” Olive said.
“There’s not an outand-out star in it but one could come out of the race. At the moment I think they’re an even lot.”
Meanwhile, fancied runner Bonneval was given a nice gallop by inform hoop Kerrin McEvoy during the week.
The Everest winning jockey said she was moving well and “nice and bright”.
A host of big bets have been put on the Murray Baker runner and she can bounce back from a luckless run in the Caulfield Stakes.
Trainer Nick Olive believes Single Gaze is ticking over nicely ahead of tomorrow’s Caulfield Cup.