Can­berra trainer chas­ing more Weet­wood suc­cess

Townsville Bulletin - - Sport -

CAN­BERRA trainer Nick Oli ve i s con­fi­dent he has cho­sen the right horse to g i v e h i m h i s s e c o n d Weet­wood Hand­i­cap win­ner in three edi­tions at Toowoomba to­day.

Olive had his first suc­cess in the fea­ture sprint when Voice Com­man­der won in 2009 and the trainer is backi n g h i s j u d g m e n t t h a t Zara­tone can re­peat the dose.

The $ 150,000 Listed race ( 1200m) has at­tracted 13 run­ners and Olive is con­fi­dent Zara­tone has the pace to cross to the front from gate 10 and lead his ri­vals a merry chase on the syn­thetic sur­face.

‘‘ He loves the syn­thetic tracks and it’s re­ally good money so I thought it would be worth a crack with him,’’ Olive said.

‘‘ Like Voice Com­man­der, that’s the main rea­son we came up, to race on the syn­thetic sur­face.

‘‘ I wouldn’t say he’s a bet­ter h o r s e t h a n V o i c e C o mman­der but he’s def­i­nitely a faster horse.’’

Olive left Can­berra with Zara­tone by road on Tues­day morn­ing and stopped overnight at Glen Innes be­fore ar­riv­ing at Steve Tregea’s Toowoomba base yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

Olive en­ticed Tye Ang­land north to part­ner Voice Com­man­der in 2009 and has again gone for a vis­it­ing rider on Zara­tone with the en­gage­ment of Syd­ney ap­pren­tice Tay­lor Love­lock-Wiggins.

‘‘ Tay­lor rides re­ally well and he’s been go­ing well on the horse so I kept him on – he was the Olive said.

Love­lock-Wiggins has had five rides on Zara­tone for four wins with the only de­feat com­ing last start when the geld­ing fin­ished un­placed to Atomic Force, beaten two lengths, at War­wick Farm on March 5.

Prior to that Love­lock­Wig­gins had rid­den Zara­tone to three suc­ces­sive wins, the last two at Rose­hill over 1200m and 1100m re­spec­tively.




said he was

strug- gling to get a line through the lo­cal form but was more than happy with Zara­tone’s con­di­tion.

‘‘ He’s go­ing re­ally well and that’s all I can worry about,’’ Olive said.

‘‘ It’s hard to line the form up but I picked this race out for him a while ago and I’ve got my horse in the best pos­si­ble con­di­tion for the race.’’

Olive said the Weet­wood as­sault would be a hit-an­drun mis­sion re­gard­less of the out­come.

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