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Caulfield Education For Top Canberra Mare

Classy Canberra mare Single Gaze is heading for Caulfield for important education before she resumes in the $1 million Memsie Stakes on September 2.

Caulfield Education For Top Canberra Mare

Classy Canberra mare Single Gaze is heading for Caulfield for important education before she resumes in the $1 million Memsie Stakes on September 2.

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Single Gaze, who won a barrier trial on Canberra’s the all-weather Acton synthetic track at her home course last Friday, is yet to race in Victoria.

Trainer Nick Olive has been working Single Gaze left-handed but knows there is no substitute for track experience, hence his plan to send Single Gaze to Caulfield next weekend for an 800m jump out due the track’s reputation as a bogy for interstate horses having their first start in Melbourne.


“Caulfield can be a bit tricky. They reckon that's the track they struggle on the most,” Olive said.

“We've done a lot of work with her here the Melbourne way so hopefully she handles it alright.

"Obviously they lead on the opposite leg when they go the other way but she's been very adaptable with everything we've done with her so far.”

Single Gaze’s regular jockey Kathy O’Hara made the trip to Canberra to ride the mare in last Friday’s trial over 900 metres.

The Group One winner outclassed four moderates win the trial by a half length, running home under little pressure from last.

She recorded 53.17 seconds for the 900m, coming home her last 600m in 33.58 seconds.

Olive plans to give Single Gaze al her spring racing in Melbourne leading up to her major goal, the $3 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 21.

She has also had inoculations in the event she is invited to contest either the Hong Kong Cup (2000m) or Hong Kong Vase (2400m) at Sha Tin in December.

"The representatives from there have spoken to us and she's had two lots of inoculations for Hong Kong," Olive told Fairfax Media.

"She's definitely on the radar for them.”

Single Gaze, who recorded her G1 win as a 3YO in the 2016 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill, enjoyed a strong campaign in Queensland in May and June before short spell.

She won the G2 PJ O'Shea Stakes (2200m) and Listed Tails Stakes (1600m) and finished second in the G2 Brisbane Cup (2200m) and G2 Hollindale Stakes (1800m).


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