Single Gaze chases change of fortune
TRAINER Nick Olive is banking on Single Gaze's one-week back-up to give her a winning edge in the Group 1 $1.5 million Tancred Stakes (2400m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
Single Gaze is backing up after her second in the Ranvet Stakes behind Gailo Chop last week.
She is on the third line of betting at $7.50 behind Gailo Chop ($2.30 favourite) and Almandin ($3.70).
Olive revealed Single Gaze had backed up and raced on successive Saturdays only twice in her career, for second placings in the Caulfield Cup and the Brisbane Cup last year.
"She has pulled up super from the Ranvet and the plan was always to go for the Tancred Stakes,'' Olive said.
"I've only done the back-up twice with her, including the Caulfield Cup where her second placing (behind Boom Time) was probably the best run of her career. She also ran second in the Brisbane Cup carrying 59kg.
"They were both great runs, so the quick back-up seems to work well with her.''
Single Gaze has finished behind the Darren Weir-trained Gailo Chop her past three starts, with three lengths separated the duo in the Ranvet.
"It is going to be hard to beat Gailo Chop. He is racing in great form and Almandin is also going very well,'' Olive said.
On Tancred Stakes Day in 2016, Single Gaze scored a career-best Group 1 win in the 2016 Vinery Stud Stakes.
At the corresponding meeting last year she finished third to Assign in the Neville Sellwood Stakes.
Chris Waller, level with Gailo Chop's trainer Darren Weir at the top of the national Group 1 trainers' standings this season, will saddle up veteran stayers Libran ($16) and Who Shot Thebarman ($31) in the Tancred.
Libran indicated he was nearing his peak form when he fought on strongly behind Auvray in rhe Group 3 Sky High Stakes at Rosehill a fortnight ago.
The seven-year-old ran sixth in this race last year behind Jameka and has since won the Group 3 Kingston Town Stakes at Randwick.
The remarkable Who Shot Thebarman might be a nine-year-old but he caught the eye finding the line with gusto behind Auvray last start.
He is also having his third run back and will welcome the step up to 2400m.
Waller also has the talented filly Unforgotten ($4.80 favourite) lining up in the Group 1 $500,000 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m).
Unforgotten created a huge impression last start when she came from near last on the turn, circled the field and outpointed smart Melbourne galloper Holy Snow in rhe Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes at Rosehill.
She is an underrated daughter of Fastnet Rock who has found top form and is sure to be hard to hold out on Saturday.