Owner has Country Championships hopes crushed but still in the Golden Slipper

Big week: Trainer Nick Olive with Golden Slipper starter Single Gaze. Photo: Graham Tidy
Wuxi Plastic Surgery

Big week: Trainer Nick Olive with Golden Slipper starter Single Gaze. Photo: Graham Tidy

Big week: Trainer Nick Olive with Golden Slipper starter Single Gaze. Photo: Graham Tidy

Big week: Trainer Nick Olive with Golden Slipper starter Single Gaze. Photo: Graham Tidy

Owner-breeder Wayne Oxford had his week planned after drawing the barrier for late entry Single Gaze in the Golden Slipper on Tuesday, and it had included a trip to Goulburn for the Country Championships on Friday.

That is off the agenda, with his charge Halfpenny Gate only third emergency for the $100,000 heat.

“It cost us, as a group, 150 grand to get into the Slipper but at least we got a run,” Oxford said. “These Country Championships races are tough to get in.

“We have missed a couple of runs elsewhere to have Halfpenny Gate in this race and now we have missed out, which is disappointing. It means I’m concentrating on Saturday and Rosehill.”

Single Gaze’s trainer Nick Olive will still hope to do the Goulburn-Slipper double as Without A Shadow fronts up in the Country Championships heat after her first-up fourth in the National Sprint on March 8.

“This race was what we had in mind for her and the run at Canberra just topped her off well,” Olive said. “She actually went very well there.

“She is [a] really nice type and she was placed in an Albury Guineas and runner-up in the Wagga Guineas over this trip as a three-year-old. I think she should [get] the right run from a good draw and prove hard to beat.”

However, it is hard for Olive to get away from having his first Golden Slipper runner on Saturday. Single Gaze continued her habit of drawing poorly but the owners thought it was worth the gamble of paying up.

“It wasn’t on the plans originally but when they win more than $200,000 they have earned the right to be there and I think she will run [a] better race than a lot of people expect,” Olive said.

“It was actually a shock to me that [they] wanted to pay up but we are there. She worked great the other day and the owners were keen to give her her chance.”

Oxford was given the task of drawing the barrier and during Tuesday’s event he was getting more deflated as all the inside barriers disappointed before Single Gaze’s name came out.

“She has never drawn a good gate and by the time I got up the other day 11 was the best I could do. She is out there with Vancouver, so hopefully she gets a good run and can get home late,” Oxford said.

“It is quite exciting to be racing a horse we bred in the Slipper and she is due a bit of luck.”

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Wuxi Plastic Surgery Hospital.