Trainer Nick Olive has underlined the 2016 Stocks Stakes (1600m) as a likely Spring Carnival target for stable star Single Gaze, who has continued to recover well from injuries sustained during the autumn.
Single Gaze returned to racing in peak condition this year; culminating in a maiden win at the highest level in the Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill Gardens on March 26th, but was forced to return to the paddock after suffering a nasty hall during the running of the Group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) a fortnight later which also injured jockey Kathy O’Hara.
Olive has been thrilled with the progression made by the Not A Single Doubt filly in her return from injury, and confirmed the 2016 Stocks Stakes is on the agenda for the rising four-year-old, ahead of progression to some of the carnival’s ‘good races’.
“Single Gaze didn’t suffer any injuries as such, but she had a lot of deep bruising which took a while to come right,” Olive told AAP.
“She’s 100 per cent now.
“We’ll take it from there with how well she’s coming along, but she’ll be nominated for all the good races.”
Single Gaze has been a notable performer throughout her entire racing career so far; claiming three wins and a further five minors through only fourteen competitive appearances.
Resuming in December for fourth in the McGrath Estate Agents BM85 (1200m), Single Gaze failed to make anything of an impact when tenth in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1300m) on Boxing Day but responded well with a strong performance for second in the Gold Coast Magic Millions 3.y.o Guineas (1400m).
Returning in late February for second in the Group 2 Surround Stakes (1400m), the filly out of Redaluca’s Gaze charged home to win the Group 3 Arrowfield Classic (1600m) on March 11th, in what was her only other start prior to the Vinery Stud Stakes.
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