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Sunday, April 23 2017

Canberra trainer Nick Olive admitted Single Gaze's win at Doomben yesterday was one of the biggest thrills he has had in racing.

Single Gaze ($7) made the most of a perfect ride from Kathy O'Hara to beat Col 'N'Lil and Cantbuybetter in the Listed Tails Stakes.

Olive has had many smart horses but Single Gaze is something special to him.

"It has been well documented that she won the Vinery Stud Classic last year and then fell in the ATC Oaks," he said.

"It has been along road back but I really thought she was back to her best today. I declared her to the connections this morning."

Olive paid tribute to his staff who helped nurse Single Gaze back to the racetrack earlier this year.

"This win has given me one of the biggest buzzes I have had in racing. I mean she has had a lot of things happen to her since the Oaks," Olive said.

"For instance even last start she got a clod in her eye. We almost lost her eye. That is why there was a month between runs.

"I didn't really think the 1600 metres was ideal today but she was going so well that she would be very hard to beat," he added. "Kathy is riding really well and she had her perfectly placed throughout just behind the leader."

Single Gaze will now press on to the Gr. 2 Hollindale Stakes at the Gold Coast on May 6.

"It will be harder next time but she is going to be suited by a lot of the races in the winter," Olive said.

O'Hara, who was Single Gaze's rider in  her Vinery win and Oaks fall, was also thrilled with the result, which gave her a double after earlier winning on Sweet Serendipity.

"She is something special. Onwards and upwards now and I am really thrilled for Nick and his team," O'Hara said. "I think she is really going to get better once we get over more ground."

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