'Frustrating' Australian Cup fifth means Single Gaze to avoid Winx
A date with Australia's supermare Winx is off the table for Canberra's track queen Single Gaze after a frustrating fifth in the $1.5 million Australian Cup.
Canberra trainer Nick Olive was left ruing a poor start that made it "impossible" for his five-year-old to win the group 1 race (2000 metres) at Flemington on Saturday.
She got back in the field and finished strongly to get within two lengths, but couldn't make up the ground on surprise winner Harlem.
"Far out mate, frustrated. It just didn't jump and get going early. She was back running third-last," Olive said.
"It's been a heavily biased leaders track all day and after 200m we couldn't win the race."
Olive said he'd wait to see how the daughter of Not A Single Doubt recovered before deciding where her next run would be.
She'll either go to the Ranvet Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill in two weeks or the Tancred Stakes (2400m), formerly The BMW, at the same track a week later.
But Olive felt Single Gaze was looking for further than 2000m, which meant she was likely to go to the Sydney Cup (3200m) at Randwick rather than the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) on April 14.
The latter would've seen her race Winx.
"I just don't know which way I'm going to go yet ... she obviously raced today like she wants further and whether we go straight to the 2400m and miss the 2000m next start," Olive said.
"Then probably head to the Sydney Cup."