Canberra trainer Nick Olive. Photo: Graham Tidy
CANBERRA trainer Nick Olive will saddle up four runners at Moruya on Monday with a challenger in both of the features, including the $27,000 Narooma Cup (1650m).
Olive is confident of strong day at the races for his team, and expects three of his gallopers to be fighting out the finish in their respective races.
Leading the charge for Olive is The Conqueror, who lines-up in one of the Moruya Jockey Club's flagship races on Monday, the Narooma Cup.
Senior hoop Brendan Ward will ride the son of Domesday, and the pair will jump from a wide alley.
"I think it will suit him (starting) out wide over the mile," Olive said. "He'll be able to stroll forward at his own speed and get there when he wants to."
The Conqueror will race third-up on Monday, and has had two solid efforts over unfavourably short trips in the lead-up to the big race.
The four-year-old rises to the 1600m, which he has had a lot of success at, but Olive admits it is an even field and it will be tight at the finish.
"I think there are probably six horses that can win the race, and I don't think there's a stand-out," he said. "He hasn't had much luck leading in and I'm expecting him to go a lot better on Monday."
Stablemate Onetonnegun will contest the Narooma Town Plate (1200m) and will be shooting for three straight victories since resuming from a spell.
The lightly-raced five-year-old has drawn favourably in barrier three, and like The Conqueror, will also have Ward in the saddle.
"He's come back in great form and won both his runs pretty impressively," Olive said. "He'll roll forward and be up in the first three, and I think he'll be very hard to beat again."
Following his maiden win at Canberra last start, Extreme Shot steps up in grade to take on Class 1 company on Monday.
Apprentice Kayla Nisbet retains her spot in the saddle following that win, and Olive believes back-to-back successes for the three-year-old is a strong possibility.
"I'm expecting him to go very well," the Canberra trainer said.
"All three of his starts, he's performed well in, and he's probably our best chance of the day.''
Olive's final runner, and debutant for the stable, Ocean And Earth, resumes in a Benchmark 55 Handicap (1200m) at the coastal meeting.
The Adam gelding has secured the services of in-form apprentice Brodie Loy - fresh from his trio of winners at the last meeting at Canberra.
Olive admitted that a win for Ocean And Earth might be a big ask, but he still expects him to go better than his previous form suggests.