Canberra trainer Nick Olive hopes Single Gaze is retired, again
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Canberra trainer Nick Olive hopes Single Gaze is retired, again

Canberra trainer Nick Olive hopes his former champion mare Single Gaze is retired following a poor comeback at Randwick last weekend.

Single Gaze was sold after this year's autumn carnival which Canberra connections thought was her swansong before retiring to a broodmare barn in Japan.

Canberra trainer Nick Olive with his former champion mare Single Gaze.

Canberra trainer Nick Olive with his former champion mare Single Gaze. Credit:Jamila Toderas

But her new owners stunned everyone by sending Single Gaze to Australia's leading trainer Chris Waller and the six-year-old made an underwhelming return in Sydney last Saturday.

Single Gaze started second favourite but ran dead last in Group 2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600 metres) to finish almost nine lengths behind Waller's winner Unforgotten in the 15-horse race.

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Waller is weighing up the future of Single Gazethis week. It is understood he's leaning towards a second retirement and Olive hopes he goes that way after watching the race.

"She went terrible didn't she and it was disappointing to watch, she has raced so well for so long and never put in a bad run really," Olive said.

"I just through the horse didn't deserve to finish back there. Starting second favourite I thought she was a serious chance and then going so bad I was just hoping everything was okay with her.

"I wouldn't want to see that happen again."

Olive has five running at Canberra on Friday and said the mood around the club had dramatically lifted since they were allowed back in the Highway Handicaps last week.

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Barb Joseph's Athonis ran third in Canberra's trainer return to the $75,000 city race for country horses last Saturday and Keith Dryden's Handle The Truth will start  favourite in the next edition at Rosehill on Saturday.

Olive will scratch Rhyming Puppet from the Rosehill Highway after drawing barrier 18 but said Unyielding is a chance in the $50,000 Federal at Canberra.

"He’s a bit of an enigma that horse, has ability but he needs things to go his way to produce best and hasn't had much luck his last couple starts. But if everything goes his way he's a big chance," Olive said.