Nick Olive knew Jack The Brumby was destined for a super career before he entered Thoroughbred Park for his racing debut.
Because if the ACT Brumbies' recent success is anything to go by, Jack The Brumby was bred to be a winner.
The three-year-old gelding ran second in his first start at Canberra Racing Club on Friday, finishing just 0.32 lengths behind Brad Widdup's Fenech in the maiden plate (1200 metres).
He burst out of the gate and Brendan Ward rode him to a strong lead at the 650 metres mark, but was overtaken by Fenech coming onto the straight.
Olive was left chuffed by Jack The Brumby's debut and is confident he'll follow his Super Rugby namesake with maiden win soon.
"They had a great start and so has he. He just missed out on winning his first start but I'm sure a win is not too far around the corner," Olive said.
"He's a really nice horse in the making and went so well [on Friday]. He got beaten by a hot favourite from Sydney but I think he'll be winning a race really soon and will have a good career."
The Brumbies auctioned off Jack The Brumby last year as part of their World in Union luncheon, with Olive agreeing to train the horse and cover a couple months of fees.
The Canberra-based trainer is looking forward for the club and Jack The Brumby's owners to watch him race when crowds return to Thoroughbred Park next month.
Canberra Racing is aiming to welcome racehorse owners, members and sponsors back at their next meeting on July 24.
"He's been a lot of work, I won't deny that," Olive said.
"He's got a very strong will and attitude so he's been a lot of work. He's done a lot of riding work and is really starting to turn the corner now, as we saw he went super for his first run.
"He's a really nice horse in the making, it would be good to link him up with the Brumbies and what they're doing as well."
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Olive's stable went on to claim two straight wins, starting with Polar Star in the $30,000 Federal (1000 metres) then Fact Or Fable in race seven.
Six-year-old Polar Star beat the Sarah Murray-Leslie trained Stone Cold by 0.1 lengths to claim his first win since September.
Olive is unsure where to send the star sprinter next as he's starting to go up in weight, having won the Federal with 60.5 kilograms.
"He's been a great horse for our stable and he's run a lot of good races this preparation without winning, so it was really good to see him win a Federal," Olive said.
"It was really rewarding for the stable and all the owners. He's a bit of a favourite around the stable, he's like a big cuddly teddy bear. He's very quiet and gentle, everyone loves him."
Olive finished Friday's meet with a dominate display from Fact Or Fable, who fought Duchess Marizza on the stretch to win by 0.31 length.
He'll now shift his focus to Saturday's meet at Royal Randwick, with emerging star Tejori nominated for the Highway Handicap (1200 metres).
The three-year-old filly has won three races from her first five starts, but comes off a fifth at the same venue.
Olive is confident Tejori can bounce back with Nash Rawiller on board, but also admits she faces a tough run from barrier 13.
"She's going very well and I think she's a big chance [on Saturday], she just needs a bit of luck at the barrier," Olive said.
"She's freshened up nicely. It's a very even race and I think she'll be right there in the finish, hopefully she can get the job done."
Tejori will race against Joe Cleary's Glamour Cat and Norm Gardner's Cyborg in the $67,500 race, while Matthew Dale has nominated Animalia in a benchmark 78.