Olive opts for Country Classic with promising Maid Of Ore

“We’ve always had a good opinion of her, but when even when she won at Kembla she wasn’t entitled to win that day. She couldn’t get through or get a run, lost all momentum and then kicked up and won.

“When she won on the Kenso that day and ran Lewis down in the sectionals she did, we thought with 59.5 for a mare she’s got some good ability.

“She’ll have this run and then go out and I think there’s better races we can aim her at for black type.

“The one on Saturday, I thought that might have been a bit too hard and a bit too soon. We’ve just run her through her classes and this is the next step of that. It looks a nice race for her.”

Talented apprentice Billy Owen returns to the saddle on Maid Of Ore to take three kilos from the 60kg top weight. He knows her well as he rides her every morning. The game plan from the outside draw of 15, which isn’t a concern to Olive, will be to roll forward and try to take control of the race.


“Hopefully she just rolls forward and she’s up there somewhere. She’s going really well and I think she’s improved again off her last win. I couldn’t be happier with her,” Olive said. “I’d probably be more worried if she drew inside.

“At least Billy can make his own choices out there and he can roll forward. There doesn’t look to be a great deal of speed on paper. As long as he’s up there and he can be in a position to make a move when he needs to.”

Maid Of Ore has had a good dash in her legs at the end of 1800m and 2000m at her past two wins and may boast a class edge on her country rivals. Her winning run has not gone unnoticed by the handicapper who has given her a whopping 10 benchmark point penalty of five kilograms for it.


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