Plenty of Riverina support behind Single Gaze in the Magic Millions

EXCITING TIMES: Canberra trainer Nick Olive with the Gundagai-owned and Harden-bred Single Gaze that will contest the Magic Millions 2YO Classic on Saturday at Gold Coast. Picture: The Canberra TimesRACING

THERE will be a distinct Riverina flavour to the connections of one runner in Saturday’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at Gold Coast.

Gundagai men David Tout and Martin Hay own 50 per cent of Single Gaze, an $8.00 chance in the big race.

Adding to the Riverina connection is that Single Gaze was bred by Jamie Middleton at Redbank North at Harden, who has also retained a share in the exciting filly.

Canberra trainer Nick Olive prepares Single Gaze and come Saturday they will take on the might of Australia’s biggest stables for the first prize cheque of $1,140,000.

Hay will travel to the Gold Coast on Saturday and said it is a huge thrill just to have a runner in the race.

“I think Magic Millions sold 3000 yearlings last year so the odds just to get a starter in the race are incredibly high, let alone we think he is a real live chance,” Hay said.

“We’re really excited.”

Single Gaze came out and won a 2YO Handicap at Rosehill on debut at the big price of $81.

She then went to the $200,000 Magic Millions 2YO Classic at Wyong and ran a close third despite being wide the entire trip.

The Gold Coast feature will be her third race start.

Tout has group one experience when another horse he part owned, Just Mambo, ran seventh behind Miss Finland in the 2006 Golden Slipper, among many big races he contested during his career.

Tout is unable to make it to the Gold Coast but is excited to again have a runner in one of Australia’s biggest races.

“It’s a massive thrill, especially with Nick, a good local trainer,” Tout said.

“Nick only bought one horse at Magic Millions (last year), which is a pretty good effort, and he’s been raving about it ever since.

“I think she’ll be very competitive, I’ll be surprised if she doesn’t run in the top three.”

Former Gundagai footballer and apprentice jockey, Billy Owen, is a foreman for Olive.

He has travelled the filly to Gold Coast.

Hay said that adds to the special moment.

“Billy’s done all the work with her and that’s an exciting part for us as well,” Hay said.

“Billy’s an integral part of the town.”

Single Gaze drew barrier six at Tuesday’s draw and will be ridden by Damien Oliver.

Single Gaze’s success has been part of a good run Tout and Hay, who also race Art Thou Ready.

Art Thou Ready won three good races at Wagga and Albury this campaign and will return for the Gold Cup carnival in coming months.

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