O’Hara sure Single Gaze can turn tables on Gailo
UNDETERRED after another frustrating Melbourne near-miss, Kathy O'Hara is optimistic Single Gaze can break through in next month's Australian Cup.
Single Gaze added another runner-up finish to her Victorian resume with a brave second in Saturday's Group 2 Peter Young Stakes at Caulfield behind Gailo Chop.
The mare ran second to Boom Time in the Caulfield Cup in the spring and again two starts ago to Hartnell in the Orr Stakes.
O'Hara is convinced Single Gaze can bridge the gap to Gailo Chop, who is Ladbroke's clear $3.50 favourite for the Australian Cup at Flemington on March 10.
"She was very tough," O'Hara said after the 1800m Peter Young.
"It will be a different story at Flemington at 2000m.
"It's a bit harder for a horse like Gailo Chop to get a comfortable lead at Flemington and keep kicking. It is a different story at Flemington and that will suit her."
Single Gaze ($7.50) is second favourite for the cup. The Lloyd Williams-owned pair Almandin and The Taj Mahal are both $8.
Trainer Darren Weir was delighted with Gailo Chop's win and said it was the perfect run to bring him on for the Australian Cup.
"Just watching him, he looked to be really enjoying that," Weir said.
"He needed a good, strong gallop to be fit enough for the 2000m in a couple of weeks in the Australian Cup and I couldn't be happier with him."
Meanwhile Weir has completed a clean sweep of Tasmania's major three-year-old staying after Pleasuring landed the $150,000 Listed Tasmanian Oaks (2100m) in Launceston.
The filly's comfortable win over Gone Girl and Danny O'Brien's fast-finishing Berkshire Lady gave Weir his fourth black type success in quick succession on the Apple Isle.
The nation's premier trainer had already secured the $100,000 Hobart Guineas with Wolfendale, $150,000 Tasmanian Derby with Civil Disobedience and $100,000 Strutt Stakes with Pleasuring.
Given a superb ride by Damian Lane, Pleasuring ($2) hit the front inside the last 200m to post her third win from just nine starts.
Weir will look to continue his marauding Tasmanian raid on Wednesday when Andrea Mantegna and Bondeiger tackle the Group 3 $250,000 Launceston Cup (2400m).
Weir will also saddle Royal Rapture in the Listed $100,000 Mowbray Stakes (1600m).