Maid of Ore eyeing cup double

Canberra trainer Nick Olive has two live chances in today’s Snake Gully Cup. 

2021 Gundagai Cup winner, Maid of Ore, will go around in the $100,000 feature over the 1400m when first-up from an 18-week spell. 

The seven-year-old mare has drawn wide (gate 14), and Shaun Guymer takes the ride. 

“She had to be fresh for a race like this. She raced over 2400m last start and came fifth in the Grafton Cup,” Olive said. 

“She is a quality mare and she trialled sensationally at Canberra and I think she is going well and could run a nice race fresh.”

The wide draw looks an obvious query on paper, but Olive believed it could be an advantage by the time the Snake Gully Cup is run and won.

“It’s normally not a great draw at Gundagai, but on a heavy track, I probably prefer it wide,” Olive said. 

The Canberra trainer also has recent Cootamundra Cup placegetter Ready To Humble racing.

The five-year-old has drawn the rails with gate one and Jeff Penza is in the saddle.

“The positive thing with him is, he has good gate speed, so he might still be able to get off the fence,” Olive said. 

“He run a good race at Cootamundra but we haven’t had much luck with him. I think the horse that won (Zakeriz) was a well-deserved winner, but he could have been closer.”

The Rubick gelding has threatened without winning similar country cups in recent times, finishing fifth in the $100,000 Dubbo Cup in September and third in the $75,000 Coonamble Cup in October before his second in the Cootamundra Cup.

“I think he is capable of winning a race like this,” Olive said. 

“Since Coota, we aimed at this race and we gave him a bit of time in the paddock to freshen him up before heading towards this race.”

Olive was leaning towards the gelding when asked which of his two gallopers was the better chance of winning. 

“They are both good chances and there is not a lot between them,” Olive said.

“Made of Ore can fire when fresh, but I would probably lean towards Ready To Humble with the wet track and with his fitness.”