Nick Olive completes Queanbeyan move with cup win

Nick Olive (right) capped off a recent move from Canberra to Queanbeyan when winning the Queanbeyan Cup on Sunday with Invincible Dash.

Nick Olive only made the full-time move from Canberra to Queanbeyan last month, and already the decision appears to be paying dividends. 

Racing at his home track on Sunday, Olive won the $45,000 Queanbeyan Cup with Invincible Dash, and it took a gem of a ride from Brendan Ward to get the job done in the 2000m Open Handicap. 

Ward and Invincible Dash ($11) ended up sitting in third place early doors after beginning quickly from gate one, while race favourite Olympic Theatre (Nick Heywood, $2.35) enjoyed an uncontested lead for trainers Richard and Will Freedman.

Turning for home, Invincible Dash was in second, but he proved too strong to the line for Olympic Theatre, winning by 0.43 of a length, while finishing in third and 2.68 lengths off the pace was the Barbara Joseph, Pasul and Matt Jones-trained Roman (Quayde Krogh, $7.50)

Despite winning strongly, the six-year-old had drifted from $5.50 to double that price prior to the gates crashing back, but Olive was always confident heading into the race.

“He’s been racing super without winning. I don’t know what the go was with the betting drift, but I thought he would be really hard to beat today and it’s great,” he said.

Olive touched on his recent move to Queanbeyan, and he admitted that winning the cup was the best possible start to what is shaping to be a new and exciting chapter in his country trainer career. 

“We have been at Queanbeyan for just over five weeks now and to win the cup in the first five weeks is super,” Olive said. 

“It’s a big thrill for all the team; they have worked really hard, and it’s been a bit of a slog coming in here, and just with finding our feet, but they’ve worked hard and it’s a good reward today.

“It’s a massive change, but you get things like this, and it makes it all worthwhile. A lot of the staff have come out to watch today on their day off, so it is good to have everyone here.”

Invincible Dash is owned by Forbes Jockey Club president Randal Grayson and other Forbes locals who have been struggling with the recent floods, and Olive hopes the result offers owners some respite during this difficult period. 

“A big congratulations to the owners, they have been really patient with this horse, and they have been battling the floods over the last few weeks, so a big shout out to them and I’m pleased we have won for them,” Olive said. 

It was yet another big day of racing at Queanbeyan on Sunday and the Queanbeyan Gold Nugget for three and four-year-olds over 1000m was taken out by the Joe Cleary-trained King Gutho (Ruby Haylock, $1.85), which was a comfortable winner from the Sarah Murray-Leslie-trained Paper Daisy (Billy Owen, $6.50) in second and the Norm Gardner-trained Devine Miss (Rochelle Wedrat-Kroezen, $3.70) in third.

The Peter Sharp & Audrey Sharp Memorial Thunderbolt for Open Handicap horses over 1000m was a good contest won by the Ron Weston and John Nisbet-trained Smuggler’s Bay (Jack Martin, $4.40), which beat the Gratz Vella-trained Major Time (Quayde Krogh, $6.50) in second and the Luke Clarke-trained More Euros (Michael Travers, $9.50) in third.

For full results from the Queanbeyan Cup meeting, readers can click here