The five-year-old, that was previously trained by Matthew Dunn, has won 5 from 15, winning at Grafton, Port Macquarie and the Gold Coast (2), while he also boasts a TAB Highway victory at Rosehill Gardens back in June of last year.
Since arriving at Olive’s stables, the son of Rubick has been to the races twice, finishing 5th in the Dubbo Cup and 3rd in the Coonamble Cup, beaten by Aesop’s Fable on both occasions.
“If I’m being honest, he should have won his last start; Clayton (Gallagher) who rode him, got off and said, ‘I gave that a bad ride’,” Olive said.
“It’s just a bit of bad luck.”
Ready To Humble, who will have 1.5kg claiming apprentice Damon Budler in the saddle on Friday, only has to carry 58kg as top weight in the $29,000 Cootamundra feature, and Olive was confident his galloper could break through and record his first win for the stable.
“It looks a really nice race. He is drawn well, and he will be ridden more forward, and he gets in super in the weights,” Olive said.
“I think only something going wrong or bad luck beats us; I think he will be hard to beat.”
In fact, Olive envisioned greater targets for Ready To Humble further into his career, hinting he was turning into a nice racehorse.
“I like to take each run at a time, but he gives a good feel at the moment,” Olive said.
“I reckon he can step up and win somewhere a bit stronger. We will see how he goes, but I think he has matured a bit more and he gives me that feeling that he could get over more distance and be bloody good at it too.”
The Canberra trainer will take two chances to Cootamundra for their feature, with Invincible Dash stepping up in class when contesting the 1600m Open Handicap.
The I Am Invincible gelding won the Bateman’s Bay Cup at Moruya last start, and while he is running well, Olive didn’t have the five-year-old going as well as stablemate, Ready To Humble.
“I don’t have him in the same class as Ready To Humble but he is in a purple patch at the moment,” Olive said.
“He is going nicely, and before he won at Moruya, he had some bad luck and should have gone a lot closer in those races.”
Nick Olive’s attempt to win the Cootamundra Cup headlines a good eight-race-program at Cootamundra Turf Club, with the first race jumping at 1.04pm.