Capital Commander eyes winning finish

Canberra's Nick Olive hopes his mare, Capital Commander, can go out on a winning note when she contests Friday's $50,000 Orange Cup (1600m).

Capital Commander is due to go under the hammer at the Inglis broodmare sale in May.

“She’s been a terrific horse for us,” said Olive, a trainer and part-owner of the six-year-old. “It would be fantastic to finish her career on a high note.”

Capital Commander cost $70,000 as a yearling at the Magic Million sales.

The mare has recorded nine wins and 12 placing’s from 42 starts earning connections $449,625.

Olive said the mare’s best win was her triumph in the 2012 Magic Millions mare’s race.

“That was the most exciting. It was just a fantastic day for everyone,” Olive added.

Champion Sydney jockey Hugh Bowman, who was aboard Capital Commander last start when a short half head second to Doubtful Miss over 1400m at Albury on March 27, has agreed to ride the consistent mare.

“Having Hugh aboard is really good,” Olive said. “Like me he must fancy her chances.”

The Albury effort was Capital Commander’s third run back from a spell and Olive has been taken with the mare’s progress.

“She’s in fantastic order,” he suggested. “She pulled up really well after Albury and she’s done real well in the stable.

“She hasn’t missed a beat. She’s definitely gone forward and she’s ready for the mile now. It should really suit her.

“Even though she’d drawn a bit wide I hope she can get there (to the lead) quiet easily.

“She’s going good enough to get the job done. After three runs back she should be right at her peak.”

Olive has never won an Orange Cup but has an affinity with the town.

“I lived there for two years when I did my horse management course at university,” he recalled.

This story Capital Commander eyes winning finish first appeared on Canberra Times.