Olivieri's Purple Patch
Ross Olivieri, an eight-time premier trainer in Western Australia, is on a high and hopes that his purple patch will continue when he has seven runners at the Gloucester Park meeting on Friday night.
Olivieri’s past six starters have all performed meritoriously. He won the final race at Gloucester Park last Friday night with Carrera Mach, was successful with his two runners (The Last Parisian and Kiwi Bloke) at Bunbury the following night and Iceenothink, his only runner at Pinjarra on Monday afternoon, was a first-up winner.
Then, followers of the stable were looking for a fifth win in five races when his only runners at Gloucester Park on Tuesday afternoon, Rollsoffthetongue (30/1) and All Over Tan (14/1), clashed in the opening event. Rollsoffthetongue finished strongly from sixth at the bell to be a neck second to Vivere Damore and All Over Tan surged home from tenth at the bell to finish a neck back in third place.
Olivieri said that his seven runners on Friday night had sound each-way claims and he singled out Atmospherical as his brightest prospect.
The versatile Atmospherical will start from the 10m mark in the 2096m Direct Trades Supply Handicap, with Chris Voak in the sulky. He is an experienced stand performer, with ten appearances in standing-start events for three wins and two placings.
But it was an eye-catching performance in a mobile event, the 1730m Mount Eden Sprint last Friday night, that boosted Olivieri’s confidence. Atmospherical, a 125/1 outsider from barrier eight, raced in ninth position and was hopelessly blocked for a run in the home straight when he finished full of running to be sixth, just over one length from the winner Argyle Red.
“Atmospherical is back to a stand because the races in his class this week are all over 2536m,” Olivieri said. “He clashes with Carrera Mach (also off 10m) and I’d probably favour Atmospherical. But Carrera Mach also has a good chance. He’s had his foot on the till for ages and winning last week was no surprise.”
Olivieri said that he expected a forward showing from The Dali Express in the opening event on Friday night in which he will start from barrier five, with Chris Lewis in the sulky. The Dali Express led from barrier one and won from Ocean Ridge over 2130m four starts ago. He was most unlucky last week when he raced in the one-out, one-back position before meeting with severe interference and finishing ninth Beltane.
“He looked like he was going to play a part (in the finish) before he got skittled,” said Olivieri, who is looking for a strong first-up performance from Gee Jay Kay in race five and good efforts from Crystal Sparkles (race three) and El Hombre (race seven).