In form Ascot trainer Simon Miller heaped praise on Oliver’s Travels fighting abilities after the Saxon gelding posted a tough win in the Ascot Autumn Membership Handicap (1500m) at Ascot today.
On the quick back up from last Saturday, Oliver’s Travels, ridden by Jarrad Noske, had to pull out all stops to post his second consecutive win, but kicked strongly to score in a photo finish.
The $2.20 favourite, who tracked the leader Gloryland, kicked clear inside the final 200m and hung on to defeat Western Temple by a nose with Gomer Wipple flashing home late for third.
Formerly trained by Stan Bates, Oliver’s Travels has been a more than handy acquisition for Miller, notching five wins and three placings from eight starts since entering his stable earlier this year.
“I thought he got beat,” Miller said.
“It was a big win coming off a hard run last week.
“I thought he was a sitting duck too far out.
“I knew he would dig in for the fight but when Western Temple was coming I thought he would run a gallant second.
“He is definitely going places this guy.”
Oliver’s Travels continued Miller’s recent hot streak and launched the first leg of a double after stable mate Royal Missile scored an impressive first up win in the Glenroy Chaff Handicap (1100m), running on strongly from 8th on the turn.