Today’s Lismore Cup is latest round of the provincial and country cup’s circuit and once more there’s huge representation and quality in the field.
Many of these horses are hardened veterans of the rural circuit and plenty of tasted success along the way.
Arguably the most consistent horse in recent times is Daad’s Overtime, a trustworthy six year old gelding that battles away without doing anything really spectacular.
Often though those are the types of runners that can win these events and his record stacks up quite well.
He’s run three thirds in a row coming into this with a win at Newcastle back in July as well.
His last three have all been in the city as well with two at Doomben and one at Eagle Farm.
He’s only won three times from 35 starts but with a further 16 placings and plenty of fourths and fifths trainer Les Kelly knows he’s going to be somewhere near the money.
“He’s a tryer, he’s nothing out of the box but he keeps trying,” he said.
“On Saturday when he raced in Brisbane there wasn’t much pace in the race which didn’t suit him.”
Daad’s Overtime ran third to the well regarded Simmering and King Of The Nile three starts ago and there’s nothing of that quality in this field today.
He has drawn tricky with gate 12 but he’ll go forward to try an counteract that early.
“I think that track suits horses that race in the top half of the field,” Kelly said.
There will definitely be question marks about the quick back up and also the length of his campaign to date but Kelly says he’s got one more in him.
“The horse is fine, he pulled up well after he raced on Saturday,” he said.
“He’s been in work a long time I know but he’s a very hardy stayer.”