Albury galloper Overdue ran the race of his life to finish third in his hometown cup so the drop back in grade to the Gundagai Cup has him well placed to continue his rich vein of form on Sunday.
At least that is how it appears on paper and in the thoughts of his trainer Kym Davidson.
Overdue was placed in Listed grade over 2000 metres in the Albury Cup after racing deep for the last part of the race.
The five-year-old also won impressively at Albury five days earlier over 1600 metres.
Overdue will drop back to 1800 metres on Sunday with Lily Coombe returning for the ride after she was aboard in his Albury victory.
“He goes up 2.5 kilograms for his last run in Listed grade, but he is still well in at the weights in my opinion with 56.5 kilograms,” Davidson said.
Overdue is a result of some forward thinking by his owners who bred their six times winner Overture to former top middle distance galloper, Clangalang.
Overdue is raced by a similar syndicate and has already earned over $100,000. Davidson’s main issue is the tighter turning track.
“There are only 12 runners and he likes to get to the outside and finish off so as long as the speed is on I think he will be right,” he said.
Davidson has been patient with Overdue telling his owners the best of the gelding would be seen as he matures.
He has already won the Tom Patton Cup at Wagga this campaign and continues to prove he is one of the more genuine middle distance gallopers in the region with definite claims to being named horse of the year in the region.
If he can win the Gundagai Cup and qualify for the Wagga Cup, Overdue will be well on his way to fulfilling a dream for his owners.
The Albury Cup was a dream that came to fruition and the Wagga Cup holds the same attraction.
Lord De Air and Ashdam head the weights and have to concede a lot of kilograms to their rivals.
Ashdam was first past the post but disqualified in the Corowa Cup, while Lord De Air has been down the track at his past two starts after winning at Canterbury in February.
The Showcase meeting has attracted strong acceptances with trainers far and wide to chase the big money.
Kyneton trainer George Osborne has several runners including Gasworx who was impressive winning his maiden at Albury.