Sky Racing’s Richard Callander described Notabadidea’s victory in Sunday’s Gilgandra Cup as a ‘one act affair’, and the prominent racing personality wasn’t wrong.
The Clint Lundholm-trained gelding jumped well for his jockey Clayton Gallagher from gate six and following the early speed battle, the six-year-old settled fourth behind early leader Ballast, while The Bald Eagle sat second and Manabar was third, just in front of the Dubbo galloper.
The Melissa Dennett-trained and Jackson Searle-ridden Ballast run the cup field along, spreading the runners out until the 500m marker, where Gallagher made his move on Notabadidea.
By the 200m marker, Notabadidea was in front, and the six-year-old kept on with the job, gapping the field to win comfortably by 4.44 lengths in the $45,000 feature race from the Bryan Dixon-trained Ecker Road in second, while Ballast held on gamely for third.
Racing Manager for Clint Lundholm, Todd Smith, admitted the win looked easy, with the stable’s gelding always the winner when finding the front so far from home.
“It was a very good win. At about 400 or 500 (metres) out, it looked like he was just cruising up to them and the race was nearly over at that stage,” Smith said.
“He was always going to stick on.”
Since moving to the Dubbo yard, Notabadidea has been up since August, starting 11 times and winning on three occasions, which includes a victory in the Coonabarabran Cup in October, whilst running third in the Mudgee Cup in early December.
The Highly Recommended gelding finished sixth at his last start in the Armidale Cup held at Tamworth, but Smith explained that connections had this race pencilled in for some time.
“The plan sort of started about six weeks ago to target the Gilgandra Cup and the other day at Armidale, where the meeting was transferred to Tamworth, he probably didn’t get going quick enough on him and it didn’t turn into the staying test that it was today,” Smith said.
“(It was a) super effort and the horse is going really good.”
Notabadidea looks destined for the paddock now, with Smith hinting that the Dubbo galloper deserved a good break.
“We will go back home but possibly a spell,” Smith replied when asked what was next for Notabadidea.
“He has had a pretty big campaign. (He has won) the Coonabarabran Cup and now the Gilgandra Cup, so he has done a lot this time in and is probably due for a rest.”
The Gilgandra Cup capped off a big eight-race Showcase meeting for Gilgandra Jockey Club and a big two days of racing across Saturday and Sunday.