Connections of Call Me Brad would not have been very confident they would even be starting in today’s Inverell Jockey Club Cup earlier in the week, after being drawn as the third and final emergency when fields first came out.
Still, after a little luck and three scratchings in today’s feature country race, the Lesley Jeffriess runner has gained a start and now jumps from gate two in the $37,000 Open Class Handicap over the 1400m.
Punters have come thick and fast for the eight-year-old, with the Snippetson gelding opening up at $21 Fixed Odds on the NSW Tab, before plummeting into $4.20 second favourite.
There is good reason for punters to have confidence too, after the Tamworth runner bolted in for easy wins at his last two races at Gunnedah.
On December 5, Call Me Brad was second up in a 1250m Benchmark 58 Handicap and won by 4.97 lengths, before backing up on December 15, and winning by 5.2 lengths in a 1300m Benchmark 58 Handicap.
Yvette Lewis was on board both times and will again steer around the popular North West runner when they search for three straight wins and 2021 Inverell Cup honours.
Jeffriess and Lewis could be in for a good day at Inverell, with the pair teaming up on Perhaps Deday in the 1400m Class One Handicap.
The three-year-old Domesday filly was a good last start winner at Gunnedah and finds a nice race here.
The nine-race-card Inverell Cup program has really attracted some good runners and the first race will jump at 12.26pm.