It appears that up and coming stayer OVERCAST (Stratum x Madam Bubbles (NZ) (Montjeu (IRE)) is set to rule as king of the long-distance races in the upcoming months after the running of the 3000 metres Benchmark 65 Handicap at Bathurst on Sunday 14th February 2016.
This tough son of Stratum was having his fourth run in twenty nine days and to be a winner on two of those occassions is indeed a great performance.
The stout staying blood from the dam side has certainly been passed on to this individual.
The betting market showed that OVERCAST was well supported, starting at second favourite ($4.00), he had to carry the second topweight of 56.5kgs and the increase in distance from his previous run over 2200 metres eight days earlier ... and he took it all in his stride.
Jay Ford was declared as the jockey and OVERCAST had to come from the outside barrier.
Shortly after the field of nine jumped Jay settled his mount toward the rear of the field.
The field strung out along the back and at one stage there was over twenty lengths from first to last.
Passing the post for the first time one of the local horses Bathurstian had skipped away to an eight to ten lengths lead.
OVERCAST was still in the bunch of four runners at the tail of the field.
Entering the back straight again, the leader was coming back to the field, the rest of the runners were biding their time waiting for the right time to strike.
With the 1000 metres marker behind them, it was OVERCAST and his rider making a short dashing move positioning themselves in fifth place, six lengths from the leader, which was still Bathurstian.
Ideally positioned by Jay, the pair were ready to pounce approaching the home turn. Sensing that he had plenty up his sleeve, the jockey circled the field rounding the bend. Once balanced in the straight the duo were hitting top gear and taking ground off the leader with every stride.
At the 200 metres, OVERCAST was vying for the lead and surging toward the finish line. A few waves of the whip and still travelling strongly, Jay eased his horse down going on to win by 2 lengths in the time of 3-14.44.
A well-judged ride by Jay, a well-prepared horse by Scott and heartiest congratulations go to OVERCAST's owner Fiona Macdonald.
Your horse appears to be enjoying life in the Hawkesbury District, especially under the care of the team at Singleton Racing.