Numbers game not a worry for Lismore Maiden

\"\"Caption: The Steve Williams-owned Skilled won last year’s Lismore Ladbrokes Maiden Series (420m) (Photo: Box 1 Photography)

Ladbrokes Maiden Series (420m)

Heats December 15. Final December 22

$20,000 to the winner

By David Brasch

IN the lead-up to the Lismore Gold Cup, club secretary John Zorzo admitted he had been worried about the possibility of restricted numbers for the great race.

However, he had nothing to worry about with four classy heats and a big race final that brought together some of the best gallopers from as far away as Sydney and north to Brisbane.

Mark Moroney won it with Fire Legend.

As the time approaches for the Ladbrokes Maiden Series (420m) – Heats December 15, Final December 22 – John says those Cup concerns about filling the fields are no longer uppermost in his concerns.

\”We will run eight heats and the way we have been so busy with young dogs trialling here lately, then that should not be a worry,\” he said.

\”And plenty are coming from over the border for the race.\”

The Ladbrokes Maiden is a Christmas feature for trainers with hot youngsters looking for a rich pay day.

And it has never failed to toss up a worthy winner.

Even greats like Australia\’s one-time leading stakes earner, High Earner, found it beyond them to win the series.

The Dave and Christine Robartson bred, owned and trainer High Earner did go on to make up for that of course.

Zorzo says the club is planning to put on a series of back-up races to the feature Maiden final.

\”We will run a Silver Consolation and Bronze Consolation, both of them worth $2000 to the winner,\” he said.

\”And there will also be a Best 8 Middle Distance Series over 630m worth $5000 to the winner.

\”That middle distance race should bring a few to the night.\”

Lismore will hold its annual Christmas party on the night of the final and expects a strong roll up of locals.

Tony Brett and Steve Williams landed the 2019 Maiden series with Skilled who has since gone on to win 11 races and $54,000 in stakes.

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