Barley Lover receives an extra rub from trainer David Campbell as the pair plan their raid on today's Lismore race meeting.
Barley Lover receives an extra rub from trainer David Campbell as the pair plan their raid on today's Lismore race meeting. Adam Hourigan

Trainer declares Barley Lover in a winnable race at Lismore

TRAINER David Campbell reveals Barley Lover was a "wayward duffer early on" but has furnished into a consistent galloper.

Barley Lover lines up at Lismore today in a race the trainer believes is "winnable."

"He wouldn't concentrate," Campbell said.

"Given time his mind seems to be on the job now.

"He's been a very consistent racehorse but burdened with a lot of weight under the ratings system."

Barley Lover drops 2kg from his last run at Ballina to 57kg after apprentice Andrew Adkins' 2kg claim.

At the last Coffs Harbour Gold Cup carnival Barley Lover was runner-up in a class 2 race to Kareem's Edge and that horse is currently among the most consistent in NRRA racing.

The horse has raced 17 times for two wins and 11 placings.

"He's probably been unlucky not to win a few more," Campbell suggested.

"Bad barriers have often cost him but for this race he's drawn better (barrier four) and he should be right on the pace.

"He's got the necessary early speed to put himself there which you generally need at Lismore."



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