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Classy Alford to four at Gunbower

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November 23, 2017

AUSTRALIA’S best driver put on an absolute clinic at Sunday’s Gunbower Harness Racing Club meet.

AUSTRALIA’S best driver put on an absolute clinic at Sunday’s Gunbower Harness Racing Club meet.

Pacing legend Chris Alford, boasting more than 6,000 career wins and 12 Victorian drivers’ premierships, won half the eight-race card including the featured Gunbower Family Hotel Gunbower Pacing Cup.

Driving $2.30 favourite Brocks Territory, Alford settled third on the inside for the Cup and dashed past leader Our Jimmie via the sprint lane with 100 metres to go to claim the $14,000 race.

Spiritwriter rounded out the placings, coming from the back of the pack to run third.

The last of the day was another masterful drive, leading from start to finish with the Tim Bolitho-trained Morvah and skipping away around the final bend to win by 15 metres from The Sparrow Hawk.

And he’d started the meeting much the same way he finished it, steering home a pair of $7 winners in I Am I Cried and All Eyes And Ears in the opening two races.

The Cohuna Car Sales Bill Poxon Memorial Gunbower Trotters Cup was taken out Dean Pattison’s Sky Petite.

In its first start for the season, the mare won from the rear of the field with a dashing three-wide run around the final bend, holding strong in the final stages to fend off fast-finishing Ainthatrightmacca.

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