There was a bit of debate today about how many years the Dr Alan Sandford Handicap has been running, but no question that it's been a much appreciated event.
Alan Junior can now add AM to his impressive list of qualifications after being awarded the medal earlier this year, making Alan Senior a very proud dad - but unfortunately not a winner today. A good field of 26 riders faced the starter at Woodstock in a strong northerly for the 47 km loop around the Power's Road block then up to Maryborough Road and back The two scratchies faced a tough task to run down a big second scratch group, but they pulled this off after just 25 km and set about chasing the leaders. Third scratch were equally impressive in closing down the nine minute group before Newbridge and the 15 minute bunch just before Woodstock and then hitting the lead with about 11 km to go. At the Maryborough Road turnaround the leaders still held a good break over the by now much reduced scratch and second scratch bunch, which they held to the finish. Peter Body (6 min) blitzed the field in the sprint to win comfortably from Ivan Howes (9 min) and Ken Lacey 15 (min.), followed by Pam Robertson (9 min), Steve Auld (9 min), Greg Chapman (6 min), Terry Schintler (6 min) returning after a long break and Ricky Lovell (6 min). Leigh Wallace just pipped Mathew Grealy on the line to take 9th place and fastest time. Dr Alan sponsored a couple of extra prizes - first over 65 finisher won by John Weir, and first unplaced woman taken out by Di Jane.