Mansfield’s Anthony Plummer, put in another great performance to take out this year’s running of the Life Members Handicap.
The race, set up to say thank you to the club’s life members a couple of years ago started in Benalla in very cold conditions and went through Moorngag via Mt Pleasant, Tatong and Emu Bridge before returning to Benalla for its 53km journey.
Plummer was forced to start alone (as his co-riders didn’t show up) and crossed solo to the next group, bridging six minutes.
Only Col Stokes was able to stay with Plummer as the bridge took place.
The pair set their sights on the lone limit man, Cathie, and with four kilometres to the finish the pair took the race lead.
The pair found they were still clear of the main bunch, which had come together at the halfway marker and found they had the time to look at each other for the final run to the line. Plummer led out 100 metres from the flag to get two lengths clear of Stokes, which he held up to the finish line, marking his portfolio with back to back wins.
A minute later the main bunch flashed past the finish line with backmarker Steve Kilpatrick taking out the sprint for third place and fastest time.
Brendan DeFazio riding from scratch put in a great performance with last year’s trophy winner Ian Strang finishing fifth and Dave Boonzaayer home for the minor placing.
Next Hume Club Race: Sunday, July 23, at Glenrowan for a 52km handicap
Race Entries Close: Friday, July 21, 9pm, with Bernie Grealy. Phone/SMS: 0417213799
●For membership details and/or information, phone Simon Hall on 0448533322 or check our website, www.humeveterans.com.au