Melbourne coach claims trifecta
EACH year the Nambucca River Co-Op Macksville Gift creates a slice of history but Saturday's 53rd running will take some beating.
Melbourne coach John Brown arrived in town with a handful of runners and carried off the top three placings.
"It's made history on two counts," media officer Bill Richardson said.
"The winner Matt Hargreaves became the first Victorian to win the event but what John Brown has achieved is unique.
"We've had coaches supply winners of different events before but nobody has come close to training the trifecta."
Hargreaves edged out stablemates Matt Callard and Craig Brown in the six-runner final.
Crowds were down slightly on last year, due mainly to the weather.
"Around 4pm we copped a severe electrical storm as the buildup to the feature events was underway and this may have kept some at home," Richardson said.
"But the parade earlier in the day went off really well and overall it's been a fantastic event."
Local runner Laura Duncan claimed a double at the meeting when she won the Ladies sprint final for the second consecutive year after taking the Ladies skins invitation handicap.
Macksville Gift final
1st ? Matt Hargreaves (Werribee)
2nd ? Matt Callard (Hoopers Crossing)
3rd ? Craig Brown (Tullamarine)
4th ? Rob Hanna (Connells Point)
5th ? Ken Telfer (Chisholm)
6th ? James Reynolds (Maroubra)