Alford sets bar high for Leer
Reinsman Chris Alford says there is plenty more to come from Leer after the three-year-old filly took out the Don Logie Memorial 3YO Pace at Kilmore on Saturday night.
It was a fine night for Alford, who combined with trainer Brent Lilley to pick up a hat-trick of wins as Robbie Royale and Kyvalley Chief also came up trumps.
But it was Leer that really stood out after picking up the third win of her fledgling career and Alford was confident heading into the race.
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"She trialled here well a few weeks ago when conditions were terrible, so I only went really slow time and she dashed up in 28, felt like she could have gone 26," he told Trots Vision.
"I didn’t know what the one horse (Just As Well) would do because I drove it and led when she ran second last start, but (Leer) did get out of the gate really quick."
Leer won by a comfortable 14 metres but Alford then suggested there is even more to come from his charge.
"She started kicking the wheels and that’s why she wanted to roll along a bit. She hit them virtually all the way and never settled that well," he added.
Looking further ahead Alford has set his sights on come Group 1 action but that would mean tackling some of the best, including Ladies In Red and Tough Tilly.
When asked about future plans, he said: "It’s hard to say, but I think she will measure up to the good Oaks fillies."