Racing is alive and well in the bush

NRRA QUALIFIER: TRAINER Cliff Bashford says his horse, Ever So Natural, can reverse the result of last Sunday’s Taree Country Championships Qualifier against winner Another Valley when the pair clash again on day one of The Championships in the $400,000 final on Saturday, April 2.

Bashford believes Another Valley’s inside draw was a telling factor in the race. “Swap the alleys and of course he can beat her [in the final], but she’s still going to be a top-liner,” Bashford said of the Bob Milligan-trained Another Valley.

Bashford said the Country Championships has continued to breathe new life into racing all over the state.

“It’s made bush racing again,” he said. “It’s been a big hit and it’s only going to get stronger and stronger.

“I don’t think there’s a standout for the final yet but Clearly Innocent would be my top pick.

“There’s some pretty good horses in the bush, I used to be at Newcastle and if you finished midfield there you’d just take your horse to Taree for an easy win, but not anymore.”

Grafton hosts the NRRA Qualifier tomorrow.

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