10 June 2012 - Aleppo Sunrise trotted roughly in patches of the 2650 metre Bendigo Bank Bendigo Trotters Cup but was still simply too classy for his opposition on Saturday night at Lord's Raceway. Driven patiently by trainer Chris Lang, Aleppo Sunrise never looked comfortable in the race but the $3.00 equal race favourite still powered away at the finish to win by 2.7 metres from outsider Gentlemans Honour (Chris Lang Jr) with another longshot Star Gun (Steve Lindberg) close up in third place. Backmarker Earl Of Mot, the other equal race favourite, finished fourth. It wasn't the prettiest performance by Aleppo Sunrise but Lang was full of praise for the 6yo Sundon gelding. "I'm very pleased to be here," he said accepting the trophy from Bendigo Bank Bendigo regional manager Wayne Tobin. "This horse has done a mighty job." Aleppo Sunrise has won 12 of 41 starts and the Bendigo Trotters Cup win was the trotter's second in a fortnight.
In other feature race results at Bendigo, the Michael Barby trained It Is Billy made it three wins from four starts in the Alabar Bendigo Guineas, Ellen Tormey steered the Chris Angove trained Loveyougoodboy to victory in the Bendigo Bank 3yo Trotters Classic and Nathan Jack drove a smart race to win the Les Pratt Memorial 3yo Fillies Classic when tough pacer Real Bonus from the David Aiken stable sat parked for the entire journey before powering away to win the Classic by more than five metres. - David Aldred - VIEW THE GoPro camera footage of the Trotters Cup & Guineas