Trainer tastes first win in 18 years amid "damn good" Birchip Cup day

15 March 2019

For Jeff Connelly, training standardbreds is an escape from the battles of life on the farm.

It's something to look forward to when the times are tough and a distraction from the day-to-day grind.

And given that the sport is only a hobby, it's no surprise the 70-year-old has long periods without success.

But Connelly was the toast of home club Birchip on Sunday when his gelding Clontarf Guy bolted up in the McLennan Bulk Fuel Pace (2150m).