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1 Smoke N MiRrOrZ Devonport 400 Preview on Wed Dec 21, 2011 3:14 pm

Smoke n Mirrorz

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With the existing Bay Sheff preview up, Smoke N MiRrOrZ is turning attention to the TAL carnival, in this case the 400 down at Devonport. MiRrOrZ wont be there, so will be looking for others to review the preview.

Heat 1

Matt Hargreaves, "the Tarneit Thunder" 10m: Last year's Sprinter of the Year, the Tarneit Thunder has already claimed the Zatopek 300m and some impressive performances at Tabcorp Park demonstrate he is in very solid form over the quarter mile. Will be very competitve off his mark and if the Thunder can final MiRrOrZ expects a top 4 effort.

Lachlan Taylor, "the Taylors Lakes Tiger" 15m: Dual Stawell 400m winner, the Taylors Lakes Tiger knows how to set himself for a big race. Now under the tutelage of the Corio Cobra, one wonders if the Tiger, who has missed two quarter finals this season, is ready for Devonport. Does get a generous lift from his Victoria mark however.

Sam "Horse" Henley, 20m: With a reputation as a ladies man throughout Launceston, "Horse" Henley needs to spend less time serenading and more time in the gym to turn those calves into weapons of mass destruction. Needs a few more metres to really challenge, but it will pay to be nice to "Horse" however, if you want VIP entry into the exclusive Burnie clubs on NYE/NYD.

Kyle "K.Robb" Robinson, 21m: K.Robb has been plagued with misplacing his car keys throughout winter and has missed numerous early morning sessions as a result. Although on one hand, K.Robb will be fresh, MiRrOrZ doubts he has the fitness to work through the rounds. Can final however.

Cameron "Crayfish" Cranfield, 23m: After a three month sabbatical in Inner Mongolia, the Crayfish has returned spiritually enlightened and is absolutely flying! Be careful to ask the Crayfish about 'the meaning of life' if you need to be somewhere within the next 45 minutes but make sure to let him know MiRrOrZ says hi. Think this heat may be beyond the Crayfish.

Ryan "Hold the Cheese" McConnon, 25m: The fastest lactose intolerant athlete north of the Derwent has the bloodlines to be a real contender. Having only become aware of his allergy upon reading this preview, the potential improvement over the next week is not to be underestimated. Does have an training session open to the public on Xmas eve at 4:30pm - MiRrOrZ recommends the keen punters make a visit.

Jorden Englund, "the Wynyard Wobbler" 29m: Plenty of rumours flying around the Apple Isle that the Wobbler has set himself for this. Recent third placing in the Roseberry Gift suggests speed a plenty. The Wobbler's known vice is his penchant for half chicken and chips at Wynyard Charcoal Chick Inn - if they're closed for the xmas period expect a 5m improvement.

Peter Spence, "the Wantirna Workhorse", 30m: Missed the Stawell final this year by the barest of margins after controversially breaking in his heat. The frontie in this heat, the Workhorse will be in this a long, long way, giving the boys behind plenty to catch. Zatopek 300m finalist. Not without claims. The Workhorse once got perfect pairs at Crown 3 times in a row!

Heat 2:

Brendan Cole, "The Belconnen Bomber", 9m: Incredible mark for the Belconnen Bomber, considering he is a gold medallist in the Comm Games 4x400 and is giving 48sec runners 1-2m start. Very questionable 400m pb considering his hurdles mark and MiRrOrZ would suggest its his race to lose. Will have no problem with lanes and his biggest competition for the final is in the same heat!

"Mad' Max Waldron, 16m: Controversially found 5.4 seconds between Latrobe and Devonport last year to place 2nd in the final in 46.22, yet the handicapper has only pulled Mad Max 4m as the penalty. MiRrOrZ would imagine that young Mad Max would've found 4m over the last 12 month so the handicapper is gifting him at the very least a placing.

Brodie "Jenner" Robinson, 20m: Given the nickname of his favourite actor from the Hills, Brodie Jenner hasn't much form to analyse prior to the Gift. Probably suited more to the unconvential distance of 328m, "Jenner" could well peak on his run early in the straight. No chance against the two backmarkers.

Justin Rinaldi, "the Richmond Rocket", 22m: Former 800m national champion will be full of running at the concluding stages of this race, but does "the Rocket" have the early acceleration to be competitive. An astute fashionista, expect the Tassie masses to pick up on and imitate the Rocket's fashion style, with the possible exception his ultra skin-tight jeans. No chance against the two backmarkers.

Bradley "Tolstoy" Tolson, 24m: Literature professor Tolstoy Tolson has recently finished his third thesis on the philisophical meaning behind the struggles of the lower class in "Crime in Punishment" - which is a fantastic achievement. The only issue is its taken 17 hours a day for the last 8 months and Tolstoy hasn't touched the track! No chance against the two backmarkers.

Matt "Cool Cat" Callard, 27m: A good mark for the Cool Cat whose effortless stride and demeandour do a disservice to the fierce competitor within. MiRrOrZ once played pool with the Cool Cat at the Gift Hotel in Stawell and he hit 4 colours in off the break! A chance in any other heat, No chance against the two backmarkers.

Dan "Lightening" Lemoto, 31m: Possibly the most explosive Tasmanian out of the blocks, Lightening Lemoto is certainly not without claims. Some recent issues with the delivery of his new spikes from Eastbay, but has put them past him to clock up some impressive sessions of late. Prefer Lightening Lemoto in some other races over the carnival.

Daniel "Renegade" Reeves, 32m: Considering Renegade Reeves ran 46.40 in his heat last year and came third in the final off 33m, a 1m pull for the former Queenslander would put him in contention as well. Loaded heat. Has incorporated Zumba into his training this winter so will be interesting to see if there's any improvement. Doubt can hold off the backies.

Heat 3

Sam "Hotness" Crosswell, 8m: Don't know too much about Hotness apart from the fact Petrusma and Partners and AA sponsor him, check out his website - The man looks a million bucks, and recently ran a blinder in the Launceston Pro Am 200m off the tight mark of 5m. Definitely one to watch, but is giving the Belconnen Bomber 1m in the final too much for Hotness? Prefer others.

Joe "Randy" Randall, 20m: Off the novice mark, Randy has a mark to be competitive, but can he match it with some seasoned pros ahead of him or Hotness on his inside? Had an unconventional winter of training sprinting down the hills around Cradle Mountain to save his achillies from flaring up. MiRrOrZ expects Randy to be more competitive over the shorter distances.

Adam Coote, "the Electricity of Elwood", 23m: Spruiked by a few for the gifts, the Electricity of Elwood looks suited to a bit longer and performed strongly over the past weekend over the 400 and 300s. Was in a great position in the quarter but faded late. Former Black Opal winner definitely one to watch. Once ate 5 quarter pounders in one sitting.

"Dashing" Darcy Lahey, 24m: A finalist last year and giant of a man, Dashing Darcy has been working hard over the past 12 months to be a huge show in this one. Just keeps finding gears as the race goes on and if within a sniff of the lead at the top of the straight, could figure. Dashing was deemed to high profile to appear in this year's "Celebrity Apprentice".

Clinton Gray, "the Bannockburn Bullet", 25m: Nice mark for the talented all-rounder, who returned to the circuit last week finalling in the Warragul 300m. The Bannockburn Bullet is bursting with ability, but may not cope well with the rounds. Final hope. MiRrOrZ has heard the Bannockburn Bullet is weighing up a tattoo with his new nickname across his chest, and MiRrOrZ welcomes that commitment.  

Doug "Hammertime" Hamerlok, 27m: Hammertime has 2m more than MiRrOrZ was expecting, but will it be enough to keep Dashing Darcy and others at bay? Just keeps getting better each race you would have to like his chances of doing something if he makes the final, but the pressure is on in this heat. Hammertime is one of 4 people in Australia that still uses his 1989 Sony Walkman.

Christopher "Cougar" Clear, 31m: The handicapper has given the Cougar plenty of hope with this mark, rewarding his regular support of the TAL. Can really challenge off his mark, but the question is how is he coping with the rumours of a fractured relationship with long-term lover, and former Australian Idol sweetheart Cosima De Vito?

Mark "Bad Seed" Brownrigg, 40m: Equal frontie in the field, Bad Seed will get out quick and give them all something to chase in this one. Prefer over the 200m, but will be in this heat right down to the last few metres. Bad Seed got his nickname after flattening a training partner in a jovial sparring session.

Heat 4

James "the Beetle" Boden, 12m: A class runner, the Beetle finalled last year off 9m, so one would think a 3m lift is more than generous. Has been training with Ben Offereins, so will have improved over the quarter mile distance. The Beetle is right in this, and will win this heat ahead of the man outside of him.

Ollie "the Blonde Bombshell" Wurm, 15m: Former Burnie Gift winner, the Blonde Bombshell always runs well on the Island. Has moved to the powerful Beckenham stable which has paid dividends returning to his pb form and gaining the Beckenham Bounce (generous handicap lifts). Will be great to watch the Blonde Bombshell and the Beetle toe-to-toe over the last 50m. And ladies...he's single!

"Leaping" Lachlan Weller, 20m: Top level high jumper in his younger days, Leaping is trying his hand at the quarter and MiRrOrZ is looking forward to watching his progress. Not too many races under his belt to comment, but one for the future. Almost unbeatable at dominos.

Dominic "Ant" Anastasio, 23m: Great mark for this middle distance runner from Hobart, the Ant has every chance to impress in this one. Is suited to the ammo conditions of lanes, but lack of block work may have the backies pressuring him very early. Not the worst chance. Rumoured to have got the skin folds right down.

Chris Hargreaves, "the Werribee Werewolf", 24m: Recent Queanbeyan winner in a lightening quick time, MiRrOrZ knows the Werribee Werewolf has the speed, but does he have the miles in his legs to go the two rounds. It's a close one, but possibly the top hope amongst the family due to the generous handicap.

Sam "the Leopard" Leitch, 24m: Hasn't got recent form to suggest he can challenge those around him, but can the Leopard change his spots? Another one for the future. Is most famous in his hometown for recording an amazing 12 steals in one quarter of NBA2K10 my player mode.  

Andy "Red Hot" Robinson, 28m: Red Hot has already won one 400m this season, and without a substantial penalty can he win another? His family is known for their amazing Christmas feasts however, and the key to success is to avoid that second serve of turkey and Christmas pudding.

Robert "the Sunbury Slayer" Keenan, 33m: Former national level swimmer (who has pashed Stephanie Rice), the Sunbury Slayer is starting to come into form with some 400m finals to complement his impressive 300m win at Warragul on the weekend. When push come to shove, does this man have what it takes to slay those inside of him. Will be extremely close.

More to come...

Last edited by Smoke n Mirrorz on Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:56 pm; edited 1 time in total

2 Re: Smoke N MiRrOrZ Devonport 400 Preview on Thu Dec 22, 2011 1:35 pm

Smoke n Mirrorz

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Heat 5:

Simon Fitzpatrick, "the St Kilda Steamroller", 11m: The reigning Stawell 400m champion knows how to perform in the big meets. The Steamroller's winning time of 46.59 was much slower than 2010 Devonport however, and has been pulled 7m from his Easter win. Has finalled over 400m twice this season but would needs to find plenty to challenge here.

Tom "T-Bird" Beard, 20m: Sub 1:50 800m runner, T-Bird is yet another Tasmanian who enjoys a great handicap. Blessed with 49sec speed, and endurance to finish the race strongly MiRrOrZ wonders how much damage T-Bird can inflict on his rivals.

Tyler "Heartbreaker" Heron, 23m: While not having the reputation with the ladies like others in the 400m, this does not mean Heartbreaker Heron doesn't cut a swathe through the coastal regions of Tassie. Looking like Ryan Gosling, Heartbreaker has a harem of adoring fans. He just keeps things close to his chest. Like that 250 t/t last night. Big show.

Robbie Vidler, "the Hoppers Crossing Hurricane", 24m: much more suited to the sprint distance, the Hurricane has a nice mark that throws him in contention. A great run at Peninsula has the Hurricane howling, and would be no surprise to final. Backing up? Well, wait and see.

"Jazzy" Jarred Gilroy, 25m: News travels fast and Jazzy is ready for this. A finalist last year, Jazzy has the tools and training to Improve significantly on 2010. Could be a big improver from heat to final.

Mohamad "Snake Plissken" Zeed, 25m: Able to recite the entire script of "escape from LA", Snake Plissken is better known as a sprint hurdler. Would need to find plenty from his 51sec effort last year, but found form recently in the 4x400 relay at Zatopek.

Mark "Knockout" Nichols, 33m: Mark once scored 100 of 23 balls against his neighbour in a game of backyard cricket - impressive. MiRrOrZ wants this power on show early in Knockout's race to open up a huge gap on his competitors. Not the worst!

Ryan "Old Man River" Hage, 34m: One of the veterans of the field, Old Man River is past his best. Thing is, his best was bloody top notch. A wily character, the backies and bookies better not underestimate Old Man River!

Heat 6

Shaun Hargreaves, "the Werribee Wonder", 11m: An absolute star of the VAL, the Werribee Wonder is an enormous threat over so many distances, he is a MiRrOrZ favourite. Won the Movember 550, Woodside 70m, and Maryborough 200m last year in a fantastic effort and has previously run 46.31 off 10m. Has been lieing low of late, and could be ready to add another classic to his resume.

Luke "Whispers" Whitney, 20m: Whispers Whitney loves to pysch out his rivals before a big race, so don't be surprised to see Whispers giving the Wonder or Romeo a bit of curry before they walk to their blocks. Whispers could really be anything over the quarter mile upward, but MiRrOrZ wants to see a little less conversation and a little more action.

Luke Storta, "the Fyshwick Flash", 24m: Another Beckenham Bounce recipient, the Fyshwick Flash has an amazing mark for a man who has 22.10 listed as his pb. The Flash could jog around in 48 seconds for the full distance so is up to his eyeballs in this one. Surely cannot lose his heat? Could embarrass the handicapper in the final. Could be good news for the spectators though, as the Flash has promised to let off his $550 worth of Fyshwick fireworks if he takes the crown.

Matt Grant, "the North Ringwood Romeo", 26m: Built like a Greek God, the North Ringwood Romeo is a fan favourite amongst the ladies of the VAL, and has been regularly finalling over a range of distances. Finished 2010/11 with a bang winning the Ballarat 800m and two 400m placings and must be considered in this. It comes as no surprise our Romeo is rumoured to be dating a lucky lady who appeared in Ralph.

Callum "King" James, 27m: Has been fighting the places with Grinder so far this season so there is little to pick between them. A recent victory and slight pull may hurt King James, but dont underestimate the gear change with blinkers coming on.

Edward "Grinder" Gates, 28m: Grinder has been thereabouts all season without showing too much. Has "Set for Devonport" all over it. Don't be fooled if he sneaks in to the final as fastest 2nd place finisher, plenty in reserve for the Grinder.

Rhyce "Pumper" Parkinson, 33m: After a promising career as an apprentice Jockey, Pumper has turned his focus to the sport of professional running and MiRrOrZ for one is pleased. Really works hard off that final bend, but in drawing the Fyshwick Flash this may be beyond him.

Calvin Gook, "the Diggers Rest Destroyer", 40m: Always looks the goods and has a great mark, but the Destroyer has yet to fire over the quarter. With the guidance of the Corio Cobra, MiRrOrZ is confident the Destroyer can claim a sash this season, but more than likely later in the season. Cooks a mean seafood mee goreng.

3 Re: Smoke N MiRrOrZ Devonport 400 Preview on Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:08 pm


Great work, Smoke. Watching Caddyshack on TV and just logged on during an ad break to catch up with the latest Protrack banter. Your witticisms got as many laughs as Al Czervik.... Twisted Evil

4 Re: Smoke N MiRrOrZ Devonport 400 Preview on Thu Dec 22, 2011 11:53 pm


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Good read Smoke n Mirrorz.. I don't know where you get the "beetle" reference from but nice to know that you think I'm a shot at making the final.. I hope I am too!

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