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Loxton Gift Calcutta Form Guide

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1 Loxton Gift Calcutta Form Guide on Wed Feb 22, 2012 1:27 pm


2012 Loxton Gift
Form Guide

Heat 1
Red James Cibich 6.50
White Brett Richards 6.75
Blue Tjimarri Sanderson-Milera 8.00
Yellow Bradley Letton 8.50
Green Steven Hodge 10.25
Black David Palmer 11.75
Pink Tyson Hancock 12.00

This heat is all about the red. James Cibich had a string of good performances earlier this season culminating in 3rd place in the Bay Sheffield (12.64 off 7.50m). Since the Bay he has continued his good form with a 2nd place in the Tea Tree Gully 200m in January before running 2nd in his semi final of the prestigious Ballarat Gift on February 11th. The Frank McHugh coached athlete ran a ‘disinterested’ 8th in the Hectorville Gift final last week but it was the close 2nd in the Gift heat to eventual winner Jordan Tronnolone, that indicated that this could be the target. In terms of the old Monopoly board, Cibich’s presence gives this heat ‘Park Lane’ appeal.

Tjimarri Sanderson-Milera won the Under 20’s 120m at the Bay Sheffield carnival. Last Saturday (18th Feb), the Grange Surf club athlete ran a huge PB (11.26s) when he came 2nd in the State Under 20’s 100m title. On that run, he has the potential to be in the final and definitely adds value to this heat.

Brad Letton is a dual Nippys Loxton Gift (2003 & 2006) winner who was 6th in the 2005 Bay Sheffield final (12.27s off 10.00m). Has had a few lean years since the 2006 Loxton Gift, but occasionally bobs up in a sprint final. He opened up the season making the Port Adelaide Gift final (12.84s off 8.50) but he hasn’t made a final since. Can’t see him making the final this year.
David Palmer and Tyson Hancock have made the occasional 120m Gift final without really threatening to win one. Palmer was 7th last week at Hectorville after beating Tyson Hancock in the heat.
Steve Hodge was 5th in this final last year but has rarely run since and has no recent form while Brett Richards is a likely scratching.

Cibich to have a comfortable win with Sanderson-Milera and Palmer likely to join him in the semis.

Heat 2
Red Jordan Tronnolone 6.25
White Andrew Steele 7.00
Blue Adrian Harris 7.75
Yellow Ryan Hancock 9.00
Green Robert Keenan 9.50
Black Greg Franks 11.00
Pink Shaun Ryder 12.00

Heat 2 features a clash of the winners of two of the recent 120m Gifts held in SA. Ryan Hancock won the Marion Gift on 25th January (13.20s off 9.50) and Jordan Tronnolone won the Hectorville Gift (12.36 off 6.75m) on 17th February.

Hancock has made five previous Loxton Gift finals – 2006 (3rd); 2007 (4th); 2009 (3rd); 2010 (5th) & 2011 (4th). At his last start he ran 5th in the Camden Gift after breaking in the final. After resting last week, he should make a record sixth Loxton Gift final and is one of the top chances.

After his 2nd place at the Bay Sheffield in December, Tronnolone recovered from the disappointment when he won the Tea Tree Gully 200m then followed it up with a close 3rd in the Camden 120m Gift.
Tronnolone’s Hectorville win last week was outstanding given he was 2m back from the mark he had at the Bay Sheffield.

2004 Bay Sheffield winner Andrew Steele was in the final of the inaugural Loxton Gift in 2002 (5th) and made the finals in 2008 (3rd) and 2009 (2nd). A Stawell Gift finalist in 2009 (4th) he has twice changed coaches since but failed to return to the form of 2008/09. He hasn’t been seen much of late and with no recent form of note, it’s difficult seeing him make the final.

Adrian Harris is better performed over 200m and 300m, including a Loxton 300m win in 2009. He ran 5th in the Marion Gift, but was run out in his Hectorville Gift heat last week. He would need to find a few metres on last week.

Victorian athlete Robert Keenan is better known for his 400m work which includes a 3rd place in the recent Camden Classic and may lack the zip to have an impact here. Greg Franks is a veteran athlete who rarely runs in Gifts while Shaun Ryder’s normal mark is 13.50 but due to the Loxton limit he comes back to 12.00m.

Overall a good heat offering up a couple of potential finalists; for the semi spots it’s a race in 4 with the in-form recent gift winners, Tronnolone and Hancock the main picks with good back-ups in Steele and Harris.

Heat 3
Red Dale Woodhams 5.25
White Alex Saliu 6.75
Blue Damian Tohl 7.50
Yellow Adam Coote 9.00
Green Michael Nitschke 9.50
Black Ben Hardy 11.00
Pink Brad Schutz 12.00

The in-form runner in this heat is recent 400m Camden Classic winner Brad Schutz. Up until Camden, he ran from 13.50m, but has come back in marks due to a combination of his Camden win and the Loxton Gift limit. Given the quality of the other SA runners in the heat, Schutz should not be a chance, however the three former Bay Sheffield finalists of Dale Woodhams, Alex Saliu & Damian Tohl are not in the same form that got them to a Bay Sheffield final.

Woodhams has been on a ‘tour of duty’ in Victoria running at Ballarat & Keilor. He was a 120m Gift semi-finalist at Keilor last week, suggesting he’s on the improve after an ordinary run at Ballarat. Saliu showed some form in December making the 120m Gift final at the Pre-Bay meet and was reasonably close in his Bay Sheffield semi final. However at Ballarat he resumed after a long break and was a distant last in his Ballarat Gift heat recording only 13.4. It would require a massive form turn around to see him feature here. Damian Tohl has suffered niggling achilles problems for most of the season and struggled over 400m at Camden. He could surprise and scrape into the semis, but it’s unlikely he will make the final.

Adam Coote is a well-performed AFL boundary umpire, and with the pre-season competition off and running, Coote was running the lines last weekend at Etihad Stadium. While it’s hard to see him freshening up for this, it is the sort of race he could go close in, off his 9.0m handicap. He just missed making the Stawell Gift final last Easter and was a Burnie Gift (Tasmania) finalist on New Year’s Day, only 8 weeks ago. Definitely the best of the interstate contingent and gives the heat some ‘dark horse’ value.

Ben Hardy won a novice 120m at Mt Gambier but last week finished well behind Brad Schutz in a heat. Michael Nitschke has not run a 120m this season so is unlikely to be in any decent shape for this.

Schutz, Coote and Woodhams the men to qualify with Coote the best ‘final’ chance.

Heat 4
Red Wallace Long-Scafidi 3.50
White Corey Baker 7.00
Blue Connor Verrall 7.50
Yellow Jarrad Dartnall 8.50
Green Nicholas Giles 9.00
Black Troy Welfare 10.50
Pink Luke Buchanan 12.00

Another heat with a couple of genuine chances to make the final giving it a bit of value over some of the other heats. The stand-out athlete is Wallace Long-Scafidi having won consecutive Mt Gambier Gifts in 2010 and 2011. Long-Scafidi ran very well to qualify for the semi-finals at the Bay Sheffield off the tight mark of 4.25m. Since the Bay Sheffield he has run a PB of 10.89 for 100m and recently beat dual Bay Sheffield champ Jordan Caldow over 200m. Having taken a significant penalty for his Mt Gambier win, it is difficult to see him winning from this mark but he has the ability and tenacity to make the final.

The athlete most likely to finish on the podium from this heat is Corey Baker who has progressed well through the season since making the Mt Gambier Gift final in early December. He was 3rd in the 120m Restricted at the Bay Sheffield before winning his first sash when he took out the Under 20’s 120m at Camden. In between he ran a 100m PB of 11.09s and rounded off his Loxton preparation with a 2nd place in the Hectorville Gift behind his stablemate Jordan Tronnolone.

An outside chance for the final from this heat is the frontmarker Luke Buchanan. In career best form, he has won two Gifts this season at Henley in November and recently at Camden. However his handicaps in those events were above the Loxton Gift limit of 12.00m, so it’s hard to see him winning, but he is certainly going to be around the mark in the semis.

The reigning Loxton Gift winner, Jarrad Dartnall has struggled in the 120m Gifts this season and hasn’t made too many finals of late although he did run 4th at Marion. Back 1.25m from his winning mark of last season (9.75), it’s difficult seeing Dartnall advancing to his fifth final. Dartnall was 6th in both 2005 and 2006 and 4th in 2010 before winning last year’s Gift.

Connor Verrall, Troy Welfare and Nicholas Giles are in the novice category and need more experience before being considered in a major Gift.

Overall, Baker provides most of the value after his Hectorville 2nd place with Buchanan, Dartnall and Long-Scafidi, as pretty handy back-ups.

Heat 5
Red Jordan Caldow 0.50
White Tom Sclanders 6.50
Blue Ben Koschade 7.25
Yellow Lyall Weir 8.00
Green David Gross 10.00
Black Christopher Simpson 10.50
Pink Paul Taylor 11.75

A heat with a lot of mystery about it as there’s some very handy athletes off good marks, but it depends if they bring their A grade game.

Jordan Caldow is coming into this after winning his second consecutive Bay Sheffield. Now back on 0.50m, he is still a big chance to make the semis’, but difficult to see him progressing beyond that.

The winner of the heat should come from David Gross or Ben Koschade. Gross was 2nd in the 2011 Loxton Gift, only a half a metre behind the winner, Jarrad Dartnall. Last week he was 3rd at Hectorville behind the YGTS pair of Tronnolone and Baker. He seems to have hit form at the right time. He is desperate to win a major Gift in SA and is a definite finalist on recent form. The 2008 Loxton Gift winner, Ben Koschade has not run since his 3rd place in the Mt Gambier Gift in December. On natural talent alone he is the best handicapped athlete in the race, however several injury set backs since 2008 has seen him often underdone when it has come to the bigger Gifts. Hard to consider when he hasn’t competed for two months but he did run well fresh at Mt Gambier so he’d be hoping to turn up in similar shape.

Paul Taylor won the 70m at Tea Tree Gully and was 7th in the Camden 120m final. This is a step up in class and making the semis would be his main aim. Lyall Weir made the Henley Gift final back in November but has not finalled since. He is a semi-finalist at best if he can get over Taylor. Christopher Simpson started off OK but is yet to make a 120m Gift final this season while Tom Sclanders is a confirmed scratching.

Gross gives the heat much value and is a genuine chance to finish on the podium. He should win the heat. Koschade, Weir, Caldow & Taylor to fight out the remaining two semi-final spots.


HECTORVILLE - 17th Feb 2012
120m Gift FINAL

1 Jordan Tronnolone (6.75)
2 Corey Baker (7.00)
3 David Gross (10.00)
4 Chris Innes-Wong (7.25)
5 Brad Schutz (12.00)
6 Robbie James (3.50)
7 David Palmer (11.75)
8 James Cibich (6.50)
Time: 12.36

CAMDEN - 5th Feb 2012
120m Open Gift

1 Luke Buchanan (12.75)
2 Brad Schutz (13.50)
3 Jordan Tronnolone (6.75)
4 Andrew Matthews (12.50)
E5 Chris Innes-Wong (7.25)
E5 Ryan Hancock (8.75 Bk – 7.75)
7 Paul Taylor (11.75)
Time: 12.74

MARION - 25th Jan 2012
120m Marion Gift FINAL

1 Ryan Hancock (9.50) 13.20s
2 Brad Schutz (13.50) 13.25s
3 Luke Buchanan (12.75) 13.31s
4 Jarrad Dartnall (8.25) 13.40s
5 Adrian Harris (7.75) 13.43s
6 James Cibich (6.50) 13.48s
7 Shane Griwade (15.75) 13.49s
8 Tim Johnson (8.50) 13.88s

BAY SHEFFIELD - 28th Dec 2011
1 Jordan Caldow (3.25) Time: 12.59
2 Jordan Tronnolone (8.75) Time: 12.61
Eq3 Robbie James (4.50) Time: 12.64
Eq3 James Cibich (7.50) Time: 12.64
5 Keith Sheehy (3.25) Time: 12.68
6 Edward Ware (8.00) Time: 12.76

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