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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Loxton Women's 300m Calcutta Form Guide

Loxton Women's 300m Calcutta Form Guide

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1 Loxton Women's 300m Calcutta Form Guide on Thu Feb 23, 2012 10:18 pm

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FULTON HOGAN - 300 METRE Women
First 3 runners from each heat progress to the final

Heat 1
Red Bridgid Connolly 16.00
White Lynette Mattingly 21.00
Blue Lucy Buckley 26.00
Yellow Megan Letton 29.00
Green Yasmin Openshaw 31.00
Black Eleni Glouftsis 32.00
Pink Lauren McHugh 40.00
1 Anthea Kotyla 54.00


Bridgid Connolly won the Whyalla 300m (39.30 off 16m) with a brilliant inside run but has struggled for the latter part of the season. At her most recent start she was 7th in the 400m at Hectorville. She does meet most of these athletes much better off at 300m as compared to 400m but she is still several metres of her best. However, Connolly is a big race performer so expect a huge run late in the race to qualify for the final.

Megan Letton was 4th in the Whyalla 300m (40.02 off 29m) and 3rd in the Tea Tree Gully 200m. On New Year’s Day she won the 120m and finished 2nd in the 300m (35.89 off 42m) at the Maryborough Gift carnival in Victoria. She was 2nd in the Women’s 400m Camden Classic before running a surprising last in the Hectorville 400m. She was 3rd in the 120m at Hectorville so the 400m is her one blemish and no doubt Frank McHugh will have her primed for a big race.

2011 Loxton Women’s 300m winner Yasmin Openshaw opened her season with a thrilling win over 400m at Brighton (54.10 off 51m). Interestingly Openshaw got a 1m start from Glouftsis at Brighton but concedes 1m over 300m at Loxton. Openshaw was 4th in the Women’s Camden Classic but was a scratching from Hectorville. Similar situation to Glouftsis – can make the final from this heat, but would need it would be a massive upset to see her on the podium.

Always around the mark, Eleni Glouftsis started the season with 5th in the 200m at Flinders, 6th in the Henley 300m, 3rd in the Whyalla 300m (39.85 off 32m) and finished 3rd again, this time over 400m, behind Yasmin Openshaw at Brighton. Recently she ran 2nd in the Tea Tree Gully 200m, 8th in the Marion 300m, 7th in the Women’s Camden Classic and was 3rd over 400m at Hectorville. She should qualify for the final from this heat, but I suspect there are others in the following heats that are going a tad better off their marks.

Lauren McHugh was 6th over 300m at Whyalla (40.43 off 40m) and 5th over the same distance at Marion. She has run 3rd and 5th at her last two 400m starts – Camden and Hectorville. Her problem is her dangers are behind her and she won’t hear them coming until the last 50m. If she can steal a bit of a lead, she may hold them out.

Of the others - Lynette Mattingly is a dual women’s Bay Sheffield winner returning after a lengthy break and is still a fair way off her best. Lucy Buckley is a previous winner of this race (2010) but has struggled for form this season and Anthea Kotyla was a fair way back at her most recent starts at Marion & Camden.

In summary, Megan Letton, Eleni Glouftsis and Bridgid Connolly to qualify with Lauren McHugh and Yasmin Openshaw not far out of the contest.


Heat 2
Red Katherine Robb 14.00
White Claire Ashman 20.00
Blue Ali Trewartha 24.00
Yellow Demi Axford 28.00
Green Myriah Smith 30.00
Black Lauren Buchanan 32.00
Pink Hayley Openshaw 36.00
1 Lisa Roberts 46.00


This heat features one of the raging favourites for the 300m sash in Lauren Buchanan. At Henley on November 11th, Buchanan (off 36m) blew the field away, winning by 5m from Ali Trewartha (who ran from 26m) and Bridgid Connolly (16). In January, Buchanan won the Marion 120m but scratched from the 300m. At Camden on 5th February she was 3rd in the women’s 120m. The 300m is as far as she goes and after her stablemate Yasmin Openshaw won last year, both Lauren and her coach Luke Hildyard will be keen to win consecutive Loxton 300m sashes.

The backmarker, Kathryn Robb won the 550m at the Pre-Bay meet (1-21.7 off 52m) and recently ran a commendable 5th in the Women’s Camden Classic. While she has been competitive, Robb hasn’t been at her best for most of the season, and with her tight mark in a race of this quality, she would need to be at her absolute best to make the podium in the final.

Ali Trewartha was 4th in the 200m at Flinders and 3rd in the women’s Bay Sheffield. She won the women’s 400m at Mt Gambier and more recently she was 6th in the 300m at Marion and then won the 400m consolation at the Camden Classic (56.07 off 39m). Trewartha won the women’s 300m in 2009 so she knows how to win here and looms as a dark horse for the final.

Claire Ashman kicked off the new year with a 2nd in the 400m at the prestigious Burnie Gift carnival in Tasmania, before winning the 200m at Tea Tree Gully and then enjoyed her biggest career win in the Women’s Camden Classic. She was 3rd in the most recent 300m at Marion (off 24m) and will be flying home when it matters.

Lisa Roberts is enjoying a good season, especially in Victoria where she won a 300m race at Maryborough on New Year’s Day and last week ran 4th in the 400m (56.46 off 60m) and 3rd in the 800m at Keilor. Her most recent 300m run was at Marion where she ran 4th behind Lesley Tompson. The quality steps up here but she certainly will be around at the finish.

Demi Axford, Myriah Smith and Hayley Openshaw are novice athletes at this distance who have little form to recommend in this.

In summary, Buchanan looks the one to beat with Robb, Ashman, Trewartha and Roberts all in the hunt for a place in the final.


Heat 3
Red Stephanie Mollica 12.00
White Andrea Di Paolo 17.00
Blue Teagan Kustermann 24.00
Yellow Zoe Steele 29.00
Green Jessica Oates 30.00
Black Nichola Coombe 32.00
Pink Lesley Tompson 35.00
1 Rommi Driscoll 38.00
2 Dominique Edwards 58.00


Heat 3 appears to be the strongest for depth of the three heats with three genuine contenders and a couple of other well-performed runners capable of causing an upset.

The list of chances is headed by Victorian quarter mile gun Stephanie Mollica, fresh from her run over 400m at the prestigious Sydney Track Classic last week where she ran 55.70. As a testament to her fitness and consistency Mollica has hovered around the 55s time for 400m all season. She was a very close 2nd in the 550m at the Bay Sheffield carnival before winning the 400m at Rye in early January. At her most recent pro starts, she has run 3rd twice over 300m (37.49 off 27m) at St Bernards and at Ballarat over 400m (48.29 off 51m). It will be tough off the back mark of 12m, but she is in brilliant form and should be in the final.

Flinders athlete Teagan Kustermann was 4th behind Lauren Buchanan at Henley and has been competitive in most of her races this season. After Henley, Kustermann was 2nd in the 300m at Whyalla. At her last start over 300m, she didn’t have any luck in the run as the backmarker at Marion where she ran 7th. Her most recent start was at Camden where she ran 6th in the Women’s 400m Classic. A young athlete who will be better for the experience gained at Marion & Camden and has a big chance to make the podium.

At the most recent race over 300m – at Marion on 25th January, Lesley Tompson pulverised the field, winning easily in 38.61s off 40m. At Hectorville she again blitzed the field winning the 400m off 48m in 56.45s. She has taken a hefty 5m penalty for those victories but the ease of the wins suggest she will take a while to run down.

In November, Andrea Di Paolo won the Henley 120m before later that night running a solid 5th in the 300m behind Buchanan. She suffered an injury at the Bay Sheffield and the Loxton 300m is her first race back. She has won two races over the distance, including a huge win over 300m at Marion last year. Di Paolo has a reputation for being meticulous in her preparation so there’s no question she will be competitive – just a case of lacking the race condition to tackle a race of this quality.

Zoe Steele was 2nd in the women’s Bay Sheffield in December but has not run since. Unsighted it’s difficult to determine where she is at, but like Di Paolo she will be competitive after a spell and is definitely capable of upsetting her more fancied rivals.

The four novices in the heat – Jessica Oates, Nichola Coomb, Rommi Driscoll and Dominique Edwards are progressing well but are not quite ready for a race of this calibre.

Overall it’s hard to go past the backmarker – Stephanie Mollica. Kustermann and Tompson are pretty good back ups while Di Paolo and Steele are not without a chance.




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