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1 Euroa Wrap on Thu Mar 22, 2012 12:23 am


Euroa March 18th 2012

After a great day and customary early night in Yarrawonga the VAL community, bright eyed and
bushy tailed their way down the highway to Euroa for another afternoon of competition. The
track was in good condition and like the previous day the surroundings certainly gave everyone
the “day in the country feel”. The Euroa committee lead by Peter Woodhouse, George Dyer and
former Bendigo Gift winner Allan Murphy has been able to provide a carnival to make this
weekend an ideal “double header”.
Course commentator Dan Mielicki once again provided a free flowing commentary and we look
forward to hearing Dan at Stawell.

Pellicano Group 70 metres front markers
The signs were ominous in heat two of the front markers 70 metres when Brian Wright (6m)
overhauled Tenneille Trigwell (6.25m) in the fastest time of 8.41. Tenneille had made a clean
sweep of her events the previous day at Burramine and looked likely to continue with her form
at Euroa. In the final Wright was able to head Trigwell much earlier than in the heat and
recorded a comfortable win from Travis Soutter (1.75m) and Trigwell in 8.39. Brian who trains
his own team in New South Wales has been a regular visitor to Victorian over many seasons
and Sunday’s win was his first since Wangaratta 2010.

Pellicano Group 70 metres back markers
Paul Tancredi (5m) arrived just in time to snatch victory from Adam Cabble (7m) and Nicholas
MacGibbon (5.75m) in the backmarkers division in 7.75. Paul has had a frustrating run of
placings with his last five starts in finals, resulting in seconds. As frustrating as Paul’s season has
been he is gradually working back to the form that enabled him to finish second to Aaron
Stubbs in the 2009 Stawell Gift. Adam Cabble has also steadily raced his way into good form,
although running out of events to record his first win since Geelong 2007.
Tancredi is coached by wildly successful harness racehorse owner Robert Furness.

The 120m Euroa Gift
As the 6 runners lined up on a picture perfect day in sunny country Victoria (on a slightly slow
and uphill track), Kelly ‘Hollywood’ Sheldrick looked the man to beat after strong heat and semi
wins. Unfortunately, a break before the gun would ensure Kelly would have to wait for another
meet. When the race finally got underway Travis Soutter, who had his own scare with the gun
moments before Kelly, managed to power ahead of the front markers about 35 metres out and
stormed home for another win. Sunday’s win, off 15m was run in the time of 12.62. Travis, who
has undoubtedly had one of his best seasons with the VAL in 2011/12 has now cleaned up five
races over the sprint distances. Backmarker Dylan Panizza (7.25m) finished behind Travis in
12.63 with the final placing going to Adam Cabble off 11.5m in 12.67.

The R.W & K.A Newnham 300m Womens and Vets
The Euroa track with its long straights and slight uphill finish confirmed its reputation as a back
markers track for the Women’s and Vets 300 with the red, white and blue taking out the first 3
places... just not in the order. Darren Naismith (1st in 36.49 off 14m) the Gazelle, looked strong
in the heats, and never appeared threatened in the final until the final 20 yards when Andy
Wilcox (2nd in 36.66 off 9m) made a late charge. Steph Mollica continued her good season
finishing 3rd in 36.92 off 27m. In the end a good metre and a half separated all the place getters.
‘Gazelle’ Naismith has posted yet another win this season and continues to show his versatility
in events ranging from 300m out to 800m on the VAL circuit.

The Euroa Gazette Open 300m
The last Open 300m of the year was always going to be a difficult yet highly sought after prize.
Backing up on a lush track after running the day before at Burramine was only going to make
thing more difficult. Having an army of Hargreaves brothers placed in the back half of the field
probably wasn’t helping anyone’s cause or confidence either. Half a metre separated first from
third as the athletes crossed the finish line. A quick finishing Chris Hargreaves (34.43 off 14m)
came away with his first win since the St Albans 400m in January, Jason Hayes‐Hornibrook (20m
in 34.47), who has shown some great speed in the 300m sprints this year came in 2nd, with
Shaun Hargreaves crossing for 3rd place in 34.48 off 6m.

Euroa Taxis 550 metres handicap
David Haigh (47m) repeated his heat tactics as he NARROWLY finished over the top of Martin
Barrow (71m) AGAIN in a time of 1.13.34. It was NOT necessary for David to produce his heat
time of 1.11.9 in the final as his MARGIN of .3 of a metre was Haighy biggest winning margin in
decades. As Dennis Cometti once said to Dave “Haighy that was centimeter perfect”.
The race went as expected although Andrew Curran (40m) made a move at the bell to move
out after Martin Barrow, who still held a commanding lead down the back straight. But as
Curran started to tire and Barrow seemed to have a winning lead, Haigh moved to second at
the 200 metres mark and GRADUALLY reeled the leader in, to score a CLOSE victory. Bradley
Armstrong (49m) with his familiar long lopping strides returned to some of his old form with a
handy third. For Brad, after a couple of seasons of injury, it was his first placing since
Sandringham 2008.
Now that Brad is racing consistently we look forward to some winning form and any
announcements that may be pending. Dave Haigh is coached, managed, supervised, cajoled,
feed, dressed and instructed by Angela Wilson.

Euroa Hotel Women’s and Veteran’s 120 metres
The Benny Tancredi trained “pocket rocket” Rita Pana (29.75m) made it two wins in two days
with an all the way victory in the Women’s and Veteran’s final at Euroa. She defeated Brian
Wright (13m) and Sara Kersten‐Murphy (22.5m) in 13.42, slightly down on her heat time. After
the six heats Rita’s time of 13.31 was well clear of Wright’s 13.54 and Teneille Trigwell’s time of
13.56 and although tiring she was able to win by half a metre. Rita has been with the VAL for
five seasons and her weekend double takes her tally to three wins overall.

Buris Livestock Transport 1600 metres
Regardless of how well Australia have survived the global financial crisis, John Thomson (205m)
has ensured that the balance of trade figures are back in favour of Scotland as he plundered
some more cash on the weekend. John, who must have had a sleepless night after his lowly
fifth at Burramine, defeated Matthew Bateman (225m) and David Page (195m) in 4.19.51.
The race unfolded with former sprinter Sean Beer (380m) taking the lead with two laps to go
from Greg Whitecross and Kerrieanne Hocking who still had a 30 metre gap on Glenn Weston.
The Noble Park novice winner Peter Cowell (240m) worked into fourth or fifth place and looked
likey to take a hand in the finish. Thomson was well back at this stage and only Joel Donnar
((125m) and Adrian Phelan (115m), amongst the back markers, looked to be making any
ground. At the bell Beer was still in front, but tiring, from Whitecross (385m) and Weston
(340m) with Thomson, Cowell and Bateman starting to run on strongly; Donnar was the only
back marker in the picture. At the 200 metre mark, Thomson quickly ran to the front from
Cowell with Bateman the danger and David Page appearing for the first time in fifth place,
running on. Thomson ran to the line strongly to win by three metres, making it three wins for
his trip. John, who has made many visits to Australia over the years, now heads back to
Scotland and we wish him all the best until next time.

Amendment to the Burramine results.
Katie Moore is trained by Nick Fiedler and not Shane McKenzie. Apologies to Nick, Katie and
Shane, Shane can put his hands back in his pocket, there’s no percentage coming his way.

Mark Howard has been able to confirm that the 3200 metres at Stawell will be divided into two
events, front and back markers. Well done to the Stawell Athletic Club and Jump Media for
maintaining the event that so many of our distance runners look forward to, regardless of their
current form.

This week the racing returns to Cricket Willow where Adrian Tinetti has organised a program of
events that will not affect Stawell handicaps. The events are over distances not usually in use at
the VAL carnivals and some of the distances are in yards. Also don’t forget that at Cricket
Willow there are plenty of kids races and of course the Canine Gift. The early tip is for a little
white highland terrier that goes by the name of Darcy.

And of course anyone wishing to give the Victorian Cross Country Season a try, information is available
at the colour table. The majority of events are conducted on Sunday mornings at various parks and
reserves around the metropolitan area. The events are on a handicap basis and generally start at 10am.
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Quotes of the year.

Distance handicapper Graeme Watkins addressing the fifteen starters before a 1600 metres
event on the weekend. “In this race there’s fifteen runners and at Stawell there’s only four
1600m events, that means eleven of you cannot win a race at Stawell, my advice is have a
crack at this one".
May not go down in history in the same manner as Martin Luther King’s “I have a dream”
speech but it was pretty good for “Wato”.

Also on the back of Marty Sinclairs singlet “Pain is weakness leaving the body”. Might be the
case in the dentist chair but my advice is don’t repeat that quote to an expectant mother in the
maternity ward.

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