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Ballarat inconsistant results and Stawell middle-distance contenders

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As the dust settles on all that was the Ballarat Gift, we are left with a clearer idea of the serious contenders for the big 800s left this year. We are also left asking some big questions about massive inconsistencies produced at Ballarat and the role of the handicapper/s in letting it come to this.

Stawell 800m/ Bendigo 800m Contenders

M.Marrantelli: Even after his Ballarat 10m pull, that only equates to about 1.4sec. Having the season of his life, he only needs to maintain the form, or improve a second, and his experience will have him in the mix.

C.Clayton: The Queenslander turned Victorian is loving the local circuit. Showed last year that he enjoys Central Park. Dropping a 1:50 this early in the season makes him a guaranteed finalist and if he wants Bendigo, it’s his.

J.Reed: With a big win in the Albury Gift, the kid looked like he handled the longer distance just fine in the Ballarat final. He even pulled some ground back on Marrantelli in the last 30m. Two challenges await. Firstly, can he do two 800s in about 4 hours, because that’s what he’ll need to do in both Bendigo and Stawell. Secondly, is he already shortening his program with an eye on the Stawell 550m. Time will tell.

J.Donnar: A lazy 1.51 at Ballarat has Joel right in contention. And off a mark of 44m, he’ll have others to work with for the first 600m.

A.Bacalja: Massive improvement over the past several meets, and rumour has it was justifiably heavily fined as a result. Has a history of focussing on the big meets. Dizzy believes Bacalja will try and back up his 2013 Bendigo mile win with an 800m sash. Doubts about whether he had the speed to contest the big 800s were smashed at Ballarat with back-to-back 1:52s. The 5hr heat/final turn around will favour his distance legs.

D.Haigh: A smoky. Has had good form all season and decided to watch the Ballarat 800s from the stand, perhaps afraid of dropping a 1:51 himself. Expect this seasoned pro to be in all the right places coming down that final straight.
C.Anderson: There’s always a frontie or two who make it into the Stawell 800m and a very controlled/comfortable 1.55 and 1.54 for Clint will have him in the mix.

Naismith: Another highly experienced pro who has enough races and sashes under his belt to know exactly how to get the most out of his 1.53.2 form from the Ballarat final. It seems like the piano that fell on him coming down the home stretch at Stawell in the final some years ago, thus limiting his finishing time and potential next-season pull, may be paying dividends.

K.Khudoshin: The South Australian runs in Victoria enough times to know the contenders and how to race against them. A flying 2nd in the Camden 400m last week confirms his form. With a very handy handicap around 40m, a serious contender.

M.Konestscha: Another South Australian who won the Maryborough 1600m with ease and has since bypassed the 800m. A seemingly very generous 66m brings him in the mix as well.

On another note, what is to be done with the following 800m race-time information? The best and worst times over several weeks are highlighted below.

Bacalja 1:52 (Ballarat) 2.00.2 (Avondale Heights, one week earlier) FINED
Tuner 1:56 (Ballarat) 2.03.7 (Wangaratta, two weeks earlier)
Naismith 1:53 (Ballarat) 2.02.7 (St Albans, 3 weeks earlier)
And not wanting to experience the wrath from the entire distance-running community, Dizzy shall refrain from listing the many others.

Track allowance is one thing, but is it time to bring back suspensions?


Thanks mate


The stawell 8 winner will again run sub 1:50 this year no doubt about it


I predict 1.47 for the win in april.
Ballarat must have been a short track with 2 boys breaking 1.50 - I can't remember the last time we saw that happen prior to stawell  Exclamation 
What can Michael and Jacob run over 800 on the track I'd like to know... would also like to know what Michael has been doing different this year... He's flying - good work mark o and h.
the man from nsw who ran 2nd at Maryborough looked like he could do some damage too.
kostya or axford kids to get up over 800 at stawell with the marks they have.
Marra, Donnar, Clayton, Reed, Alex B to make it a backmarkers race over the chocolate weekend that is.
Surprise packs to come from earle,  lawlor, brown
reed and alex to lock horns again at ballarat with reed to get up despite likely to be pulled.
now lets talk sprints!? Bendigo 120 anyone?


You are bringing heat onto your Hipworth group. How come ya did not list the guy who beat you in a trial the week after Stawell last year running 1.56 post to post. You have been secretly spruiking him behind his back but failed to list him here.


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"The storm starts, when the drops start dropping
When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping."

-Dr Seuss


Without my hat, I'm just your garden variety six-foot tall talking cat......... The Cat in the Hat ( Dr Seuss )

Johnny FairPlay

Dizzy I think u would be better off going with,
Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself.

Real knowledge is to know the extent of one's ignorance

The superior man is aware of righteousness, the inferior man is aware of advantage.
I think u left a few of your own times out
Alex ( best u don't tell, they may have to
Suspend u now )

Johnny FairPlay

Hey BMara remember you were telling me the other day you used to listen to Cat Stevens when Michael was just a glint in your eye. Well it got me thinking about some of his lyrics and I have some here for Dizzy.

It's not time to make a change,
Just relax, take it easy.
You're still young, that's your fault,
There's so much you have to know.
Find a girl, settle down,
If you want you can marry.
Look at me, I am old, but I'm happy.

Mick The Rex

ProTrack A Grader
ProTrack A Grader

Seems as though Dizzy has rubbed a few peeps up the wrong way, so much so it now seems to be.........Dizzy Season.


For shame, doc. Hunting rabbits with an elephant gun. Why don't you shoot yourself an elephant?

"thats all folks"


Diz, how is ya trial mate going to improve enough for Stawell without getting rubbed out? 2.11, 2.07, 2.03 the latest 3 efforts. We r watching him and r ready to pounce.


Whistleblower what's your problem with dizzy?

Anyway your wasting your energy here whistleblower, a 1:56 runner needs to have at least 54+m to be ultra competitive come the stawell 800m

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