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Daylesford Wrap

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1 Daylesford Wrap on Thu Jan 06, 2011 10:57 am

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Daylesford Gift 3rd January 2011
The Victorian Athletic League, with pleasant weather and a good variety of events,
conducted the sixth Daylesford Gift carnival on Monday. The Cricket Willow ground,
clearly the most scenic of our venues, provided some good racing and tight finishes.
The Tinetti Family work tirelessly to promote the day and provide valuable funds for
their chosen charity, Camp Quality. In Cricket Willow’s short history the Tinetti’s
have create a great day with plenty of family involvement.
The Double Nut Chalets 800mts Final
The first final of the day went to Craig Harris, trained by the powerful Quilty/Beer
combination. The winning time was 1.57.06 and Craig’s handicap was 88 metres.
After running a quick time in his heat Craig sat off the pace in the final and waited
until the home straight to put in his best effort. At that stage South Australian Visitor,
Mick Abbott, held a good lead and looked a good winning chance. After Abbott was
collared Mark Hipworth (78m) joined Craig at the 100 metre mark and looked the
winner but was unable to bridge the final gap. In fact Mark was touched off on the
line by the fast finishing Andrew Thomas (60m).
70mts Central Highlands Water Final.
The 70mts was taken out by interstate visitor Patrick Hammond off the handicap of
5.5m in the time of 7.80. Patrick defeated Chris Hargreaves (5.25m) and Richard
Rankin (4mts).Patrick has been a regular visitor to Victoria over the last four years
and adds the Cricket Willow sash to his Wangaratta novice win in 2009. Hammond is
trained by Brian Wright who continues to bring a small but highly competitive group
of athletes to many Victorian carnivals.
Daylesford Builders 300mts veterans FINAL
Nathan Coull was still a clear last with 30mts to travel in the 300mts veterans final at
Cricket Willow but produced a tremendous finish to over power the leaders to win
running away in 37.36 of the back mark of 10 metres. Trained by Richie
Polkinghorne, Nathan, has been out of the winners spot for the last few seasons but
showed on Monday that he will not have to wait as long for his next win. Gary Blake
(64m) continued on from his second at Woodside to finish second once again, just in
front of Mick Abbott (45m.) Abbott looked sure to win as the field entered the home
straight but his 800mts event earlier in the day may have caught up with him over the
final stages.

100mts Womens Priceline Pharmacy Ballarat Final.
Narelle Lehmann competed in her fifth consecutive Daylesford Womens Gift final
and captured her third win when she strolled away to run 12.84 off her 7 metre
handicap. After running the fastest heat time Narelle always looked in control and
gathered the out markers very quickly before easing down to win. Laura Jane Hilditch
(8.25m) maintained her good form to run second and Narelle’s training partner
Patricia Fox finished third. Narelle is trained by husband Rob (the bloke with the very
wide part in his hair) and has been ultra consistent over the last few seasons also being
more than competitive in 400 events. More was to follow when daughter Jessica raced
later in the day. (read below)
Westaff 400mts OPEN Handicap.
After a two year absence Adam Ratcliffe (32m) bounced back onto the Victorian
Athletic League scene with a resounding victory in the open 400 metres final at
Cricket Willow in the time of 48.96. Adam, trained by Rod Matthews, looked the
winner in running but just had a little trouble finding the lead in the home straight
before finishing the race full of running to beat James Deane (28m) and the early
leader Brian Wright (57m). Backmarkers Richard Hankin and Josh Mather failed to
get on to the main bunch and never looked realistic winning chances.
Australian Clothing Company 400mts WOMENS
The ladies 400 metres final was taken out impressively by Becky Pile (20m) in the
time of 56.61 from Megan Letton (36m) and Rosamond Gilden (33m). Becky, trained
by Manny Lewandowsksi crunched to the lead on the home turn and never looked in
danger before winning by a widening gap.
100mts Telstra Next G Network GIFT
Regular visitor Bradley Letton (8.00mts) upset the favourites to win his first race in
Victoria in the time of 10.98. Second was Robert Lehmann (8.75m) and third was
Matthew Mifsud (9m).Bradley crossed the line with a half metre to spare but took a
very heavy tumble after the line. Bradley’s previous best Victorian performance was a
very good third in the final of the Stawell 200mts behind Andrew Howell. He is
trained by Frank McHugh, one of South Australia’s leading competitors and trainers
for many years. Matthew Mifsud is gaining status as a gift runner and won’t be far
away from a win. Robert Lehmann backed up well from his gift final run on New
Years day at Maryborough to finish second.
OBVIOUSLY THE WRITER IS NOT UP WITH STABLE CHANGES IN SA.

Victorian Cross Country League 1600mts
Rebecca Cato (360m) at only her second run for the season won the VCCL 1600
metres by a comfortable margin from Rochelle Kennedy (270m) and Ian Burrows
(165m) in the time of 4.18.66. Rebecca took the lead before the bell but was hotly
pressured by Lauren Crowe who then opened up with a healthy lead with 200mts to
run. However Rebecca stuck to her task and surged to the lead on the home turn again
and held on to win well. First starter Kennedy, trained by Gordon Muir, rattled home
for her placing and followed up with a solid run in her ladies 400mts heat. Ian
Burrows grabbed third in the last few metres to relegate Lauren Crowe to fourth.
Rebecca capped off a good week for the Cato family with big brother Chris also
winning an event at the Bay Sheffield meeting. Both Cato’s are trained by Wally
Meecham, also enjoying a good season.
Endura “Mick O’Connor”1600mts
Ian “Buzz” Burrows (150mts) showed he benefited from the run in the VCCL mile
when he motored home in the open 1600mts to win in 4.19.53 from Peter
Noden(240) and Justin Murphy (90m). Ian, third earlier in the day, maintained a
sustained run from the 500metre point to gather Noden in the concluding stages and
record his maiden win with the Victorian Athletic League. Burrows, trained by Mark
Hipworth, is in his second season with the VAL. He also is an AFL boundary umpire,
officiating at both last season’s grand finals.
“booty” notes from Daylesford
The next generation of VAL athletes were on display at Cricket Willow with the
running of the “Camp Quality Young Run for the Willow”.
(1)The Toddle Waddle was won in dashing fashion by Lucy Polkinghorne as she
raced away to record the easiest win in the history of VAL running. As soon as the
gun fired, Lucy stormed to the finish line whilst younger brother Hamish put in a
“shocker” to fail to finish. Lucy is the first Polkinghorne to have a “go” at a group
four event and was quoted after the event as saying ”a wins a win”. On recent form
we can assume that Lucy takes after mum Fiona and Hamish is following in the
footsteps of Richie. After the event chief steward Trusler fined Hamish three”rusks”
and refused to review his NAP py.
(2)Jessica Lehmann, no stranger to these events, trounced her rivals to win her
division. Jessica previously a winner of the very prestigious St Bernards girls event
may have peaked a little early this season. Jessica joined her mother as the only
Lehmann winners for the day. Father Rob was “dagging” around the winners podium
as if he had some bearing on the result. Clearly the ability comes down thru the
female line
(3) Jake Hilson, also a winner of the St Bernards boys event, claimed another victory
in his division. Jake, who’s favourite line is“I can’t run”, wins these events with ease
and at will. The VAL are inquiring into his trainer, Jakes says he is self trained, father
Greg puts up his hand after each win and “Knotty” puts his hand out for a slice of the
pie.
(4)Sam Bisinella defeated Zac Deane in the under nines divison in impressive style.
Both boys, sons of VAL stalwarts, showed running “savvy” whilst some of their
competitors found the big stage a little strange. Father, Greg Bisinella, recently
retired from training maybe making a comeback in a few years if Monday’s
performance from Sam is any guide. Zac was lucky to get to the start line as he had
trouble remembering how old he was. He knows he has trouble getting into most
night clubs but knows he still goes to primary school.
Zac’s older brother Tom was recently involved in a serious bike accident, badly
damaging his hand. The entire VAL community wish Tom a speedy recovery and
expect him back in the “kids” races before the season closure.
(5)Matthew Noden’s win was imminent when Grandfather Keith was stalking the
betting ring just before his division off the “young run for the Willow”. However the
bookies were not prepared to accept Keith’s pound notes and young Matthew strolled
home a convincing winner. Matthew, along with Cousin Jesse, looks the goods to
continue the Noden tradition in the VAL.
Matthew’s appearance has improve dramatically recently with the removal of his
Essendon football jumper. This writer's advice to Matthew is “Hirdy can’t change
water into wine’. Get your father to get you a decent jumper from Optus Oval.
Paw Prints from Daylesford
The canine dash was won by “Flippa”, mainly because he was the only hound to go in
a forward direction. However once completing his required distance Flippa then
preceded to run a further 300/400 metres flat out in ever decreasing circles. The VAL
stewards panels sensing that “sumfink was afoot” immediately requested a sample
from the erratic Flippa. Flippa was happy to oblige but no-one from the intrepid VAL
team was prepared to change the wheel of the Volvo now bearing the sample. The
VAL will review their canine policy.
NEXT EVENT
Our next event is the Rye Gift on Saturday 8th January 2011.

2 Re: Daylesford Wrap on Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:56 pm

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JH i think brads is now trained by Steve Buttle im not 100% sure on this though

3 Re: Daylesford Wrap on Thu Jan 06, 2011 12:57 pm

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Sorry & Steve Buttler

4 Re: Daylesford Wrap on Thu Jan 06, 2011 1:38 pm

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I don't write these,Just knew he had left Frank.

5 Re: Daylesford Wrap on Fri Jan 07, 2011 1:07 am

who ???

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who is the comedian who writes the wrap?

6 Re: Daylesford Wrap on Fri Jan 07, 2011 4:49 am

JH

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If he wanted it known he would put his name to it.I believe its more than one.

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