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1 Punters face open Gift on Thu Apr 21, 2011 11:53 am

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http://www.stawelltimes.com.au/news/local/sport/athletics/punters-face-open-gift/2141141.aspx

Punters face open Gift
BY AIDEN LEE
Stawell Times
21 Apr, 2011

STAWELL - An open field and some big name athletes will make it tough for punters to pick a winner in the Australia Post Stawell Gift this weekend.

Chances come from all over the board amid the 156 starters in the Gift.

"It's a very open Gift, there are some excellent chances coming off the front but also in the middle and some big names at the back," Stawell bookie Les Montgomery said.

"Handicappers have done a great job."

The favourite leading into the heats on Saturday is Australian 400 metre hurdles champion Brendan Cole at $8.

Cole took his handicap to an appeal on Tuesday night and was given an increase of half a metre and will now come off 6.5 metres, making him a strong favourite. (?? - Appeal was dismissed, meaning Cole will run from 6.0m)

A stable mate to Cole comes in the form of 2010 winner Tom Burbidge, who will also be returning this Easter and is at $34 to go back-to-back.

Another within the stable is Cam Dunbar and is a quality chance, backed in at $10.

Dunbar's father, Rick, was a Scotland sprint champion for many years and still competes, so it's now or never for athlete in his mid-30s.


The star attraction to hit Central Park, Kim Collins, has bookies backing him in at $10 along with young gun Josh Tiu, David Tinney and Kevin Brittain.

Collins will need a strong start to get through the opening day, with the 35 year-old running off scratch.

Reigning Australian 100 metres champion Aaron Rouge-Serret will make a play for success once again with former winner Adrian Mott, Brendan Matthews, Derek Collinge, Shaun Hargreaves and Andrew McCabe ( all at $17).

AFL boundary umpire Adam Coote looks to be the roughie off 10 1/4 metres and could be a good bet.

Beach sprinters Tim Eschebach and Ben Mispelhorn, from the stables of Sam Martin, may come into contention if they can make it through their heats.

Coming in at $13 are in form sprinters Paul Tancredi, Liam Shepherd, Liam Dooley, Paul Cracroft-Wilson, Hankin and Ben Weaver.

Running with the men hasn't gone to fondly with bookies for Melissa Breen, who is at $201 odds to win the 120 metre race.

Montgomery will be backing three sprinters who have all hit form at the right end of the season.

"My tip is the boundary umpire in Coote to win from Dunbar and then Cole to follow on," he said.

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2 Re: Punters face open Gift on Thu Apr 21, 2011 12:30 pm

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LOL. How many mistakes can you get in one article?

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