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Punters Pal prognosticates on the prelude to the $40,000 finale by Stawell Gift

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Punters Pal prognosticates on the prelude to the $40,000 finale
by Stawell Gift on Monday, 25 April 2011 at 17:23


The 2003 world 100m champion, two former winners, more hyphenated names than a female track star convention, the first time three brothers have appeared and two of the best-dressed runners in Australian athletics all feature in the 2011 Australia Post Stawell Gift semi-finals, the prelude to Tuesday afternoon's $40,000 finale.



In a light-hearted look at the semi-finals, here Punters Pal prognosticates...



Semi-final 1

Red

Kim Collins

St Kitts & Nevis

Scratch



White

Brendan Matthews

Canberra

6



Blue

Kevin Brittain

Grovedale

7.25



Yellow

Stephen Sheppard

Canberra

8.25



Green

Augustine Carty-Cowling

West Footscray

9.25



Pink

Chris Hargreaves

Werribee

9.25



Black

Fabrice Melanie

Noble Park

10.25



Collins, from the small island nation of St Kitts and Nevis, "grew up on da grass" and he's not talking about the Caribbean catnip, so expect the 35 year-old veteran to be right at home on Central Park's finely manicured surface. The race backmarker has been heavily backed over the last 24 hours from $34 to $15, but will need to bring his 9.98 100m speed if he is to take down this semi’s fastest qualifier, Kevin Brittain ($13) who runs off 7.25m. Heavily backed last year to win, the Geelong flyer came up against the eventual winner Tom Burbidge in the penultimate round, so one year on, the question is...can Brittain sink the Collins' class?



Chris Hargreaves ($17), the first of three siblings appearing in the semis, and two-time finalist Brendan Matthews ($81) have been overlooked but could surprise. The Kittitian attempts to join Stawell legend Ravelo and two-time champ Ross the Boss as the only winners from scratch.



Punters Pal selections - 1. Kevin Brittain 2. Kim Collins 3. Brendan Matthews



Semi-final 2

Red

Aaron Rouge-Serret

Boronia

1.25



White

Andrew McCabe

Queensland

6.25



Blue

Matthew Hargreaves

Tarneit

6.5



Yellow

Matthew Wiltshire

Alfredton

8.75



Green

Daniel Lemoto

Tasmania

9.25



Pink

Nick Magree

Mitcham

10



Black

Adam Coote

Elwood

10.25



The fastest hyphenated sprinter since Melinda Gainsford-Taylor, Aaron Rouge-Serret ($34) will be flying home from the 1.25m handicap deserved for the fastest man in Australia, but it's high stepping Brisbane-bolter Andrew McCabe (off 6.25m) that's most likely to storm through to the final. He's coached by two-time Olympian Paul Di Bella and was unheard of before Saturday's heat. At $6 he is the best value of the contenders. Get on!


Footy fans might be used to screaming "You white maggot!" to AFL boundary umpire Adam Coote ($41), but donning the black colours here, the Elwood front-marker (off 10.25m) will have his supporters urging him home as he attempts to become the first 800m winner to backup and win the sprint crown the following year. AFL CEO Andrew Demetriou has given Coote the weekend off, but unless he returns to work a winner he might find himself off the payroll next week.



Punters Pal selections - 1. Andrew McCabe 2. Aaron Rouge-Serret 3. Nick Magree



Semi-final 3



Red

Ben Offereins

West Australia

4.5



White

Bryce Teo

West Australia

6.75



Blue

Paul Tancredi

Oak Park

8.25



Yellow

Sean Law

Mooroolbark

8.75



Green

David Tinney

Hamlyn Heights

9.5



Pink

Paul Cracroft-Wilson

Queensland

9.5



Black

Ryan Camille

Wheelers Hill

10.5


Two-time Australian 400m champ Ben Offereins ($101), a deluded self-proclaimed favourite but all-round good guy runs off 4.5m and has vowed to get "all up in their grill" in an effort to worry out the more fancied runners in a wide open semi-final three stating "I can find two metres but I need the other guys to lose three." Kurruwa's Kiwi-born poster-boy Paul Cracroft-Wilson ($11), is the first of three surf lifesavers in the semis and this beachy looked good winning his heat in 12.34s. He is a former world beach sprint and beach flags champion with a great start and off a generous 9.5m will be hard to mow down. 2009 runner-up Paul Tancredi ($13) would dearly love another crack at the most prized possession in foot-racing.


Punters Pal selections - 1. Paul Cracroft-Wilson 2. Paul Tancredi 3. David Tinney



Semi-final 4



Red

Aaron Stubbs

Queensland

4.75



White

Richard Hankin

New South Wales

7



Blue

Liam Dooley

Highton

7.5



Yellow

Cam Dunbar

Ringwood East

8.75



Green

Peter Walsh

Corio

9.5



Pink

Edward Ware

New South Wales

10.25



Black

Matthew Eddy

Noble Park North

11


Queenslander Aaron Stubbs ($51) off 4.75m, will walk to the blocks in semi-final four with the cocky confidence of a former winner at Central Park but will find the 10.25m handicap of Sydney's former cheerleader Edward Ware ($5), one of the fastest heat winners (12.32s) on Saturday, too much to reel in. Ware is a fine find. In fact, he's so fine, he's so fine, he'll blow our minds. (Hey Eddy!) But it's amazing what the pressure of being an odds-on favourite to win a semi does to someone. A long shot to make the final should have been $41 '08 runner-up Richard Hankin, but he's gone and made the 200m semis which will be held one hour prior and he'll be on the travelator over the last 20m.



Punters Pal selections - 1. Edward Ware 2. Liam Dooley 3. Aaron Stubbs



Semi-final 5



Red

Adrian Mott

Hawthorn

4.75



White

Joel Bee

Ballarat

6.25



Blue

Mitchell Williams

Queensland

6.5



Yellow

Shaun Hargreaves

Werribee

7.75



Green

Tim Eschebach

New South Wales

8.75



Pink

Josh Tiu

Doncaster

9.75



Black

Glenn Ross

West Australia

11


Beachy Cracroft-Wilson from semi three is right at home in his budgie smugglers, but it seems Gold Coast rival Mitchell Williams doesn't spend enough time in them. The former junior beach champion was denied entry to the Aussie surf nationals for failing to do the required patrol hours, and whilst the nuggetty teenager had a shockin' start in his heat, he still ran 12.29s and won't need much more than that to win through to the six-way shootout.



Josh Tiu (9.75m) was backed from $21 to $9 favourite on Thursday but failed to impress in the heats and starts at $34. Joel Bee ($26) is a world junior 4x400m relay rep but looks to be another year away from fulfilling his potential in the short sprints.



Another former winner goes in semi-final five and Adrian Mott ($41) is a better chance than Stubbs to make it, however the Victorian would need his 2006 mark of 7.25m to threaten Williams, the equal second-favourite at $5.



Punters Pal selections - 1. Mitchell Williams 2. Joel Bee 3. Adrian Mott



Semi-final 6



Red

John Steffensen

New South Wales

5



White

Brendan Cole

Canberra

6



Blue

Andrew Boudrie

Altona

8



Yellow

Benjamin Weaver

Mt Eliza

8



Green

Jaryd Cowley

Canberra

9



Pink

Adam Parkers

Camberwell

10



Black

Javad Asghari

Doncaster

11


Ben 'Dream' Weaver opened at $26 on Thursday and has been backed into the $3.50 favourite after a popular heat win. The twenty-one year-old looked sensational shutting down over the last 20m on Saturday morning and only a catastrophe will prevent him from getting through to his first Australia Post Stawell Gift final. What fans really want to see though is the battle of the best-dressed at Stawell. Turning the track into a catwalk Johnny Steff ($81) blew the minds of fashionistas at the Australian champs in Melbourne last week in a slimming skeletal number, but when Brendan Cole appeared in the heats all decked out in a Culbert haute couture tuxedo speedsuit, he really turned heads. Forget the winner. Fashions on the field will dominate the final semi. It's a walk-off!



Punters Pal selections - 1. Ben Weaver 2. Brendan Cole 3. Andrew Boudrie



Semi-finals of the Australia Post Stawell Gift will be held at 12.10pm on Tuesday followed by the running of the 130th edition of the prestigious footrace at 1.45pm.

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