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PROTRACK » GENERAL » Ben Englund the coastal hope for Devonport

Ben Englund the coastal hope for Devonport

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1 Ben Englund the coastal hope for Devonport on Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:57 pm



One Englund we want to see win
The Advocate
29 Dec, 2010

BEN Englund is looking like the North-West Coast's best chance of winning a Devonport Gift tonight.

Englund is the only Coastal entrant who carnivals commentator Brian Paine is tipping to finish in the top three of either the men's or women's gifts.

Few, if any, are more qualified to pick the winners than Paine and this year he is tipping Launceston runners 16-year-old Abbey De La Motte and Thomas Pfundt to win the men's and women's Devonport Gifts.

In the men's race Paine believes it will be a Launceston quinella with Pfundt, along with stablemate 16-year-old Darcy Lahey finishing one-two followed by Burnie's Englund in third.

Englund himself agrees with Paine as to who will be his biggest dangers in tonight's men's gift.

"Thomas Pfundt is a big chance and Darcy Lahey should also run well," Englund said.

"But there a lot of guys going really well."

Heading into the race Englund said he and coach John McLaren had not spoken too much about race tactics.

"My form is all right at the moment, it's going to be a very tough race," he said.

"I run more for footy to be honest."

Englund said that he and McLaren tried not to take it too seriously, but was certainly looking forward to the race.

"It's (tonight) probably the best night to go," he said.

"There is always a good crowd there."

Englund's coach McLaren did not rate his runner's chances of knocking over the Launceston favourites very highly.

"I think the Launceston boys (Pfundt and Lahey) have it cut and dried," McLaren said.

McLaren said he thought Englund might be a little flat following the two prior carnivals.

"He's a bit flat at the moment, I was a bit disappointed at training last night," he said.

"I'm hoping he can make the final."

Englund is coming off a third place finish in the 120m and a first place in the 400m at Rosebery.

"You can't really judge the race because of the conditions," McLaren said.

"And the quality of the field just wasn't there."

Other runners to watch in tonight's gift include two- time Stawell 400m champion Lachlan Taylor, reigning Stawell Gift winner Tom Burbidge and Hobart's Alex Eizele.

The Men's Devonport Gift is scheduled for 9.19pm this evening.

"Let's Go While We're Young"

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