Schutz breaks through in Classic
by Gordon Armstrong
6 Feb 12
NARROW WIN: Camden Athletic Club's Brad Schutz fell
over the line after winning the Messenger Community
News Camden Classic on Sunday.
CAMDEN Athletic Club president Frank McHugh hailed front marker Brad Schutz’s win in the Messenger Community News Camden Classic, at Camden Oval, on Sunday, as among the greatest he had seen in the event’s 33-year history.
“You would not believe the number of injuries he has had,” McHugh said of his stable runner Schutz, who used his 40m handicap to full advantage in the win.
“He will remember this moment for the rest of his days. It was one of the greatest efforts to do what he did and with all of those injuries. It was so gutsy.”
Schutz, 23, started off the limit mark at the front of the field and held off some late challengers to win in 48.17.
Kostya Khudoshin (25m) was second and Victorian Robert Keenan (35m) third. Backmarker Bryce Watkins (15m) finished fifth.
Apart from winning his heat to make the 400m Classic final, Schutz was beaten by a stride in the City of West Torrens 120m Open Gift.
He ran a heat and semi final to qualify for that event, meaning he had run four races before the start of the Classic final.
Five runs for the day is believed to be a record or at least equal record for a Camden meet.
Schutz, of Flagstaff Hill, who has run with the McHugh stable for about 10 years, said he was determined to give the Camden feature everything.
“After the Gift (120m) I was so disappointed but my dad took me for a walk for about half an hour and told me I had a shot at it (the Classic) so just go for it,” he said.
“This is probably the first year for a long time that I have been injury free.
“I’m just so pleased but I’m feeling pretty tired in the legs now.”
Schutz’s was popular win among the host Camden stable, who swarmed the track after the race to congratulate him.
Schutz, who won $3000, a sash and other sponsored items as well as being nominated athlete of the year, was presented with his prize by Messenger general manager John Turner and West Torrens mayor John Trainer.