Nicolosi cashes in on Stonnington Gift
by Brad Beitzel
15 Feb 2012
FOR 18 seconds of sprinting in five days, the Bendigo Bank Stonnington Gift winner John Nicolosi took away $13,000.
The Pascoe Vale physiotherapist began the week at East Keilor where he won the Don Furness Memorial 70 metres.
That was $3000 for Nicolosi and then last Friday night he backed it up with $10,000.
But the Stonnington win came after a two-minute study of the photo.
Nicolosi, off 6.75m, won it by a bib from 2006 Stawell Gift winner Adrian Mott, who was off 3.25m.
The wind-adjusted time of 10.52sec was 0.11 outside last year’s effort by Dan Martin.
The reigning champion did not defend his title.
Martin was in Perth working on an Olympic qualifier in the 100m hurdles.
There was a constant three-metre wind assistance throughout the evening for the competitors.
Nicolosi said this season he had watched his races to get “big improvements”.
“I’ve been working out my races and my start.
“In the heat I was relaxed and had a good start ... in the final it wasn’t quite there,” Nicolosi said.
In the City of Stonnington Women’s Gift, which matched the men’s prizemoney to be the richest female race in the state, Ballarat’s Tara Domaschenz took the cheque with 11.61sec.
Her smile was as big as the boost in prizemoney from last year, when first prize was $1500.
“I set myself for this weekend (Stonnington Friday night and Ballarat on the weekend).
“Last year I came fifth at Ballarat behind my sister Nadia and I said, ‘never again’.”
“I trained a little harder, ate less rubbish ... to lose 5kg,” Domaschenz said.
A novice-frontmarker won the Mercedes-Benz Toorak Frontmarkers 1600m.
Richmond’s Ni’ia Hothersall, 25, was at the front for the first two of the three laps of the 550m track.
On the final bend the New Zealander, who runs naturally, looked gone.
“I heard a spectator say ‘they’re closing in’, so I thought I’d better go,” Hothersall said.
“It’s scary having everyone chasing you.”