The winner of this race back in 2001 has gone from strength to strength since that triumph. Has a blistering PB of 10.46 and showed similar form last year where he amazingly made the final off a tight mark. Has the same mark this year and will think he can do it again. Would be remarkable if he were to get up and win this. One of the fastest men in the field. Outside chance.
Liam Gander 3.25
Belongs to the strong Tony Fairweather stable and has the ability to be a huge contender here. With a PB of 10.41, he won back to back Macksville Gifts in 2008 an 2009 over in NSW and a man with such talent purely can’t be ruled out. Can mix it with the best here and has an outside chance of making this final. Would be great to see an athlete of his calibre in the final. Odds might start to shorten early
Sam Jamieson 3.25
The 2008 Stawell Gift winner who had limited running last season. Getting back into his stride now but would need to find his Easter form from 2008 and more to be a realistic chance here. He has to give Mott a start, which shows he’ll have his work cut out here. Classy athlete, should run well.
Adrian Mott 3.75
Thought his best day were behind him before flying home to finish 2nd recently at Woodside. The Stawell Gift winner from 2006 seems to be finding some of that blistering form, and if hes anywhere near his PB form, will be all over this one. Based on his Woodside run, he’s going to be mighty hard to hold off. Yes!!
Todd Bateman 3.75
Became the youngest winner of this race when he won it in 2003. Seemed to miss his chance for a 2nd Bay Sheffield title when he was runner up in 2008 to Robert Ballard. Ran well at Glenelg, but couldn’t catch Robbie James who meets him better off here. Has a PB of 10.50, and if he were in that shape could do something special here. Will have his work cut out though off his mark!!
Clay Watkins 4.00
The 2005 winner of this event who seems to be focused on Nationals in recent times. With a Whyalla and Burnie Gift to go with his slick 45.95s PB over 400m. His CV gets more impressive every time her runs. Came 4th in this final in 2008 and with any luck, might scrape in again this year. Odds are well against him though. Not likely!
Gary Finegan 5.25
Controversy surrounded him last year but will be looking to put that behind him with a solid showing here. Has impressive PB’s over the 100m and 200m which would have a few worried. Was 4th in the Killcoy Gift this year and if in form, could be a danger here. We feel he’s too close to the backies to be a favourite, so we’ll give him a miss!!
Matthew Hargreaves 5.50
The 400m Camden Classic winner of 2009 who broke through for his biggest win of his career last week by winning the inaugural Woodside Gift (12.57 off 6.25m). The Victorian would have been a huge danger here if he didn’t win last week. Will still find himself competitive and has the form to make the final, but were expecting him to just miss out. Would me unbelievable if he got up to score here.
Carl Morehouse 5.50
Unbelievably has 5m in the restricted 120m, but it seems as if he gas bigger fish to fry. Always seems to go into races as the outside chance, and will do so again here. Wasn’t convincing at Mount Gambier this year but has a win on the board back in Victoria at the VRTA meet. Winning form is good form. An outside chance.
Dale Woodhams 5.50
Had an outstanding season last year, coming 3rd in this race to Russell Scott. Then switched his attention to Maryborough where he ran a gutsy 2nd in a slick time. Went down to Central Park and nearly became the first person since his coach Paul Young and win the 70/120m double at Stawell. Was runner up in the Gift, and if he brings his Easter Form to Colley Reserve, there is simply no way you can dismiss him. Hampered by injuries to start the season, if hes fully fit, will be a huge threat. Has got the goods!!
Ollie Wurm 5.50
2010 Burnie Gift Winner who was unfortunate not to make this final last year, coming up against a red-hot Alex Saliu in the semis. Has come back in the handicaps since then and will find the going tough being so close to the quality backmarkers. More of a specialist over 400m, always fancies himself but isn’t likely to feature here. Needs a bigger mark!!
Russell Scott 6.00
Surprised everyone last year by holding off the fast-finishing backmarkers to win this prestigious title. Like all previous winners, they seem to struggle to back up the performance with their new handicap, but will give it a crack. No form to speak of this year, so don’t expect him to challenge here. Semi’s at best!!
Richard Hankin 6.25
The 2008 Stawell Gift runner up who seemed to struggle with the handicap re-adjustment, though seems to be moving a lot better now. Stormed home to finish 2nd in the recent Queanbeyan Gift in NSW and a similar run here will have a few athletes extremely worried come semi-final time. A genuine chance!
Shaun Hargreaves 6.25
Immensely talented Victorian who will look to continue his impressive start to the season here. Unbelievably versatile athlete who did the double at Mount Gambier in 2008. Won the 550m at Movember this year before recently winning the Woodside 70m in impressive fashion. Simply cant stop making finals, but we think his run might end here though. An absolute star, will be giving it his best crack. Not without a chance!
Ira Thomson 6.50
The Canadian sensation who had a change of coach in the off-season. Won the Australia Day Gift last year before heading to Victoria and winning at Cranbourne. 3rd at Mount Gambier this year shows hes not too far away from making this final. Ran well last year at this event, and will look to go better again this year.
Robbie James 6.50
Last years runner up who hasn’t dominated the league like in previous seasons but is starting to hit his straps at just the right time. His 2nd place last year was followed up by a 2nd in the Loxton Gift. Flew home last week to yet again claim 2nd at Glenelg. Is only half a metre back from last year and will definantly be looking to go one better. Will be extremely hard to hold off. If you get him in your heat, don’t bother running. Hes the man. Yes Yes Yes!!
Jordan Caldow 6.75
Will go into this race as one of the hot favourites after a dazzling start to the season. Took everyone by surprise by blowing the field away at Port Adelaide (12.30 off 7.00m). Followed that up with a scorching 10.83 at the All Schools Championship. A extremely raw talent with huge potential, his races since in the junior events suggest he’s going to be exceedingly hard to beat. The favourite!!
Shaun Fletcher 6.75
Has had a rather quiet season over this distance. Was 2nd in the Macksville Gift in New South Wales and although the time wasn’t flash, has a lift from that mark which will make him competitive here. Hasn’t made the trip down in previous years, but will like his chances if hes up and about. Maybe!
Alwyn Jones 7.00
The superstar Triple Jumper was the talk of the town here last year after coming off an impressive win at Peninsula in Victoria (12.35 off 7.00m). Ran 3rd in his semi in 12.34 which might be enough to go a step better and make the final this year. The Bronze Medallist from the 2006 Commonwealth Games will be liking his chances here. Big show!!
John Jakeman 7.00
Frequently makes this trip down and was unlucky last year, drawing the semi with the eventual winner Russell Scott. Made the Burnie final a few days later, and with his mark, will be a real danger if hes raring to go. Wont be far off!!
Michael Brusnahan 7.00
Impressive youngster who was in wicked form this time last year. Won the under 20’s race last year and was a chance to make the final but didn’t run up to form. With a PB off under 11s, anywhere near his best form will have a few worried. Not likely though!!
Alex Saliu 7.00
Had the whole of Colley Reserve in fear last year after his odds dropped significantly on day one. Was mighty impressive in all 3 of his races, finishing 4th in the final. A raw talent with somewhat unlimited ability, has the handicap to again do extreme damage here. Has been out of sorts from what we’ve seen, but based on last year, he has to be around the mark. Wait!
Andrew Steele 7.00
The winner of this race back in 2004 who enjoyed a super year last year, making multiple finals before placing 4th in the Stawell Gift final. Has come back in the marks and has struggled to constantly be a threat in races so far, but if he brings his Stawell Form, he could be right up there again here. Semi-final appearance last year, expect similar again.
Gabriel Cole 7.25
Under 20’s athlete who has simply entered this for the experience. Has entered the Under 20‘s event on day 1 so expect him to be a lot closer there. As for this race, too much class around him.
Ryan Rossouw 7.25
Should of made this final last year before being nabbed on the line by Keith Sheehy. Somewhat a blessing in disguise as he went on to claim the Loxton gift later that season. More of a 400m man, his speed cant be underestimated, but with the likes of Caldow and Saliu close by, it isn’t likely hes going to be in the mix here. Look elsewhere!
Brett Richards 7.50
Electrifying youngster who won the Reynella Gift earlier this year. Just getting back to full fitness after a slight injury lay-off but should be ready to go here. With the big guns ready to fire, we don’t think he’ll break through for his first major gift here, but has this race written all over him in the future. Looks to be a big show in the Under 20’s 120m. Not yet!!
Jake Jervis-Bardy 7.50
SAFM’s sexiest Bachelor last year will be hoping to find some sort of form that will make him competitive here. Hasn’t hit the heights of a few years ago where he was always a constant danger in events. Wont trouble the scorers here though.
Wallace Long-Scafidi 7.50
Stormed into the Bay Sheffield spotlight by taking out the Mount Gambier gift earlier this month (12.54 off 7.50m). Gets that winning mark back and will be looking to make his first Bay Sheffield Final. The winner of the Camden Classic back in 2007 certainly has the pace, whether he can hold off the fast finishing backmarkers is another question. Keep Safe!!
Leo Santangelo 7.5
Started off the novice mark being its his first time with the league, and simply cant do enough damage off that mark. Gets a lift here but needs more to be competitive. Over time, his handicap and results will definantly improve. Not here though!!
Adrian Harris 7.75
Local runner who has been completely off the pace in his recent runs. Will be a huge surprise if that changes here. No
Jason Shepherd 7.75
Veteran who has rarely been sighted in recent times. Is off a handicap that could be very dangerous but theres to much quality around him. Should run well though!!
Paul Tancredi 7.75
Made the trip across from Victoria last year and was off the pace, coming 3rd in his heat. Coincidently the 2 athletes that beat him went onto make the Final. The Stawell Gift runner up in 2009 will look to re-capture some of that form here. Has a handicap where he can be dangerous, but with the strength of this years field, me might struggle. Semi spot looks the best bet!!
Andrew Boudrie 7.75
An absolute star over the quarter mile, will go into this event on the back of a finals appearance in the Movember 100m. Was 2nd in the Black Opal 400m last year in Victoria but has specifically come over to run the gift so he must like his chances. Has a dangerous mark for someone of his quality and may surprise here. Wait!!
Corwin Pusch 7.75
Made the recent Woodside Final over in Victoria and enjoys a handy lift over here. Would of no doubt been licking his lips when he saw his mark, and with good reason. Won the 70m at Bendigo last season, and was 2nd in the Gift that day. Seems to be moving even better now and should be all over this. Yes!!
Jarrod Sims 7.75
Got an early Christmas present from the handicapper when he was given a .75m lift for this race after easily winning the Pre-Bay 120m. Has only had a handful of runs with the league, but definantly has the talent to win this. The decathlete will be looking to add his name to list of Bay Sheffield Winners and this might just be his year. Genuine chance!!
John Nicolosi 7.75
Made the Don Furness final last year which shows he has the speed to mix it with these guys here. Don’t have too many results to go on here but it wouldn’t surprise if hes been eyeing this race off. Has an outside chance, but it seems as if the other interstaters are moving just that touch better. Maybe!
Nickolas Berry 7.75
Speedy youngster still learning the game of pro running. Along with Cibich, seems to be the best of the newcomers this season. Is way out of his depths in this one but definantly one to keep and eye on for the future!!
Sean Law 7.75
Another Victorian who enjoyed some success across the border last year with wins at Melbourne and Cranbourne. Has a 2 metre lift on his Victorian mark where he has been around the mark. Based on that, you simply cant dismiss him. Be good to see him up and firing, should do well!!
Ben Koschade 7.75
Talented sprinter who always seems to has injury problems just as he starts to look promising. Was 2nd at Mount Gambier and 3rd at Pre-Bay this year. Has the same mark that he used to win the Loxton Gift in 2008 so will be right up in this. Injury might play its part, but if he’s fit, will be a serious danger to some. Roughie!!
Damien Byrne 8.00
Was runner up to Thomas Scott in this famous race in 2006. Havent got many results on this man so it would be a huge surprise if his odds start to drop here. Not likely!!
James Cibich 8.00
Young sprinter still learning his way in the game. Has enjoyed his 1st season with the league and seems to be the best of the newcomers. In this for the experience!!
Lyall Weir 8.00
Failed to get past his heat last year and is off a similar mark here again. Would have a bigger mark if not for his minimal starts with the league. His best gets him a semi spot, but the competition seems to hot this year.
Damian Tohl 8.00
Created history back in 2007 when he won this race, and will be looking to win his 2nd Bay Sheffield and create some more here. Has loomed as a darkhorse all year for this event after finalling in nearly every race this year. Looked less convincing after Glenelg last week but take out that race and you have a genuine finalist. Needs to find something special!!
Brendon Goff 8.25
New South Welshman who won the 70m at Ballarat in 2007. Was struck down with injury and haven’t seen too much from him since. If his odds start to drop, will have the bookies soiling there pants. Very unlikely!!
Casey Whitaker 8.25
Paul Young trained athlete who hasn’t been seen as of late, after winning the 70m at Flinders. Always gives it a red-hot go, and with any luck, could do something special here. I reckon there’s a few in his squad moving quicker though so we will keep him safe. Next time!!
Courtney Heinz 8.25
Youngster from over in the west who makes his first trip out here. Hasn’t run in the VAL before so theres not much to go on other than a PB of 11.26, which might have him round the mark. Would need to be moving quicker though, and you don’t make the trip over for nothing, just ask Cameron Yorke!!
Leigh Bennett 8.25
Would probably start as one of the favourites, for the 550m open that is. He made the final last year and will look for a similar result again. Seems traditional for interstaters to enter the Gift, even though there more of a chance in the dizzy events.
Alex Glorie 8.50
Big strapping man who is more known for his distance work. Not known as a sprinter, but not without a chance of making the semi’s here. 550m looks his best chance for a sash.
Brad Peters 8.50
Came 2nd in this race to Damian Tohl in 2007 then went to Victoria to claim the Maryborough Gift. Then continued that form to make the Stawell Gift Final (12.38 off 8.25m). If hes in that form here, would be hard to dismiss him. Wait until his heat!!
Chris Cormack 8.50
Watched him at pre-bay where he was still a way off the mark. Would need the limit to be a realistic chance of progressing through to the semi’s here. Not the worst!!
Darren Rowland 8.50
Havent heard to much of this Victorian so it would be a big surprise if he puts in a quick heat time. Has got a better mark here than what he does in Victoria which might give him some hope!
Adam Coote 8.75
Trying his luck in the sprint here, but is likely to be a scratching as his 550m mark looks very appetising. Will look to go back to back over that distance after his win last year.
Christopher Powell 8.75
Haven’t seen much from this youngster so far this season. Has the mark to one day be dangerous from, but with limited starts, that day wont be today. One for the future!!
Jordan Tronnolone 8.75
Will go into this race as one of the legitimate favourites after a solid start to the season. Hasn’t won a sash this season, but wasn’t far off at Pre-bay, coming 2nd to Jarrod Sims. Didn’t run at Glenelg which suggest his got his eyes well set on claiming this prize. If he’s fit, will be one to look out for.
Josh Tiu 8.75
Stawell Gift finalist last year, has one of the most electrifying starts going around, and will need it if he wishes to hold off these backmarkers. Won the restricted race here in 2007, and will look to add to that collecting here. Doesn’t seem to be travelling well coming into this, but like all Victorians, they find something for this one. Wait until his heat!!
Matthew Harvey 8.75
Picked up a win in the Melbourne 70m last year but results have been tough to come by since. Recent form says hes likely to struggle with his last run over this distance being 13.1, so unless we have a Tom Burbidge-eske turn around, he unlikely to figure at the business end.
Tim Johnson 8.75
Has looked most impressive this season running from scratch in the over 35’s races. Knows what its all about here, coming 3rd in 2001 and 2nd in 2002. It isn’t likely he’ll go one better here but you can expect an honest showing.
Dylan Panizza 9.00
Western Australian youngster who put his name on the Bay Sheffield landscape when he flew home to win the Mullewa Gift (11.98 off 12.25m). Is a way back in the marks here but can no doubt run. First trip across to Colley Reserve, he’ll be looking to make it a memorable one. Not without a chance!!
Glenn Ross 9.00
A veteran of the sport who was 3rd in the 120m Veterans race at Peninsula in Victoria. His times suggest he will not be blown away here, but it isn’t likely hes going to be a real worry to the favourites. Look elsewhere!!
Brendan Ramsey 9.00
Was the winner of this race way back in 1996, wont be in the mix here but has had a few encouraging results of late with 3rd in the Whyalla 300m springing to mind. Would need a Christmas miracle if he wanted to win his 2nd Bay Sheffield here.
Craig Rollinson 9.00
Broke his novice status last year in Victoria and went on to final at both sprint events at the rich Ballarat carnival. Was hitting some form nice and early this season, but has gone abit quiet since. Word has it his looking to cash in here. Looks the goods!!
Stephan Thiel 9.25
Had a super carnival up at Whyalla, winning the 70/300m double. Coming off a terrific year last year where he won multiple sashes, and dominated over all short distances. Has his Whyalla winning mark back here and will go ok. Was 3rd in the 70m last year and will be looking for a similar result this time round.
Cameron Yorke 9.50
Surprised everyone when he made this final last year, finishing 6th. Came 4th in the Burnie Gift in Tasmania only days later. The Western Australian has the same mark as what he had last year and theres no reason why he cant do it all again. A roughie!!
Bradley Letton 9.50
Dual Loxton Gift winner seems to be recapturing some of that form this season. Made the Mount Gambier Final and was 3rd at Glenelg last weekend. Doesn’t enjoy a big lift like some of the other runners, and based on that, we think he will miss out here.
Luke Versace 9.50
Best known for his performance in the 2005 Stawell Gift. Was 3rd to Joshua Ross and amazingly still hasn’t broken his novice status. Is getting back out there in the marks, and this might be the time to go bang again. We’ll take the high road and give him a miss!!
Matthew Callard 9.50
One of the John Henry trained athletes who is no stranger to success. Has numerous wins over in Victoria which include the famous Don Furness 70m in 2008. Has an outside chance of causing some stress to a few here, but we presume his stablemates are travelling better. Not this year!
Piotr Dudkiewicz 9.50
Made this final in 2007 after winning the 70m the previous day. A speedy Victorian who hasn’t had the best time on the track of late. Rarely competed last year and has had limited starts this season. No form to speak of, and that isn’t likely to change.
Ryan Hancock 9.50
Was 3rd in this final in 2008, and looking at the facts, will be somewhere around that mark again. Has looked the goods at both Whyalla and Mount Gambier and will definantly find something extra here. His best will go close. Keep safe!!
Dylan Hicks 9.75
Whyalla Gift winner last year but hasn’t found anything near that form to start this year’s campaign. Changed coaches in the offseason, so it might take time for the new training to take effect, so going with that theory, he will be well out of his depth here. Is a chance in the 70m on day 1.
Michael Nitschke 9.75
Surprised a few when he ran well to claim 3rd at Whyalla. Hasn’t been seen over the sprint distance in recent events but can do some damage if he’s firing here. Has been rather ill lately and is still getting back to full fitness. Will like his chances in the distances events here, more of a chance there. Don’t dismiss though!!
Ben Hardy 10.50
An athlete who hasn’t had much recent success. Will turn a few heads if he were to fly down in his heat here. Will more likely be suited to the smaller events come later on in the season. Not here!!
Clayton McCloud 10.75
Won the 70m at Flagstaff Hill last year, and has been there abouts this season. Struggled to keep up when the big guns come out to play at Whyalla and Mount Gambier, so expect a similar story here.
David Gross 10.75
Hot and cold with this man this season. Won the 70m at Mount Gambier and ran a super heat in the gift before going missing in the semi. Showed us what he had last week when winning the Glenelg Gift, but with Robbie James meeting him .75m better off, he’ll need to find something extra. A genuine chance. The best of the frontmarkers.
Jarrad Dartnall 10.75
Always seems to be around the mark year after year without winning one of the major gifts. Has a handicap where he can be seriously dangerous if in form. Don’t think he’s hit his straps so far this season, but will no doubt be flying here. Maybe!!
Paul Taylor 10.75
Not sure why this man doesn’t have the limit here being he usually competes off 11.75m. Won the Pre-bay 70m in nice fashion so im guessing he’ll be eyeing off that 70m sash on day 1.
Steven Hodge 10.75
More of a 70m specialist which was proven when he came 3rd at Glenelg last week. Made the 70m final last year so expect him to be targeting that. Not for me!!
Aaron Harrison 11
The Whyalla Gift winner from 2008 has had a lean run of results since. Won Whyalla off 11m and simply needs the limit to be higher to have any chance here. Will be more focused on how his athlete Ryan Hancock goes!!
Aldis Jaunzems 11
Haven’t seen to much of this man. Has the same mark in the 70m than what he does in the gift so based on that fact, we will give him a miss!!
Andrew Mathews 11
Was in the semi’s at Glenelg and that is all he can hope for here. Half a metre back from that and isn’t likely to perform any miracles here.
Anthony Fedele 11
Has been well of the pace from what we’ve seen this season. Usually competes off 14.50, so his handicap and form is all against him here. Not today!!
Ben Wright 11
Battled massive headwinds to make the Glenelg Final last week, however being already on the handicap limit, doesn’t enjoy the lift like everyone behind him. Will be looking to make it past his heat, but don’t expect a finals berth!!
Brian Hamilton 11
Another athlete who is more used to competing off a larger mark. Wont advance past his heat but has his regular mark in the 120m Restricted so look for him to be more of a challenge there.
Clint Tobin 11
Is pulled back to the limit for this race, and based on the fact he didn’t have much success at Glenelg, we think itll be a similar story here. 120m Restricted on Day 1 looks his best bet.
Craig Foley 11
A Victorian who hasn’t won a gift in his home state since 2008 at Wangaratta. Long time between drinks and were expecting he might have to wait a little longer. Not for me!!
Damien McTernan 11
Hasn’t been seen to much this season, and like all frontmarkers, it is really hard to judge where they are at. Is entered in the over 35’s race so will be more of a chance there.
Dan Semmler 11
Made the Queanbeyan final this year off a larger mark than what he has here. If he were to run down Colley Reserve, he isn’t likely to have the fastest time heading into the semi’s. Was a scratching last year, not the worst!!
Daniel Millard 11
Results so far this season illustrate that he isn’t going to be making any headlines at Colley Reserve today. Will run well, but with the backmarkers and locals looking so strong, expect him to struggle.
Darren Whittaker 11
Had the fastest time up in the recent Woodside Gift in Victoria before finishing 3rd. Seemed to hit form at just the right time, but with the limit being 11m, it might just restrict him from giving this one a big shake up. Will give them something to chase!!
David Palmer 11
Veteran who hasn’t had much success this season. Has the limit, but will need more. The veterans races seems more to his liking.
Kane Harrison 11
Another veteran who looks as if hes best days are behind him. Limited running from him this season, so don’t expect a miracle!!
Luke Buchanan 11
Would be a sensation if he were to get past his heat here. The limit comes into effect for him here, so will be paying more attention to the restricted races.
Neil Thomas 11
Made the semi’s at Mount Gambier and Pre-Bay although seems to be off the pace. Will need more than the limit to be a serious threat here, look for him over the smaller races throughout the season. Not here though, but will go ok!!
Ross Nitschke 11
Looked impressive over the weekend in the 70m and that seems to be his best bet come this event. Doesn’t have the pace to mix it with these young lads.
Shaun Ryder 11
Another local who is used to competing off a larger mark. Hasn’t been in to bad of form coming into this race but will surely have his work cut out here. Will give them something to chase, more of a chance in the 70m.
Travis Pike 11
Yet to break his novice status in Victoria and comes into this event with no recognised form on the board. Was well off the pace last year in this event, should be closer this time round. Be an accomplishment if he made the semi’s.
Tyson Hancock 11
Hasn’t showed much this year and its unlikely that is going to change here. Look for him towards the latter end of the season.