John Howe wins MMG Rosebery Gift
By CAMERON WHITELEY
Dec. 23, 2013
JOHN Howe wound back the clock on Saturday, replicating his success from 2002 in winning this year's MMG Rosebery Gift.
On that occasion, he was only 17, but much has changed since then.
Howe is only in his third season back running, after an eight-year spell due to work commitments.
He made it two Gift wins in as many weeks, after winning the PCCCT race last Sunday.
``I'm very surprised to win,'' the Preservation Bay runner said after the race.
``I've had an interrupted pre-season due to injury but I'm feeling good now.''
From a mark of 7.5m, Howe came out on top in a quality field featuring Stawell Gift winner Andrew Robinson, finishing in a time of 12:55.
Howe held out 2012 runner-up, Wynyard's Jordan Englund, who made it two second placings from as many years.
''My basic plan was to get ahead of the two runners beside me and then I had the girl to catch up to as well,'' Howe said.
Howe said the fact Robinson was so far back was a bonus.
''The further back Andrew is, the better,'' he said.
Howe secured the $500 first prize and a watch for his efforts.
With success at Rosebery now ticked off his to-do list, Howe is now promising to be a force to be reckoned with at the remaining carnivals.
``I'm not going to back off for anything,'' he said.
``I'm feeling good, I have been back for three years and the last two have been cut short by injury around about this time.''
Howe said he was hoping his Rosebery win wouldn't disadvantage him too much in terms of handicaps in the upcoming races.
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