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1Bendigo 400m Black Opal Empty Bendigo 400m Black Opal on Tue Mar 08, 2016 8:51 pm


Not much chatter about the Opal this year...Mex no poll? I thought you would not hesitate to get one up so you can churn out some more of those amazing form guide review skills of yours.

2Bendigo 400m Black Opal Empty Re: Bendigo 400m Black Opal on Wed Mar 09, 2016 8:05 am


The Bendigo 400m was always regarded as a big time event, generally 2nd behind Stawell, with $2000 first prize in the late 90's. The honour roll up to 2001 included;
1998 - Tim Mason (32m) 44.39
1999 - David Haigh (26m) 45.44
2000 - Anthony Grima (26m) 45.77

In 2001 the event was named the Bendigo Black Opal with an advertised total prize pool of around $20,000 (8 or 10 thousand for first plus a black opal worth $6000).
The event is now worth $6000 plus black opal.

Black Opal honour roll including leadup run.

2015 – Liam Procaccino (14m) 45.97 – (field back 6m) – 10th Ballarat backies
2014 – Cam Moss (15m) 46.37 – (field back 8m) – 4th Ballarat backies
2013 – Sam Baird (17m) 45.67 - (field back 3m) – 2nd Ballarat backies
2012 – Josh Mather (9m) 47.75 – (field back 10m) – 4th Ballarat backies
2011 – Brendan Matthews (16m) 46.07
2010 – Adam Coote (31m) 48.05 (the wet year) (field lifted 2m for Wroe) - was run out of the 400m heats at Maryborough, Daylesford and Keilor.
2009 – Ashley Grant (26m) 45.56 - 4th Keilor off 25m.
2008 – Glenn Stephens (34m) 45.59 - 2nd at Burramine the week before.
2007 – Nick Magree (31m) 45.40 – 3rd Ballarat backies.
2006 – Tommy Neim (32m) 44.76 - 4th at Keilor.
2005 – Craig Mair (40m) 45.89 – no 400m leadup form. 1st 2004 Stawell 400m fronties.
2004 – Justin O'Brien (26m) 46.99 - 4th at Keilor. Got a 2m lift for Bendigo.
2003 – Duncan Tippins (12m) 45.60 - 2nd in the Camden classic off 15m.
2002 – Robert Halge (40m) 45.12 - (field lifted 4m for Paul Pearce)  - In lead up races he fell over in the straight in the Sandringham 400m in early Feb then ran 2nd in the Keilor 400m novice off 26m.
2001 – Mark Howard (20m) 46.36 – (field back 10m) - 1st Wangaratta

Out of the 15 Opal winners, 9 of the last 10 were young and/or early in their career. Coote, Magree, Neim, Halge and Stephens all had 31m or more. Grant had come 3rd the year before when overweight. The landscape has changed in the last 5 years with young runners around the novice mark winning.
Only 1 veteran has won in the 15 runnings (Stephens).
The last 14 winners did not record a 400m win in that current season.
4 of last 5, on or behind the novice mark. The other winner was only 3 above novice mark.
3 of last 4 were top 4 in Ballarat backies 400m.

So for 2016 the main criteria we are looking for (in order);
- a young runner (generally it is someone who has surfaced in the last 4-6 weeks over this distance).
- No 400m wins for season
- Finalist in Ballarat backies 400m (top 4 preferred but not essential)

Next criteria
- Can be in form making final in one or more of the bigger recent 400’s. Ballarat, Camden or Keilor.
- Around novice mark or less. Although, before 2011 the old form suggested young and on around 30m or more (before field pull).

3Bendigo 400m Black Opal Empty Re: Bendigo 400m Black Opal on Wed Mar 09, 2016 10:39 am

Baltimore Jack

Great write up Ribera. Bendigo Black Opal is one of the highlights of the season. Can't wait to see if Luke Stevens can be the first to win off scratch.

4Bendigo 400m Black Opal Empty Re: Bendigo 400m Black Opal on Wed Mar 09, 2016 12:04 pm


Nice one Ribera...some good info in that.

My Top 4:

M. Hargreaves

Going to go Hargreaves to fly home for the win...

5Bendigo 400m Black Opal Empty Re: Bendigo 400m Black Opal on Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:03 pm


Bendigo Black Opal marks

Luke Stevens 0
Alexander Carew 8
Andrew Boudrie 12
Ryan Mcnamara 14
Cameron Moss 14
Dion Paull 14
Matthew Hargreaves 15
Shaun Hargreaves 16
James Alexander 17
Greg Mitchell 17
Andrew Robinson 17
Hayden Rothe 20
Rory Plant 21
Ashley Kenshole 22
Robert Spencer 22
Lachlan Taylor 22
Stuart Aberdein 23
Jack Anderson 23
Cameron Clayton 23
Ryan Camille 24
Hamish Adams 25
Paddy McDonald 25
nathan ryan 25
Connor Verrall 25
William Little 26
Tom Paavola 26
Paul Tancredi 26
Oliver Wurm 26
Tim Rooke 27
Lonain Burnett 28
Jack Doderico 28
Shane Ezard 28
Christopher Hargreaves 28
Aaron Pengelly 28
Nick Magree 29
Conor Nunn 29
Tim Cherry 30
Lawrence Coop 30
Jarrad Dartnall 31
Fraser Heard 31
Mohamad Zeed 32
Matthew Harvey 33
Paul Hughes 33
Cody Williamson 33
Bradley Armstrong 34
Ryan Hage 34
Jack Lacey 34
Brett Maurer 34
Leigh Phelan 34
Lee Tzilantonis 35
Justin Cohen 37
Aaron Pooley 39
Chris Bramham 40
Sam Briggs 40
Tim Carrington 40
Ryan Clohessy 40
Marcus Cooper 40
Andrew Curran 40
James Deane 40
Calvin Gook 40
Dane Heiden 40
Nick Howard 40
Darren Naismith 40
Tom Noden 40
Anthony Paige 40
Daniel Veith 40

6Bendigo 400m Black Opal Empty Re: Bendigo 400m Black Opal on Wed Mar 09, 2016 2:17 pm


Win the biggest 400 (for the 2nd time) in SA off 10m, 3 years later, 15m in Bendigo.
Like winning the Bay Shef off 6m and 3 years later having 8m for Stawell!

Camden 2013
1st M Hargraves 10m
8th Dartnall 32m
Hargraves wins 3k, Darters wins $200

Bendigo 2016
Hargraves 15m
Dartnall 31m
Darters meets Hargraves 6m worse off ????

7Bendigo 400m Black Opal Empty Re: Bendigo 400m Black Opal on Thu Mar 10, 2016 3:57 pm


The final will consist of:

Luke Stevens 0 - He couldn't could he?!  affraid
Dion Paull 14
Matthew Hargreaves 15
Paul Tancredi 26
Shane Ezard 28
Nick Magree 29
Leigh Phelan 34

Paul Tancredi 26 to win.

8Bendigo 400m Black Opal Empty Re: Bendigo 400m Black Opal on Fri Mar 11, 2016 12:07 pm


Vicoutsider - I think Doderico will be in the mix as well, Magree is an interesting choice. Paul, Hargreaves, Tancredi, Ezard all up there and you simply can't ever count out Stevens; would be amazing to see him pull in the entire field but may have to run a PB on grass to do it. Not too sure Phelan will have the ticker to go around 3 times over the weekend, but he proved me wrong in the gift last year so who knows.

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