Elliott Returns to Form
Stawell Racecourse Handicap
Sunday 21st February 2010
quiet finish to last year, Daryl Elliott signalled
a return to form last Sunday, taking out the Grampians
Vets difficult 55 kilometre Stawell Racecourse Handicap.
off 3 minutes, Elliott combined with Gerard O’Brien,
Tony Lloyd, Dean Hayward, and visiting Warrnambool
rider Peter Murphy, to attack the course from the
riders Meg Parnaby, Les Power, Frank Stokes and Crystal
Wemyss rode strongly, taking full advantage of the
calm conditions, but their 8 minute start over the
3 minute riders was still cut in half at the Pomonal
turn, less than half way around the course.
they managed to keep the chasing riders at bay until
about 6 kilometres from home, when the 3 minute riders
swept past, picking up Wemyss in the process.
some distance behind, the scratch riders Frank Kean,
Drew Heard, Chris Scott and Danny Monaghan were working
hard, but struggling to make up ground on the powerful
3 minute bunch.
final dash to the line, Elliott showed his superior
sprinting form, surging to the lead to take out the
race from Peter Murphy, with Dean Hayward third.
The scratch riders made up ground over the final
hills and finished soon afterwards, lead by Frank
Kean, who clocked the fastest time of the day of
1 hour and 26 minutes.