After some great performances in the junior ranks Nat Watson is starting to make his presence felt in the senior rankings, taking out the Gary Rice Handicap on Saturday.
The race was held from Garry and Rhonda’s lovely property on the outskirts of Stawell, with the 5km race being held around the picturesque vineyard, now resplendent in its autumn colours.
As usual Gary Saunders was first away, and held the lead for well into the race.
Watson, being a mid field marker, had plenty of competition from Kelvin Mills and Daniel Henry, as well as Ray Scott a little further back in the field, who have all put in great performances over recent weeks.
But Watson was undaunted, passing the half way point in 6th place, then working his way to the lead with 700m metres to go, storming home to finish nearly a minute in front of second placed Kelvin Mills. Back marker Nathaniel Warren charged through the field to come in third.
Warren clocked the fastest time of the day with 19 minutes and 9 seconds. Susie Ellis was the quickest female in a time of 23 minutes 51 seconds.
In the junior section Tobias Blair claimed first place once again over the 5km circuit with Charlotte Hilbig coming in second
Somer Darnell ran strongly to take out the sub-junior event.
A special thank you to Garry and Rhonda for the use of their facilities and the wonderful afternoon tea that they provided!!