Great Morning at Great Western

Saturday saw the running of the David O Jones Handicap held at the Great Western Racecourse.

After a few week’s break, runners had fresh legs to tackle the senior’s 8km distance, juniors’ 3km and sub juniors’ 1km runs, all of which incorporated the racecourse track.

A smaller seniors’ field took on the longest run of the season so far over varied terrain including gravel, grass and road. Matilda Iglesias took out her first win of the season over the 8km course completing it in 41 minutes and 47 seconds, also making her the fastest female. The ever-improving Simon Edge came in second place with seasoned runner Terry Jenkins not far behind in third. The fastest male was Nathan Baker completing the course in 36 minutes and 14 seconds.

The juniors galloped their way around the two laps of the racecourse with Claire Christian taking out first place in a handicap-adjusted time of 24:35. Only one second separated cousins Tanner Freeland and Will Freeland with Tanner coming in second and Will coming in third.

It was another family affair in the sub-junior’s 1km dash with Flynn crossing the line 30 seconds ahead of brother Hunter, with Henry Ellis only another 19 seconds behind in third.

The S & K Watson Handicap will be held this Saturday the 29th of April and is one for the spectators with seniors completing 2 laps of a 2.5k course to make up the 5k distance.

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