Stawell’s Ash Cowen claims first sash

Date: 4th February 2014

Stawell young gun Ash Cowen put in an impressive performance to claim his first sash at the Maryborough Gift meeting on News Year’s Day.

The year got off to a tremendous start when Ash claimed victory in the under 20 years 800 metre final.

Running off a 45 metre handicap, Ash had plenty of ground to make up on the out-markers.

In the first lap Ash worked at a steady pace, overtaking several of his opponents and setting himself up for the final lap.

“I could hear a couple of people behind me, but halfway through the last lap, I could see the front half of the group and just gave it my all,” he said.

The youngster described a feeling of elation as he broke the ribbon to cross the finish line.

“It felt like a dream, that sounds cheesy as, but it just felt great,” he said.

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