The iconic Woolworths Stawell Gift carnival kicks off this weekend

Date: 24th March 2016

The 135th edition of the Woolworths Stawell Gift is gearing up to be an exciting weekend of racing, starting with the heats of both the Australia Post Women’s Gift and the Woolworths Stawell Gift on Easter Saturday. 

The Woolworths Stawell Gift early favourites are Tasmania’s sprint star Jack Hale (3.25m), Tjimarri Sanderson-Milera (5.75m) and Stuart Rooke (8.5m), who are among the strong field of athletes hoping to take home the $40,000 cheque.

With the increased prize money of the Australia Post Women’s Gift totalling $60,000, is further incentivising the females as they endeavour to proceed through the Saturday’s heats and onto Finals Monday. Australia’s fastest female sprinter Melissa Breen will have a challenging task from scratch as she aims to win a second title. Ararat’s Sarah Blizzard, running off 7.5m will be the one to watch as her form has been incredibly strong, including a recent PB. Jessica Payne (9m) and Tierra Exum (9.75m) are also claiming early favouritism. 

The 135th edition of the Woolworths Stawell Gift carnival kicks off tomorrow with Calcutta and Call of the Cards at the Stawell Entertainment Centre.

2016 Newmarket Gold Ladies Day highlights (Sat March 26th)
Australia Post Women’s Gift heats 12:21pm-1pm
Woolworths Stawell Gift heats 1.12pm-2.05pm & 2.24pm-3.12pm

Australia Post Signing Session

Kid’s Activities:  
Animal nursery, jumping castle, face painting and air brush tattoo

Newmarket Gold Fashions on the Field competition 3.30pm-4.30pm
Betting Ring

Cadbury Family Day Sunday
Cadbury Easter Egg Hunt 11.30am
Kids athletic clinic 9.00am coached by Jack Hale, Melissa Breen and Lauren Wells
Athlete signing session 9.30am
Other activities: Kelly Sports, face painting, animal nursery, jumping castle

Seven is the broadcast partner of the 2016 Woolworths Stawell Gift.
A TV news feed wrapping up each day of the event will be distributed via a link to broadcast networks at approximately 4.30pm each day.
The Finals will be broadcast LIVE nationally on Seven from midday on Easter Monday. A highlights package will be shown on Fox Sports from 10.30pm that evening.

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