Date: 22nd April 2019

Favourite Dhruv Rodgrigues Chico has confirmed his place in the final of the 2019 Stawell Athletic Club Stawell Gift by winning his semi-final in a time of 12.102.  On his very first trip to Stawell, the 20-year-old from Clayton South in Melbourne has a real chance of taking out the 138th iconic Easter Monday sporting event.

He will be joined in the final by fastest in each of the semi-finals, Packehnam based Jason Bailey who is running off 10m and has been an early favourite following his form all season; Conor Loughnan, the 25 year old from Tanawha, Queensland; Leonard King the powerhouse from Pyrmont in Sydney; Jara Konteh the 19-year-old from Footscray; and South Australian Lachlan Sheffield.

Sheffield, from Fulham, Adelaide was able to hold off Josh Ross, the two-time Stawell Gift winner who was attempting a history making 3rd Gift at the age of 38 years years old.

The fastest two heat winners in the Strickland Family Women’s Open semi-finals came through with victory in Semi 5 and 6 so Fia Fighera and Lexi Loizou, the best friends and teammates from Matt Carter’s stable will line up together for the chance at the main prize this afternoon. Loizou clocked the fastest semi time of 13.78 and is now the favourite to win the $40,000 women’s title. Fighera’s time was 13.85.

Bree Masters, a top beach sprinter from Queensland as also secured her place in the final with a time of 13.98.

Lauren Wells who broke at the start of semi 2 and was put back a metre contested the Stawell Athletic Club Jack Donaldson Handicap 200m final at 1.40pm and is favourite to take that trophy.

The other three finalists are Ebony Lane from Baxter winner of semi 1; Hana Basic from Box Hill South who won semi 2; and Zoe Neale the 17-year-old semi 3 winner from Heathmont, Melbourne.

The TAC Herb Hedemann Invitation Handicap 1600m was won by Riley Bryce

The Stawell Gift is broadcast live on the Seven Network from 11.30am AEST.

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