All Photos © Shane Goss - The Licorice Gallery
Matthew Wiltshire has been backed into favourtism for the Stawell Gift prior to the heats tomorrow.
Welcome back: The popular Kim Collins from St.Kitts and Nevis returns to Stawell for another crack at the Gift.
Maurie Plant chats with Jamaican sprint-ace Michael Frater at the calcutta.
Punters mingle in the bookies room prior to the calcutta in Stawell.
The bookies at work during betting at the calcutta in Stawell.
Fifty on the red thanks: A punter places a bet with a bagman at the calcutta.
Good as gold: A punter samples some of the sponsors brew as he ponders a bet.
Beer isn't the only refreshment around for the Gift with wine available for the ladies.
A packed house at the Stawell Town Hall await the start of the call of the card for 2012.
A sign of the times (l-r) an I Phone, pen and paper and an I Pad, show the changes the betting room at the Calcutta has gone through over the years.
Commentator Dan Meilicke (left) meets Stawell veteran, John Henry, at the calcutta, Meilicke will call this year's Gift for the first time.