Congrats to club members who raced in the Camperdown to Warrnambool yesterday - sounds like a pretty rapid race!
It was not quite as quick this morning, the handicapper deciding on four grades for the Woodstock scratch races which tackled an unusual and slightly shorter course due to roadworks on the Powers Road circuit. Heading east on the Wimmera Highway and the grind up Powers Road and to the Maryborough Road turnaround made the last part of the race pretty tough. The A graders kept a solid tempo and a few semi-serious attempts to get away were quickly dragged back until the last kilometer, when Leon Yeates tried his luck. Gibbo jumped across quickly, followed by Tony Coombes. Gibbo kept going with Tony hot on his heels with the rest of the field scrambling to hold wheels. Brent Gibson won comfortably but Tony was passed in the shadows of the post by the fast-finishing Leigh Leroy Norton and Murray Rankin holding on for third. B Grade also stayed together with the undulating course and steady pace precluding breaks. Matt O'Toole continued his strong form to beat a class field of sprinters with David Cripps and Chris Draper rounding out the podium. A smaller field in C grade didn't put a damper on proceedings; in fact it might have encouraged more aggressive racing. Chased by Wendy Bennett, Steve Auld went away coming up to the Maryborough Road turn but he couldn't handle the raw power and detoured into the gravel, allowing the rest of the field to catch up. They both had enough left in the tank to contest the sprint but were no match for David Hare who won from Wendy and Steve in third. D Grade numbers were bolstered by Lindsay Williams returning after a long break, and who looked pretty comfortable when A Grade went past. Once again the race came down to a bunch sprint where Aileen O'Brien registered a well-deserved win ahead of Andrea Wilson and Steven Bright.