Jack Lacey and Chloe Mannix-Power win rain-delayed Stawell Gift

Wild weather at 2024 Stawell Gift

Source: AAP

Jack Lacey and Chloe Mannix-Power have defied a rain-sodden track and a two-hour delay due to lightning strikes to win the Stawell Gift.

Lacey (9.5m) powered home to win the men’s race in 12.27 seconds at Central Park on Easter Monday.

As a former Australian Rules football player, Lacey said he was untroubled by the wet conditions.

Backmarker Jake Ireland was second.

Women’s Gift winner Mannix-Power justified her pre-event favouritism, storming home in 13.42 seconds off the backmark of 4.25m.

Heavy rain began falling straight after the Gift sem-finals were run earlier in the day.

Organisers chose to push ahead with the next event on the program, the 1000m invitational handicap, with drawcard Peter Bol charging home from the scratch mark to finish a close second behind Riley Bryce.

“Crazy weather but what a great event,” said Bol, who was fourth in the 800m at the Tokyo Olympics.

“I haven’t raced in rain like that since I was a kid.

“Congrats to Riley. I just left a little too much to do off the last bend.

“I felt I had a chance to catch him, but he was just a bit strong.”


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