The Christmas handicap is attractive for several reasons, not the least is the sausage sizzle after racing put on by Ron Stranks. Thanks to Ron and Rob Suter.
But before-hand we had the traditional scratch race to determine the entrants for the handicap. As usual the first 5 went through to the handicap and 5th place was the one most riders like to get – you get through to the final with the minimum of energy usage.
The handicap was well ridden by the lower grades. A grade tried hard to get over a big gap not helped by the lack of wind and mild conditions. B and C had their work cut out for as well but they too couldn’t make up the required ground. D grade broke up early in the first of the 3 laps but the 3 remaining riders rolled efficient turns to pass F grade and then E grade on the last turn. Peter Gray from E grade showed his strong sprinting pedigree to hang on and finish over the big Dean Niclasen and Michael Muscat to be crowned the winner.