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Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals
Tasmania, December 23, 2006 - January 20, 2007
Rosebery Carnival - December 23, 2006
By Rod Morris in Rosebery
Devonport rider John Rayner continued his good early season form with victory in the 50th annual Rosebery Wheelrace at the weekend.The revamped Rosebery Carnival went ahead in glorious sunshine, setting the scene for an exciting week of cycling action at the time-honoured Tasmanian Christmas Carnivals.
Rayner won the PCCCT Wheelrace at the season-opening carnival in November and won the 1000m lightning handicap at George Town in early December before taking his excellent form to Tasmanias West Coast.
Rayners win in the $1000 handicap wheelrace also elevated him to the lead on Tasmanias Order-of-Merit prize money table with some rich pickings now just around the corner.
Rayner was an easy qualifier in his 2000m heat of the wheel and in a tight sprint finish outgunned Scottsdales Ben Grenda, Railtons Jason Bellchambers and Burnies Aaron Jones to claim the title.
Earlier in the programme, Acacia Hills rider Daniel Jamieson won the 1000 m Lightning Handicap from West Australian youngster Jayden Veljacich and Aaron Jones (again!).
Veljacich impressed when he won the B Grade Scratch with Devonports Matthew Kent winning the C Grade.
The 8km A Grade Scratch saw Nathan Clarke win his third Rosebery title, outsprinting West Australian star Cameron Meyer with a healthy gap to the chasing bunch led home by Launcestons Tom Robinson.
Meyer had better luck in the invitational elimination race, while the 4-lap derby was won by Scotlands Evan Oliphant.
In womens racing, Launcestons Laura McCaughey dominated events, winning the wheelrace, lightning handicap and scratch race, while the only other female winner on the day was Penguins Sarah Cure in the B Grade Scratch.
Junior wheelrace winners included Peter Loft (U17), Bradley Ryan (U15) and William McDonagh (U13).
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Images by Lynne Ryan
Men 1000m handicap 1 Daniel Jamieson 2 Jayden Veljacich 3 Aaron Jones 4 Tom Robinson 2000m wheelrace 1 John Rayner 2 Ben Grenda 3 Jason Bellchambers 4 Aaron Jones A grade scratch 1 Nathan Clarke 2 Cameron Meyer 3 Tom Robinson 4 Evan Oliphant B grade scratch 1 Jayden Veljacich 2 Jason Bellchambers 3 Matthew McDonagh 4 Ben Grenda C grade scratch 1 Matthew Kent 2 Andrew Dolan 3 Steve Martini 4 Jiri Jezek Derby 1 Evan Oliphant 2 Travis Meyer 3 Tom Robinson 4 Kaiden Homan Miss & Out 1 Cameron Meyer 2 Travis Meyer 3 William Robinson 4 Evan Oliphant Women 1000m handicap 1 Laura McCaughey 2 Sarah Cure 3 Emma Heynes 4 Michaela Anderson 2000m wheelrace 1 Laura McCaughey 2 Liz Williams 3 Amy Cure 4 Emma Heynes A grade scratch 1 Laura McCaughey 2 Sarah Kent 3 Amy Cure 4 Erica Allar B grade scratch 1 Sarah Cure 2 Emma Smith 3 Tarrisha Jones 4 Thomay Michaltsis Under 17 1000m handicap 1 Brody Baker 2 Sam Brett 3 Ed Robinson 4 Peter Loft 2000m wheelrace 1 Peter Loft 2 Sam Brett 3 Brody Baker 4 Ryan Gates A grade scratch 1 David Lyons 2 Ed Robinson 3 Peter Loft 4 Ryan Gates Under 15 1000m handicap 1 Izac Guest 2 Jacob Langham 3 Kodey West 4 Bradley Ryan 2000m wheelrace 1 Bradley Ryan 2 Izac Guest 3 William Gates 4 Kodey West Scratch 1 Jacob Fielding 2 Kodey West 3 Izac Guest 4 Bradley Ryan Under 13 1000m handicap 1 William McDonagh 2 Lauren Perry 3 Macey Stewart 4 Danieka West 1000m wheelrace 1 William McDonagh 2 Lauren Perry 3 Danieka West 4 Macey Stewart Scratch 1 William McDonagh 2 Macey Stewart 3 Lauren Perry 4 Danieka West