A mentor who has been there 3 occasions and a teammate who was runner-up previous yr is the best equation for Jason Bailey.
Bailey goes into Monday’s Stawell Reward semi-finals as just one of the favourites following an extraordinary warmth victory on Saturday off the luxurious mark of 10m.
If he demands any suggestions about how to cope with the large celebration he has some useful sounding boards in mentor Todd Eire and teammate Hamish Adams.
Eire is a Stawell legend – he was inducted into the event’s Corridor of Fame in 2015 – and a 3-time finalist who experienced an additional victory at Central Park previous yr in the Masters 100m party.
Adams concluded 2nd off nine.5m to Jacob Despard in previous year’s Reward ultimate.
Observing his mate go so near previous yr has been great enthusiasm for Bailey who cruised via his warmth, clocking 12.228sec.
“Jason’s in truly great nick,” Eire claimed in the guide-up to the Reward.
“Seeing his teaching companion Hamish get so near previous yr has whetted his hunger and assisted him imagine that successful the Stawell Reward is a actual risk.
“Jason has performed every little thing proper and truly utilized himself. Incorporate that to his knowledge obtained in creating the semis previous yr and it is no shock Jason is a favorite this yr.”
Bailey is self-assured he can capitalise on the outdoors mark offered he’s received 4 races this year from the entrance.
“To be up the entrance is a massive benefit for me,” he claimed. “I arrived into a handful of races this year as the favorite and with 4 wins for the year, I have been in this posture ahead of so I’m fairly peaceful proper now.”
His major opposition will be increasing dash star Dhruv Rodrigues-Chico who was the only runner to crack the 12-2nd barrier, successful his warmth in 11.913sec.
Two-time winner Josh Ross thinks he has a lot more to give following beating a stumble in his warmth which he received in 12.668sec.
The women’s Reward seems to be like an open up affair with only 3 runners breaking the 14-2nd barrier in Saturday’s heats.
Alexia Loizou was the speediest clocking 13.856sec from Sophie Fighera (13.925sec) and Queensland seashore sprinter Bree Masters (13.976sec).
Backmarker Maddie Coates who is working off a handicap of -1m was a near 2nd in her warmth in a time of 14.345sec.