18 year old Dylan Ali [Hawick] powered to victory in front of a crowd of 6000 to win the 145th running of the World famous New Year 'Powderhall' Sprint at Musselburgh Racecourse
Ali who had been fancied before the heats had been run on Tuesday only qualified for the cross ties as a fastest loser after only finishing in 3rd place in his heat.
Ali who has ran on the Highland & Border Games circuit since he was a 10 year old could have been backed at 4/1 before the cross ties, however a power-packed run from the Borderer in the 2nd x tie saw him immediately installed as favourite to lift the £4000 prize.
Pre x tie betting saw another Hawick runner Jack Wilson quoted as the odds on fav at 4/6 after an impressive win in the heats, he still made the final after finishing runner up to former finalist Seb Harrison, Jedburgh.
Fife challenger Kevin Eddy, Kingseat was also well fancied after winning the 90m the previous day, he was a ready winner of the first x tie but similar to the rest of the field coud'nt cope with Ali when he upped the ante in the last 20 metres of the race.
4th cross tie winner Charlie Carstairs Lasswade AC was also quietly fancied and finished 4th in the final.
The race still awaits it's first female winner, Gemma Nicol, Rachel Robertson and Fiona Cleat were all eliminated at the x-tie stage, Jasmine Tomlinson from the TLJT Club did make it through but had to settle for 6th place in the final.
New Year Sprint Final
Placing Name Club/Town H'cap (metres) Lane Time (secs)
1 Dylan Ali Hawick 7.5 4 11.59
2 Kevin Eddie Dunfermline 9.0 3 11.81
3 Seb Harrison Jedburgh 6.5 5 11.85
4 Charlie Carstairs Lasswade AC 7.75 8 11.87
5 Jack Wilson Hawick 13.0 6 11.90
6 Jazmine Tomlinson TLJT 21.5 1 11.98
7 Cameron Smith Central AC 8.0 2 12.06
8 Craig Bruce Selkirk 12.0 7 12.14
Link to all the results from the New Year Sprint meeting
Published: 2014-01-02 11:36:33