Largs pair Jack and Tom Newman in Stawell Gift semi-finals

SUCCESS: Largs runner Tom Newman (front), congratulated by twin brother Jack Newman (wearing green), after winning the Queanbeyan Gift in 2014. They both have Stawell Gift semi-finals on Easter Monday. Picture: Melissa Adams
SUCCESS: Largs runner Tom Newman (front), congratulated by twin brother Jack Newman (wearing green), after winning the Queanbeyan Gift in 2014. They both have Stawell Gift semi-finals on Easter Monday. Picture: Melissa Adams

Largs runner Jack Newman will have one of the toughest assignments at the Stawell Gift carnival on Easter Monday.

The 19-year-old has been pitted next to favourite Matthew Rizzo, the fastest qualifier from Saturday’s 22 heats, in the semis of the famed 120 metre handicap race.

Newman (7m) was on Sunday drawn in lane two with Rizzo (7.5m) given three.

Newman’s coach Bryan Gulliver said it would be a tough ask for Newman to overcome Rizzo and make it through to the $60,000 final.

“The favourite ran 12.1 [seconds] in the heats and is 3-1 with the bookies, so he’ll be hard to beat,” Gulliver said.

That will be the sixth and last semi-final on the program while Newman’s twin brother Tom (7.5m), who finished fourth in Sunday’s 70m decider at Central Park, features in the fourth. Belmont product Leigh Bennett (6.25m) will contest the first.

Winners from each semi, which will be broadcast live on Channel 7 from 12.33pm, progress to Monday’s final at 2.20pm.