2009 Golden Easter Egg Detailed Form Guide

The greyhound race of the decade is just days away now with the 2009 Group 1 Golden Easter Egg to be run and won on Saturday night. The 20th running of the now classic race will see the winner walk away with $150,000 first prize and the coveted “Golden Egg”.

The Golden Easter Egg was first run in 1990 won by Ultra Sense. That night saw one of the biggest crowds ever assembled at Wentworth Park and Saturday night is likely to rival that sensational inaugural night of racing.

While it may be some time before any of us will race one good enough to start in Australia’s premier greyhound race, there’s nothing stopping us from doing the hard yards and studying the form in the hope of backing the 2009 Golden Easter Egg winner. With that in mind, Australian Racing Greyhound have compiled all the important stats and facts for this years Golden Easter Egg Final.

2009 Group 1 Nice Products Golden Easter Egg Final Detailed Form

Miss Elly Mint

  • Breeding : Elite State ~ Indigo Mint
  • Whelped : April 2005
  • Sex : Bitch
  • Colour : White & Blue Brindle
  • Owner/s : Ray Watson
  • Trainer : Robert Smith
  • Race Record : 65 Starts – 44 wins – 6 seconds – 5 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $163,490
  • Wentworth Park 520m Record : 23 Starts – 14 wins – 1 seconds – 2 thirds
  • Best Time : 29.84
  • Last Time : 29.89
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.35
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.35
  • Box 1 Record : 2 Starts – 2 wins – 0 seconds – 0 thirds

Comment : Currently the leading sprinter in New South Wales has won 22 of her last 23 starts and loves Wentworth Park. Was again impressive in her semi final win posting her usual fast sections of 5.35 and 13.73 before running 29.89. Like most Group 1 finals box one is a distinct advantage and for an outstanding sprinter like Miss Elly Mint it should serve her well given her impeccable box manners and early speed. She should be there for a long way and is certainly a great chance of taking home the Egg.

Dana Beatrice

  • Breeding : Collision ~ Dana Betty
  • Whelped : January 2007
  • Sex : Bitch
  • Colour : Black
  • Owner/s : Wes McDonald
  • Trainer : Rod McDonald
  • Race Record : 26 Starts – 16 wins – 5 seconds – 2 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $37,970
  • Wentworth Park 520m Record : 6 Starts – 3 wins – 1 seconds – 1 thirds
  • Best Time : 30.04
  • Last Time : 30.08
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.47
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.56
  • Box 2 Record : 3 Starts – 1 wins – 2 placings

Comment : Nice type who chased home the speedy Joanne Monelli last week in the fastest semi. Lightly raced with three wins on the track. May lack a bit of experience but has a solid future. Will need some luck to win and a place chance looks her best hope.

Joanne Monelli

  • Breeding : Premier Fantasy ~ Foolish Girl
  • Whelped : December 2006
  • Sex : Bitch
  • Colour : Black
  • Owner/s : Michael & Michelle Quinsee
  • Trainer : Dave Hobby
  • Race Record : 35 Starts – 12 wins – 8 seconds – 6 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $61,840
  • Wentworth Park 520m Record : 2 Starts – 1 wins – 1 seconds – 0 thirds
  • Best Time : 29.76
  • Last Time : 29.76
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.51
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.52
  • Box 3 Record : 3 Starts – 2 wins – 1 placings

Comment : Surprise packet of the series, a smart Western Australian that finished unplaced in the recent Perth Cup but has come to Sydney and performed well. Super impressive last week in the semi when she recorded the fastest time of the night 29.76. Her first section of 5.52 is a bit of a worry however she could sit off the pace and is a genuine chance of winning if something goes wrong with the leaders. Each-way all day off last week’s effort.

El Galo

  • Breeding : Where’s Pedro ~ Roxy Reason
  • Whelped : November 2005
  • Sex : Dog
  • Colour : Blue
  • Owner/s : Seona Hood
  • Trainer : Jason Thompson
  • Race Record : 63 Starts – 41 wins – 12 seconds – 4 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $472,590
  • Wentworth Park 520m Record : 6 Starts – 4 wins – 0 seconds – 1 thirds
  • Best Time : 29.60
  • Last Time : 29.88
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.36
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.40
  • Box 4 Record : 8 Starts – 3 wins – 3 placings

Comment : Champion greyhound with an abundance of early pace has won everything in a star studded career and was recently crowned the 2008 Australian Greyhound of the Year. By his standards he looked a little flat in his semi win in 29.88. However he has won on the track in 29.60 and a repeat would see him win again. Success would make him the highest stake earner in history and he is a main player again, bookmakers may take a risk as he will likely have to race outside Miss Ell Mint for the trip, but is good enough to overcome that.

Radio Star

  • Breeding : Hallucinate ~ Thai Again
  • Whelped : June 2006
  • Sex : Dog
  • Colour : Black
  • Owner/s : Julie Fletcher
  • Trainer : Richie Dean
  • Race Record : 41 Starts – 13 wins – 10 seconds – 10 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $46,790
  • Wentworth Park 520m Record : 27 Starts – 9 wins – 8 seconds – 5 thirds
  • Best Time : 29.74
  • Last Time : 30.12
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.44
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.60
  • Box 5 Record : 2 Starts – 1 wins – 1 placings

Comment : Extremely talented sprinter with nine wins at Wentworth Park including a best of 29.79. Box five no help in this classy field and he will need a lot of luck to win. Not a noted fast beginner and from the five he will need things to go his way, trainer knows how to put the polish an Easter Egg finalist but is yet to taste success and will be hoping Radio Star can turn his luck around.

Spiral Glory

  • Breeding : Spiral Nakita ~ Britney Bale
  • Whelped : August 2006
  • Sex : Dog
  • Colour : Black
  • Owner/s : Paul Felgate
  • Trainer : Tina Womann
  • Race Record : 47 Starts – 11 wins – 10 seconds – 7 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $28,010
  • Wentworth Park 520m Record : 2 Starts – 0 wins – 2 seconds – 0 thirds
  • Best Time : 30.06
  • Last Time : 30.08
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.55
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.55
  • Box 6 Record : 9 Starts – 3 wins – 4 placings

Comment : Capable performer in a strong kennel hasn’t won on the track which won’t help in this field. Has raced extremely well making three group finals since shifting to Victoria from Queensland but has the job in front of him here place chance at best will start big odds.

Did I Entertain

  • Breeding : Bombastic Shiraz ~ Chili Berger
  • Whelped : November 2006
  • Sex : Dog
  • Colour : Red Brindle
  • Owner/s : Robert Arnold
  • Trainer : Robert Arnold
  • Race Record : 18 Starts – 8 wins – 1 seconds – 4 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $37,775
  • Wentworth Park 520m Record : 13 Starts – 5 wins – 1 seconds – 3 thirds
  • Best Time : 29.89
  • Last Time : 29.89
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.47
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.48
  • Box 7 Record : 1 Starts – 0 wins – 1 placings

Comment : Very smart greyhound that has suffered no end of drama in his career looked very impressive in winning his heat and semi. Five wins on the track stands him good stead and a big thrill for his owner-trainer to get him this far in a major Group 1. Will need a bit of luck in running but has some claims to victory as he is racing particularly well at the moment.

Cool Flight

  • Breeding : Big Daddy Cool ~ Winnie La Plume
  • Whelped : February 2006
  • Sex : Dog
  • Colour : Black
  • Owner/s : W Zahra, S Swain & K Neels
  • Trainer : Sid Swain
  • Race Record : 42 Starts – 16 wins – 3 seconds – 4 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $71,560
  • Wentworth Park 520m Record : 27 Starts – 10 wins – 2 seconds – 2 thirds
  • Best Time : 29.79
  • Last Time : 30.01
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.45
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.45
  • Box 8 Record : 4 Starts – 2 wins – 0 placings

Comment : Top class speedster from the Sid Swain kennel he has won eleven races on the track with a best of 29.79. Trainer has already won an Egg from this same box and puts the polish on with skill, will need some luck in the run to the first turn but is a very experienced campaigner at Wentworth Park. A number of Champions have won from box eight Brett Lee & Slater to name two while Cool Flight is not in their class if things went his way who knows, place chance best.

True Kihael

  • Breeding : Trewly Special ~ Tell Tall Tails
  • Whelped : January 2007
  • Sex : Dog
  • Colour : Black
  • Owner/s : Kim Hyde
  • Trainer : Kim Hyde
  • Race Record : 13 Starts – 7 wins – 3 seconds – 2 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $16,165
  • Wentworth Park 520m Record : 6 Starts – 3 wins – 1 seconds – 2 thirds
  • Best Time : 29.98
  • Last Time : 30.13
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.49
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.54

Comment : Solid third last week behind El Galo is a real smart youngster with a bright future. Would be long odds if he gains a start, but on best times would not be out of it completely

Birthday Boy

  • Breeding : Where’s Pedro ~ Juma County
  • Whelped : May 2006
  • Sex : Dog
  • Colour : White & Black
  • Owner/s : Cliff Justin
  • Trainer : Steve Elsum
  • Race Record : 35 Starts – 10 wins – 12 seconds – 3 thirds
  • Prizemoney : $81,655
  • Wentworth Park 520m Record : 2 Starts – 0 wins – 1 seconds – 1 thirds
  • Best Time : 30.14
  • Last Time : 30.14
  • Best First Sectional Time : 5.64
  • Last First Sectional Time : 5.64

Comment : Top class Victorian sprinter who gets back in his races and runs on has made a few finals over the last year. Would have his supporters if he gains a start.