Ando’s Mac the favourite to win 2017 Golden Easter Egg

Golden Easter Egg

MELBOURNE Cup champion Ando’s Mac is the favourite to take out next month’s Group 1 Golden Easter Egg (520m) at Wentworth Park with online bookmaker Sportsbet.

Rated a $15 chance, the fawn flash remains on track for the $250,000 series after resuming with a close second in his heat of the Group 2 Maitland Cup on March 16.

A winner of 19 races including the Group 1 Melbourne Cup, the Group 1 Vic Peters Classic and the Group 2 Warragul Cup, Ando’s Mac loves racing at Wentworth Park where he has won eight races with a 29.65 personal best.

If he can win the Golden Easter Egg, the Jason Mackay-trained sprinter will take his career earnings above the $865,000 mark – placing him fourth on the all-time prize money earner’s list.

Four greyhounds sit on the second line of betting at $21 – Zabdon Ferrari, Big Flood, Aston Bolero and Falcon’s Fury.

Zabdon Ferrari and Big Flood have never raced at Wentworth Park, with the latter stamping himself as one of the hottest pups in the country by winning 11 of his 15 starts including a brilliant 29.18 at Sandown Park.

On the opposite end of the spectrum, Aston Bolero is one of the most experienced greyhounds in training, having faced the starter on 77 occasions from which he has accumulated 46 victories and 19 placings.

Other notable greyhounds in the market are Lightning Frank ($26), Dundee Osprey ($34) and Jesaulenko ($34).

Lightning Frank is already a dual group 1 winner, having won the Silver Chief Classic and the Temlee at The Meadows. He also has a great record at the track, having run third in February’s Group 1 National Derby after winning his heat in 29.96.

Dundee Osprey is a three-time group 1 winner, but has been racing a little below his best in recent weeks. However, the son of Fabregas and Dundee Rose has been given a short freshen up and is set to resume just prior to the Easter Egg series – can punters expect to see a revitalised greyhound?

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Meanwhile, Jesaulenko will also be debuting in the Harbour City when he contests the Easter Egg series, however the son of College Causeway and Elite Fairy is a class act, having already won on six tracks throughout his career.

For those looking for value, there are a couple of greyhounds at juicy odds which could be worth a sneaky bet.

At $51, Pantera Nera appears to be overs, with the four-time group winner a genuine chance of claiming the title. The black dog is a lid pinger which certainly helps in a series such as the Easter Egg, while he is proven at this class level.

Eminent Reality is also a $51 chance which is a great price. The Kel Greenough-trained dog can be tardy at box rise but is one of the fastest dogs in the country – if he can sneak through the early rounds and draw a decent box in the final he is a big chance.

Striker Light and Up Hill Jill are two of the best young bitches in the country and are also excellent value at $51. They are both blessed with great early toe and have seen the track throughout the National Futurity series which was won by Striker Light in early February.

The Golden Easter Egg series commences on April 1, 2017.

Group 1 Golden Easter Egg – 2017 winner

Ando’s Mac $15
Zabdon Ferrari $21
Big Flood $21
Aston Bolero $21
Falcon’s Fury $21
Zinzan Brooke $26
Aqua Cheetah $26
Ritza Lenny $26
Lightning Frank $26
Fanta Bale $26
Cosmic Bonus $34
Wicked Warrior $34
Weekend Binge $34
Lucky Chap $34
Black Sky Riot $34
Unlawful Entry $34
Dundee Osprey $34
Ultimate Magic $34
Matt Machine $34
Blazin’ Bomber $34
Bubble Guppy $34
Raw Ability $34
Perfect Bart $34
Outside Pass $34
Aston Dee Bee $34
Judicial Man $34
Jesaulenko $34
Barking Bad $34
Clock’s Ticking $34
Hit The Highway $34
El Magnifico $34
Pantera Nera $51 with Sportsbet
Buck Forty $51
Cyndie’s Magic $51
Elleni Banner $51
Eminent Reality $51
Black Bear Lee $51
Mack Tux $51
Big Chicken $51
Barton Bale $51
Flawless Bling $51
Astrozone $51
Pop The Cork $51
Striker Light $51
Up Hill Jill $51
Topper Teretto $51
Tedesco $51
Shima Song $51
Mister Twister $51
Nature’s Gent $51
Mitcharlie Mia $51
Reefton Treasure $51
Myrniong Corner $51
Kong $51
Leo’s Gift $51
Mysterize $51
Reckoning $51
Fast Times $51
Helga Bale $67
American Monster $67
Major Jackpot $67
Runway Bono $67
Little Nangar $67
Knight Sprite $67
Shimatron $67
Black Hole Sun $67
Shy Gambler $67
Vancouver Star $67
Sleek Master $67
Lochinvar Dash $67
Times Square $67
Benteke $81
Kilty Express $81
Dyna Boomer $81
All A Blaze $81
Let It Develop $81
Tripum $81
Worm Burner $81
Maja Mahi Mahi $81
Mako $81
Maya Herrera $81
Monaro Monelli $81
Royal Turbo $81
Natahli Dedee $81
Patch Adam $81
Good Odds Angel $81
Good Odds Bricky $81
Marley Bale $81
Rocket’s Magic $81
Split Image $81
Extreme Magic $81
Heza Gangsta $81
Brad Hill Billy $81
Got A Motor $101
Rockstar Max $101
Zipping Bruiser $101
Winsome Mission $101
Better Call Sloy $101
Lowanna’s Son $101
Vintage Rox $101
Penny Monelli $101
Not Like Tommy $101
Bruce Tycoon $101
Chaser $101
Nangar Range $101
Takedown $101
Miss Foxy Lee $101
Liberty Lee $101
Ritza Rossi $101
Twist Of Thunder $101
However Humble $101
Tod Tanga $151
Magic Lace $151
Cosmical $151
Vidi Vici $151
Vintage Power $151
Nangar Thunder $151
Bulkender $151
On Fire $151
Camden Gossip $151
Black Lee Bonus $151
Nangar Rock $151
Fabregal $151
Another Gangsta $151
Costin $151
Fornido $151
Six Sense $151
Dawn Mini $201
Full On Lass $201
Srixon $201
Aston Ebert $251
Chevy Prince $251

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