The Group 1 Golden Easter Egg is the biggest race on the New South Wales greyhound racing calendar and is held at Wentworth Park on Easter Saturday each year. The race is a three week series, comprising of heats and semi-finals on the two Saturdays prior to the decider, with greyhounds able to ensure a start in the heats through winning one of the Easter Egg Preludes in the weeks leading up to the opening round.
The first running of the Golden Easter Egg was held in 1990 when taken out by Ultra Sense, a fawn daughter of Acacia Park and Sense Of Joy, and has has carried Group 1 status since its inception.
While the event has always been run over 520m, the first three editions were conducted on grass before the track was converted to loam in 1993. It has remained that way ever since.
Each year, the Golden Easter Egg attracts the best greyhounds from right across the country, with a crowd of thousands descending on the Ultimo circuit on Easter Saturday to witness a truly spectacular night of racing. The series is open to the best 80 greyhounds nominated plus reserves.
A terrific support card is also on offer each year, with the Group 1 Association Cup, Group 3 New Sensation, Group 3 Magic Maiden and the Group 3 Ambrosoli also up for grabs on the big night.
In 2010, the Golden Easter Egg’s prize money purse sky-rocketed to a massive $250,000 to the winner, cementing it as the state’s richest greyhound race.
Betting on the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg
Betting on the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg attracts massive pools and there is always plenty of value to be found within the race, with most of the eight greyhounds sharing a realistic chance of snaring the prize.
For those punters skilful enough to spot the winner three weeks out, most online bookmakers also offer an all-in market for the final, offering some superb prices about some of the series’ leading contenders. This means you might get $15 on the eventual winner, which may start the race as a short favourite.
The benefits of betting with an online corporate bookmaker include the outstanding odds bonuses you can get with Australia’s greyhound betting sites.
Other benefits of placing your Golden Easter Egg bets at online bookmakers include specific race specials and other promotions that are legally allowed from time to time.
Top bookmakers for Golden Easter Egg betting
Golden Easter Egg – the recent years
The Golden Easter Egg, one of the premier races on the greyhound industry’s calendar, had originally been postponed from its April date due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but after the on going restrictions being placed around the world Greyhound Breeders Owners & Trainers Association made the decision to cancel it for the year. This being the first time since it started in 1990 that we didn’t see The Golden Easter be run and won.
A blistering finish was the order of the night at Wenty in 2019 as Zipping Bailey stormed over the top of them to record one of the most aesthetically pleasing victories in Golden Easter Egg history. Jumping away last, but at least cleanly from box six the winner got an saloon passage up the rails but still settling close to ten lengths behind leader Black Forge. The dog delivered a barnstorming run however and defeated Federal Lilly and Black Forge to win her maiden Group 1 in 29.92.
2019 Easter Egg Cup results
When April 20, 2019 Where Wentworth Park First Prize $250,000 Winner Zipping Bailey Trainer Jason Mackay Born 23/07/2016 Black Bitch Owner Hallinan Hallinan (SYN) Margin 1.00 Time: 29.92 Others in finishing order Federal Lilly, Black Forge, Blue Striker, Miss Splendamiro, Irinka Lizzy, Banjo Tifia, Black Opium
Up Hill Jill denied Striker Light a second Golden Easter Egg title when running down the champion bitch to salute by a neck in 29.77.
Trained in Victoria by David and Rose Geall, it was her second group 1 but her first in the Harbour City after previously running second in the Group 1 National Futurity, the Peter Mosman Classic, the Bob Payne Sprint, third in the Group 1 Paws of Thunder and sixth in the 2017 Golden Easter Egg – all of which were run and won at Wentworth Park.
2018 Easter Egg Cup results
When March 03, 2018 Where Wentworth Park First Prize $250,000 Winner Up Hill Jill Trainer David Geall Born 20/02/2015 Black Bitch Owner ROSE GEALL Margin 0.25 Time: 29.77 Others in finishing order Striker Light, Fernando Express, Dual Keroma, Miss Splendamiro, Two Times Twice, Crash Bandicoot, Bombshell Bandit
Kelly and Brett Bravo scored their biggest feature win when Striker Light saluted in the 2017 edition of the race.
The black bitch held off a late challenge from Lagoon Jazzy to score in 29.99 – recording her 13th career victory and second group 1 win, having already won the National Futurity at Wentworth Park.
2017 Easter Egg Cup results
When April 15, 2017 Where Wentworth Park First Prize $250,000 Winner Striker Light Trainer Brett Bravo Born 04/03/2015 Black Bitch Owner Kelly Bravo Margin 0.25 Time: 29.99 Others in finishing order Lagoon Jazzy, Big Flood, Lucky Chap, Slamming Thunder, Up Hill Jill, Aqua Cheetah, Mack Tux>
Trainer Jason Thompson recorded his second Golden Easter Egg victory in the latest running over 520m. Moreira, a brindle dog, started a $3.20 favourite in the race and headed off a tough challenge from Anthony Azzopardi’s Asa Killa Queen.
It was a remarkable week for Thompson with the Victorian conditioner claiming three group or listed races and over $425,000 in prize money. Read a full report here.
Jason Thompson previously won the race with Don’t Knocka Him in 2012. 2016-03-26
2016 Easter Egg Cup results
When March 03, 2016 Where Wentworth Park First Prize $250,000 Winner Moreira Trainer Jason Thompson Born 09/09/2013 Brindle Dog Owner Adean Manolitsis Margin 0.25 Time: 29.70 Others in finishing order Brad Hill Bill, Knight Sprite, Blue Revolver, Asa Killa Queen, Dawkins Bale, Mitcharlie Mia, Rare Pearl (FTF)>
Trainer Andrea Dailly secured her first Golden Easter Egg victory while the breeders Paul and Jan Wheeler managed to secure the amazing trifecta taking out first, second and third in the race. Fernando Bale, jumped as the $2.10 favourite in the race. The white and dark brindle dog had every go right in the race as he jumped off to a brilliant start and managed to lead all the way, making the Golden Egg a one sided race and setting the new race record at an amazing 29.48 seconds.
2015 Easter Egg Cup results
When April 04, 2015 Where Wentworth Park First Prize $250,000 Winner Fernando Bale Trainer Andrea Dailly Born 12/03/2013 White and Dark Brindle Dog Owner Brendan Wheeler Margin 4.25 Time: 29.48 (Race Record) Others in finishing order Dawkins Bale, Dyna Nico, Zipping Midge, Dyna Double One, Ronray Spirit, Over limit, Recruitment>
Group 1 Golden Easter Egg honour roll
|Winter Cup Past Winners|
|2019||Zippin Bailey||Jason Mackay||29.92|
|2018||Up Hill Jill||David Geall||29.77|
|2017||Striker Light||Brett Bravo||29.90|
|2015||Fernando Bale||Andrea Dailly||29.48 (Race Record)|
|2013||Grigorieva Bale||Andrea Dailly||29.65|
|2012||Don’t Knocka Him||Jason Thompson||29.60|
|2011||Radley Bale||Tony Apap||29.66|
|2010||Cosmic Rumble||Darren Mcdonald||30.12|
|2009||Dana Beatrice||Rodney Mcdonald||29.70|
|2008||Blazing Token||Darren Murray||30.16|
|2006||Edie Beauchamp||Mary Wright||29.80|
|2005||Paua To Burn||Steven Bruce White||30.07|
|2004||Bogie leigh||Leslie Bein||30.07|
|2003||Cyrus The Virus||Sydney Swain||30.21|
|2002||Carlisle Jack||Robert Douglas||30.09|
|2001||Brett Lee||Darren Mcdonald||30.04|
|2000||Stately Bird||K Paull||30.35|
|1999||Faithful Hawk||Glenn Rounds||29.93|
|1998||Rapid Journey||Jane Carruthers||30.59|
|1997||Bahama Image||William Mcnally||30.51|
|1996||Tenthill Doll||Harry Sarkis||30.44|
|1995||Malawi law||Graeme Bate||30.44|
|1994||Mancunian Girl||Peter Wardle||30.20|
|1993||Billy Binjang||Ron Seymour||30.70|
|1992||Jessica Casey||John Finn||30.32|
|1991||Highly Blessed/td>||Lorraine Ferremi||29.98|
|1990||Ultra Sense||Christine Coleman||30.39|