The Group 3 Magic Maiden has stamped itself as one of the biggest races for no win greyhounds in the country since its inception in 2002.
Held over the 520m trip at Wentworth Park, the series is open to the best 88 maiden greyhounds nominated plus reserves, with youngsters partaking in a testing three week series, with the final worth $25,000 to the winner and run on Golden Easter Egg final night.
Each year, some terrific pups hit the track to contest the Magic Maiden series, with many going on to have bright careers on the racetrack. Some of the most notable chasers to kick off their careers through the feature include Tommy Brislane (4th 2014), Zipping Lad (3rd 2011), Perfect Fancy (3rd 2010), Thai Alert (8th 2008), Fancy Penny (3rd 2007) and Collision (4th 2003).
Betting on the Group 3 Magic Maiden
Because the race is for young greyhounds, many of whom have never raced, all-in markets for the Magic Maiden are usually not available until after the heats have been run and won. However, many of our recommended online bookmakers offer fixed odds betting on the heats, semi-finals and the final in the days prior, so there is still some terrific value for punters who think they’ve spotted some potential.
The best bookmakers for betting on the Magic Maiden, and greyhound racing in general, are as follows:
Australian bookies have a swag of bonus offers and promotions available, including sign-up bonuses, which can net punters $100s and $100s of freebets. For instance as of mid 2016 Crownbet is giving all punters up to $600 in bonus bets at 150%. This means you deposit $400 and receive $1000 in total to wager with. Bookies will also run promotions surround Golden Easter Egg night so it’s worth being a member of several at one time.
Magic Maiden – Latest runnings
2017: The most recent running of the Magic Maiden was won by Blitzing Lass on April 15, 2017. The black bitch began well from box five, taking up the early lead and kicking clear to score in a slick 30.09 for trainer Jodie Van Enkhuyzen. The daughter of Milldean Panther and Miss Blockbuster took her career earnings to just above $30,000 with the victory – her second at start three.
2016: The 2016 edition of the Group 3 Magic Maiden was run on Saturday February 26, 2016, and was won by Wicked Warrior, who was trained by Jason Magri. Despite a fair beginning, Wicked Warrior showed great field sense to boot up on the inside of the leader Kay Dee Em and take a narrow lead before sprinting clear to record a six and a half length win in 30.06. You can read about the race and watch it here.
Group 3 Magic Maiden Honour Roll
2002 Country Zulu 30.67
2003 Winsome Revenge 30.31
2004 Infinite Beauty 30.47
2005 Gilderoy 30.68
2006 Modern Supreme 29.93
2007 Breeze It In 30.19
2008 Albino Rossi 30.43
2009 Devine Road 29.97
2010 Humdrum 30.51
2011 Zipping Man 30.29
2012 Tifia 29.86
2013 Clockwise 30.01
2014 Anything Less 29.62
2015 Black Bear Lee 30.27
2016 Wicked Warrior 30.06
2017 Blitzing Lass 30.09