The New Sensation is one of the support races on Golden Easter Egg night, held at Wentworth Park on Easter Saturday every year.
The New Sensation is open to the best nominated greyhounds plus reserves which have won no more than 10 races from no more than 20 career starts and are under a predetermined age (roughly 27 months).
The race has unearthed some stars of the sport in its short history, with a plethora of talent contesting the race every year ensuring there is always plenty of betting interest and value to be found among the contenders.
This article will cover everything from past winners and link back to Australian Racing Greyhound’s past coverage of the event.
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Group 3 New Sensation history
The inaugural running of the Group 3 New Sensation took place at Wentworth Park on March 30, 2013, with the feature taken out by Charmed Assassin, trained by Jane Carruthers.
Since its first year, the event has continued to grow and is now contested by some of the hottest pups in the state, many of whom are not quite ready for a tilt at Group 1 level.
Remarkably, in the 2014 edition, Hooksy won in a flying time of 29.34 – quicker than the Easter Egg final which was won by Tonk (29.62).
Some superb greyhounds have also contested the series and, despite not winning, have gone on the have stellar careers on the track. One such example is No Donuts which ran second last in 2015 and has since gone on to win two group 1 finals over the staying trip.
Best bookmakers for betting on the New Sensation
With the series open to some hot young pups, there is always plenty of interest in betting on both the heats and final. All of our recommended online bookmakers offer fixed odds betting on the heats and final once the box draw has been done for each round in the lead up, with some bookies also offering all-in betting for the decider before the qualifiers have been run and won.
Betting on the all in markets can offer plenty of value, with bog odds normally on offer for some very talented chasers. So, if you follow the form of dogs heading into the series, punters can often identify some leading chances and have a crack at some big odds.
Recent years of the New Sensation
Winsome Money was the $2.80 top elect heading into the 2018 New Sensation and favourite backers would have been counting their money as the dog shot to the front from box six. After finding the top Winsome Money was untroubled and flew home to collect the winner’s cheque.
A hot field contested the 2017 running which was won by outsider Chevy King for Londonderry trainers Christine and Allan Proctor.
The black dog, by Fabregas out of Chevy Miss, was well away from box seven and gave nothing else a chance, romping to the line to score by two and three quarter lengths in 29.78.
Tilly’s Boy which won the race on Saturday March 26, defeating a gallant Megalodon in a hot 29.81 from box seven. The win made it 10 victories from 21 starts for the Dean Swain-trained greyhound, with the $25,000 winner’s purse taking his career earnings up to $57,090.
Christine and Alan Proctor’s Lord Gee was the hot favourite after a blistering through the heats and the son of El Grand Señor and Oh Em Gee didn’t disappoint in the final, winning in a time of 30.13.
Hooksy jumped as the $1.60 favourite and didn’t disappoint for Tanya Auld, pinging out of the lids and winning easily over a quality young field. You can read a full report of the race right here.
Group 3 New Sensation honour roll
- 2013 Charmed Assassin 29.76
- 2014 Hooksy 29.34
- 2015 Lord Gee 30.13
- 2016 Tilly’s Boy 29.81
- 2017 Chevy King 29.78
- 2018 Winsome Money 29.86