This Saturday night’s 2008 Golden Easter Egg Semi Finals have been thrown in to turmoil with 4 of the strongest chances all drawn against each other in Semi Final 1. With only two to advance to the $150,000 Group 1 final there will two very unlucky stories to tell no matter which way the chips fall.
The first Semi Final should be a very interesting race and a keen betting venture with 3 of the top 6 favourites in the Sportsbet pre post market plus our highlighted dog, Teaman Titch (Bombastic Shiraz x Call Me Donna) all drawn against each other and all drawn in the inside 5 boxes.
2Fawn Hustler34473130.1330.13Robert Britton
3Tucklan Rebel48614230.4230.42Peter Toglas
4All Caution11754129.9729.97Darren McDonald
5Teaman Titch32111130.3430.34Dave Burnett
7Lorna Moira51524430.6330.34Ron Bell
8Persian Spy43512330.2130.38Carly Absolom
9Dana Lou Lou51432430.5130.51Neville Brown
10Aquin Lane51242430.4930.78Margaret Bannerman
This really revolves around All Caution (Collision x All Ages) and Fawn Hustler (Typhoon Tide x China Cruise) early. All Caution practically solo trialled last week leading all the way from box 3 and has been demonstrating a decided can’t lead, can’t win attitude at all his recent starts. He certainly has the pace to lead from box 4 but has the added complications of being boxed outside another of last week’s led all the way winners, Fawn Hustler. This dog has again been fortunate to draw the inside of the track as his outside box from is ordinary at best, and the move from box 1 in the heat to box 2 should not present too many issues. Last week Fawn Hustler showed unusually good box pace to lead and a repeat performance would bring All Caution’s chances undone, but Fawn Hustler himself does not have to lead to win and should get an ideal run from box 2 with the moderate beginning Borat drawn in box 1. Borat (Brett Lee x Chloe Jones) has just been thereabouts at all his recent starts in good company and I expect nothing will change that come Saturday night. Not the most brilliant of beginners, he will get a good run behind whoever leads but his last start 30.25 will not be quick enough to win this. The dog who will go around at good odds and is a live chance in this race is Teaman Titch. We’ve been very outspoken on our opinion of Teaman Titch and this dog has the talent to win this from his box 5 draw. Normally a very good and consistent begginer, he missed the start badly from box 6 last week and hopefully will begin better on Saturday night. If he begins and leads, he wins. If he misses it slightly again, he will need luck early as Borat, Fawn Hustler and Alll Caution will all be racing forward, but if he can avoid enough interference, he is the only dog in this race that can win it from back in the field.
1Cool Effort41336330.7430.74Darren McDonald
2Paul Lee18216130.0830.08Keith Pedrana
4Blazing Token46511230.1930.19Max Burdekin
5Eifell Azz36311130.0730.07Karina Britton
7Jack Dolly31656330.2430.46Ron Bell
8True Destiny11171230.0430.15Elizabeth Bont
9Paddy’s Flame42341430.5330.53Peter Giles
10Run The Risk21728430.0430.53Pauline Moran
Race 4 Saturday night is Semi Final 2 of “The Egg” and if you find yourself needing to duck down the road for more beer or to reload the TAB account, then this would be the idel time to do it. Nothing in this Semi Final can win the final and the only dog from this that had a chance, Paul Lee (Brett lee x Goodoo Magic) is reportedly scratched and will not take his place. Cool Effort (Big Daddy Cool x Token Effort) has won lotto to start from the red box in this. The dog has an impeccable record of 5 wins from 5 starts in box 1 and it would be fair to say he tends to needs an “easy” transit in running to show his best. The draw probably gets him through to next weeks final but drawing the red again in the final will be his only hope. Others with hopes are Eifell Azz (Token Prince x Miss Eiffel) and True Destiny (Brett lee x Jillo Bale). As we mentioned in last week’s preview of the heats, True Destiny is trained by Oakville’s Liz Bont. Liz is a trainer that doesn’t get an enourmous amount of public recognition but she is very astute and her greyhounds race very consistently, and for that reason I think True Destiny can overcome the outside draw here to make the finals.
1Violet Crumble51376230.0930.09Stan Ralph
2Spring Smile51242230.3730.39Christine Oldfield
3Royal Touch31328330.1530.75Carolyn Reinke
4Berella Diva45112330.4630.46Ron Ball
5One Tree Hill21623329.9130.27Robert Britton
6Roaring Lion3F213130.1130.11Wayne Vanderburg
7Lucky Alive41215330.1230.38Col Sherwood
8Wilodious Blues32561130.0130.01Richard Riley
9Ashes Platinum36135430.3230.54Paul Galea
10Billy Bee Sting41242430.2530.59Barry Lazzarini
Semi Final 3 of the night is in my opinion the weakest of the semi finals and gives Wilodious Blues (Wilfred x Melodious Blues) the opportunity to continue the dream run for owners P Christiansen and A Bagnall, and trainer Richard Riley. Leading all the way in a career best of 30.01 last week, this little black bitch is the second oldest greyhound competing in the Semi Finals and has the pace and early toe to lead from box 8. Roaring Lion (Stately Bird x Crazy Habit) is the veteran of just 6 starts but was impressive last week running 30.11 and could be a chance to make the final. I’m banking there will be plenty of trouble in this race from the inside division, so the key to the race will be the dogs on the outside getting away well enough and staying wide enough to miss the interference.
1Dana Gretel33138230.3530.35Rodney McDonald
2Mandagery Man11111229.9130.27Sam Sultana
5Trew Millions41141230.4330.43Tina Womann
7Clair Maude41815129.6129.61Jason Thompson
8Bo Frazier31612330.2630.43David Geall
9Tiggerlong Go41573430.0430.49Margaret Keys
10Sins Spirit32321430.3330.80Barry Lazzarini
The last Semi Final has drawn several of the favourite chances to take out “The Egg’ and looks the only race other than Semi Final 1 capable of providing the 2008 final winner. Sam Sultana’s Mandagery Man (Token Prince x Eriskay) did just enough last week to qualify behind Clair Maude (Hallucinate x I’ll Get By), although he was 10 lengths in arrears at the finish. Again this week, Jason Thompson’s fawn bitch looks like holding the key to the race. Flying out from box 3, she never let up and solo trialled to run the best of the night, 29.61; which was some 4-5 lengths quicker than the next fastest greyhound. Not long out of 5th grade company, she was right on her game the other night and in hindsight had put the writing on the wall with two sub 30 second wins at The Meadows recently. As a bitch who does tend to hold form once she finds it, I expect her to be just too good again from her outside draw, leaving Mandagery Man, Sonador (Primo Uno x Dame Kiri), Bungendore (Go Wild Teddy x Floodline) and Trew Millions (Brett Lee x Chloe Jones) to race for second place and the final berth in the 2008 Golden Easter Egg.