THE night of nights in New South Wales has finally arrived, with the 29th running of the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg (520m) set to be decided at Wentworth Park this Saturday night.
The current favourite with most bookies is consistent local greyhound Miss Splendamiro (Barcia Bale x Splendourous Sep ’15) which is ideally drawn in box two. The black bitch, trained by Hank Vanderburg, won her semi-final in a blistering 29.68 and heads into the final full of confidence – having won six of her past seven outings.
But it won’t be an easy task up against five flying Victorians which will be looking to steal the Egg trophy for the ninth straight occasion. Among them is defending champion Striker Light (Kc And All x Pretty Fancy Mar ’15) which will exit wearing the red stretch vest, looking to capture her fourth victory at the highest level for Brett and Kelly Bravo.
It’s not just the Golden Easter Egg we have to look forward to – also on the 10-race card is the Group 1 Association Cup, the Group 3 New Sensation, the Group 3 Magic Maiden, the Group 3 Ambrosoli and the Listed Ultra Sense.
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Race one – Magic Maiden final – 7.28pm
Ritza Millie (2) has been aimed at this race and she has been impressive so far, winning both her heat and semi-final impressively. She has a good turn of speed and from box two she should be able to push up and take the early lead. From there she is capable of running around the 30-dead mark or perhaps slightly better which will make her hard to reel in.
My Mate Fox (8) also comes into the final undefeated. He showed brilliant pace in his heat before following up that run with another solid performance on a rain-affected track. The outside draw shouldn’t pose too much of a concern and with another clean beginning he is right in this.
Nangar Jill (1) has only clocked fair time thus far, but she looks capable of improvement and box one should bring her right into the event.
Winlock Huddy (4) has been consistent throughout the series. Box four is no help but hard to fault what he has done so far.
Race two – The Ambrosoli – 7.47pm
Aston Duke (7) missed the kick here last start, but the week before he was breathtaking – clocking 5.41 to the first mark and 29.67 overall. He shouldn’t mind being drawn out in box seven, if he gets left alone early he should be able to carve across and they wont be catching him if he can carve out his personal best on the bunny.
Two Jay (1) is probably a bit better suited out wide on the track, but she is a good beginner and makes her own luck out in front.
Pants On Fire (8) should get a nice run into the race on the outside of Aston Duke. He is a classy dog on his day and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see him feature in the finish.
Out Of Range (2) is a group 1 winner over the track and trip here and he gets the chance to improve here from the good draw. Capable of going better than his 29.91 personal best, however he will need to improve his box manners.
Race three – New Sensation – 8.08pm
Veloce Nero (3) was a huge winner here last week after a fair beginning and she is capable of going back to back here. Can be tardy early, but if she can find a nice spot she will be weaving her way through the pack and she can run around the 29.80-mark which will put her right in this.
Blocker Tifia (8) has plenty of early speed and he was impressive when winning his heat in 30.07. Box eight can be tricky here, but if he steps on terms he should be able to find a nice spot and can lead all the way.
Winsome Money (1) has won three of his past four starts and comes up with the coveted inside alley. Should be able to punch up along the fence and run a cheeky race.
Chew The Fat (7) has run some fast times at Canberra and while he is yet to bring his best form to headquarters he is in a good kennel and is capable of improvement.
Race four – Ultra Sense – 8.27pm
Hard to fault the form of Rita’s Boy (1) which has now won three on the trot at Wentworth Park. Has a good record from the inside box and if he can repeat what he has been doing recently he will be hard to reel in.
Real Simple (6) has brilliant early speed and should improve off his heat win. Box six doesn’t do him any favours, but he a classy commodity and he should still be one of the leaders.
Lagoon Pirate (2) pinged the lids last stat when recording a personal best 29.87. Can be risky early, but if he re-produces last week’s run he will be hard to stop.
Lagoon Rhett (7) was a massive run last week. Probably better drawn towards the fence, but should get a nice run into the race on the outside of Real Simple.
Race five – Association Cup – 8.47pm
Rippin’ Sam (8) is a rising superstar of the sport and his heat win was nothing short of sensational. Has little speed on his inside so he should be able to work himself into a prominent position and it is hard to find anything in this race capable of holding him out.
Tritt Tritt (7) was having his first 700 last week and was in the race for a long way. Should strip fitter from the run and can feature again tonight.
Ebby Ripper (6) got a bit lucky last week, avoiding the trouble from box one. Moves to box six this week but she is one of the class runners and can’t be left out.
Zipping Katelyn (2) has been racing slightly below her best since resuming from a spell, but with three runs under her belt she should be capable of improvement from the suitable draw.
Race six – 9.05pm
Panther Paving (2) comes into the race having won two straight including a brilliant 29.50 at The Gardens last start. She flew the lids on that occasion and she finds herself suitably drawn here in a field without much early burn drawn around her. If she can hold her spot on the fence she should be right in the mix.
Mister Fernando (8) should improve off his debut over the track and distance last week. Has run some flying times at Maitland in recent weeks and if he can bring that form to headquarters he will be a genuine contender.
Bogan Bomber (7) hasn’t had much luck at his starts here, but if he can time the start right he is a big chance of breaking through for his first win in town.
Shiny Nose (6) is in a good kennel and clocked good time at Goulburn two starts back.
Race seven – Golden Easter Egg – 9.27pm
Dual Keroma (8) is ideally positioned out wide and even though he isn’t brilliant early he has the pace to put himself in a prominent spot and some of the predicted front runners will find it hard to hold him out in the run to the line.
Striker Light (1) looks the likely leader from the perfect draw. She probably needs a bit of trouble behind her to pinch it against some of these strong types, but she will be making her own luck out in front.
Miss Splendamiro (2) is racing in career best form. Not brilliant early but she is well drawn with some steady beginners on her outside which should give her every chance of putting herself in the race.
Up Hill Jill (6) is poorly drawn but is armed with brilliant speed. If she can find the front she will show them plenty of cheek.
Race eight – GBOTA life members’ stakes – 10.12pm
Slick (3) is the class runner of the field and he gets the chance to bounce back here after a couple of fair performances. Can be hit and miss early but the four should beat him out which will give him a bit of room to move early. If he can wind up he will be finishing over the top of them and could prove too strong.
Zipping Clive (2) has a massive motor and his past two runs have been full of merit. Well drawn towards the fence and can get the cash.
Royal Turbo (4) looks the likely leader despite drawing box four. He wins his races in the first two sections – he’ll be paddling late but if he pinches a break he could hang on.
Poco Dorado (8) is a classy bitch on her night and this is slightly easier than her most recent runs. Can handle a wide draw and is one to watch.
Race nine – 10.35pm
Surfing Dyno (4) drops in class on his most recent runs. Has been mixing his box manners but is brilliant when he nails the start and they shouldn’t be beating him if he runs up to his 29.73 personal best.
Big Bender (3) won here two starts back and finds himself in a winnable race. Can position up well in the run to the first turn and can improve off his 30.21 personal best.
Ritza Rossi (2) is nearing five years of age but is still racing well – can run into some minor money from the good draw.
Prevail (6) has been thereabouts without winning lately. Box six is no help but she can run time on her night.
Race ten – 10.57pm
Fast Car Driving (5) is a group 1 placegetter and although he hasn’t won in a while he is boxed to get a nice run into the race on the outside of Let’s Win Meisha (5). Can run 29.80 on the bunny which should be good enough to win.
Corrupt Millions (2) is a classy dog and he has been racing consistently. Moves to the fence which is suitable and should be right in the mix.
Let’s Win Meisha (4) should lead this race for a long way. She is likely to get tired late but can hang on for some minor money.
My Country (3) has been racing without luck against some tough opponents. This is easier and she won’t mind being drawn in box three.