Fairytale finish for GBOTA head honcho’s last Golden Easter Egg final race night

NSW GBOTA general manager cannot wait for the 2022 Golden Easter Egg Final at the iconic on Saturday night, saying greyhound racing has never been in a stronger position.

Ahead of one of the biggest nights of the year on the Australian greyhounds calendar, NSW Greyhound, Breeders, Owners and Trainers Association (GBOTA) general manager Steve Noyce believes the product has never been in a better position.

This Saturday night's action at Wentworth Park has something for everyone, with jaw-dropping prizemoney on offer.

The Group 1 $250,000 Golden Easter Egg Final (520m) will be the marquee event expected to attract a big crowd.

But the Group 1 $75,000 Association Cup Final (720m), $25,000 Magic Maiden Final, $25,000 The Ambrosoli, $40,000 New Sensation Final, $10,000 GRNSW Masters Final and $15,000 Ultra Sense Final events will make it a night to remember.

With so much prizemoney at stake, Noyce said it was never a better time to get involved in the sport, pointing to what should be a keenly-fought Golden Easter Egg Final.

's She's A Pearl has the -105.26 favourite tag with greyhound bookmakers after her incredible run of 29.46 seconds in the fourth semi-final on Saturday night.

“As I keep saying to everyone, the product at the moment is . So I think people like me just have to keep out of the way,” Noyce told australianracinggreyhound.com.

“It's just fantastic. And the make-up of the final with She's A Pearl drawing number five is exciting.

“We have a Queensland trainer with a dog in there ( with Mitchell St) and a couple of Victorian dogs.

“I love those stories, just the theatre of racing and with the rain we've had (causing more unknowns).

“I can't wait. I'm excited for (Saturday night) and for the .”

Noyce is not wrong when mentioning the fact there are a couple of fairytale stories in the Golden Easter Egg Final.

Tzouvelis named his three-year-old bitch Mitchell St because she's a Fernando Bale out of , who he won the 2017 Cup with.

She scraped into the final after finishing second in the third semi-final on Saturday night, running 29.99 seconds.

's three-year-old Tachycardic did the same, finishing second to She's A Pearl in a time of 29.92 seconds.

“People dare to dream – that's what sport is all about. (Boxer) George Kambosos went to America with his parents and his girlfriend and that was about it, and he won,” Noyce said.

“Kayla here was in tears after her dog got second this week. She's got a one in eight chance of winning a quarter of a million dollars. That changes your life.

“It (the Golden Easter Egg) has a history to it. This is the headquarters of metropolitan racing Sydney, it's the spiritual home.

“There'll be a good crowd. I got a message from someone saying how excited he was to get his first win at Wentworth Park.

“That's the dare-to-dream aspect of this venue.”

Noyce is set to finish up three years at the helm of GBOTA at the conclusion of the Chase Carnival in May.

He will leave with plenty of great memories.

“I've got plenty to do before then,” he said.

“(I've got good memories of) the wonderful people who manage all the tracks throughout our network. They're at the coalface all the time.

“We've been through Covid the past two years. They've kept going, and the wagering again (on Saturday night) was excellent.

“The participants are great people. They're humble and they're excited by this (Golden Easter Egg) event.”

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