The first two from each heat progressed to next week’s $25,000 to-the-winner final, which should be a very competitive affair.
Quick Succession took the time honours for Victorian trainer Darren McDonald after she won the third heat in a flying 29.80.
Here is how the heats transpired;
Smashing Sally (2) finished best to land the first heat for Tahmoor trainer Neil Falk in a personal best of 29.97.
After lobbing second from box two, the daughter of Hurricane Luke and Smashing Jen (Collision – World Secret) found the fence and set out in pursuit of the early leader Rose Of Galo (4). Last week’s Golden Easter Egg finalist Magic Display (5) had the sit on the pair in third as they headed to the back straight.
It developed into a case of whether or not the Queenslander, Rose Of Galo, was going to be able to stave of the efforts of the chasing duo behind her as they skipped away from the field.
But Smashing Sally railed with aplomb and finished hard and overhauled Rose of Galo in the concluding stages, scoring by 1 1/2 lengths from the early leader, with Magic Display further head away in third.
Series favourite Ritza Hattie (1) had to dig deep to win the second heat after engaging in a terrific battle with Zipping Summah (5).
The Mark Gatt trained daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Midnight Flare (Spiral Nikita – Midnight Drama) found herself in second early after Zipping Summah (5) scorched out of the traps to lead at the post the first time in a slick first section of 5.40.
This ensured that the race was going to be an intriguing battle with Zipping Summah possessing plenty of strength, the only query being that she was first-up since November.
The pair quickly opened up a space on the rest of the field as they tore down the back straight with Zipping Summah maintaining a three length ascendency.
Ritza Hattie made good ground off the back and the pair entered the straight locked together.
Zipping Summah tried her heart out, but it was in vain as the classy Ritza Hattie managed to get the better of her, to win by three-quarters of a length in a rapid 29.87. The second reserve, Envy (10), finished in third place some 3 1/2 lengths away.
Quick Succession (2) led all the way to win a high quality third heat in 29.80 for astute Devon Meadows mentor Darren McDonald.
Beginning swiftly from box two, the daughter of Bombastic Shiraz and Spiral Siyan (Spiral Nikita – Flight And Life) did not have things all her own way and was forced to fight off challenges from some top quality greyhounds.
She went to the post the first time in 5.39 with Chica Destacada (7) parked right on her outside hind-quarters. The pair went hammer-and-tongs all the way to the home turn and, just when it appeared that Quick Succession had shaken off Chica Desticada, Irondale Bravo (3) emerged as a contender in a hurry.
Quick Succession had to show plenty of intestinal fortitude to stave off the efforts of Irondale Bravo and managed to hang on by a neck on the line to score with Chica Desticada just three-quarters of length away in third placing in an engrossing affair.
The daughter of Goodesy and Sirocco Lass (Bond – Many Tricks) was one of the last to leave the boxes and found her share of trouble in the initial stages as the early leader Lacey Lois (7) sped away, setting the fastest early split of the four heats (5.33).
But the 26kg black bitch was impressive, cutting a swathe through the field and blowing the whistle to whizz past Lacey Lois to hit the lead with a blistering mid-race turn of foot as the field came off the back.
Lucy Lips (2) and Where On Earth (6) were beginning to run on before colliding but Zipping Willow was simply too good, winning by 1 1/4 lengths from Lacey Lois with Crash Model a long way back in third place.
With an even spread of talent and just three lengths separating the four heat winners on times, next Saturday night’s final should be an engrossing affair with plenty of chances.