The most exiting time of the year is upon us as the Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg carnival kicks off this Friday night with eight outstanding heats of the inaugural New Sensation series. The Group Three, $25,000 to the winner event, has stipulated conditions where a greyhound must be 27 months or younger and have won no more than 10 races from 20 starts.
Some notable performers include:
John’s Son (Bit Chilli x Jamad) for in form Hunter Valley trainer Ron Bell, clocked a sizzling 29.59 personal best back in January after a sensational 29.48 maiden victory at Unibet Gardens and will exit from box five in heat one. In spite of the poor draw, he is a certain series favourite and will no doubt be back next year to have a crack at the big one.
Mystic Fancy (Mantra Lad x Fancy Trace) for multiple group winning trainer Anthony Azzopardi was impressive on debut at Wentworth Park last week recording a respectable 30.04. Coming up with the coveted red rug in heat two, the youngster is in pole position to lower his personal best. Also stepping out in heat two from box three is the impeccably bred Midnight Rush (Bombastic Shiraz x Smashing Amy) for trainer Michael Pes. Despite having mixed form as of late, a blistering 29.66 maiden victory at Dapto will surely make him one to watch.
Sydenham Pearl (Just the Best x Sydenham Rocks) trained by Kristy Sultana has started off his with a boom having racked up 4 wins and 1 minor placing from just six starts including a speedy 30.67 personal best at Richmond. Expectations will be high with a favourable box two draw in heat three.
The dark horse of the recent Group One National Derby series at Unibet Gardens, Rigs (Pure Octane x Really Satisfies) for Ryan Tredway has superior feature race experience under his belt after winning his heat and semi-final of the series and in doing so clocked a scorching 29.57. Although drawn in the middle box of heat four, Rigs early speed has the capacity to overcome this flaw and significantly lower his personal best time at the track of 30.30.
Two equally gifted greyhounds will exit side by side in heat five as red hot trainer Jason Mackay’s rising star One Inch Punch (Knocka Norris x Little Egyptian) from box five takes on Lesley Hannaford’s Haven (Big Daddy Cool x Whip It Up) from box four. After recording some dominate times at Maitland including 25.27, One Inch Punch produced a solid Wentworth Park win of 30.35 after beginning moderately and darting his way through the field to score by four lengths. Haven has been in sensational form of late generating some flying personal bests at Richmond (30.57) and Dapto (29.79). He is yet to be unplaced at Wentworth Park with a decent personal best of 30.37 which definitely can be improved.
Young gun trainer Clay Mullen’s prosperous run is surely set to continue with Fast Archer (Collision x Clay Model) as consistent as they come winning 2 of his 3 starts at Wentworth Park with a 30.04 personal best. A winner in four of his last five outings including a stunning 29.82 at Dapto, his early pace should overcome a tricky box four draw in heat 6. Group winner Dark Assassin (Collision x Daydream) for Anthony Azzopardi returned to his classy best last week with an encouraging hit out on Friday night at headquarters clocking 30.02 and will exit from a wide draw once again. Beautifully bred Culoz (Hondo Black x Joop Muse) for Victorian trainer Rosalyn Hume was extremely exciting on debut at Sale last week clocking a blazing 29.61 and at just his second career start this week is certain to turn heads if a repeat performance transpires.
Tricky Business (Collision x Daydream) trained by Kristy Sultana is another promising prodigy from the highly successful Daydream litter having clocked a flying 29.99 personal best at Wentworth Park on debut at the track in February. Exiting from box one in heat seven, all eyes will be on the clock for another notable performance. Ichi Tooshi (Bombastic Shiraz x Infinity) for recent greyhound the year winning trainer Mark Gatt is yet to be unplaced in his 9 career starts with 3 wins and 6 minor placings including a red-hot 29.74 effort at Gosford. A box five draw will prove an obstacle for the risky beginner but a clear run will no doubt exude the talent this greyhound possesses.
Johnny Fire (Knocka Norris x Gunna Oz) trained by Trevor Hagney will certainly step out with anticipation on debut at Wentworth Park in the eighth and final heat from box eight. His recorded 9 wins from just 15 starts with some astonishing personal bests at; Maitland (22.19) and Gosford (29.81) and will surely add to this imposing list on Friday night.
The running of restricted races is an important part of a young greyhound’s development and allows their connections to experience the thrill and satisfaction a group victory bestows. The New Sensation series is bound to introduce future champions to our sport and will undoubtedly become a time honoured classic, yearned by trainers Australia wide.