VICTORIAN star Striker Light (Kc And All x Pretty Fancy Mar ’15) will stamp herself as one of the greatest females the sport has seen if she is successful in Saturday night’s Group 1 Golden Easter Egg (520m) at Wentworth Park.
Trained by Kelly and Brett Bravo, the black speedster took out the 2017 Golden Easter Egg off box seven, with a win in this year’s race set to see her become the only dual winner since the race’s inception back in 1990.
After finishing third in the first round of the series behind fastest heat winner Crash Bandicoot, Striker Light returned to the Harbour City over the weekend, running second in her semi-final to her arch-rival Up Hill Jill (Premier Fantasy x Where’s Demonica Feb ’15).
The second placing was enough to book her a spot in consecutive Egg finals, with Kelly Bravo happy with her performances throughout the series.
“I wasn’t worried when she didn’t run down Up Hill Jill – she did enough to make the final and if you reverse the box draws you probably reverse the result too,” Bravo told Australian Racing Greyhound.
“We were happy with her heat run too. A few people asked if she got hurt because she got run down and finished third, but while the run may not look all that impressive on paper she still ran 29.75 – so she was only two lengths off her best at the track.”
Striker Light heads into the final having won 24 races from 50 starts with 13 placings. Aside from her Golden Easter Egg win last year she also has victories in the Group 1 National Futurity and the Group 1 Temlee, having made 14 group race finals throughout her career.
She will take on a talented field in the decider including Dual Keroma (Lochinvar Marlow x Duanna Keroma Jun ’15) and Miss Splendamiro (Barcia Bale x Splendourous Sep ’15) which claimed their semi-finals in 29.65 and 29.68 respectively.
Also heading through to the final is Up Hill Jill, which finished sixth behind Striker Light in last year’s race, and Group 1 Vic Peters Classic winner Crash Bandicoot (Collision x J’S Robin Jul ’15) after he ran second in his semi-final behind his litter sister, Bombshell Bandit.
While it is a sensational field, Striker Light is given a good chance by team Bravo after coming up with box one, the same draw she used to take out the invitation-only Temlee at The Meadows in February.
“She won the race from box seven last year and I didn’t give her much chance, but at least this year she is drawn well even though it is still a very tough field,” Bravo said.
“In her heat her sections were amazing, so hopefully off box one she can begin well and make her own luck out in front.
“She wont be the fastest or the strongest dog in the race, but she wins her races with those first two sections, so if she is off and gone she has a chance of pinching it out in front.”
Bravo said she can’t comprehend what would be going through her mind if ‘Macey’ can win another edition of the race this week, with a triumph set to take her prize money earnings to $819,000 for the Bravos, who co-own the superstar racer with George Farrugia.
“I don’t normally over think races, but it’s been going through my mind what it would be like to actually win the race again.
“It would just be an unreal feeling if she were able to get up and win – I can’t even describe what it would be like in words.
“Even if she ran a place we’d be thrilled – we are over the moon just to be in the final again.”
The Group 1 Golden Easter Egg will be run and won at Wentworth Park this Saturday night.