Maiden races are always met with a sense of anticipation and excitement from all types of greyhound enthusiasts as a new wave of potential superstars is unveiled. The Centrebet Magic Maiden series provides a rare opportunity for the young and eager to step up onto the biggest stage at Wentworth Park and launch their career.
The Group Three listed event with a $25,000 winner’s purse is not for the faint hearted, as the testing 520m two turn circuit can prove an obstacle for even the most experienced race dog.
Every race goer will be keen to inspect new breeding prospects with a particular interest in Lochinvar Marlow’s offspring who have begun to filter onto the race track with prominent early success.
Mike Marlow (x Fascinate Marina) is the 2010 Paws of Thunder winners best hope after recording two sizzling performance trials at Maitland (25.56) and Gosford (29.78). Trained on the Central Coast by Lorraine Atchison, his dam Fascinate Marina, who was trained by Lorraine’s sister Noelene Holloway, had a successful racing career including 12 wins with 7 of those at Wentworth Park. Queen Esther also trained by Noelene, is engaged in heat 10 also with two positive performance trials at Gosford with a personal best of 30.12. With both greyhounds possessing natural early speed, Magic Maiden final night may just turn into a family affair for these two talented female trainers.
It wouldn’t be a feature series without dominant trainer Jason Mackay unleashing new, majestically bred superstars onto the scene. This year is no exception with Mackay’s best hope Tricky Jade. By Bit Chili out of Navigator Miss who was a National Futurity finalist, recorded two blistering performance trials at Unitbet Gardens (29.45) and Wentworth Park (29.92) in recent weeks and will be a heavy favourite when she steps out in heat eight from box six.
The famous Or Catra offspring are looking to continue the dynasty of success for renowned breeders Martin and Fiona Hallinan. Or Catra was responsible for the likes of; 2011 NSW Greyhound of the Year Zipping Lad, 2011 Group One Bold Trease winner Zipping Malfoy and Zipping Man who took out the 2011 Group Three Magic Maiden series. Zipping Simba is by Mantra Lad with fellow sibling Zipping Milo already showing promising early signs after running a brilliant second in this month’s Group Two Richmond Derby final taken out by Jagger Swagger. Coming up with box three in heat four, a respectable performance trial at Wentworth Park leaves plenty of room for improvement.
Mackay’s own charge Zipping April (Goodesy x Sirocco Lass) was just as exciting in a performance trial last week clocking 30.09 and is draw ideally out wide in heat seven to get the fly.
The name Frosty Fruits is synonymous to any greyhound enthusiast as one of the most successful bloodlines of all time. Flavours (2011 Group Three Laurie Healion Maiden), Pulp (Group Three Big Dog Cup), Goodesy (Group Two Bulli Gold Plate and Bulli track record holder) and Little Sparkle (2010 Richmond Oaks) are just a few of the prosperous offspring to come from this incredible broodbitch. This year trainer Craig Chappelow will unleash Frosty Vintage who is by Bombastic Shiraz and clocked the fastest performance trial at Wentworth Park last week, a sensational 29.90. Drawing box seven in heat eight will prove testing for the youngster but with plenty of room for improvement, no eyebrows will be raised if a lower time standard is set.
Castlereagh trainer Jane Carruthers has made an affluent return to racing with her best charge Clockwise. By Magic Sprite out of Elizabeth Royal, the speedy youngster has recorded three brilliant performance trials at Canberra (25.75), Gosford (29.88) and Wentworth Park (30.09). Coming up with box seven in heat four, this won’t be the last week see of this talented performer on the big stage.
Making the long trip down from Casino will all be worth it for trainer Brad Northfield if his talented prodigy Bralyn Morgan carries over his recent trial form onto the racetrack in heat three from box two. Beautifully bred by Collision out of Bralyn Mel who made the 2007 Group One Perth Galaxy and Group Three Easter Chase finals, was a very consistent stayer over the 700m plus journey. Its evident this stamina has transpired to her offspring with Bralyn Mel’s two performance trials at Lismore showing promising early signs clocking a personal best of 30.28 over the 520m journey.
Sunday nights racing will be a spectacular way to end the first week of the Golden Easter Egg series with those successful moving through to next week and one step closer to claiming the desired Group three event. It won’t come as a surprise to anyone to see these gifted youngsters return to headquarters next year and potentially claim the big one.