NAMED after the most iconic race caller greyhound racing has seen, Paul Ambrosoli, the Group 3 Ambrosoli is a sought after trophy run on Golden Easter Egg final night each year.
The race is essentially a consolation of the Egg itself, with greyhounds which placed third and fourth in the Egg semi finals the week prior gaining a start in the $25,000 to the winner event.
We have all the information on the race below, including its history, past winners and the best bookies to bet on the feature with.
Group 3 Ambrosoli – best bookmakers
More often than not, the Ambrosoli is packed with as much quality as the main race of the night, so there is always a lot of betting interest in the final.
As such, many of our recommended online bookmakers will have fixed odds betting available in the lead up to the race as soon as the final field has been decided and the box draw has been conducted.
All of the below bookmakers offer betting on the Ambrosoli as well as some fantastic sign up offers to help give you more bang for your buck.
With the 2017 final not being run until April, it is far too early to have an idea on the market for the feature, however we will ensure this page is kept up to date with the latest news and betting information in the weeks prior to the jump.
A history of the Ambrosoli
Formerly known as the Golden Easter Egg Consolation, the race was run and won for the first time in 2004 and has been of group 3 status since its inception.
The event was renamed The Ambrosoli in 2009 to recognise the contribution of race caller Paul Ambrosoli to the sport and in particular at Wentworth Park. Despite now being retired from calling, ‘PA’ is still commonly referred to as the voice of greyhound racing, with the living legend also a member of the Australian Greyhound Racing Association Hall Of Fame.
True Kihael won the first running of the race after it was renamed the Ambrosoli, scoring in emphatic fashion to register a blistering 29.82 success.
The following year the race was taken out by a true champion of the modern era in Cinder Shelby which would later retire as a three time group 1 winner – a testament to the quality of greyhounds which contest the race. Trained by Kel Greenough, Cindeen Shelby clocked a faster time (29.91) than Cosmic Rumble (30.12) which came out and won the $250,000 Golden Easter Egg later that night.
The Ambrosoli – recent years
2017: The most recent edition of the Ambrosoli was a rough affair, with several of the leading chances losing their positions on the first turn. Taking advantage of the mix up was consistent youngster Black Hole Sun which railed through along the fence, taking up the front spot through the catching pen and kicking on strongly to defeat a fast finishing Astrozone in 30.11.
2016: In this year the Group 3 Ambrosoli was taken out by Victorian chaser Marley Bale. Trained by multiple Egg winning trainer Andrea Dailly and owned by Paul Wheeler, Marley Bale used box eight to perfection, carving across the field and roaring clear to score in a sensational 29.60.
2015: Lamia Bale scored a career highlight in the 2015 Ambrosoli. Beginning from box two, the brindle daughter of High Earner and Maple Bale proved too good for her opposition in the run to the line in 29.90. Lamia Bale has since retired from the track and has since had a litter of pups to Barcia Bale.
2014: Ritza Hattie gave Mark Gatt his second Ambrosoli win in 2014, with the leading NSW conditioner having taken out the 2012 running with Ritza Ryder. The black bitch showed freakish speed and tenacity throughout the race, stopping the clock in an airborne 29.47 over the 520m trip.
Group 3 Ambrosoli honour roll
2004 Sparge Banner 30.21
2005 Miss Bekkie Lee 30.29
2006 Oxley Hero 29.84
2007 Catmandoo 30.35
2008 Mandagery Man 29.94
2009 True Kihael 29.82
2010 Cindeen Shelby 29.91
2011 Numero Uno Bale 29.84
2012 Ritza Ryder 29.71
2013 Spud Regis 29.73
2014 Ritza Hattie 29.47
2015 Lamia Bale 29.90
2016 Marley Bale 29.60
2017 Black Hole Sun 30.11