Results from Saturday’s Golden Easter Egg Preludes

On Saturday night the fight for world’s richest free-entry greyhound race heated up as Wentworth Park hosted two thrilling preludes for the 2010 Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg.

The brilliant John Finn-trained Goodesy claimed victory in the first prelude of the night. The winners of the preludes are an automatic entry into the heats, but ironically Goodesy was already a definite starter in the heats due to his win in the Group 2 Bullie Gold Plate back in January.

Goodesy began as the $1.40 favourite and went on to defeat Direct Jolie ($5.90) by 1 ¾ lengths with Full Blast ($15.80) a mere neck back in a fast finishing third.

The win further confirmed Goodesy as the up-and-coming star of the times, the son of Collision having now won an imposing 14 of his 19 career starts.

Despite a slow start from box eight that saw Goodesy sit at the back of the pack early on, he soon accelerated in an impressive display of speed running up the outside in a flash. Going into the first corner a line of four dogs lead the way with Goodsey out wide.

Eventual runner-up Direct Jolie grabbed the lead coming out of the turn followed closely by Goodesy and Perfect Conquest third on the inside.

Perfect Conquest soon faded while Direct Jolie and Goodesy stayed strong. On the second corner Goodsey made his move and closed the gap between himself and Direct Jolie and the two ran shoulder to shoulder around the bend while Full Blast ran gallantly to move up to third position.

On the home straight it was a scintillating three dog race, with Goodesy, Direct Jolie and Full Blast fighting it out. But it was Goodesy who got to the line first, pulling away to win by over a length.

In the second prelude, surprise roughie Budapest ($17.10) beat home a strong field of rivals in a stunning 4 ¾ length victory ahead of the warm pre-race favourite Tuiaki ($1.80) with Gazmick Storm ($15.90) a further 1 ¼ lengths back in third.

The winning son of Bombastic Shiraz will now contest the Easter Egg heats, but is likely to be outclassed in the next round despite his talent and solid win on Saturday night.

A number of dogs jumped beautifully from the boxes including Material Journey (6), Slick Lee (1) and Tuiaki, out like a flash on the fence. But it was Budapest from box five who charged up the middle of the pack to take to the front early for his all the way win.

By the first turn Budapest held an impressive five – six length lead from their rivals and was never challenged leaving them in his wake in a sensational win.

In other Golden Easter Egg news, the defending champion Dana Beatrice made a winning return to the track at Wentworth Park on Monday night proving that despite a three month spell the Rodney McDonald-trained bitch is ready to fight for back-to-back Easter Egg success.

McDonald will run Dana Beatrice in the same tough campaign he did last year starting off with another run at Wentworth Park this Saturday followed by the Bathurst Cup heats on Wednesday.

They are hoping she succeeds in the Bathurst Cup heats so she can have a run in the final as she did last year when she won the Bathurst Cup and Easter Egg double.

If Dana Beatrice takes out this year’s coveted Golden Eater Egg she will be the only dog to win the feature more than once.

This Saturday night another set of preludes will run in the lead-up to the heats on March 20 and then the illustrious $250, 000 Group 1 Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg final on April 3.

2010 Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg Prelude 1 Results:

Place

Dog

Time

Margins

1 GOODESY 30.27
2 DIRECT JOLIE 30.40 1 ¾
3 FULL BLAST 30.42 neck
4 FRECKLES 30.77 5
5 ALL MAGIC 30.98 3
6 PERFECT CONQUEST 31.06 1 ¼
7 FREAKY LEE 31.24 2 ½
Scratched:
LUXURY KING

2010 Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg Prelude 2 Results:

Place

Dog

Time

Margins

1 BUDAPEST 30.14
2 TUIAKI 30.48 4 ¾
3 GAZMICK STORM 30.57 1 ¼
4 SHORT TIME 30.59 neck
5 SLICK LEE 30.68 1 ¼
6 MATERIAL JOURNEY 30.70 neck
7 JUST SPUD 30.87 2 ½
8 BRADY’S WISH 30.99 1 ¾