Egg Set to Go Up a Notch

Media Release: GRNSW

The chance to add an international spice to the 2010 Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg may have slipped by, but that won’t deter Australian trainers from handling overseas pups in the future for the richest free entry race in the world.

Quarantine complications have prevented accomplished Victorian trainer Darren McDonald from having a couple of Brett Lee-sired Irish pups, headlined by Group 1 Cox Cup winner We Paint Houses, ready for the highlight of the Australian racing calendar.

But after they arrived in Melbourne just last Thursday there is now no chance they will take on the cream of Australian greyhound racing talent.

“The quarantine in England kept stalling us and now we know why,” McDonald said. “One of the bigger dogs, We Paint Houses, was bitten and had a piece taken out of his hind leg.

“As much as we would have liked to have had them ready for the Easter Egg, they’re just not going to be right. I was probably going to be pushed for time anyway, but when they left Ireland they were very fit. But at least we know how to do it.”

Instead the focus will be on the local contingent all gunning for a spot in the heats on Saturday 20 March.

NSW Greyhound Breeders Owners and Trainers Association Executive Officer Brenton Scott added: “There has been some marvellous racing so far in the Preludes and we expect that to go up a notch when the heats begin on Saturday 20 March.

“The interest in this year’s event has been unprecedented with $475, 000 on offer throughout the series and it seems collectively trainers and owners are dreaming about winning the Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg.”

Tracey Hurst’s Fancy Mandy announced her intentions with a blistering 29.79s success at Wentworth Park on Saturday night. The effort overshadowed the deeds of Prelude winners Ruff It, a Queensland visitor who was having just his second look at headquarters, and the highly talented Newcastle sprinter Lochinvar Marlow. Both are guaranteed entry into the heats.

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