Saturday’s Golden Easter Egg Semi-Final Previews

This Saturday night the race towards the richest free entry greyhound event heats up as four scintillating semi-finals for the 2010 Group 1 Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg will run at Wentworth Park featuring the gallant and often surprising winners and placegetters from last week’s thrilling heats.

Last round proved to be the realm of the underdogs, with only two of the ten favourites saluting in their events – Cindeen Shelby and Dana Beatrice.

Will more upset wins be on the cards for this week or will the favourites fight back? Read on for a preview of the four semis and the sensational dogs fighting for a place in the final.

Easter Egg Semi-Final 1:

The first Easter Egg semi-final features some speedy sprinters including the star of the qualifiers, the Tracey and Frank Hurst-trained Fancy Mandy. The impressive black and white bitch annihilated her rivals in heat four last week when she ran a near track record time of 29.49 winning by nearly six lengths ahead of the hot favourite High Earner.

In the semis Fancy Mandy has again drawn box four, which she won from last week. She looks well positioned to head straight to the final as she faces one of the weaker heats.

Her main threats will be the consistent Boston Blackie, runner-up to Cosmic Rumble in heat six, drawn ideally on the rails and the Michael Carter-trained Proven Jett directly on her outside in box two.

Boston Blackie is a great beginner, but even if he does take the lead early on the rails, Fancy Mandy and her incredible speed and ability is likely to chase him down.

Also starting in the first semi is winner of heat nine, Boss Number One who will struggle from box five after having won from his favourable box one draw last week.

Easter Egg Semi-Final 2:

The second semi is a grand final-worthy field featuring the most impressive line-up of dogs. A big danger here is the impressive Heather Collins-trained bitch Arsonist who has been blessed with the rails alley.

Boom Victorian chaser Arsonist ran a strong second to the talented Dana Beatrice in the eighth heat last week from box seven, and their ideal draw on Saturday night puts them in an excellent position.

In any other semi, Launching Pad winner Arsonist would be a shoe-in, but the level of competition she faces is tough including Perth Cup winner High Earner (box two), Cosmic Rumble (box three), Rookie Rebel victor Flash Of Light (box four) and the seemingly unstoppable 2009 Australian Greyhound of the Year Cindeen Shelby (box six) all fighting for a spot in the final.

This race could belong to any dog and they all deserve to be at Wentworth Park in the final on Easter Saturday.

Easter Egg Semi-Final 3:

In the third Easter Egg semi on Saturday night three super consistent heat winners will face off in a great showdown, with Regent Diamond, Ruff It and Devine Ruler starting from boxes one, three and four respectively.

The fastest and most impressive of the three is the Tony Brett-trained Ruff It who claimed an emphatic victory in heat five last week by over five lengths.

Ruff It defeated an impressive field that included Dyna Lachlan, installed as the equal favourite for the April 3 final prior to the heats with High Earner, who ran a well-beaten fourth. The Adelaide Cup – Australian Cup winner will only get a run now if two of the dogs in the third semi final are scratched, which is looking unlikely.

Now trained in Queensland by Christine Robartson, Regent Diamond claimed the biggest upset win last week when they went out as the longest priced runner in the opening heat at $42.70 before going on to claim an all-the-way win ahead of the likes of Galba Jack who placed third and the brilliant Fedex who missed out on a semi-final spot after finishing fifth.

It was Regent Diamond’s first look at the Wentworth Park track and punters can be sure her odds will never be as generous as they were in the heats, especially if she finds some early pace, gets away quickly and leads all the way for a win here on Saturday night.

Easter Egg Semi-Final 4:

The closing semi-final is another star-studded field featuring the defending champion Dana Beatrice in box seven. If Dana Beatrice goes on to win the final next week, she will hit the history books as the only dog to win more than one Golden Easter Egg.

Also engaged in semi final number four is Snozz who caused another of last week’s upsets. The Jason MacKay-trained veteran proved an old dog can learn new tricks when he took out the second heat by four lengths to Flash Of Light with the odds-on favourite Lochinvar Marlow finishing fourth.

Trained by Robert Smith, Lochinvar Marlow has been lucky enough to still gain a run in the fourth semi this week after the Anthony Azzopardi-trained Excel Like Time was scratched due to injury.

Lochinvar Marlow moves up to box three in the race, which the promising dog will enjoy far more than his heat run from box six.

Other chances include the Robert Britton-trained Banger Harvey in box two and Bogie Bomber on the rails.

To view the final fields and box draws for all four semi finals click here.

The winners and runners-up from each semi will progress on to the $250, 000-to-the-winner final on April 3.

Wentworth Park’s scheduled card for Saturday night is a ripper, also featuring two heats for the Group 2 Globe Memorial Easter Chase as well as the Western Districts Cup Final. See below for the times and race details.

Classy runners engaged in the Easter Chase heats include Lochinvar Vogue, the fast paced Forty Twenty and the Graeme Bate-trained Jarvis Bale jumping from boxes two, four and six respectively in heat one.

The second Easter Chase heat is headlined by David Knockers’ super impressive and consistent Victorian stayer Drill ‘Em in box three. Drill ‘Em’s biggest dangers are Dashing Corsair (box two), Santino Marella (box six) and Whitfield Bale (box seven).

Coming off recent victories in both the Group 1 Galaxy and Group 1 Super Stayers, Drill ‘Em will be hard to beat both here and in next week’s final.

Wentworth Park Race Programme – Saturday March 27:

Race #

Race Name

Grade

Distance

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Time (NSW)

1 WELCOME TO MACRO MEATS EGG 5 520m $4200-1200-600 7:27pm
2 GLOBE MEMORIAL EASTER CHASE HT 1 NG 720m $5300-1500-750 7:48pm
3 GLOBE MEMORIAL EASTER CHASE HT 2 NG 720m $5300-1500-750 8:08pm
4 WESTERN DISTRICTS CUP FINAL 5 520m $5300-1500-750 8:30pm
5 MACRO MEATS GOLD EASTER EGG SF 1 NG 520m $6000-1675-840 8:50pm
6 MACRO MEATS GOLD EASTER EGG SF 2 NG 520m $6000-1675-840 9:07pm
7 MACRO MEATS GOLD EASTER EGG SF 3 NG 520m $6000-1675-840 9:27pm
8 MACRO MEATS GOLD EASTER EGG SF 4 NG 520m $6000-1675-840 9:50pm
9 MACRO MEATS GOURMET GAME 3/4 520m $5300-1500-750 10:12pm
10 MACRO MEATS GOLDEN EGG APRIL 3 4/5 520m $4500-1300-650 10:35pm