Stage Set for Grand Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg Finish

Media Release: GRNSW

An Easter Saturday tradition will be elevated to a whole new level when Sydney’s Wentworth Park hosts the richest free entry greyhound race in the world on Saturday night.

The Group One Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg series will culminate with the $250, 000-to-the-winner final. The series has already seen a number of the fancied runners bow out and now three greyhounds from each of Queensland and Victoria will line up alongside two from NSW in the final.

Macro Meats Company Director and Founder Ray Borda said this year’s series had taken the sport to a new level.

“When Macro Meats came on board with an event steeped in history such as the Golden Easter Egg, we wanted to make a big impact,” he said.

“The event is now Australia’s richest race and with the massive amount of prizemoney on offer the response has been amazing. There are correlations between the event and the company – both want to be the world’s biggest in their market.

“Macro Meats is delighted to be associated with the Golden Easter Egg and our support for it will be unwavering through the long-term agreement signed ahead of the 2010 series.”

Greyhound racing’s night of nights will also showcase the wonderful singing talents of Australia’s Got Talent winner Mark Vincent as well as a bumper Sky Racing 2 coverage set to feature five cameras.

The race itself has a number of interesting plots as Queensland’s Tony Brett and Victoria’s Darren McDonald both try to become the first trainer to win the Golden Easter Egg twice since its inception in 1990.

Perth Cup winner High Earner can surpass Rapid Journey as the all-time stakes leader should he win his farewell race in the Golden Easter Egg

Perth Cup winner High Earner can also surpass Rapid Journey as the all-time stakes leader should he win his farewell race.

Rapid Journey banked $530, 995 during a magnificent career, but Queensland husband-and-wife training team Dave and Christine Robartson will be hoping to overhaul that with one last hurrah for their prolific Group finalist.

NSW star Fancy Mandy has been installed as the punters’ elect for the final after sizzling efforts in her heat with a near record 29.49s win and then in the semi-final with an all-the-way 29.70s success.

But perhaps the feelgood story of the race is Full Blast. The country NSW greyhound, based at Lithgow, is the only greyhound from his litter to have won a race and will no doubt be the underdog when jumping from box eight at 10:15pm.

Golden Easter Egg The Facts That Matter No.4:

  • No trainer has ever won the Golden Easter Egg twice in its 20 year history
  • Boxes four and eight are the most successful alleys in Golden Easter Egg history, producing four winner each
  • Boxes six and seven are the least desirable, unleashing just one winner each in 20 years of Golden Easter Egg finals
  • The Golden Easter Egg race record is held by 2009 winner Dana Beatrice who scorched over the 520m trip in 29.70s
  • Only five winners have broken the magical 30s barrier in Golden Easter Egg finals
  • The longest winning margin in the final was 6 ¼ lengths for 2006 champion Edie Beauchamp

For further information please contact

GRNSW Communications Coordinator Adam Pengilly

Ph: (02) 8767 0517

Mob: 0401 641 943

Or

NSW GBOTA Executive Officer

Brenton Scott

Ph: (02) 9649 7166

Mob: 0438 402 198