Cosmic Rumbles Richest Race – Golden Easter Egg Results

Cosmic Rumbles Richest Race - Golden Easter Egg ResultsMedia Release: GRNSW / AGRA

Master Victorian trainer Darren McDonald described his victory in Australia’s richest ever greyhound race a career highlight after the fast-finishing Cosmic Rumble landed connections $250,000 in the Group 1 Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg.

Looking a forlorn chance after a slow beginning, Cosmic Rumble ($6.90)  produced his trademark flashing finish to overhaul fellow Victorian Banger Harvey in the final strides.

McDonald becomes the first to prepare two Golden Easter Egg winners after his tremendous sprinter Brett Lee won the 2001 edition.

Race favourite Fancy Mandy ($1.80) was only moderately out of her two alley gifting rails hopeful Banger Harvey ($15.40) a clear run to the first bend. Robert Britton’s son of Pure Octane held that cushion through the back straight and into the home bend before Cosmic Rumble wound up and dashed down the outside with the post lurking.

For a trainer who has won every major feature race in Australia, McDonald gave a ringing endorsement for this year’s Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg.

“They’re all highlights, but to win the first race worth this sort of money it is an unbelievable feeling,” McDonald said. “Four or five years ago if someone said a greyhound race would be worth this sort of money I would have said ‘you’re kidding.’

“When he blew the start I thought ‘that’s it, it’s all over’. Then when I looked down the back I was thinking who was in front and maybe he could catch him.

“Then he really put the big strides in and he kept coming – it was a tremendous effort from the dog.”

Owner Steve Kavanagh was also understandably overjoyed his long and fruitful partnership with McDonald had reaped the ultimate reward.

“He’s a gun trainer and he has been for a long time,” Kavanagh said. “He’s a good friend of mine and to win this together is fantastic.”

NSW star Fancy Mandy, who came within a length of Queen Lauryn’s Wentworth Park 520m track record, found the line strongly for third.

After the placed runners the field finished in the following order: 4th Ruff It ($6.50), 5th Proven Jett ($23.70), 6th Bogi Bomber ($48.10), 7th Full Blast ($43.20) and High Earner ($5.20) finishing dead last in the final race of his impressive career.

Cosmic Rumble is raced by Steve Kavanagh and is trained by Darren McDonald at Devon Meadows in Victoria. By Spiral Nikita from Kavanagh’s brood bitch Spiritual Rumble (Brett Lee x Rumble Spirit). He is a Black Dog whelped April 2007 and has now won 22 of his 43 starts and has been placed on 10 occassions. The $250,000 first prize for the Golden Easter Egg took his curren stake earnings to $321,305.

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