Stars Shine In Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg Semi Finals
Written By Ellen Dwyer, NSW GBOTA Greyhound Racing Correspondent Tuesday 19th April 2011
With four fantastic Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg semi-finals (520m) conducted at Wentworth Park on Saturday (April 16), the strength of the 32 qualifiers was always going to produce a strong field for next weekâ€™s $250,000 final.
Starting short price favourite ($1.60) in semi-final four, the Graeme Bate, Victorian trained greyhound is likely to head the market for the final despite drawing box seven.
With an inside draw preferred by the son of Big Daddy Cool â€“ Minkara Bale connections will still be confident following his eight length semi win in a best of the night performance of 29.68.
Radley Bale begins one box closer to the rails than kennelmate Hayder Bale, which took out semi-final one in 29.95, beating classy runner Kilty Lad.
After finishing fourth in last weekâ€™s heats High Earner was able to produce a much more favourable start, leading early in semi two.
The late lunge coming from the Michael Patterson trained Group One Brisbane Cup winner to claim the victory in 30.12 by half a head.
â€śLast week, on the Saturday morning he seemed a bit flat, but this week he has really picked up and responded to some changes we made,â€ť trainer Gary Harding said following the event.
â€śWe were confident going into the semi-final that he would improve and we are just thrilled to qualify for the final.â€ť
Filled with depth, the Group One Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg Final will produce another champion, and for the first time this yearâ€™s victor will lay claim to being the worldâ€™s richest greyhound event winner.
The box draw for the 2011 Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg Final, to be held Saturday April 23 at Wentworth Park follows:
2011 Group 1 Golden Easter Egg Final
1. He Knows Uno Michael Patterson
2. Kilty Lad Kelly Bravo
3. Sergio Gary Harding
4. Adam Meway Anthony Azzopardi
5. High Earner Kel Greenough
6. Aston Elle Jason Thompson
7. Radley Bale Graeme Bate
8. Hayder Bale Graeme Bate
9. Numero Uno Bale Brendan Wheeler
10. Push The Paint Jeff Britton
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