This year marks the 22nd anniversary of one of the greatest races in the world: the 520-metre Golden Easter Egg, the Group One event that is the richest open entry contest in Australia and the brainchild of the late Bill Baker, GBOTA Chairman.
The Golden Easter Egg was in some ways a response to the nationâ€™s first $100,000 to the winner event, the Greens Classic held at the Dapto circuit. The-then Dapto Secretary, the late Bill â€˜Dumplingâ€™ Dwyer, conceived the idea of running a race worth $100,000 to the winner, a concept many believed was a pie-in-the-sky dream.
By the time it became a reality in 1990, the GBOTA, under the direction of Bill Baker, had already formulated an idea to promote an un-sponsored event to rival Dwyerâ€™s. So, the inaugural event was held in March-April 1990.
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And despite being officially re-retired to stud with studmaster Paul Westerveld immediately after the finishing second in the Group 1 Australian Cup final, High Earner has been returned to Kelvyn Greenough’s kennels to contest the heats of this weekend’s Group 1 Golden Easter Egg heats.
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Australian Friday 4th February 2011 with selections from Ballarat greyhounds (Victoria), Casino greyhounds (NSW) ,Traralgon greyhounds (Victoria), Wentworth Park greyhounds (New South Wales), The Gardens greyhounds (New South Wales), Albion Park greyhounds (Queensland) and Mandurah greyhounds (West Australia).for
The highlight of todays National Futurity and 2011 Group 1 National Derby at The Gardens. Also of interest are heats of the ladies only Damsels Dash special event at Traralgon and the final of the Dawesville Cup at Mandurah.will be the running of the 2011 finals of the Group 1
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The timing of Lochinvar Marlowâ€™s retirement could not have been more perfected by Robert Smith with the son of Bombastic Shiraz finishing in style with an impressive victory in the 2010 Group Three Christmas Gift at Wentworth Park, giving him some crucial last minute bonus points in his bid to secure the title of New South Wales Greyhound of the Year.
High hopes were placed upon Lochinvar Marlow when he began his career by blitzing the field in the Group Three Laurie Healon Memorial Maiden at Betchoice Gardens back in 2009 clocking a near record 29.43 effort from the tricky box five.
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A Group quality line-up is the highlight of race program tonight at The Gardens, when Paws Of Thunder winner, Lochinvar Marlow, Tweed Heads Galaxy champion, Big Bunga and multiple Group Two finalist, New Divide do battle in race five, the Schweppes FFA.
Lochinvar Marlow has had one start, where he finished second last Wednesday night, since suffering an injury in the Group One invitation only Topgun at The Meadows in Melbourne a month ago. The Robert Smith trained galloper before that defeated Australiaâ€™s best chasers in the Group One Paws Of Thunder at Wentworth Park.
New Divide has established himself as one of the stateâ€™s best sprinters making the Peter Mosman and Multicam Black Top finals, both at Group Two level. He is also a Gardens track specialist, winning seven races from 10 starts at the Hunter Valleyâ€™s premier circuit, including a sensational 29.49 for the 515 metres.
Continue reading Big Guns Heading To The Gardens Greyhounds Tonight
Former New South Wales greyhound Outa Credit has overcome a more than moderate start to power over the top of tiring Allen Chang to give one time Victorian premier trainer Jason Thompson two finalists in next weeks rich $175,000 to the winner Melbourne Cup.
Returning to Jason Thompson for the Melbourne Cup Superdog Series after having unsuccessfully competed in the Group 2 Lismore Cup heats for former trainer Reg Kay, Outa Credit was only moderately away from box four in the early stages of heat seven of the Melbourne Cup.
The Dailly family trained Allen Chang had begun brilliantly from box three and quickly established a lead from the boxes, while the greyhounds in arrears jammed at the winning post the first time.
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Twelve strong heats of the coveted Multicam Systems Maitland Future Stars will be conducted this Thursday morning, with established trainers travelling from far and wide to the Hunter Valley one turn track in a bid to secure the $7,000 prize check and free service to Knocka Norris awarded to this years winner.
Always a recognisable name at the feature classic races at any track, Christine Oldfield will be bringing several potential young stars carrying the famous â€˜Novemberâ€™ line. Christineâ€™s record with her November youngsters at Maitland is as good as any, having started 35 times for 12 wins and 11 placings.
Oldfield looks to have a dominant hand in the series, with five starters in the heats; four of whom are from the October 2008 litter by Bit Chili out of Oldfieldâ€™s own prolific winner, November Savanna. The dam was the winner of 12 of 41 starts with her career highlights coming when she ran third in the 2006 Group 1 National Futurity and was runner up in the 2006 Group 2 Ladies Bracelet. This is her first litter to race.
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First run in 2005, the Black Top has become the signature event at The Gardens, with some star chasers laying claim to being victorious in the rich Group 2 event over the years.
This Saturday night will be no different, and if the spirited racing from the four heats is anything to go by, patrons are in for a champagne night of at the Hunterâ€™s leading complex.
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Boom youngster, Winsome Gun, confirmed his favouritism for the $20,000 to the winner Laurie Healion Memorial Final at The Gardens next Friday with another stellar display in the second round of the prestigious series.
Jumping from box eight, the son of dual AGRA Australian Sire of the Year, Bombastic Shiraz and Winsome Silver, completely outclassed his rivals, running a sensational 29.47 for the 515 metres, the fastest run so far in the series.
Trained by Minnie and Jinn Finn, Winsome Gun has firmed even further after drawing box one in the final, but the $20,000 winnerâ€™s cheque wonâ€™t has be handed over with a challenge.
Continue reading Finn’s Gun Maiden Fires Up Laurie Healion Memorial Finals
The superbly bred son of champion sire Just The Best and Knockabout Wilma, who ran second in the 2004 Group One National Futurity, gains a start from box four after initially being the first reserve in race one, The Edenâ€™s Bistro Open Tonight Stake over 515 metres.
Owned by Heather Gordon, the daughter of NCA director Kevin Gordon, and under the guidance of master trainer, Robert Smith, Lochinvar Lee has only had one public outing, where he trialled in fast time at Maitland at the start of April, and he is expected to start his race track career off in style.
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Closing in on her fourth birthday, the Vincent Bennett-trained veteran can count on proven bloodlines in Australiaâ€™s biggest race.
Her mother Token Melody is the daughter of outstanding sire Token Prince, who counts 2006 Golden Easter Egg winner Edie Beauchamp and 2008 champion Blazing Token among his best offspring.
Continue reading 2010 Golden Easter Egg Prelude Winner Bred To Win
The darling of the New South Wales sprinting ranks, Nova Surf, is “very much still in Australia……and she is going better than ever”. That’s the word direct from connections regarding the pint size pocket rocket who hasn’t been seen on the track since late August.
Confusion surrounded her future when Allan Tindall has clarified that situation.were informed by one of our overseas sources that Nova Surf had been sold to international interests, but her owner
“Yes, she was the subject of a very large offer from overseas but I can tell you now, there is no way any amount of money could buy this bitch!”.
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The Stephen Rolf-trained, Surf Lorian-dog dominated his heat winning by almost six lengths and in a blistering time of 34.97.
Jumping from box two tonight, the classy middle-distance runner only made the step up to 600m for the first time last week, and will be looking to take the $15,000 winnerâ€™s cheque in only his second start.
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Rated the kennelâ€™s fastest early dog by trainer Darren McDonald, Nova Surf ($1.40F) shanghaied from box 7 to cross to the rail and lead through the first turn.
From there, the former New South Wales sprinter was never challenged, racing to a 4.5 length win over the fast finishing Boozeroo ($5.20) in a slick 29.74.
Continue reading Nova Surf Bolts In To The Laurels Final & Favouritism
The Jason Thompson trained speed machine, El Galo was declared the 2008 Sky Channel Australian Greyhound Of The Year at a magnificent gala function in Sydneyâ€™s Sheraton on the Park last Friday evening.
El Galo started 34 times during 2008 for 23 wins, six seconds and two thirds. The explosive blue son of Whereâ€™s Pedro enjoyed spectacular success at Group level. He won the Group 1 Brisbane Cup, Group 2 Bendigo Cup, Warrnambool Cup, Gold Coast Cup and Bulli Gold Cup and was placed in the Australian Cup, Paws of Thunder and Wangaratta Cup.
Owner, Seona Hood, enthralled the large crowd with a heart felt acceptance speech, confirming in the process that the end of El Galoâ€™s racing career may be near. El Galo has qualified for Saturday nightâ€™s $150,000 to the winner Nice Products Golden Easter Egg Final at Wentworth Park. He will start favourite and victory will almost certainly close the door on what has been a truly brilliant career.
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Yesterdayâ€™swere a case of how close. We closed out a profit at all bookies but added to our 3 winners, we had 3 runners outed in to 2nd in photo’s and Lochinvar Milano a certainty beat at The Gardens.
For the very first time we nominated a Lay Of The Night and happily Aston Volante did everything we expected and less and managed to get beat from box 1 paying $1.50. If you didn’t lay the dog at I hope you went wide in the exotics or even better found the $17 winner.
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The classy southern bitch had the racing gods on her side last week running in the quickest heat in 30.24 and then drawing box two in the Final this Thursday night (March 19, 2009)
The Queensland Futurity Final is an historic race in the Queensland
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Welcome to Warrnambool, we still managed 6 winners with the one winner at Warrnambool rewarding our interest when Miss Fluffy flew the lids and blew them away paying $11 (Best Price) for a nice collect.â€™s free for Thursday 12th March 2009. Last night was the complete opposite of Tuesday night and even though we went for a few at odds and concentrated half our in to
After 80 bets and and 8 days of bets and a bad start to the tipping we are now only 2 to 3 bets behind with most of our bookmakers and the trend is obviously up. Of our other , Miss Elly Mint was a special paying lucrative odds of $1.57 (Best Price) and running a new track record in the process. At Ballarat Betty Boo and Eskimo Maggie both proved their class and won well and Pop Culture rewarded our faith at Ipswich.
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The talented black bitch, out of Bogie Leigh, will line up in Heat Four of the nightâ€™s Group Two Bogie Leigh Queensland Futurity, a $38,000 race which trainer Tony Brett has won three times including his 2003 winner, and AGRA Hall of Famer, Bogie Leigh.
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Last month, El Galo and Fedex shared the lead in the AGRA National Greyhound Rankings, ahead of stayers Lilley Criminal and Gunnadoo Magic.
And this month, the top four stay the same. Both El Galo and Fedex added another 105 points to the totals to share the rankings lead with 175 points. El Galo added his points from just 3 runs in February, a Group 1 Temlee win at the The Meadows, followed by a Group 1 Australian Cup Semi Final win and his second to Velocette in the Final, both again at The Meadows.
Continue reading Little Change At The Top In The AGRA National Greyhound Rankings
Owner Alan Mottershead labelled trainer Mick Abbott a genius after Digital Magic scorched an all-the-way win.
Continue reading Digital Magic Wins Garden’s Group 1 National Futurity