The race program for this Saturday night at Wentworth Park is an absolute beauty as we 'March' towards the April 2014 Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg Carnival. The night features the final three Golden Easter Egg preludes followed by heats of the Group 3 Betfair Cup over 720m, the first four advancing to the $25,000 to the winner final on Saturday, March 29.
The Golden Easter Egg preludes kick off at Race 4 featuring interstaters and first time visitors Where's the Surf, trained by Darren McDonald, and Hellyeah Bolt. Both greyhounds have been placed in 75% of their 25 plus runs apiece so racegoers will be keen to see how both perform at the Sydney track.
Race 5 stars Queensland hopeful Rascal Flash which was crunched at its first run here last week and the Jodie Lord trained Cawbourne Bugsy which won in 29.77 here last week.
The final prelude features up-and-comer Dyna Geldof and Dark Warrior which makes its first visit to Wenty. Prepared by duel Golden Easter Egg winning mentor Darren McDonald, Dark Warrior (30 wins from 54 starts) has an incredibly reliable 10 wins from 11 races when priced odds-on and will likely be the most anticipated run over the night for punters. Dark Warrior’s Golden Easter Egg odds are currently quoted at $51.
The opening Betfair Cup heat features out-of-retirement champion Destini Fireball, up-and-comer Dyna Kayla and Cawbourne Looney. It was always Emilio Rinaldi's intention to retire Destini Fireball just before its fourth birthday. However, after a sensational run in the Group 1 Superstayers at The Meadows, it was decided that retirement would be postponed until a later date. Destini Fireball is of course familiar with the Wentworth Park circuit, though has drawn box five, which places just that little bit more pressure on him over the 720 metres. Dyna Kayla, trained by Andrea Dailly, has actually been beaten in its last two starts by Destini Fireball despite starting at much shorter odds and has only the one start at Wenty (over 520m). Cawbourne Looney won here in 42.09 in February and should be thrown in the mix despite the box six start.
In the second heat of the Betfair Cup (Race 8) all eyes will be on champion runner Lucy Wires and track specialist Dyna Willow. ‘Lucy’ ran one of the best races witnessed at Wentworth Park last year and her fan club should be in force here Saturday to cheer this sensational import on. Dyna Willow from box seven appears to be the biggest threat, and both runners took away a ‘one all’ score against each other in January at this track.
Now if that wasn't enough to whet your appetite then the Race 3 Sportingbet Stakes starring Evil Punk, Rue De Kahn and Fast Archer should. Evil Punk failed to maintain a near flawless Richmond record last week in the Richmond Derby, having been beaten by Red Road ($21 in early Golden Easter Egg markets) from box one so trainer James Coyle will be keen to gain some compensation for the ¾ length loss. This will be a good test for Group 1 National Futurity winner, Rue De Kahn whilst the Clay Mullens trained Fast Archer clocked 29.61 here just four weeks ago and lands the cherry box for the race.
The end of daylight savings is upon us, so get down to Wentworth Park in the City of Sydney for a brilliant night of bow-wow racing, first race 7.27pm and the last at 10.35pm.
p.s. Last weekend Chica Desdecada, Make A Fifty and Crash Model all secured Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg heat positions on April 5, having won one of the preludes on the program.