Can Farmor Beach End Queensland's Egg Drought?

QUEENSLAND'S Group 1 Golden Easter Egg hopeful Farmor Beach is boxed to be right in the final after drawing the coveted rails alley.

David Brasch

7 April 2021

QUEENSLAND’S Golden Easter Egg hopeful Farmor Beach is boxed to be right in the final after drawing the coveted rails alley.

And the perfect draw couldn’t have come at a better time following an exasperating run of boxes during his Sydney campaign in recent weeks.

Farmor Beach, a son of 2015 Golden Easter Egg winner Fernando Bale, is trained by Wayne Scott but it will be his son Steve who will be trackside at Wentworth Park this Saturday night.

“He’s got a good chance, a very good chance,” said Steve.

“The one brings him right into the race.”

Scott said it has taken Farmor Beach time to work out the starting boxes at Wentworth Park.

“He’s worked out the track, but he has still not got the hang of the boxes,” he said.

Farmor Beach, winner of the Ipswich Cup, Vince Curry Maiden, Silver Dollars and runner-up in the Queensland Derby, was third to Flying Ricciardo in his Egg heat and second to Devel Sixteen in the semi-finals.

“The long trips to Sydney have not worried him, but we got stuck for 12 hours on the side of the road just near Taree prior to the meeting being washed out for the first round of the Egg,” said Steve.

“That’s when we decided to start flying him to Sydney. He’s doing better with the flying than the rest of us.”

Scott joked that he and the dog would at least get to lead the Egg field at some stage … during the parade.

Of the dangers, Scott naturally plumped for dual group 1 winners Wow and Tommy Shelby.

“The race is a real crackerjack,” he said. “Every finalist has claims.”

He said the rails draw for Farmor Beach was ideal.

“They all tell me the one is not that great a draw at Wenty, but this dog is mad for the rails and he is perfectly suited on Saturday night,” he said.

Just two Queensland-trained greyhounds have claimed Golden Easter Egg glory.

Faithful Hawk was successful in 1999 for trainer Peter Rayner while in 2004 Hall of Fame bitch Bogie Leigh took out the race for Tony Brett.