Eagle To Soar In National Derby Decider?

TALENTED sprinter Eagles Nest Egg will represent Victoria and Tasmania in the National Derby Final (520m) at Wentworth Park this Saturday night.

Brennan Ryan

22 January 2021

THE fashionably-bred Eagles Nest Egg will represent Tasmania in the $75,000 Ladbrokes National Derby Final (520m) at Wentworth Park this Saturday night after scoring a determined victory in the group 1 heats last Friday.

Making his first interstate trip for Victorian trainer Brendan Pursell, Eagles Nest Egg was sent out as the $1.95 favourite, and without a look at the track prior to the series, the red fawn chaser led all the way in winning by a length in 29.91.

Qualifying for the age male classic was a fantastic effort, giving Tasmanian owner Rodney Campbell a huge thrill, who declared the son of Superior Product and Princess Roman had always shown potential from day one.

“The trial-track educator in Victoria said Eagles Nest Egg had broken-in with a lot of promise,” Campbell said.

“I don’t go into races over confident, unfortunately with COVID-19 restrictions Brendan (Pursell) couldn’t get up to Sydney to trial and plus the dog had never been in the car traveling for ten hours to get to Wentworth Park either.

“To Brendan’s credit the dog couldn’t have gone any better in the heats and he still has plenty of room to improve.”

Victory in last week’s heats gave Eagles Nest Egg eight wins and five minor placings from just 18 starts.

But while he had box one in his heat, it’s a different story in the final, drawn out in box eight for the much anticipated group 1 finale.

“In the last seven starts this dog has really put things together and his wins around Sandown Park running 29.10 seconds is pretty exciting for us – he continues to get better each run and we’ve enjoyed every moment,” said Rodney.

“Scott (Jury) who bred the dog with his dad Jack deserves credit for the mating, Mick Stringer reared the dog and Clinton Tapp did the early education; he maybe is classed as a Victorian but he will always be a Tassie-bred greyhound.”

Eagles Nest Egg (box 8) is third favourite at $4.80 with Tab.com.au with Zipping Moose (box 2) favourite at $3.50.

“At the time I was looking to get out of having greyhounds and Scott (Jury) had advertised this litter for sale online and in the local race book with no interest received, eventually I bought Eagles Nest Egg as a pup,” told the owner.

“I came close to selling him at nine months-old but never eventuated – it’s how fate works and he’s special too us.

“Unfortunately we can’t get to the track on Saturday night but we’ll be doing our best to cheer him on from home.”

The Ladbrokes National Derby Final (520m) is race 7 at Wentworth Park on Saturday night and will jump at 8.38pm.