Golden Easter Egg Heat Fields Released

TEN cracking heats of the Group 1 Ladbrokes Golden Easter Egg (520m) will be run and won at Wentworth Park this Saturday night.

Adam Dobbin

16 March 2021

TEN cracking heats of the Group 1 Ladbrokes Golden Easter Egg (520m) will be run and won at Wentworth Park this Saturday night.

The start of the $250,000-to-the-winner series has drawn together an all-star cast of sprinters headed by red hot pre-post favourite Flying Ricciardo which has drawn the coveted rails alley in heat seven.

A last start Wentworth Park winner in a sizzling 29.35, the Kristy Sultana-trained superstar will match motors with 2019 Million Dollar Chase winner Good Odds Harada which recently resumed his racing career from retirement.

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The heats kick off in sensational fashion with the appearance of dual group 1 winner Tommy Shelby in box eight, the same draw he negotiated when finishing third to Handsome Prince in October’s TAB Million Dollar Chase.

And speaking of Handsome Prince, he makes his eagerly awaited return to racing in heat four where he’ll exit box two for Peter Lagogiane.

Lagogiane, who finished second in the Easter Egg with Federal Lilly when the race was last run in 2019, has four hopefuls in the group 1 showpiece, Handsome Prince joined by Ava Wine (heat three), Barcia Blue Boy (heat eight) and Vicki’s Queen (heat 10).

Heat five will see Wow start all-the-rage from box eight for Karina Britton.

Britton was given the go ahead to nominate the star galloper for the series on Monday after GWIC received subsequent clear swabs after an irregularity was returned from his Paws Of Thunder victory in January.

The appearance of the two-time group 1 winner is a massive boost for the series as he looks to continue his outstanding Wentworth Park form.

Stepping out in heat three is gun Victorian sprinter Shima Shine.

The Topgun hero has been in insatiable form and returns to Sydney fresh off his breathtaking Group 2 Horsham Cup triumph.

In a terrific clash, Shima Shine is drawn alongside Avalanche for trainer Jason Mackay who won the Golden Easter Egg in 2019 with Zipping Bailey.

The tenth and final heat sees another series big gun, Fernando Bluey, take his place from box four.

A narrow second last start to Tommy Shelby in the Group 1 Australian Cup, Fernando Bluey has trialled in terrific fashion in preparation for his Wentworth Park debut, an effort that suggested he’s more than capable of going deep into the series for 18-year-old trainer Kayla Cottrell.