Ricci Looks To Join Illustrious Company

FLYING Ricciardo will look to join some illustrious company when he gets his Easter Egg campaign underway at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

Adam Dobbin

26 March 2021

FLYING Ricciardo will look to join some illustrious company when he gets his Group 1 Golden Easter Egg campaign underway at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.

Such is the popularity of the superstar sprinter, Flying Ricciardo begins the three week series as the red hot $6.50 favourite for trainer Kristy Sultana.

In the race’s 31-year history just two greyhounds have begun the series at a shorter quote with racing royalty Brett Lee (2001) and Fernando Bale (2015) both sweeping through in undefeated fashion.

And following a blistering near record trial at Bulli earlier this week Flying Ricciardo is expected to make light work of heat eight where he’ll exit box one as a near unbackable favourite.

A last start winner at Wentworth Park in a dazzling 29.35, the 21-time winner boasts seven wins from eight appearances at the Glebe circuit, his only defeat in the TAB Million Dollar Chase last October won by Handsome Prince.

And while Flying Ricciardo justifiably sits atop of Golden Easter Egg markets the series has brought together Australia’s finest sprinters, ensuring three fantastic weeks of racing.

The opening heat sees Million Dollar Chase winner Handsome Prince make his eagerly awaited return to racing for trainer Peter Lagogiane.

Off the scene since November when dislocating a toe in a heat of the Melbourne Cup, Handsome Prince has been strongly supported to make a winning return on the big stage.

The third heat sees two-time group 1 winner Wow take his place while heat five will see the appearance of another dual group 1 hero, WA sensation Tommy Shelby.

Victorian trained sprinters have won nine of the past 10 Golden Easter Eggs and they look poised to play a strong hand on Saturday night.

Group 1 Topgun winner Shima Shine will go around all the rage in heat seven while Fernando Bluey, a last start second in the Australian Cup, is an odds on favourite in heat six.

Premier Victorian trainer Jason Thompson’s quest for a third Golden Easter Egg title is headed by recent kennel acquisition Catch The Thief.

A last start second in the Shepparton Cup, the 21-time winner has been strongly supported into favouritism for heat two from box four.