Top 10: The Egg Winners To Shape The Breeding Scene

ASK anyone in greyhound racing for the past few decades what is the one race they crave the most and the majority  will answer "The Golden Easter Egg".

ASK anyone in greyhound racing for the past few decades what is the one race they crave the most and most will answer “The Egg”.

Back in 1990 when Ultra Sense, for Jim and Christine Coleman, won the inaugural running of the Golden Easter Egg, it was the very first $100,000 event, and caused a sensation among all those with ambitions.

The “buzz” that was that first ever Egg series could be cut with a knife it was so powerful.

It's history that Jim and Christine did win it. And the Egg has retained that excitement ever since.

Greats win the Golden Easter Egg … but it is not necessarily a recipe for success at stud.

Maybe just winning it does not mean it opens doors to breeding greatness for male or female.

But, there have been some breed shapers who have the Egg in their resume.

This “could” be the best of them.

Remember, too, that for a bitch to be dominant is more difficult than for a stud dog.

10 TENTHILL DOLL

With her famous half-sister she was in the first two inducted into the Australian Greyhound Hall of Fame. She won The Egg, the Australian Cup and the Perth Cup and set a Wenty track record. Again, like most great race bitches, she was never going to produce like herself … but she almost did. One of those was Springtime Magic which became the Queensland Greyhound of the Year, another was Mint Solo a finalist in the G1 Paws Of Thunder, and the G3 Maitland Cup winner Needa Mint. This damline is still going today through a bitch called Lika Jay Jay whose third dam is Tenthill Doll.

Tenthill Doll winning the 1996 Golden Easter Egg

9 PAUA TO BURN

Another to win four G1s, including The Egg, and set track records along the way. It was always going to be tough for her to produce herself. Most champion bitches struggle to do just that. Her half sister Chili Berger has a phenomenal branch of the damline flourishing for decades. Paua To Burn did produce a number of high class gallopers including G1 winner Tricky Shelly, Paua To Erupt and Paua Of Darkness, but it is her lasting influence that helps her make this list. Her daughters have become fine producers and Paua To Burn's name will carry on for decades to come.

Steve White and Kayla Coleman with Paua To Burn winner of the 2005 Golden Easter Egg

8 MANCUNIAN GIRL

Won The Egg and ran a race record to win The G1 Australian Cup. She was a very special bitch. Her best produce was Brookside Red which was a multiple Group performer winning the G2 Sale Cup, setting an Angle Park track record, second in The Egg herself, third in the Laurels, second in the SA Oaks, and a finalist in the Australian Cup. That in itself is a pretty good result at stud for Mancunian Girl. Her son, Amico Mio was a fine stayer and sired a couple of Group performers at stud in NZ. Mancunian Girl's son Jebryna's Best was second in a G3 Egg Consolation.

7 HIGHLY BLESSED

It has always amazed me that this great champion is much maligned as a broodbitch. The fact her sister Wee Sal is in the Hall of Fame as a broodbitch overshadows Highly Blessed. But, the Ferremi champ was a VERY GOOD producer. Her son Split The Bill was second in the G1 Australian Cup and a finalist in the G1 National Derby and then G2 Silver Chief. He went to Ireland for a fine stud career. Highly Blessed's daughter Brookside Cindy won the G3 Interstate Challenge, was third in the G1 Adelaide Cup and then became the dam of Brookside Bear, the G1 Adelaide Cup winner, as well as Group class Brookside Muller and Brookside Fawn. Highly Blessed's direct damline also produced Truly Blessed (second G1 Laurels), Kingston Blaze (4th G1 Laurels), and right down to Tenacious Ted a finalist in the G1 Vic Peters whose 4th dam was Highly Blessed.

6 RAPID JOURNEY

He won five G1s (the Topgun was a G2 at the time), and from humble beginnings, he became one of the greatest of all time. A Hall of Famer, of course, he too was given his chance at stud. Many will claim he was not a success. I totally disagree. He sired G1 stars like Tricky Creek, Thunder Creek, Toll Security, Coulta Sandy etc. A stint in Ireland saw him sire a number of quality performers. As a broodbitch sire he got G1 stars like Regal Thyme, Symmetry, Nellie Noodles etc. He is still found in the direct damline of G1 stars like Fast Times etc.

Rapid Journey won the 1998 Golden Easter Egg

5 TOMMY SHELBY

Another to win three G1s, including a dominant display in the Egg coming all the way from WA to romp it in, he won 31 races and $1.02 million. Again, such a race career was always going to get him broodbitches, but that does not always guarantee success. Tommy has delivered and, as a stud dog, he's just a baby with such stars as Morton, West On Boonie and Uncle Tommy G1 winners. His progeny have already won $4.3 million and he is already No 2 in Australia on the metropolitan sires list and 4th Australia-wide. He can only get better and start to challenge his “old man”. Number 5 here, but on the rise.

Tommy Shelby ran a race record 29.27 to win the 2021 Easter Egg

4 COSMIC RUMBLE

When The Egg rose sharply in prizemoney to $250,000 to the winner, Steve Kavanagh and Darren McDonald were always going to head Cosmic Rumble towards it. He won, and was promptly retired to stud. By the Irish star Spiral Nikita, his dam Spiritual Rumble was by Brett Lee and a half sister to Collision. He was a “ready made” stud dog. He was very good with stars like Chica Destacada, Neo Cleo, Aqua Cheetah, Pinny Mack etc. some of his standouts, but it has been as a broodbitch sire that he has left a lasting legacy. His daughters are goldmines.

3 UP HILL JILL

The fact she won The Egg and Topgun at G1 level, was a finalist in another Egg, and has since produced a dog like Koblenz (G1 Melbourne Cup), means she deserves to be recognised highly … VERY highly. Her progeny have won $1.6 million. She won 38 races and $882,000 herself. AND, there is no doubting her daughters will be given their chance at stud and like her sisters and half sisters, produce Group stars, and maybe even a winner of The Egg.

Who could forget Up Hill Jill and Striker Light's 2018 clash?

2 BRETT LEE

He won four G1s but his Angle Park track record stamps him as at least the equal of Fernando Bale on the track. Some would even say “better”. A dog as great as Brett Lee is ALWAYS going to attract the very best of bitches and when his stud fee grew and grew, the richest breeders were his domain. He delivered with greats like Betty's Angel, Trewly Special, Leprechaun Pace, Shared Equity, Trew Millions, Meticulous, Cosmic Chief etc. He was just as good right around the world something Fernando Bale still has to achieve. Everywhere you look, his daughters produced and Egg winner Striker Light is one such example.

1 FERNANDO BALE

Eight G1 wins, including the Egg, makes him a legend without him going to stud to sire the winners of $160 million in stakes. But, there is no doubting his legacy with his great progeny like McInerney, Tornado Tears, Tommy Shelby, Fernando Mick, Whiskey Riot, Koblenz, Sennachie … the list is almost endless. But, his legacy will continue for decades simply because he is already proving a broodbitch sire goldmine and his sire sons, while not yet in anywhere near his league, are making inroads.

The greatest of them all … Fernando Bale winner of the 2015 Egg

Other notables mentions include:

Billy Binjang – sired Arvo's Express and Great Wish

Faithful Hawk- sired Lindale Blue, Toss O'Reilly, Mr Faithful

Stately Bird – sired Sargent Major

Carlisle Jack – sired Bothing

Cyrus The Virus – sired Ronray Dancer

Bogie Leigh – produced Bogie Bomber and Bogie Ace

Edie Beauchamp – produced Ripped Jeans

Radley Bale – sired Dzeko, My Boy Brodie and Shanlyn Lucy

Don't Knocka Him – sired Mitcharlie Mia, Ella Enchanted, Sky Wave and a daughter produced Zipping Kyrgios (nearly made the top 10)

Tonk – the sire of G1 class Shoes To Fill

Moreira – sired Waging War and Pay Call, but his daughters are goldmines producing Morton and Umberto to date

Striker Light – the dam of top sprinter Paddy Wants Pats and Big Bertha

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