Wentworth Park Form Preview For Saturday Night

The Greyhound Recorder’s Adam Dobbin and GRNSW’s Tim Newbold dissect Saturday night’s Golden Easter Egg heats at Wentworth Park.

Greyhound Recorder

25 March 2022

The Greyhound Recorder’s Adam Dobbin and GRNSW’s Tim Newbold dissect Saturday night’s Golden Easter Egg heats at Wentworth Park.


Race 1

AD: Tim, we’ve got 10 heats of the Golden Easter Egg and in the absence of a bonafide superstar with the scratching of Aston Rupee the series looks wide open. In an open first heat I’m with Adelaide Cup winner DO IT (5) despite the middle draw. I thought CHASE ME HONEY (7) went enormous in the Country Classic Final at Dubbo last week but the concern for her here is the speedy MITCHELL STREET (8) which led up the Maitland Cup on Monday drawn her outside. Which way have you gone, Tim?

TIPS: 5,7,8,2

TN: Although it’s no longer the richest prizemoney race in NSW Adam, the Egg still has something special about it and can’t wait for the action. I tend to think we might land on the same greyhound a lot and we are singing from the same hymn book in the opener. DO IT (5) has been there and done it at the elite level where the opposition are yet too. He’s got the pace to overcome the sticky draw. WHERE’S ROCKY (2) is a massive threat. Comes here first-up and sure to be primed for the series while YUKO GIRL (1) strips fitter for her latest run and draws perfectly.

TIPS: 5,2,1,7

Race 2

AD: The scratching of Aston Rupee has thrown this wide open. I’ve gone for value here in CHRISSIE BANNER (3), surprised she’s well over double figure odds. Can lead, has won six races at Wenty and her two return runs have been great. WEBLEC JET (6) is a topline Victorian that can run sensational times and has claims despite the awkward draw while I thought FABRIOLA XIMENEZ (5) from the Dailly camp was another representing great value.

TIPS: 3,6,5,1

TN: Geez, you’ve given my on-topper the basil-brush… I’m obviously reading this race completely different to you. IRINKA RILEY (8) has got a sensational chance. Loves this place having run some bottlers. He’s better drawn near the fence but boxed to get a great run across following the speedy railer DULCERIA. And can’t forget he won a heat of the G1 Paws Of Thunder in the pretty-pink. ANALYSING (1) maps to be a clear leader into the back straight and will give rivals something to gun down. Do agree CHRISSIE BANNER (3) can run a cheeky race at a big price.

TIPS: 8,1,3,6   

Race 3:

AD: Looms as an absorbing battle between group 1 winners EQUALIZER (2) and BANDIT NED (6). Equalizer returned from injury with a strong win at The Meadows last Saturday but for me it’s hard to go past BANDIT NED (6) given his superb Wenty record. That pair dominate the market and rightly so. DAPH’S ASCEND (8) the other major chance for mine.

TIPS: 6,2,8,5

TN: Hard to see the top two in betting not fighting it out Adam. I’m in BANDIT NED’S (6) corner due to the fact he returns to the scene of his greatest triumph and draws favourably wide-out. EQUALIZER (2) is a very fast animal capable of putting on a show when he puts it altogether. Drawn for a soft run early then uncoil late. If there’s a knockout, it’s DAPH’S ASCEND (8). Speedy and could pinch a march mid-race and get home.

TIPS: 6,2,8,5

Race 4

AD: There was a lot to like about FANTASTIC RAVEN’S (5) second in Saturday’s Country Classic Final and I see no reason she can’t roll that into a win tonight. Would be surprised if CONNECTIONS (8) doesn’t carve down and lead from his box eight draw and is a deserved fav but if our tip can land on his tail, expect she can finish over the top. Victorian ZARA’S IVAN (6) ran two very good races during the Derby earlier in the year finishing fourth in the final. Loads of talent, concern here the draw. How’d you see it?

TIPS: 5,8,6,3

TN: CONNECTIONS (8) returned from a spell in superb order at The Gardens last start and despite a sharp rise in class, confident he can get the job done. He’s a dead-set box-8 bandit and with his customary speed leads for fun for mine. Heart in your mouth stuff in the final metres but can sneak home. GOOD ODDS EMMA (1) faces her biggest test but comes up with the cherished inside draw which brings her right into this. ZARA’S IVAN (6) is a capable Victorian with the ability to easily progress deep into the series.

TIPS: 8,1,6,5

Race 5

AD: Who can forget WOW (2) and Tommy Shelby going hammer and tong in last year’s Egg final? Was a wonderful spectacle and the warhorse Wow butters up again in 2022. Right in the mix for this heat but I’m with Victorian IDOLIZE (7). Winner of the Futurity back in Jan, she’s top class and on the way up. TIES THAT BIND (8) right in the mix with her great pace as well. So Tim, can Wow defy the expected pressure from the outside brigade?

TIPS: 7,2,8,5

TN: Nailed it Adam, impossible to forget that two-dog war and I had the best seat in the house up in the broadcast box calling the race. And yes, he can handle the pressure. Although getting on in years he’s still racing in phenomenal fashion. Should get enough clear running early with an awful beginner drawn on his outside. He’s the benchmark. IDOLIZE (7) is the danger and has taken to Wenty like a duck to water. Unbeaten in Sydney and sure to be cherry-ripe for the series. COAST MODEL (1) is boxed to run a race from the red.

TIPS: 2,7,1,8 

Race 6

AD: If LOUIS RUMBLE (6) gets clear air early expect he zooms to the front and justifies his favouritism. At tidy odds, he’s my tip for the series and worth remembering on Egg night last year he finished a top second to Jungle Deuce in the New Sensation. From the rails INDY MATILDA (1) is right in calculations. Her box one record reads 7 wins from 10 attempts. Would be surprised if the winner comes away from that pair but if it does look to SHOWDOWN (5) at the $12 mark.

TIPS: 6,1,5,8

TN: Concur Adam, he’s a flying machine LOUIS RUMBLE (6). And his trainer Steve Kavanagh knows what it takes to win an Egg having owned Cosmic Rumble in 2010. Not many in this series can match him for the first 150m. Best best of the night! The market suggests INDY MATILDA (1) is the only danger and can’t disagree. Ripping record from the cherry. Little roughie in SPECIAL BLEND (4). He’s got a habit of popping up when it matters.

TIPS: 6,1,4,2 

Race 7

AD: Looms as a fantastic spectacle with series favourite SHE’S A PEARL (8) drawn to continue her winning sequence but she runs into some sizable opposition in Maitland Cup winner GOOD ODDS CASH (6). For me they are far too apart in early markets. Rounding out the big three is Megastar winner RITZA DONNA (5), box five does her no favours though.

TIPS: 8,6,5,2

TN: This is getting a little boring Adam, we’ve come up with the same tips again. Although at an unbackable price for those with a small tank, SHE’S A PEARL (8) will be winning. Faultless at box-rise and has an abundance of early speed and with fresh air out on the wing, she rushes across to the front and should just win. GOOD ODDS CASH (6) has returned from a spell in sensational form. Suited rising in trip now and looks the only possible threat. RITZA DONNA (5) goes into all the multiples.

TIPS: 8,6,5,2 

Race 8

AD: Expecting we will be on the same page again here in ZIPPING KYRGIOS (2). Comes here off his mesmerising Country Classic win and the good draw should see him progress to the semi’s with ease. Speedy SA chaser CAME AND WENT (3) comes to Sydney off seven straight wins at home and will likely give backers a sight while Billy Creek, which of course represented NSW in The Phoenix, should be in and around the money as well.

TIPS: 2,3,4,8

TN: Wouldn’t need to be Einstein to guess I’m with KYRGIOS (2). Been a massive fan from his early days. He’s just a proper race dog – got the speed to put himself into striking positions and has plenty of strength over ‘500’. GYPSY BUN (5) has the early speed to put herself in the firing line and can run a cheeky race at some value. CAME AND WENT (3) is a certain improver time-wise on his trial around here last week. BILLY CREEK (4) can never be underestimated.

TIPS: 2,5,3,4

Race 9

AD: LALA KIWI (4) hops straight back into the ring after finishing well beaten in the Perth Cup last weekend. Before that took out the Australian Cup and provided she handles the travel expect her class shines through. Fellow Victorian BOSTON GARDEN (3) was super impressive winning a good race at Shepparton last start and I still think he’s underrated. For value backers HANDSOME RHINO (7) can figure if he finds his better old form.

TIPS: 4,3,7,2

TN: AMERICANO MISS (2) is the best roughie of the night. Speedy Victorian which should love Wenty and drawn to ping to the front and give a sight at odds. LALA KIWI (4) is the class act and only needs a fraction of early luck to be in the finish. Deserved favourite but has you said needs to overcome the travel which isn’t an easy feat. BOSTON GARDEN (3) is hit and miss at the jump but could easily win if he steps cleanly.

TIPS: 2,4,3,5

Race 10

AD: He’s got the tricky draw but I’m with FERNANDO HUNTER (4) in the final heat. Loaded with talent but his hang up is at box rise, just get the feeling this might map alright. Victorians GYPSY YANKEE (6) and DECIMATE (8) have the tricky draws to overcome at their Wenty debuts but have a class edge while I’m keen to see ZIPPING LOPEZ (3) at his Wenty debut.

TIPS: 4,6,8,3

TN: Open race to close it out but GYPSY YANKEE (6) is a silly price at around 8 bucks in early markets. Been going super in some feature race series’ down South in recent times. Capable chaser with the racing traits that suit at Wenty Park. Can fire across and lead and he’ll take some catching. FERNANDO HUNTER (4) is the fastest dog in the race and only needs the ‘green lights’ midrace to storm over the top. DECIMATE (8) has high speed but is very touchy at box-rise so needs a clean start to figure.

TIPS: 5,4,8,3