What Next For the Golden Easter Egg?

FOR the first time in over three decades the Group 1 Golden Easter Egg Final (520m) won’t be staged on its traditional Easter Saturday timeslot.

Adam Dobbin

21 March 2021

FOR the first time in three decades the Group 1 Ladbrokes Golden Easter Egg won’t be staged on Easter Saturday.

On Sunday morning the NSW GBOTA elected to push the three week series back seven days in response to the unprecedented weather event currently being experienced throughout New South Wales.

Ten heats were initially slated for Saturday night before the meeting was postponed and rescheduled for Sunday with that meeting going by the wayside also due to the extreme weather conditions.

With the heats now scheduled for next Saturday night, fresh nominations will be called for which close as normal on Tuesday morning.

Last year the Golden Easter Egg, first staged in 1990, was a casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic, the carnival lost in its entirety.

Fast forward 12 months and extraordinary weather is now wreaking havoc with the showpiece event which will also see the Group 1 Association Cup (720m) and associated events pushed back a week also.

It means final night (April 10) will now clash with the Group 1 Perth Cup and Group 1 Galaxy at Cannington as well as the Group 2 Ballarat Cup and Group 2 Maitland Cup.

It’s anticipated however that date changes to the Maitland Cup, another NSW GBOTA event, will soon follow.

The Group 3 Magic Maiden, which began with heats at Wentworth Park last Wednesday night amid horrible weather conditions, won’t align with the remainder of the carnival.

Semi-finals will be staged this Wednesday, March 24 with the final seven days later on Wednesday, March 31.

The biggest challenge for trainers in the next 48 hours is opportunities to trial and work their greyhounds in readiness for not only the Golden Easter Egg carnival but other meetings as well.

It’s understood GRNSW is currently working with race clubs that are in a position to trial to provide additional sessions for the benefit of owners and trainers.