National Derby winner, Fernando Bale, posted a time standard of 29.441 as he recorded a 1 3/4 length victory over Recruitment in heat seven of the 2015 Golden Easter Egg.
Jumping from box six, the Andrea Dailly prepared runner was impressive in his victory, which sees the son of Kelsos Fusileer x Chloe Allen progress to next Saturday night’s (March 28) $10,000 to the winner, semi-finals.
Multiple Group 1 finalist, Hostile was also thrilling to watch as he scorched his way around the Glebe circuit, stopping the clock at 29.447, eight lengths clear of Ritza Hattie and Winsome Prince.
In a night which saw multiple sub 30 second victories, Western Australian prepared Over Limit was sizzling in his 29.452 win over Dyna Double One and Lamia Bale. In a hot field, Over Limit was able to make the most of the box two draw to lead virtually all the way, while Dyna Double One was again impressive in his run to the line.
Group 2 Warragul Cup winner Ronray Spirit gained a start from box four in the second heat of the night, with the Terry Reid prepared chaser making the most of the opportunity. Heading to the lead early Ronray Spirit recorded a 29.65, two length victory over Spacecraft and Winsome Senor.
Speaking after the race, trainer Terry Reid said he was thankful to have gained the start in the $250,000 to the overall winner series.
“He (Ronray Spirit) is getting stronger, and if he can draw wide he should improve on tonight’s performance,” Reid said.
Victorian trainer, Jenny Hunt, prepared a winning double for the night with Group 1 Ladbrokes Paws of Thunder winner, Dyna Villa taking the opening heat in 29.73, over Emrys and Sisco Fiasco.
Remaining unbeaten from box eight, handler Tom Mitchell said it was great to see the Group 1 Melbourne Cup winner return to form.
“He has struggled the last few weeks to get around runners, so was great to see him finally get up tonight,” Mitchell said.
Hunt’s second winner coming in race five, with Dawkins Bale putting in a strong performance to run down Rue De Kahn. Recording 29.84, Dawkins Bale picked up Rue De Kahn in the home straight, winning by just half a length.
After injuring his hip support in the January Paws of Thunder series, My Boy Snoop returned to the Glebe circuit in mighty fashion, taking out heat four in 29.78. Leading all the way, My Boy Snoop was challenged throughout by Midnight Flynn, winning by just three-quarters of a length.
Bad Boy Sniper for Jason Magri returned to Group race form winning heat nine in 30.01 over
Velvet Flame and Bessy Boo. Magri said while not over flash on the clock he was pleased with the son of Dyna Tron’s efforts.
“He’s been on the lead for the last two weeks, so I am happy with that run and just glad to be through to next week,” Magri said.
“Given his lead up to tonight, I expect he will improve.” Magri added.
2012 Golden Easter Egg winning trainer, Jason Thompson is on track to claim another of
Australia’s most sought after titles, with kennel representatives Xtreme Knocka and Whodat Knockin’ both progressing to next Saturday’s semi-finals. Xtreme Knocka was able to take up the lead in the early stages of race three beating home I’m Pedro and Dyna Yemen in 29.82. While kennelmate Whodat Knockin’ fought gallantly in the final qualifier, finishing just a neck behind Zola Icon.
Southern Highlands prepared Zola Icon gave trainers Robert and Marien Sullivan a massive thrill in claiming the final heat in 29.98. Jumping from box two, Zola Icon put in a gutsy performance to hold out the Jason Thompson prepared runner and National Futurity winner, Zipping Midge.
The box draws for Saturday’s (March 28) four semi-finals will be undertaken on Tuesday, March 24, with heats of the Group 1 Association Cup to also be run on the night. Semi Finals fields (not in box draw order) are provided below. Further inquiries can be made with the NSW GBOTA, Operations Manager, Ellen Harris on 0403 802 022.