A great beginner, Striker Light will be looking to come out of the boxes running. Trained by Brett Bravo the bitch has started her career in brilliant fashion and is Wentworth Park Group 1 winner following her success in the National Futurity Final. In that race she led all the way from box 1, defeating Up Hill Jill by 2.75 lengths. Coming into the Easter Egg she won a heat of the Richmond Oaks from box 3 before missing the jump from box 8 in the final and finishing 6th. Her heat of the Easter Egg she jumped from box 2 and with box 3 vacant started in brilliant fashion, scorching away to a best of night 29.67 win and followed that with a 29.64 semi-final victory from box 3. This will be the first time she has started from box 7 under race conditions..
The David Geall trained bitch has developed a strong record and has been installed at the top of the market following the box draw when she came up with checked rug for the final. She has now won 14 of her 27 starts and will be looking to clean sweep this series following wins in the heat and semi. In the heat she jumped from box 3 and after being headed early was able to drive through and take up the running and was never in danger once in front, scoring a two length victory. In the semi-final she was in the yellow vest and jumped cleanly to lead them all the way in a sizzling 29.63 run which was not only the fastest semi win but would be a run to beat the race record of the Final which was set in 2011. Her record from box 2 is 3:1-2-0 and over the 520m at Wenty is 4:3-1-0.
The rookie of the field with just 16 career starts, he has missed a place just twice. Prepared from the leading kennels of Anthony Azzopardi the dog opened on the 5th line of the market in what will be his biggest challenge to date. Wearing the pink in his heat run, he pressed forward to get into 2nd position behind Striker Light who had kicked through to lead and he chased valiantly to get within 2.5 lengths of the win and was 9 lengths clear of the 3rd placed runner. Jumping from box 3 in his semi-final he was looking to cross to the rails and after going wide around the first bend was able to work to the rails to take up the running. Turning for home with a narrow lead, he couldn’t hold off the finish of Aqua Cheetah to finish 2nd. His record from box 3 is 3:1-2-0 and reads identical at the track. .
First held in 1990, the Golden Easter Egg is a Group 1 event held over 520m that is open to the best 80 greyhounds that nominate for the series. The series is held over 2 weeks, incorporating 3 Saturday nights. Night 1 is the heats, Night 2 the semi-finals are held and on the last night which is always Easter Saturday, the Final is held.
The 2017 Final will see the winner receive $250,000 with 2nd place to receive $60,000 and 3rd will pocket $30,000. The race is arguably the greatest race to win on the NSW greyhound racing calendar and is sought after by all trainers, with the honour roll displaying some of the modern greats of the sport. These include Malawi Law (1995), Brett Lee (2001), Bogie Leigh (2004), Slater (2007) and Fernando Bale (2015).