Glory beckons in big race after another Magic Display
MAGIC Display is through to the 'Melbourne Cup of greyhounds'.
Trained by Len and Evelyn Harris at Whiteman Creek, the little black bitch was never headed as she won the third semi-final of the Macro Meats Golden Easter Egg (520m) at Wentworth Park on Saturday night.
Paying $31 for the win, Magic Display's heat win the previous week was dismissed by the punters but she repeated the effort in almost identical fashion at the Sydney track.
Once again from box three, this time the main challenger was Buckle Up Wes (box 4, $2fav) who started hot on her heels. But the inside run paid off for the greyhound known as 'Lexi' who held off the fast-finishing favourite with Ritza Hattie ($4) third.
"Halfway through, they (the commentators) said the four is home, it's very strong," Len Harris said.
"But Lexi just doesn't know when to give up and she slipped away on the corner.
"She's doing everything right. Only the best get through, it's the Melbourne Cup of greyhounds."
Despite being outclassed in the semi-final, Buckle Up Wes will likely start favourite in the final after drawing the one when the box draw was carried out following the semis.
Magic Display will have to work hard after drawing box five in the $250,000 to the winner decider.
"When it was our turn there were only two marbles left, the three and the five," Harris said.
"I told (Evelyn) to pick out the three. She came back and said 'guess what I picked?'
"Five box doesn't win many finals. Been in three finals with her and drawn four, five and six and now five again."
It's a busy period for the couple, who have several dogs engaged in tonight's Grafton meeting.
Then Magic Display's full sister Black Nat Bonus will line up as fastest qualifier in the Central Coast Sprint Series final at Gosford tomorrow night.