Golden Easter Egg a magic lure
A PURSE of $250,000 awaits the winner of tonight's Golden Easter Egg (520m) final at Wentworth Park.
Carrying the Clarence Valley's hopes is Magic Display, which is trained by Len and Evelyn Harris at Whiteman Creek.
Despite an awkward draw from box five, she cannot be discounted in Australia's second-richest greyhound race, having already contradicted the punters twice on her path to the final.
Hitting the scales at just 25.1kg, Magic Display was the smallest greyhound of 32 semi-finalists after winning her heat in 29.94sec at odds of $21.10.
She followed up with her 14th career win in the third of four semi-finals, with the second-fastest qualifying time of 29.80, recording the fastest first two sectional times (5.36sec and 17.88sec) in the process, at rank outsider odds of $31.
"They were all saying on the night that she got under their guard," Len Harris said of the Wentworth Park punters. "There won't be no fancy price this time."
However, Harris is wrong. Once again early markets suggest Magic Display will start at outsider odds.
Buckle Up Wes has drawn the prized rails box for the final and will be sent out favourite to reverse its fortunes and become the first Tasmanian winner of the race.
The husband-and-wife team has Magic Display peaking at the right time and predict her improvement to continue.
"Above average the little girl is," Harris said.
"So at Christmas time we thought we should start putting her in the big races.
"(Evelyn) said what about the Easter Egg. I said we'll just wait and see. She'll tell us if she's right.
"Then the first big one was a second in a cup race at Woy Woy. We put her in the Easter Egg and people asked if we'd bitten off more than we could chew.
"But she was underdone and improves each week. I still think she has another length and a half in her."
That's exactly what she'll need to cut the deficit on the final's top qualifier, Evil Punk, who scorched the track in 29.70sec to win the second semi-final.
"We've done all we can for her. Just got to keep the fingers crossed she can do the rest of the job," Harris said.
EASTER EGG FINAL
1. Buckle Up Wes - Ted Medhurst
2. Tonk - Brooke Ennis
3. Ollie Bale - Andrea Dailly
4. Warrior King - Brooke Ennis
5. Magic Display - Evelyn Harris
6. Evil Punk - James Coyle
7. Jordan Allen - Andrea Dailly
8. Hawk Alone - Andrea Dailly
9. Ritza Hattie - Mark Gatt
10. Hurrican Rino - Anthony Azzopardi