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GOLDEN EASTER EGG CARNIVAL: Lioness Queen of the Jungle

Young trainer Mark Giddings set the tone for a Victorian domination at Sydney’s Wentworth Park last night with Lioness Lulu ($24.00) causing a boil over in the first race on the card, a heat of the Group 1 Association Cup (720m).

Victorian-trained greyhounds went on to win the first six races on the card, including all three Association Cup heats plus three of the four semi-finals of the rich Group 1 Golden Easter Egg (520m) series.

Giddings, just 22 and of Toolleen, was having his first interstate venture as a greyhound trainer and Lioness Lulu (whom he is pictured with above) entered the race with just four wins from 56 career starts.

However, her recent rise to prominence has come about since stepping up to staying ranks, having run third in the Group 1 Superstayers (725m) at The Meadows on Australian Cup night earlier this month.

“This was her first look at Wentworth Park and her first time having such a long drive in the car, so I was very pleased with her performance without being too surprised. She chased her heart out and is getting stronger with every run having only had a handful of starts over the long distance now,” Giddings said.

The finals of the $343,750 Group 1 Golden Easter Egg (520m) and the $103,125 Group 1 Association Cup (720m) will be held at Wentworth Park on Saturday night, 26 March.

GROUP 1 GOLDEN EASTER EGG (520M)
Saturday night 26 March

1st: $250,000, 2nd: $63,500, 3rd: $31,250
1 MOREIRA
2 BRAD HILL BILLY
3 RARE PEARL
4 DAWKINS BALE
5 KNIGHT SPRITE
6 ASA KILLA QUEEN
7 BLUE REVOLVER
8 MITCHARLIE MIA
Reserves
9 BLACK BEAR LEE
10 MARLEY BALE
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GOLDEN EASTER EGG SEMI WINNERS
Rare Pearl (Steve White, Vic) in 29.98sec REPLAY
Moreira (Jason Thompson, Vic) in 29.93sec REPLAY
Dawkins Bale (Andrea Dailly, Vic) in 29.71sec REPLAY
Brad Hill Billy (Raymond Smith, NSW) in 29.85sec REPLAY

GROUP 1 ASSOCIATION CUP (725M)
Saturday night 26 March
1st: $75,000, 2nd: $18,750, 3rd: $9,375
1 PHANTOM REIGN
2 COME ON FANTASY
3 DUBLIN BULL
4 RYNO’S RAIDER
5 MADLIENA GIRL
6 WHITTAKER
7 SERENA NIMBUS
8 LIONESS LULU
Reserves
9 TIZZA NITRO
10 NO DONUTS
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ASSOCIATION CUP HEAT WINNERS:
Lioness Lulu (Mark Giddings, Vic) in 42.09sec REPLAY
Come On Fantasy (Joe Borg, Vic) in 41.92sec REPLAY
Dublin Bull (Jeff Britton, Vic) in 42.26sec REPLAY
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WENTWORTH PARK FULL RESULTS

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WATCH:  Lioness Lulu (4) shocks punters winning a heat of the Association Cup in 42.09sec.

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