Stud Beckons For Ricciardo

By Jeff Collerson
Flying Ricciardo will stand at stud while recuperating from hip and hock injuries sustained when he finished fourth in his semi-final of the Ladbrokes Golden Easter Egg at Wentworth Park last Saturday night.

"He will be out of action for at least a couple of months so we have decided to obtain some straws from him and give breeders the opportunity of using him while he is not racing,'' trainer Kristy Sultana said.

"After he went down on his nose at the start of his race last week he seemed to go amiss soon after and he probably aggravated the injury when he kept chasing and finished just behind the placegetters.''

Flying Ricciardo has won 22 of 27 races and last Saturday's loss was only his second defeat in 10 WP appearances.  

Punters have given greyhound racing and the Ladbrokes Golden Easter Egg carnival an enthusiastic endorsement by investing $5.2 million on last Saturday night's Wentworth Park meeting.

The card featured four 520m Easter Egg semi-finals along with three heats of another group one, the 720m Association Cup.

The staggering turnover was with the TAB and corporate bookmakers, with GBOTA boss Steve Noyce commenting: "It's a great result for industry.''

Lakeview Walter was clearly the most inexperienced of the 32 Ladbrokes Golden Easter Egg semi-finalists last Saturday night and was far from disgraced in finishing fourth in Wow's fastest 29.45 qualifying race.

Just two years old, Lakeview Walter was having only his 13th race after having won six of his previous dozen outings but gets a crack at a $25,000 consolation this Saturday.

The dog has drawn the rails in The Ambrosoli, Wentworth Park's traditional Easter Egg consolation final.

"He missed the kick from box four last week and once that happened it was always going to be tough,'' trainer Monique Whelan said.

"But Lakeview Walter has a very good draw this week so hopefully he can make amends.''

Last Saturday night Lakeview Walter was seventh going into the first corner before making up good ground along the rails on the back straight.

But his strong run was cut short when Fire Legend chopped back towards the inside on the top turn, checking Lakeview Walter and pushing him out of the placings.

Among Lakeview Walter's toughest opponents on Saturday is Zulu Warlord, who is expected to be the pacemaker.

In last week's Easter Egg semi-finals Zulu Warlord was only fourth away but showed blistering mid race speed to head off Fire On Ice and hit the front on the back straight.

He clocked a slick second split of 13.78 before the early effort took its toll and he faded in the straight to finish third, beaten just over three lengths, behind Fire On Ice and Tommy Shelby.

When Zulu Warlord drew box seven for this Saturday's The Ambrosoli, trainer Mick Hardman had just one comment, "perfect.''