The dreaded six box isn't likely to cause too much concern for Richmond Vale trainer Jason Mackay when Zipping Bailey steps out in the $250,000-to-the-winner Ladbrokes Golden Easter Egg Final at Wentworth Park on Saturday.
The daughter of Barcia Bale and Zipping Willow has four wins from five starts wearing the green rug and has a career record of 14 wins and 10 placings from her 30 race starts.
Zipping Bailey came into the Easter Egg series on the back of strong 565m performances at Maitland and after finishing second to Maitland track record holder Pindari Express in the heats she won the second of four semi-finals from box four in exciting fashion last Saturday night.
Owned by Martin and Fiona Hallinan, Zipping Bailey is a notoriously slow beginner and she was last away and spotted early leader Irinka Lizzy more than eight lengths as they ran down the track straight.
At that stage Zipping Bailey looked well beaten before she took a rails run on the home corner and pulled back the early leaders to storm home to beat Irinka Lizzy by three quarters of a length in 29.81 seconds with Million Dollar Chase runner-up Jamella Jet third.
Pindari Express struck early trouble from box one in the same semi-final and finished fifth.
Maitland Gold Cup winner Black Forge has also earned a spot in the final after finishing second behind Black Opium in the first semi-final.
The field for the Ladbrokes Golden Easter Egg Final is 1 Black Opium, 2 Irinka Lizzy, 3 Black Forge, 4 Banjo Tifia, 5 Federal Lilly, 6 Zipping Bailey, 7 Blue Striker, 8 Miss Splendamiro, 9 Sunburnt Highway (1st res), 10 Fabric (2nd res).
All About Tiger rewards Hazelgrove
Queensland trainer Brett Hazelgrove was rewarded for his regular visits to Maitland in recent months when All About Tiger won the $5000 Maitland Supporters Club Gold Collar Final in emphatic fashion.
The son of Mildean Panther and Whirly Storm made great use of box eight to sweep the field and lead by several lengths going into the home corner.
Punters were also on the money as the $2.60 favourite powered home to beat Sonia Greene's Smart Songar by four and a quarter lengths in a slick 22.21s for the 400m.
Superfast Love was third for trainer Ruth Matic.
All About Tiger put the writing on the wall for a big run when he won a free-for-all at Maitland in March and finished a close second behind Scientific Man in the Gold Collar heats after leading for most of the way.
Michael claims silverware
When trainer Lakis Michael last made the trip from Pheasants Nest south of Sydney to Maitland more than 20 years ago he returned home with the silverware.
That was the case again last Thursday afternoon when his charge Sweet Nangar led most of the way to win the Margaret Dunn Memorial over 450m in 25.11s and collect the trophy.
This feature race is now held annually to honour former NSW GBOTA member and Maitland Supporters Club stalwart Margaret Dunn for her dedication to the sport.
The supporters clubs also hosted an afternoon tea for trainers and guests in the committee room to remember their former colleague.