Racing: Chase starts for world’s richest greyhound prize

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Updated: November 12, 2014
Local trainer Jason Thompson with 2013 Melbourne Cup winner Black Magic Opal (pic with thanks to heraldsun.com.au)

Local trainer Jason Thompson with 2013 Melbourne Cup winner Black Magic Opal (pic with thanks to heraldsun.com.au)

The country’s fastest greyhounds converge on Sandown Park this tonight for the heats of the world’s richest greyhound race, the TAB Melbourne Cup. Featuring 26 individual Group race winners (15 at Group 1 level) the greyhounds contesting the heats have combined for 828 race wins and over $6.8m in prize money. Sandown Racing Manager Mick Floyd said: “TAB Melbourne Cup heats night is the most exciting night of racing on the greyhound calendar. We’re delighted with the depth and quality of this year’s heats, but you’d expect nothing less when you’re racing for a spot in a final worth $600,000.”

My Bro Fabio, Iva Vision, Allen Deed, Chica Destacada and Awesome Project are just some of the greyhounds that headline the heats, while there will be plenty of interested onlookers from around the country with greyhounds from Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania and Western Australia set to greet the starter. There will be overseas interest as well with Above All aiming to become the second New Zealand bred greyhound to claim the world’s richest greyhound race. There are 34 trainers with runners engaged in the heats, however only two – Darren McDonald and Andrea Dailly – have won the TAB Melbourne Cup before.

After running third in the 2013 Melbourne Cup, Hawk Alone returns for another tilt at the title, as does fellow finalist Kiss Me Ketut. Should Hawk Alone claim the 2014 edition, he will break the recently retired Xylia Allen’s prize money record of $743,730. Keybow would become the first greyhound to reach $750,000 in prize money with a win in the final, while dual Group 1 winner Buckle Up Wes would take his prize money to an incredible $942,720. The TAB Melbourne Cup heats are supported by four heats of the Solo Bold Trease for the country’s top stayers.

RSN Sandown Cup winner Sweet It Is will be out to land her fourth Group 1 event, however will have to get past the likes of Shall She Rock, Mepunga Tiara, Zipping Maggie and Born Ali if she is to claim the $100,000 first prize in next week’s final. The first of 12 Group 1 heats will be run at 7.04pm. Entry to the track is free while all races will be broadcast on Sky Racing and RSN. The winner of each TAB Melbourne Cup heat – and first two in each Solo Bold Trease heat – will progress to the final on Friday, November 21.

 

Today’s racing (November 13): Mornington (Vic), Gosford (NSW), Rockhampton (Qld), Bunbury (WA). Harness racing: Redcliffe (Qld), Cranbourne (Vic), Penrith (NSW). Greyhound racing: Angle Park (SA), Warrnambool (Vic), Dapto (NSW), Maitland (NSW), Hobart (Tas), Shepparton (Vic), Warragul (Vic), Ipswich (Qld), Sandown Park (Vic), Dubbo (NSW), Mandurah (WA).

 


Confirmed bets (card finalised)

Gosford R2 #1 Ekklestone (win)

Gosford R4 #4 Padlot (win)

Mornington R2 #4 Magnificent Show (win)

Mornington R7 #4 Lilly Dazzler (win)

 

Yesterday’s results (W-P-LOSE or U/P): 5-0-1, +8.3 units; overall record: 194-35-231, +186.5 units

Bendigo R1 #3 Inauguration (win) 1st ($1.60)

Bendigo R5 #3 Kingdom Of Dreams (win) 1st ($3.00)

Warwick Farm R3 #3 Terra Amata (win) 1st ($1.60)

Warwick Farm R4 #5 Nazca (win) 1st ($1.80)

Ipswich R5 #2 Kalahari Princess (E/W 1×2) 1st ($4.50/$2.40)

Launceston R6 #8 Saturn Shimmy (E/W) LOSE (U/P)

• Selections are listed in three categories – 1) Suggested (likely bet but yet to be finalised); 2) Confirmed (locked in at the price listed); and 3) Leans (tips, but not recommended bets); all times quoted are Australian Eastern Daylight Time (AEDT); prices with thanks to Sportingbet (except where markets are not available), correct at time of publication. Results/comments on today’s games/races will follow in the next post.

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