Racing: McDonald chasing a record fourth Melbourne Cup win

Updated: November 20, 2014
Favourite Keybow (pictured) will jump from the inside box in the Melbourne Cup at Sandown Park

Favourite Keybow (pictured) will jump from the inside box in the Melbourne Cup at Sandown Park

Featured greyhound racing preview: Sandown Park R7 G1 $600,000 TAB Melbourne Cup (515m, 9.24pm)

Training supremo Darren McDonald has a record fourth TAB Melbourne Cup at his mercy following the box draw for the world’s richest greyhound race at Sandown Park. After drawing the cherished box 1, McDonald’s Perth Cup winner Keybow has been installed a $3.00 favourite. A win in tonight’s (Friday’s) $600,000 final would elevate Keybow’s prize money to a staggering $763,635, eclipsing the recently retired Xylia Allen’s Australian record. McDonald’s second runner, Awesome Project was installed a $10 chance despite have been placed in all of his 13 starts at Sandown Park, including eight wins. The least experienced chaser in the final, the New Zealand bred Above All, has been rated the biggest threat to Keybow after drawing favourably in box 3.

Dyna Villa is also on the second line of betting after drawing box 8. The youngest greyhound in the field, Dyna Villa is undefeated in seven starts at Sandown Park, and will be aiming to give owner Brendan Wheeler a second victory in the race. New South Wales will be rallying behind its National Sprint Champion Chica Destacada after drawing box 2. The tenacious chaser has been impressive at both of her Sandown Park starts and looks well boxed in the final. Jeff Britton’s pair Star Recall (box 6) and Cosmic Wise (box 5) were dealt no favours following the box draw, while Geelong Cup winner Luca Neveelk will be vying to give trainer Gerry Kleeven a welcome 72nd birthday present after the pacy beginner drew box 7.


TAB Melbourne Cup field

Box 1 Keybow – trainer: Darren McDonald; record: 36 starts 17-7-3 (8 starts 3-1-2 at Sandown, best 29.36); from box 1: 2 starts 1-1-0; prize money: $343,635

Box 2 Chica Destacada – trainer: Doreen Drynan; record: 34 starts 14-6-3 (2 starts 1-1-0 at Sandown, best 29.22); from box 2: 3 starts 1-1-0; prize money: $142,005

Box 3 Above All – trainer: Rob Britton; record: 10 starts 6-2-0 (6 starts 3-2-0 at Sandown, best 29.33); from box 3: 1 start 1-0-0; prize money: $29,510

Box 4 Awesome Project – trainer: Darren McDonald; record: 55 starts 28-7-8 (13 starts 8-3-2 at Sandown, best 29.35); from box 4: 9 starts 5-0-0; prize money: $297,745

Box 5 Cosmic Wise – trainer: Jeff Britton; record: 59 starts 20-10-8 (19 starts 6-2-1 at Sandown, best 29.40); from box 5: 7 starts 2-0-0; prize money: $110,645

Box 6 Star Recall – trainer: Jeff Britton; record: 38 starts 21-7-4 (2 starts 1-0-0 at Sandown, best 29.34); from box 6: 8 starts 5-2-1; prize money: $158,305

Box 7 Luca Neveelk – trainer: Gerald Kleeven; record: 27 starts 22-0-3 T/D: 1 starts 1-0-0 at Sandown, 29.42 best); from box 7: 4 starts 3-0-0; prize money: $128,865

Box 8 Dyna Villa – trainer: Jenny Hunt; record: 21 starts 13-2-4 (7 starts 7-0-0 at Sandown, 29.21 best); from box 8: 3 starts 3-0-0; prize money: $46,635


Our tip: #8 Dyna Villa (win)


Today’s racing (November 21): Moonee Valley (Vic – dead 4), Kyneton (Vic – dead 4), Hawkesbury (NSW – dead 4), Ipswich (Qld – good 3), Naracoorte (SA – dead 5), Orange (NSW – dead 4), Townsville (Qld – good 3). Harness racing: Menangle (NSW), Newcastle (NSW), Albion Park (Qld), Globe Derby (SA), Launceston (Tas), Kalgoorlie (WA), Dubbo (NSW), Melton (Vic), Gloucester Park (WA). Greyhound racing: Bendigo (Vic), Wentworth Park (NSW), Ipswich (Qld), The Gardens (NSW), Lismore (NSW), Wagga (NSW), Mount Gambier (SA), Geelong (Vic), Sandown Park (Vic), Mandurah (WA)


Confirmed bets (card finalised)

Kyneton R5 #1 Cast Iron (win)

Hawkesbury R3 #5 Moneylegs (win)

Hawkesbury R7 #1 Ziggy Willie (win)

Orange R3 #1 Fire The Musket (win)

Moonee Valley R2 #10 Roll The Ignition (E/W 1×2)

Moonee Valley R7 #1 Young Nicola (E/W)


Yesterday’s results (W-P-LOSE or U/P): 1-0-1, no change; overall record: 209-37-245, +217.8 units

Wagga R8 #6 Bootlegging (win) 1st ($2.00)

Werribee R8 #10 Not A Llama (win) 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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