THE final race on Melbourne Cup and Bold Trease heat night was taken out by the longest price winner of the meeting, with $30 shot Caco Potion leading all the way from box two in the final Bold Trease heat.
Stepping well, the black dog strode to a clear lead over favourite Senator Monelli (box four), with the son of Kilty Lad and Shifty Mifty making every post a winner out on the bunny.
Despite WA chaser Senator Monelli’s best efforts, Caco Potion was too strong in the run to the line, defeating the fast finishing Jaimandy Hatty (box six) by just under one and a half lengths in 42.19.
Both runners will progress through to the decider, to be run next Friday night, with $100,000 awaiting the winner of the testing half-mile event.
The Bold Trease will act as the main support race for the Group 1 Melbourne Cup, worth $420,000 to the winner, with each heat recapped in full below.
The box draw for the Melbourne Cup, the world’s richest greyhound race, will be conducted at Sandown Park this Sunday.
Vassallo gets second Bold Trease runner
WAYNE Vassallo qualified his second runner through to the Group 1 Bold Trease (715m) with exciting prospect It’s A Fling (box five) scoring at double figure odds in heat three.
Despite a poor beginning from the squeeze box, the black bitch was able to work her way into a midfield spot in the run into the straight on the first occasion.
From there she hooked to the outside and started grinding away, slipping into second turning for home and storming down the centre of the track to score in 41.90.
The daughter of Collision and It’s A Blur is only young by staying standards, having turned two years of age in May with just 17 starts under her belt from which she has accumulated five wins and seven minor placings.
Last Cup spot taken by another Queenslander
TRIPUM has booked the final berth in the 2016 Group 1 Melbourne Cup with a determined victory in the eighth heat at Sandown Park. Drawn in box seven, the blue brindle dog carved across to take the early lead, stretching out ahead of fancied picks Fanta Bale (box one) and Weekend Binge (box two).
Despite the best efforts of his competition, the Darren Russell trained dog had too much of a gap on his rivals, crossing the line two lengths ahead of Fanta Bale in 29.53.
American Monster (box three) ran a big race to fill the trifecta in third, with Snakebite Bale (box six) ensuring first four players returned a big dividend, finishing just outside the placings at double figure odds.
Tripum has now won his past three starts including an impressive 29.33 win in a Prelude of the Melbourne Cup on November 4.
Outside Pass qualifies for the Sunshine State
QUEENSLANDER Outside Pass will be a leading contender in next Friday’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup following a dazzling victory in her heat.
Stepping well from box one, the black bitch assumed the lead in the first few strides and never looked in danger, defeating the ultra consistent Bruce Tycoon (box four) by four and a half lengths in a red hot 29.13.
Trained by Tony Apap, the daughter of Head Bound and Tina’s Show was all the rage heading into the heat, having run a cracking second behind Zambora Brockie in the Group 2 Sandown Shootout last week.
Outside Pass will head into the final having won 15 of her 35 starts, with a win in the feature set to take her prize money earnings above the $546,000 mark.
Matt Machine upsets Dundee Osprey
MATT Machine upstaged one of the Melbourne Cup pre-post favourites, Dundee Osprey, when scoring a slick win in his heat of the world’s richest greyhound race.
Starting from box one, the son of SH Avatar and Love To Rock began well and was able to rail through along the inside of Split Image (box seven) around the first turn before kicking clear entering the back straight.
Dundee Osprey (box eight) worked his way into third spot coming off the back and started motoring home, but the leader was off and gone, stretching out to record a two and a half length win in 29.40.
Prepared by Jamie Ennis, the 35 kilogram powerhouse is now a winner of eight of his 19 starts, with Friday’s win extending his perfect record from the cherry, having now won all four starts wearing the red stretch vest.
Big win by Jesaulenko
JESAULENKO recorded the biggest win of his career on Friday night, taking out heat five of the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (515m).
Stepping well from box one, the black dog rolled straight to the front in the early stages, leading Blazin Bomber (box seven) around the first turn.
From there it was a race in two, with Blazin’ Bomber throwing everything but the kitchen sink at the tearaway leader, diving at Jesaulenko on the line, missing by a nose in 29.31.
A son of College Causeway and Elite Fairy, the Terri Morris-trained Jesaulenko has now won 25 of his 50 starts including four from nine at Sandown Park where he boasts a 29.11 personal best.
He will go into next week’s final in terrific form, having won his past three starts, one of which was an electrifying 24.39 win over 440m at Sale.
Brockie produces career best run to qualify for Melbourne Cup
ZAMBORA Brockie enforced his status as Australia’s best sprinter with a stunning win in the fourth heat of the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (515m).
Despite being drawn poorly in box six, the five-time group winner was able to find the top early and never looked in danger, rocketing away from his opponents to score an emphatic victory in a blistering 29.06.
Gaucho (box four) ran a cracking race to finish in second spot for Brooke Ennis, with Mepunga Tyler (box two) adding further value for exotic players back in third.
Zambora Brockie will be the one to beat in next Friday’s $420,000 to the winner decider based on that performance, having now won his past three starts at Sandown Park including a 29.17 triumph in the Group 2 Sandown Shootout.
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BARTON Bale has scored a thrilling win in the third heat of the Group 1 Melbourne Cup at Sandown Park on Friday night, leading from go to whoa.
Beginning exceptionally from box eight, the son of Vee Man Vane and Darya Bale went straight to the front of the pack, extending his lead over Aston Bolero (box four) and Zabdon Ferrari (box six).
Swinging for home and despite tiring in the run to the line, Barton Bale was able to clinch on to score by 0.03 of a length in a moderate 29.72, defeating a fast finishing Dyna Boomer (box two).
Barton Bale, trained by Blake Shillington, has now won eight of his 11 career starts, including two from three over the 515m distance at Sandown Park.
Worm Burner scorches into Melbourne Cup
WORM Burner bounced back to his brilliant best in the second heat of the Group 1 Melbourne Cup, with a dominant triumph at Sandown Park on Friday night.
Stepping cleanly from box four, the brindle dog was able to muster pace in the charge towards the first turn, burning through to take up the top spot.
Despite the best efforts of his opponents in the run to the line, the South Australian sensation was too slippery, clocking a fast 29.30 over the track and trip.
Diego Bale (box one) ran a gallant race to finish second, albeit tiring in the closing stages, but all honours were with the Cameron Butcher-trained winner which will be looking for his second group 1 title next week, having already won the Group 1 National Sprint Championship (515m) at Angle Park.
Mackay qualifies runner through to Melbourne Cup
NEW South Wales star Ando’s Mac is the first greyhound through to the Group 1 Melbourne Cup (515m), with a stunning victory in his heat of the $420,000 to the winner series on Friday night.
The Jason Mackay-trained speedster was safely away from box eight and was able to slip into third position around the first turn before circling the leaders in the run down the back straight and kicking clear.
Once out in front it was a case of times and margins, with the son of El Grand Senor and Brook’s Doll scoring by one and a half lengths over Black Mumbo (box four) in a handy 29.64.
Favourite Pantera Nera (box one) ran an honest but couldn’t match motors with the winner, finishing third.
Ando’s Mac has now won 15 of 28 starts including the Group 1 Vic Peters Classic (520m) which he took out at Wentworth Park late last month.
Burn One Down knocked out of Bold Trease contention
SUPERSTAR stayer Burn One Down has been defeated as the short priced favourite in the second heat of the Group 1 Bold Trease (715m) at Sandown Park. After missing the start from box five, the Jason Thompson-trained dog found plenty of bother and was relegated to the tail of the field.
In the meantime, front runner Veetee Swift (box two) raced through to take the lead, stalked by Jeff Britton’s Ramifications (box seven) in the run to the line on the first occasion.
Swinging for home and Veetee Swift started to paddle, with former WA stayer Ramifications overtaking her with a powerful finishing burst to score in 42.09. Running on well to grab second was Avatar Jet (box eight), with Tricky Mover (box one) rounding out the trifecta back in third position.
Ramifications has now won 17 of his 37 starts, with Friday’s victory his first start since joining Britton’s kennel prior to the series.
Burn One Down made up good ground to finish fourth, however he will miss out on a start in next week’s feature.
It’s A Bird flies away with Bold Trease heat win
IT’S A Bird reigned supreme in the opening event on Melbourne Cup heat night with a classy display in heat one of the Group 1 Bold Trease (715m) at Sandown Park. Stepping from box one, the Wayne Vassallo-trained stayer was beaten for speed by classy NSW chaser Miss Foxy Lee (box three) which rolled to the early lead over Melissa’s Pride (box eight), with It’s A Bird settling in third spot.
At the completion of the first lap, it was still Miss Foxy Lee leading the way by four, however It’s A Bird began grinding away back in second spot, slowly reducing the margin. Swinging for home and the daughter of Hondo Black and It’s A Blur hooked to the outside of the leader and kicked clear, defying a late challenge from Kuta’s Lad to score by just over one length in 42.48.