2015 Group 1 Melbourne Cup heats – every runners chances analysed

ALL eyes will be on Sandown Park this Friday night with eight heats of Australia’s richest greyhound race, the $600,000 Melbourne Cup.

The series is set to be the swan song for champion sprinter Fernando Bale which will be aiming to seize his ninth Group 1 title for leading Victorian trainer Andrea Dailly. The white and dark brindle son of Kelsos Fusileer and Chloe Allen is the $1.65 favourite with Bet365 to take out the final on November 20, with a win in the event set to see him retire with an unprecedented $1,588,110 in career earnings.

Team Dailly look set for a massive night this Friday, with a total of 17 runners engaged across the eight heats, their other main chance being Dyna Double One, $8, which comes into the series following a narrow second in last week’s Group 2 Shootout over the track and trip.

Other key runners to watch out for in the series include Billo’s Pick ($26), Secret Spell ($26) and Brad Hill Billy ($34).

The winner of each heat will progress through to next Friday’s final which carries a whopping $420,000 winner’s cheque.

Below is an analysis of each runner in the series, with expert comments from Australian Racing Greyhound‘s tipster Brad Bugeja.

Group 1 Melbourne Cup – heat one (7:08pm)

Box One – Black Illusion
Black Dog – 34.3kg – January 2013
Collide x My Secret Shiraz
Prize money: $79,520
Trainer: Angela Langton
Career: 65: 19-9-6
From box: 6: 5-0-0
T/D: 26: 5-4-5
T/D Best: 29.65
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Maturity Classic, 2015 Group 2 Geelong Cup

“Armed with great early speed and from the red draw he should just about hold them out at the first turn, however there are some strong types in this event so he is likely to get reeled in. Can give a great sight in his heat but can’t see him advancing and making an impact in the series.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $67 with Bet365

Box Two – Ebert Bale
Red Brindle Dog – 31.8kg – October 2013
Taylors Sky x Zambola Bale
Prize money: $19,070
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 29: 6-4-5
From box: 6: 3-1-1
T/D: 8: 1-1-2
T/D Best: 29.77
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 29.77, The Meadows 30.03, Warrnambool 25.57

“Genuine chance in this heat and if given a clear run he is capable of going with most chasers, however his lack of early speed is a big disadvantage and if he makes the final he can’t afford to give some of the big guns too big of a head start. Can clearly make the final but won’t be a factor in the big one.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $201 with Bet365

Box Three – Benzo Bale
Black Dog – 33.8kg – October 2012
Collide x Hafren Bale
Prize money: $36,592
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 67: 12-12-7
From box: 10: 1-5-1
T/D: 15: 2-4-2
T/D Best: 29.50
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 30.32, Sandown Park 29.50, Shepparton 25.60, Bendigo 23.86

“Has been racing in great style of late and his effort to win three runs back was eye catching. His record here is sound and he has a 29.50 PB and with a clear passage he could probably get down to the 29.40 mark. Can make an impact in the heat but I think he doesn’t have what it takes to take out the final.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $201 with Bet365

Box Four – Margins
Black Dog – 37.2kg – February 2013
Bekim Bale x Gogo Sutro
Prize money: $125,575
Trainer: Brooke Ennis
Career: 38: 13-8-5
From box: 5: 1-0-0
T/D: 1-: 5-1-0
T/D Best: 29.30
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 2 Horsham Cup, 3RD 2015 Group 1 Maturiy Classic, FINALIST 2015 Group 1 National Sprint Championship

“All class and has the ability to lead or come from off the speed in his races. He has won five of 10 over this trip and he does have a victory over the great Fernando Bale here. The draw isn’t great but I’m expecting him to get across and find the rail quite easily and he should balance up in the top four. He has a great turn of foot once he finds the inside and with a clear passage he should be winning this heat. If he makes it through, he would need an inside draw to make an impact in the final and there is no doubting that he has the ability to win a race of this calibre.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $21 with Bet365

Box Five – Above All
Black Dog – 32.2kg – July 2012
Magic Sprite x Kara Janx
Prize money: $221,605
Trainer: Rob Britton
Career: 21: 11-4-0
From box: 3: 3-0-0
T/D: 11: 4-3-0
T/D Best: 29.25
Career Highlights: WON 2014 Group 1 Hobart Thousand, 2015 Group 1 Silver Chief Classic, FINALIST 2014 Group 1 Melbourne Cup, 2015 Group 1 Temlee

“Sparingly raced star and since making the final of this race last year he has experienced a lot of injuries. This is his first run for a few months but he is in good hands and I’m sure he wouldn’t be running if he wasn’t 100 %. Clearly if he is at his best he can play a major role in this series, however I am a little concerned about the speed drawn outside him in his heat. I think he is a big take on in his heat.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $26 with Bet365

Box Six – Wahlberg
Black Dog – 34.2kg – April 2013
Barcia Bale x Lizzy Banks
Prize money: $23,255
Trainer: Gary Shingles
Career: 23: 9-4-4
From box: 1: 0-0-0
T/D: 4: 1-1-2
T/D Best: 29.55
Career Highlights: WON Richmond 22.82,The Meadows 30.00, 30.21

“Fast beginner and he has been racing well here in recent weeks, however he does race best when he can lead and dictate the terms and with the speed drawn in the red, I can’t see that happening. Has early speed to be a nuisance to some of the more fancied runners but I can’t see him figuring in the finish.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $126 with Bet365

Box Seven – Moreira
Brindle Dog – 31.2kg – September 2013
Kinloch Brae x Donna Riccca
Prize money: $28,905
Trainer: Jason Thompson
Career: 17: 7-3-3
From box: 5: 2-1-1
T/D: 6: 1-3-2
T/D Best: 29.43
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 29.87, Sandown Park 29.43

“Enormous talent who likes to use the middle of his track in his races but in this company I think he is better suited to a rails draw as that would help him hold a forward position. If guaranteed a clear run, he has the talent to win his heat and he also has the talent to cause a boil over in the final, however his lack of genuine early speed means that he always has to work hard in his races.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $41 with Bet365

Box Eight – Alpha Zeus
Brindle Dog – 30.4kg – March 2013
Collision x Queen of Cyprus
Prize money: $43,460
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Career: 42: 9-9-3
From box: 5: 1-1-1
T/D: 14: 3-4-1
T/D Best: 29.58
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 30.17, Sandown Park 29.58

“Returned to form with a strong Shepparton win on Monday and is suited to the wider draw, however he does tend to struggle in the closing stages over this distance and he does appear tested in this class. Can maybe run a place in his heat but that is about it.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $301 with Bet365

1st Reserve – Precipitation
Black Dog – 35.3kg – May 2013
El Grand Senor x Kiowa Angel
Prize money: $10,510
Trainer: Todd Chatwin
Career: 23: 4-7-2
From box: N/A
T/D: 7: 1-3-0
T/D Best: 30.50
Career Highlights: WON Sale 29.42

“Much improved chaser and is capable of running very fast times in his races, however this is an enormous rise in class and he doesn’t stand much of a chance.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $501 with Bet365

2nd Reserve – Bring Sexy Back
Black Dog – 29.8kg – June 2013
Kinloch Brae x Harbour Gift
Prize money: $13,682
Trainer: Gerry Orr
Career: 28: 5-3-3
From box: N/A
T/D: 5: 3-0-0
T/D Best: 29.83
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 29.83

“Races well here but his sectionals and overall times are just not good enough.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $501 with Bet365

Group 1 Melbourne Cup – heat two (7:28pm)

Box One – Kenju Bale
Red Brindle Bitch – 26.1kg – March 2013
Kelsos Fusileer x Chloe Allen
Prize money: $29,025
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 39: 6-7-4
From box: 2: 1-0-0
T/D: 8: 2-2-1
T/D Best: 29.68
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Peter Mosman Classic

“Has early speed and the rails draw should probably be an advantage, however she does tend to struggle in the closing stages over this distance and there are some very strong types in this race. Can maybe run a place in her heat but that is about it.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $126 with Bet365

Box Two – Absolute Power
Black Dog – 33.1kg – November 2013
Bekim Bale x Mepunga Nicky
Prize money: $45,485
Trainer: Jason Thompson
Career: 19: 8-5-2
From box: 2: 1-1-0
T/D: 8: 3-2-0
T/D Best: 29.33
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 29.33, 29.37, 29.48, Cranbourne 29.94

“Blessed with enormous talent and if he put it all together he could just about go with any chaser in training, however he can bomb the start and he does make mistakes in running. The speed in one and three should be an advantage for him and he is a serious chance to win his heat. If he makes the final he would need to draw well and would need a lot of things to go his way.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $34 with Bet365

Box Three – Hard Bargain
Black Dog – 34.2kg – October 2013
Fabregas x Natural Sapphire
Prize money: $48,520
Trainer: Kelly Bravo
Career: 19: 7-5-3
From box: 1: 1-0-0
T/D: 2: 0-1-0
T/D Best: N/A
Career Highlights: 2ND 2015 Group 2 Great Chase, FINALIST 2015 Group 3 SA Derby

“Much improved chaser and has the speed to cross and lead this heat. Three starts back he broke the 30 second barrier at the Meadows when runner up and on the lure he can probably go around the 29.40 mark. That sort of run would be good enough to win this heat but he would need to shave a few lengths off that time to have any chance in the final.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $67 with Bet365

Box Four – Lektra Outlaw
Brindle Dog – 33.5kg – January 2013
Collision x Lektra Angel
Prize money: $74,255
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 69: 12-11-12
From box: 7: 2-2-1
T/D: 16: 4-2-3
T/D Best: 29.54
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 1 National Derby, 2015 Group 2 Traralgon Cup

“Much better than his recent form reads and he does race well over this track and trip. If he happened to ping away and find the top early, he would take some serious catching, however it’s hard to get excited about some of his most recent efforts. Just not going well enough, so I can’t see him making an impact in this series.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $251 with Bet365

Box Five – Brad Hill Billy
Black Dog – 31.0kg – January 2013
Kinloch Brae x Break Even
Prize money: $134,230
Trainer: Ray Smith
Career: 43: 15-11-8
From box: 6: 1-2-3
T/D: 1: 0-0-1
T/D Best: NBT
Career Highlights: WON 2014 Group 2 Launceston Cup, 2015 Group 2 Bob Payne Spring Sprint, 3RD 2015 Group 2 Shootout, FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Topgun

“Big talent who once again hasn’t faired too well by the box draw. Last week he actually stepped well before finding a little bit of bother in the shootout, he was far from disgraced when placed in that race and with a run under his belt around this circuit, he should have derived a lot of benefit. A major player in this heat and if he qualifies for the final and draws a rails alley, he could figure in the finish.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $34 with Bet365

Box Six – Weblec Belle
Fawn Bitch – 27.5kg – December 2012
Dyna Tron x Snow Excuse
Prize money: $147,890
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Career: 57: 17-13-10
From box: 7: 5-2-0
T/D: 21: 8-4-1
T/D Best: 29.26
Career Highlights: WON 2014 Group 3 Brian Johnstone, 2ND 2015 Group 2 WA Oaks, FINALIST 2015 Group 1 National Futurity, 2014 Group 2 Sandown Laurels

“Hard chaser to follow at times but she loves this track and trip and the wide draw does help. She hasn’t been beginning too well of late and that a big concern for me and with the speed on her outside I think she faces an uphill battle. Unlikely to make the final.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $67 with Bet365

Box Seven – Dyna Tiber
Black Dog – 31.2kg – March 2013
Barcia Bale x Crystin Bale
Prize money: $48,505
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 42: 12-8-1
From box: 3: 2-1-0
T/D: 12: 3-0-1
T/D Best: 29.34
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 1 National Derby

“Very interesting chaser, he has always shown great potential but he always struggled when he came to town, however he has scored brilliant wins here and at The Meadows in recent weeks. On those occasions he has shown sizzling early speed and he has looked strong in the run to the line. Wide draw suits and if he makes it through he could maybe sneak a place in the final.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $41 with Bet365

Box Eight – Creative Karisma
Black Dog – 32.0kg – September 2012
Bekim Bale x Creative Review
Prize money: $43,855
Trainer: Kevin Podmore
Career: 37: 9-5-8
From box:4: 1-0-2
T/D: 27: 7-3-4
T/D Best: 29.34
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 29.34, 29.49, 29.54, 29.59

“Returned to winners list two runs back but that was his first win in a long time and from the wide draw he is going to have trouble getting across early. Strong type who can maybe run home into a placing in his heat but I can’t see him winning.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $126 with Bet365

1st Reserve – Sonic Dash
Brindle Dog – 33.4kg – January 2013
Kinloch Brae x Ashby Rose
Prize money: $55,730
Trainer: Angela Langton
Career: 52: 13-6-8
From box: N/A
T/D: 20: 6-0-2
T/D Best: 29.62
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 29.62, 29.68, 29.72,29.75

“Not the same dog and racing well below his best, must lead to win and can’t see him figuring in the finish in this series.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $201 with Bet365

2nd Reserve – Eaton Bale
Black Dog – 36.2kg – July 2013
Turanza Bale x Hafren Bale
Prize money: $12,460
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 25: 4-3-1
From box: N/A
T/D: 2: 0-0-0
T/D Best: N/A
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 30.00

“Capable of running very fast sectionals but does do a lot wrong in his races and lacks genuine early speed. Would need to draw well to have any chance in his heat but can’t see him featuring in the final.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $301 with Bet365

Group 1 Melbourne Cup – heat three (7:49pm)

Box One – Berzerk
White and Brindle Dog – 33.0kg – March 2013
Makeshift x Next Top Model
Prize money: $62,186
Trainer: Jason Thompson
Career: 42: 15-7-8
From box: 6: 2-2-0
T/D: 9: 3-0-2
T/D Best: 29.23
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 2 WA Derby

“Has a solid record here but tends to save his best for The Meadows, however he has come up with the good draw and if he can step early he has the speed to hold them out at the first turn. If he happened to qualify he would have a tough time winning the final but would be a great story for connections if he happened to win. Drawn to make an impact in his heat but hard to see him winning the big one.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $51 with Bet365

Box Two – Dyna Double One
Black Dog – 34.9kg – March 2013
Barcia Bale x Crystin Bale
Prize money: $266,148
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 39: 20-9-5
From box: 4: 4-0-0
T/D: 6: 1-1-2
T/D Best: 29.36
Career Highlights: WON Albion Park 29.51TR, 2015 Group 3 Perth Cup Consolation, 2ND 2015 Group 2 WA Derby, 2015 Group 1 Peter Mosman Classic, 2015 Group 1 Winter Carnival Cup, 2015 Group 2 Shootout, 3RD 2015 Group1 Silver Chief Classic, 2014 Group 1 Topgun, FINALIST 2015 Golden Easter Egg, 2015 Group 1 Maturity Classic, 2015 Group 1 Adelaide Cup, 2015 Group 3 SA Derby

“Absolute superstar and deserves to win a big one. He is another who tends to save his best for The Meadows but he showed last week in the shootout that he can also handle this track and trip. If he can step on terms, he should be able to drive up behind the red in the early stages and if he balances up in the top three it should be a matter of times and margins. If he makes the final, he is clearly the main danger to Fernando and it would be great to see him draw well so he can test the champ.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $8 with Bet365

Box Three – Emrys
Black Dog – 31.7kg – January 2013
Magic Sprite x Prancing Uno
Prize money: $95,975
Trainer: Mario Briganti
Career: 46: 14-10-4
From box: 2: 0-1-0
T/D: 12: 4-3-1
T/D Best: 29.29
Career Highlights: 3RD 2015 Group 2 Traralgon Cup, FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Silver Chief Classic, 2015 Group 1 Australian Cup, 2015 Group 1 Maturity Classic

“Has a good record here and is capable of good things on his night, however he isn’t going that well at present and he has drawn a strong heat. The inside draw is an advantage but he is likely to be giving the two a head start and he won’t be able to reel him in. If he qualifies he will struggle in the final.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $126 with Bet365

Box Four – George Sannette
Blue Dog – 31.8kg – March 2013
Cosmic Rumble x Bloss Sannette
Prize money: $27,320
Trainer: Rob Britton
Career: 29: 10-2-2
From box: 5: 0-1-1
T/D: 6: 3-0-0
T/D Best: 29.45
Career Highlights: WON Maitland 25.00, Sandown Park 29.53, 29.68

“Has always shown tremendous promise but he hasn’t really gone on with it. Has drawn poorly in this heat and it’s hard to see him advancing any further.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $251 with Bet365

Box Five – Diego Bale
Black Dog – 32.6kg – October 2013
Taylors Sky x Zambola Bale
Prize money: $38,125
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 27: 11-4-2
From box: 4: 2-0-0
T/D: 5: 2-0-1
T/D Best: 29.53
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 3 Cranbourne Puppy Classic

“Has been racing in great heart of late and does possess a wonderful turn of foot, however his box manners aren’t great and he will have trouble crossing the red. Unlikely to win this and even if he did he can’t win the final.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $101 with Bet365

Box Six – Both Sides Now
Black Dog – 31.3kg – December 2013
Magic Sprite x Cristalle
Prize money: $17,655
Trainer: Angela Langton
Career: 19: 6-0-5
From box: 3: 2-0-0
T/D: 11: 3-0-3
T/D Best: 29.37
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 30.24, Sandown Park 29.37

“Inexperienced type who has a heap of ability but at present probably isn’t good enough to match some of these chasers. From this draw he is likely to find early bother and I can’t see him making any sort of impact in this series.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $251 with Bet365

Box Seven – Billo’s Pick
Brindle Dog – 33.5kg – June 2012
Where’s Pedro x Macie Bell
Prize money: $48,450
Trainer: Kel Greenough
Career: 32: 19-2-1
From box: 3: 2-0-0
T/D: 4: 3-0-0
T/D Best: 29.34
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 2 Bendigo Cup, 2015 Group 2 Healesville Cup

“Super talent but he has been unlucky and disappointing in his past two starts. He has won three of four here and his PB of 29.34 is more than good enough to feature here, however I am a little concerned about the draw. If he found his best and qualified for the final, he has the talent to cause a boil over.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $26 with Bet365

Box Eight – Zambora Brockie
Black Dog – 30.5kg – September 2013
Nitro Burst x Flying Liddy
Prize money: $86,293
Trainer: Anthony Azzopardi
Career: 13: 7-3-1
From box: 1: 1-0-0
T/D: 0: 0-0-0
T/D Best: N/A
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 1 Vic Peters Classic

“Vic Peters winner and he is blessed with an explosive turn of speed. His trial here wasn’t all that impressive but I would expect him to improve quite a bit and the box draw tonight isn’t too bad. His box manners are a little too inconsistent for mine, so even if he does qualify he would need a lot of luck in the final.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $34 with Bet365

1st Reserve – Ikaku Bale
White and Red Brindle Dog – 31.4kg – March 2013
Kelsos Fusileer x Chloe Allen
Prize money: $43,950
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 43: 7-7-5
From box: N/A
T/D: 10: 2-2-1
T/D Best: 29.54
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 30.01, Sandown Park 29.54

“Hasn’t really delivered on early potential and lacks genuine early speed, won’t make any impact.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $251 with Bet365

2nd Reserve – West On Delly
Black Bitch – 27.8kg – February 2013
Brett Lee x West On Bluebird
Prize money: $62,390
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Career: 51: 11-11-5
From box: N/A
T/D: 17: 2-3-2
T/D Best: 29.38
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Sapphire Crown, 2015 Group 2 WA Oaks, 2015 Group 3 Cranbourne Puppy Classic

“Really struggling in recent weeks and just isn’t good enough to compete at this level.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $251 with Bet365

Group 1 Melbourne Cup – heat four (8:48pm)

Box One – Fever Pitch
Black Dog – 35.4kg – March 2013
College Causeway x Drama Queen
Prize money: $110,170
Trainer: Rin Divirgilio
Career: 33: 16-2-4
From box: 2: 1-0-0
T/D: 10: 5-0-2
T/D Best: 29.27
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 3 SA Derby, 3RD 2015 Group 2 Launching Pad

“Ideally drawn and he returned to form with a blistering 30.13 Traralgon win two runs back. The red draw is ok for him and with the slow beginner on his outside, he should get plenty of room to drive through in the initial stages. Capable of running ridiculous sectionals and if he qualifies he is a serious contender for the final.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $26 with Bet365

Box Two – Oakvale Destiny
Blue Bitch – 29.5kg – July 2012
Vapour Whirl x Foot Luce
Prize money: $277,245
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Career: 47: 17-7-8
From box: 7: 3-1-1
T/D: 20: 6-3-4
T/D Best: 29.27
Career Highlights: WON 2014 Group 1 Sapphire Crown, 2ND 2014 Group 1 Topgun, 2014 Group 2 Shootout, 2015 Group 2 Cranbourne Cup, 2014 Group 3 Brian Johnstone, 3RD 2014 Group 2 WA Oaks, 2014 Group 1 Adelaide Cup

“Former star sprinter but she has been struggling in recent times. She tends to get a long way back in her races and she will find it hard to reel some of these in. Would need to find plenty.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $101 with Bet365

Box Three – Rivergum Drive
Dark Brindle Dog – 31.8kg – October 2012
Dyna Tron x Isseymiyake
Prize money: $46,505
Trainer: Kel Greenough
Career: 38: 12-4-5
From box: 3: 1-1-1
T/D: 6: 3-1-1
T/D Best: 29.34
Career Highlights: WON Maitland 25.47, Bulli 26.15, Wentworth Park 29.72, Sandown Park 29.34, The Meadows 29.92

“Hit or miss early but when he hits he is capable of just about anything. The lack of speed drawn on his inside is definitely an advantage but with the speed drawn on his outside, he can’t afford to make too many mistakes. Clearly a chance to score here but will need to do everything right and would probably need to draw the red to win the final.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $41 with Bet365

Box Four – Secret Spell
Black Bitch – 28.8kg – January 2013
Bartrim Bale x Wicked Witch
Prize money: $249,795
Trainer: Kelly Bravo
Career: 38: 21-2-2
From box: 6: 3-1-0
T/D: 10: 4-0-1
T/D Best: 29.26
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 1 Hume Cup, 2014 Group 3 Cranbourne Puppy Classic, FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Adelaide Cup, 2014 Group 2 Ballrat Cup, 2015 Group 1 Maturity Classic

“Flying at present and the box draw probably isn’t too bad as she has a keen railer drawn inside and a wide runner on her outside. Last week she was quite impressive when she was able to score coming from off the speed. I think she can threaten in this heat but she would need to find a little bit to score in the final.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $26 with Bet365

Box Five – Paua To Roar
Black Dog – 33.3kg – September 2012
Head Bound x Paua To Erupt
Prize money: $92,256
Trainer: Steve White
Career: 49: 23-10-5
From box: 7: 5-1-0
T/D: 1: 0-0-1
T/D Best: N/A
Career Highlights: WON 2014 Group 3 Nowra Puppy Classic, 2ND 2015 Group 2 Bob Payne Spring Sprint, FINALIST 2015 Group 3 Magic Maiden, 2015 Group 2 Bendigo Cup, 2015 Group 2 Geelong Cup

“Former NSW speedster who was a recent Geelong Cup finalist, his box manners aren’t great but he does muster speed well and he runs a dazzling 420m, however he does stitch up in the closing stages. Has the speed to lead a race like this but even if he does I think he will be picked off in the closing stages.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $67 with Bet365

Box Six – Spring Gambo
Black Dog – 31.0kg – April 2013
Mogambo x Spring Dora
Prize money: $34,300
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 25: 8-5-1
From box: 2: 0-0-0
T/D: 5: 1-1-0
T/D Best: 29.56
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 30.01

“Three starts back he really caught the eye with a sizzling 25.19 Ballarat win and he followed that run up with a nice placing here, however he is still probably three or four lengths off being able to match it with the real top liners. Must find plenty.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $201 with Bet365

Box Seven – Amaro Bale
Red Brindle Dog – 31.2kg – March 2013
Kinloch Brae x Princess Bale
Prize money: $86,055
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 57: 14-14-8
From box: 6: 2-1-0
T/D: 17: 4-3-2
T/D Best: 29.30
Career Highlights: 3RD 2015 Group 2 Geelong Cup, 3RD 2015 Group 3 SA Derby, FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Silver Chief Classic, 2015 Group 1 Harrison-Dawson

“Can show genuine early speed in his races and could cause an upset in this heat, last time out he exploded from the traps and posted brilliant sectionals when scoring at Geelong in 25.55. He has a great record over this track and trip and with his early speed he is always a chance in races like this. Would need to go to another level to score in the final but if he did qualify I think he has a chance of sneaking into the minor money.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $67 with Bet365

Box Eight – Goldengrove Lad
White and Red Brindle Dog – 28.3kg – January 2013
Big Daddy Cool x Seventeen
Prize money: $32,773
Trainer: Sid Swain
Career: 33: 9-5-4
From box: 2: 1-1-0
T/D: 1: 0-0-1
T/D Best: 33: 9-5-4
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 2 Bob Payne Spring Sprint

“Classy NSW chaser who turned in a solid effort when placed here last week, however he does race best when drawn nearer the inside and he hasn’t been showing his customary early speed in recent times. Tough ask from this draw and I can’t see him advancing.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $251 with Bet365

1st Reserve – Mepunga Treasure
Brindle Bitch – 25.9kg – March 2013
Kinloch Brae x Mepunga Opal
Prize money: $59,375
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Career: 42: 6-8-6
From box: N/A
T/D: 24: 4-5-1
T/D Best: 29.52
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 29.70, The Meadows 30.25

“Doesn’t win often enough and struggles in the closing stages, won’t make an impact.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $251 with Bet365

2nd Reserve – Dyna Yemen
Fawn Dog – 35.1kg – July 2012
Superman x Talia Bale
Prize money: $78,730
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 63: 13-8-8
From box: N/A
T/D: 24: 3-3-3
T/D Best: 29.18
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 2 Traralgon Cup

“Former star who appears to have really lost his way. Slow early and just can’t keep up these days.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $301 with Bet365

Group 1 Melbourne Cup – heat five (9:08pm)

Box One – Fernando Bale
White and Dark Brindle Dog – 29.6kg – March 2013
Kelsos Fusileer x Chloe Allen
Prize money: $1,156,110
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 39: 32-2-2
From box: 6: 5-0-0
T/D: 8: 6-0-1
T/D Best: 28.98
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 1 National Derby, 2015 Group 1 Golden Easter Egg, 2015 Group 1 Harrison-Dawson, 2015 Group 1 Maturity Classic, 2015 Group 1 Peter Mosman Classic, 2015 Group 1 National Sprint Championship, 2015 Group 1 Adelaide Cup, 2015 Group 1 Topgun, 2015 Group 2 Bendigo Cup, 2015 Group 2 Traralgon Cup, 2015 Group 3 Bill Collins Memorial

“Absolute champion who just continues to do everything right in his races. There isn’t much that needs to be said about him. From the red he should fire to the early lead and score and if he does advance he is likely to go around at around $1.40 in the final and it’s hard to see him being beaten.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $1.65 with Bet365

Box Two – Dyna Keitaro
Brindle Dog – 31.2kg – September 2012
Superman x Marzeena Bale
Prize money: $42,870
Trainer: Tina Womann
Career: 63: 12-10-11
From box: 10: 0-3-2
T/D: 25: 3-4-8
T/D Best: 29.32
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 29.32, Geelong 25.97, Horsham 27.16, The Meadows 30.10

“Top effort here last week and is quite strong in the run to the line. From the two draw he should get a nice trail into the race behind Fernando Bale. I don’t think he can win this, however he does have the talent to run a place in his heat and he could be good value.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $126 with Bet365

Box Three – Mepunga Ledger
Black Dog – 35.4kg – December 2011
Where’s Pedro x Mepunga Diva
Prize money: $41,900
Trainer: Joy Mcdowall
Career: 84: 12-16-14
From box: 10: 1-3-0
T/D: 20: 4-1-4
T/D Best: 29.74
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 29.74, 29.84, 29.86

“Has won two on the trot in much easier class and I think he will struggle with the class rise. Gets back in his races and can’t afford to give some of these such a big head start.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $251 with Bet365

Box Four – Cosmic Owl
Black Bitch – 26.0kg – March 2013
Cosmic Rumble x Coulta Sky
Prize money: $54,365
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Career: 45: 11-7-5
From box: 4: 0-0-0
T/D: 16: 3-3-1
T/D Best: 29.40
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 3 SA Oaks

“Has a great record here over this journey and the 595m trip and she has won two of her past three starts. Races best when she can lead and dictate the terms and with Fernando engaged, I can’t see that happening.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $201 with Bet365

Box Five – Weston East
Black Dog – 32.9kg – February 2013
Oaks Road x Hot Spur
Prize money: $117,540
Trainer: Angela Langton
Career: 44: 13-11-3
From box: 6: 2-0-1
T/D: 22: 7-6-2
T/D Best: 29.30
Career Highlights: 2ND 2015 Group 1 Harrison-Dawson, 3RD 2015 Bill Collins Memorial, FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Hume Cup

“Honest chaser who hasn’t had much luck in recent weeks, he isn’t great to begin in his races but does have great track sense and can probably go around the 29.20 here with a clear passage. That sort of time would see him get within three lengths or so of Fernando and that could see him take home some minor money in his heat.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $101 with Bet365

Box Six – Blue Revolver
Blue Dog – 32.6kg – February 2013
Swift Fancy x Inflated Egp
Prize money: $39,295
Trainer: Wayne Vassallo
Career: 36: 10-4-4
From box:6: 1-0-1
T/D: 6: 3-1-0
T/D Best: 29.21
Career Highlights: WON Wentworth Park 29.92, The Meadows 30.03, Sandown Park 29.21, 29.32

“Absolutely flying at present and four starts back he ran the hands off the clock when posting an eye popping 29.21 victory here. He has been able to lead and avoid being pressured in recent weeks though and I don’t think that will happen in this. Will take a mighty effort to score but if he did beat the champ he could cause some havoc in the final.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $34 with Bet365

Box Seven – Yadi
Red Fawn Dog – 33.8kg – February 2013
Barcia Bale x Hidden Assets
Prize money: $56,175
Trainer: Kel Greenough
Career:  25: 13-2-3
From box: 0: 0-0-0
T/D: 9: 3-2-1
T/D Best: 29.47
Career Highlights:  WON Sandown Park 29.60, 34.29, The Meadows 34.35

“Handy chaser who is quite strong in the run home, however he does have a bit of a flat spot mid race in his races and that will leave him posted wide for most of the journey. He will have his work cut out trying to figure in the finish.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $201 with Bet365

Box Eight – Ivy Bale
Black Bitch – 26.6kg – May 2013
Turanza Bale x Penelope Bale
Prize money: $31,120
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 25: 13-2-3
From box: 3: 3-0-0
T/D: 7: 1-2-0
T/D Best: 29.80
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Maturity Classic

“Has some very quick wins to her credit in her career but she never really delivered on her early promise. Needs to lead to win her races and that just won’t happen in this event.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $151 with Bet365

1st Reserve – Eaton Bale
Black Dog – 36.2kg – July 2013
Turanza Bale x Hafren Bale
Prize money: $12,460
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 25: 4-3-1
From box: N/A
T/D: 2: 0-0-0
T/D Best: N/A
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 30.00

“Capable of running very fast sectionals but does do a lot wrong in his races and lacks genuine early speed. Would need to draw well to have any chance in his heat but can’t see him featuring in the final.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $301 with Bet365

2nd Reserve – West On Delly
Black Bitch – 27.8kg – February 2013
Brett Lee x West On Bluebird
Prize money: $62,390
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Career: 51: 11-11-5
From box: N/A
T/D: 17: 2-3-2
T/D Best: 29.38
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Sapphire Crown, 2015 Group 2 WA Oaks, 2015 Group 3 Cranbourne Puppy Classic

“Really struggling in recent weeks and just isn’t good enough to compete at this level.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $251 with Bet365

Group 1 Melbourne Cup – heat six (9:28pm)

Box One – Jesaulenko
Black Dog – 32.4kg – October 2013
College Causeway x Elite Fairy
Prize money: $26,315
Trainer: Terri-maree Morris
Career: 18: 8-2-3
From box: 0: 0-0-0
T/D: 2: 1-0-1
T/D Best: 29.54
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 29.54, Sale 24.49, Traralgon 30.50, Warragul 25.77

“Has really gone to the next level in recent months and he destroyed a good lineup when scoring here last week in 29.54. From the red he should get every chance to hold a forward spot early and he should be a major player. If he does qualify he will need to probably find another couple of lengths to capture the big one.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $67 with Bet365

Box Two – Texas Titan
Black Dog – 34.0kg – July 2012
Vapour Whirl x Foot Luce
Prize money: $110,550
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Career: 55: 16-8-15
From box: 6: 3-1-2
T/D: 21: 6-3-6
T/D Best: 29.57
Career Highlights: 2ND 2015 Group 3 Silver Bullet, 3RD 2014 Group 2 Launching Pad, 3RD 2014 Group 2 SA Derby, FINALIST 2014 Group 1 Adelaide Cup, 2014 Group 2 Harrison-Dawson, 2014 Group 1 Sale Cup

“Class act and his effort in the Silver Bullet was massive, from the two draw he should get a nice sit just behind the speed in the initial stages and he is extremely strong in the run home. There are quite a few front runners in this event, so there should be so bumping up front and that will play into his hands. I give him a serious chance of winning his heat and if he does he can definitely take home some minor money in the final.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $101 with Bet365

Box Three – Dawkins Bale
Black Dog – 31.1kg – February 2013
Turanza Bale x Bala Bale
Prize money: $133,208
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 40:13-7-8
From box: 6: 2-0-3
T/D: 9: 3-1-2
T/D Best: 29.38
Career Highlights: 2ND 2015 Group 1 Golden Easter Egg, FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Winter Cup, 2015 Group 3 Cranbourne Puppy Classic

“Sparingly raced in recent months and his form has tapered off a little. In the past few months he just hasn’t been hitting the line like he used to and he will need to lift to have any chance in this. Obviously if he found his best he would take some stopping but he is around two to three lengths off his best.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $101 with Bet365

Box Four – Shared Equity
Black Bitch – 28.9kg – February 2013
Brett Lee x West On Bluebird
Prize money: $111,275
Trainer: Angela Langton
Career: 41: 20-3-2
From box: 5: 2-0-0
T/D: 13: 4-1-1
T/D Best: 29.22
Career Highlights: 2ND 2015 Group 2 Bendigo Cup, 3RD 2015 Group 2 Warrnambool Classic, FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Adelaide Cup, 2015 Group 2 Horsham Cup, 2015 Group 2 Geelong Cup, 2015 Group 3 Silver Bullet

“Has been a little hit or miss at box rise in recent months but she normally does ping away and she is a very hard chaser to get past when on the lure. Two starts back she led all the way here in a sizzling 29.22 and her sectionals were Fernando Bale like. Big chance to score in her heat and could be some nuisance value in the final due to her explosive early speed.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $15 with Bet365

Box Five – Cut Loose Max
Black Dog – 31.8kg – March 2013
El Galo x Girl Aloud
Prize money: $58,465
Trainer: Geoff Howell
Career: 31: 8-9-1
From box: 3: 1-0-0
T/D: 10: 3-3-0
T/D Best: 29.37
Career Highlights: 2ND 2015 Group 2 Geelong Cup

“Continues to improve with every start and was extremely unlucky in the Geelong Cup final two runs back. Has a great record over this track and trip, however from the middle pin I think he is going to find bother in the early stages and will find it hard to score coming from off the speed.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $51 with Bet365

Box Six – Tureaud
Black Dog – 30.2kg – November 2012
Kinloch Brae x Starlight Delly
Prize money: $103,055
Trainer: Paul Stuart
Career: 26: 14-3-1
From box: 3: 2-0-0
T/D: 0: 0-0-0
T/D Best: N/A
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 3 Mandurah Cup, 3RD 2014 Group 3 Young Star Classic, FINALIST 2015 Group 2 WA Derby

“Super WA speedster who can be a little hard to follow but when he is switched on, he is capable of just about anything. The biggest concern for him is that he finds himself in a heat with an abundance of early speed and he is likely to be posted four and five wide at the first bend. If he crosses he can obviously win and if he happened to draw well in the final he has the talent to make a big impact.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $101 with Bet365

Box Seven – Crackerjack Max
Red Fawn Dog – 33.1kg – March 2013
Kilty Lad x Makayla’s Hope
Prize money: $77,380
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 58: 12-12-10
From box: 4: 1-1-1
T/D: 8: 2-3-0
T/D Best: 29.43
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 30.05, Geelong 25.75, Sandown Park 29.43, Wentworth Park 29.79, Ballarat 25.22

“Another chaser who is armed with great early speed but he must also lead clearly in his races to score and from out here I can’t see that happening. Tends to struggle in the closing stages and his chances in the series are limited.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $151 with Bet365

Box Eight – Lamia Bale
Brindle Bitch – 27.6kg – July 2012
High Earner x Maple Bale
Prize money: $326,065
Trainer: Steve Collins
Career: 75: 21-15-13
From box: 10: 3-0-5
T/D: 37: 11-7-5
T/D Best: 29.23
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 1 Sapphire Crown, 2014 Group 2 Laurels, 2014 Group 3 Dillion Memorial, 2015 Group 3 Ambrosoli, 2ND 2015 group 1 Rookie Rebel, 2015 Group 3 Bill Collins Memorial, 3RD 2015 Listed Australian Sprint, FINALIST 2014 Group 1 Maturity Classic, 2015 Group 1 Australian Cup, 2015 Group 1 Topgun

“Former superstar who needs a rest, she has been racing well below her best and it will take an almighty form turnaround to see her figure in the finish.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $67 with Bet365

1st Reserve – Mepunga Treasure
Brindle Bitch – 25.9kg – March 2013
Kinloch Brae x Mepunga Opal
Prize money: $59,375
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Career: 42: 6-8-6
From box: N/A
T/D: 24: 4-5-1
T/D Best: 29.52
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 29.70, The Meadows 30.25

“Doesn’t win often enough and struggles in the closing stages, won’t make an impact.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $251 with Bet365

2nd Reserve – Dyna Yemen
Fawn Dog – 35.1kg – July 2012
Superman x Talia Bale
Prize money: $78,730
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 63: 13-8-8
From box: N/A
T/D: 24: 3-3-3
T/D Best: 29.18
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 2 Traralgon Cup

“Former star who appears to have really lost his way. Slow early and just can’t keep up these days.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $301 with Bet365

Group 1 Melbourne Cup – heat seven (10:47pm)

Box One – Xtreme Knocka
White and Blue Brindle Dog – 33.8kg – September 2012
Knocka Norris x Misty Fields
Prize money: $176,400
Trainer: Jason Thompson
Career: 76: 27-19-7
From box: 7: 4-1-1
T/D: 14: 4-2-1
T/D Best: 29.41
Career Highlights: 2ND 2015 Group 1 Hume Cup, FINALIST 2014 Group 1 Vic Peters Classic, 2015 Group 1 Perth Cup

“Ideally drawn and is as honest as they come, he has drawn a very winnable heat as there is very little early speed in this event and from the red draw he should get every chance to hold them out in the run to the first turn. He is capable of going around the 29.35 mark on the lure and that should be enough to score, however I don’t think he can make much of an impact in the final.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $41 with Bet365

Box Two – Sisco Rage
Black Dog – 30.2kg – February 2012
High Earner x Sisco Power
Prize money: $217,998
Trainer: John Galea
Career: 114: 26-18-24
From box: 15: 5-2-2
T/D: 23: 3-6-7
T/D Best: 29.26
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 3 The Racecallers, 3RD 2015 Group 1 Rookie Rebel, FINALIST 2014 Group 1 Maturity Classic, 2015 Group 1 Australian Cup, 2015 Group 1 Harrison-Dawson, 2015 Group 2 Warragul Cup, 2015 Group 2 Shepparton Cup

“Another who has been a great chaser for a long time, however he appears to be a couple of lengths off his best at present and he will need to go to another level to score in this. From the rails draw he might be able to sneak home into a placing.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $101 with Bet365

Box Three – Zipping Meg
Fawn Bitch – 30.0kg – January 2013
Malfoy x Cho Chang
Prize money: $34,290
Trainer: Brooke Ennis
Career: 21: 7-6-1
From box: 0: 0-1-0
T/D: 6: 4-1-0
T/D Best: 29.26
Career Highlights: 2ND 2015 Group 3 Magic Maiden, Sandown Park 29.26, 29.27, 29.31, 29.34

“Big talent but she can do quite a lot wrong in her races. Last week she shanghaied out and was never headed when scoring in a blistering 29.34. The big concern tonight is that she has quite a bit of speed drawn on her outside and she does tend to turn it up when she cops pressure on her outside. Has the talent to feature but I think she is a big take on.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $21 with Bet365

Box Four – Spring Grace
White and Black Bitch – 28.2kg – February 2013
Where’s Pedro x Spring Bluebird
Prize money: $32,430
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 37: 8-5-4
From box: 5: 2-0-1
T/D: 15: 2-3-1
T/D Best: 29.83
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 29.98, Sandown Park 29.83

“Likely to start big odds but she has the talent to cause a boil over, she is armed with smart early speed and I think she is capable of getting across and assuming control at the first bend. She has broken 30 seconds at The Meadows on a few occasions, and, while she clearly can’t win the final, if you’re looking for value in the heats, she could be the one.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $101 with Bet365

Box Five – Unlawful Entry
Brindle and White Dog – 31.1kg – December 2013
Knocka Norris x She Ain’t Late
Prize money: $79,860
Trainer: Kelly Bravo
Career: 15: 7-0-3
From box: 2: 0-0-2
T/D: 1: 1-0-0
T/D Best: 29.51
Career Highlights:  WON 2015 Group 2 Great Chase, FINALIST 2015 Group 3 Silver Bullet

“Recent winner of the Group 2 Great Chaser and he appears to have turned into the ultimate race dog, he is beginning a lot better and handling the corners a lot better than he had been. The middle pin isn’t a great draw for him but if he can step cleanly, the four should give him plenty of room to muster and if he balances up in the top three he should be there to fight out the finish. Great chance to qualify but I don’t think he has enough experience to feature in the final.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $67 with Bet365

Box Six – Mepunga Armagh
Black and White Dog – 34.2kg – October 2011
Premier Fantasy x Mepunga Harmony
Prize money: $178,515
Trainer: Jeff Britton
Career: 85: 27-18-9
From box: 10: 2-2-1
T/D: 34: 10-7-2
T/D Best: 29.34
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2014 Group 1 Adelaide Cup, 2015 group 2 Bendigo Cup

“Track specialist and he can show early speed in his races, however he has a wide runner drawn directly underneath and I think he will be posted wide for most of the journey.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $101 with Bet365

Box Seven – Caustic Bale
Brindle Dog – 35.9kg – December 2012
Bartrim Bale x Tonneli Bale
Prize money: $80,860
Trainer: Steve Collins
Career: 56: 20-5-5
From box: 4: 0-1-1
T/D: 18: 4-2-2
T/D Best: 29.21
Career Highlights: 3RD 2015 Group 1 Harrison-Dawson, FINALIST 2015 Group 2 Warragul Cup, 2015 Group 2 Horsham Cup

“Returned to his brilliant best here last week with a slick 29.43 win and with a trouble free run he should probably win this. He is blessed with enormous talent and if he happened to qualify he has the type of talent that is good enough to win the final, the only concern is that he can make a lot of mistakes in his races and he may get pushed wide at the first bend in his heat.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $151 with Bet365

Box Eight – Lektra Utopia
Brindle Dog – 31.2kg – January 2013
Collision x Lektra Angel
Prize money: $69,105
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 52: 13-8-7
From box: 3: 1-0-1
T/D: 16: 3-2-2
T/D Best: 29.50
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 3 Cranbourne Puppy Classic

“Front runner who rarely runs a bad race and he has a solid record here, however he tends to race best when drawn nearer the inside and he is going to face an uphill battle in this.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $251 with Bet365

1st Reserve – Precipitation
Black Dog – 35.3kg – May 2013
El Grand Senor x Kiowa Angel
Prize money: $10,510
Trainer: Todd Chatwin
Career: 23: 4-7-2
From box: N/A
T/D: 7: 1-3-0
T/D Best: 30.50
Career Highlights: WON Sale 29.42

“Much improved chaser and he is capable of running very fast times in his races, however this is an enormous rise in class and he doesn’t stand much of a chance.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $151 with Bet365

2nd Reserve – Ikaku Bale
White and Red Brindle Dog – 31.4kg – March 2013
Kelsos Fusileer x Chloe Allen
Prize money: $43,950
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 43: 7-7-5
From box: N/A
T/D: 10: 2-2-1
T/D Best: 29.54
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 30.01, Sandown Park 29.54

“Hasn’t really delivered on early potential and lacks genuine early speed, won’t make any impact.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $251 with Bet365

Group 1 Melbourne Cup – heat eight (11:07pm)

Box One – Banjo Bewdy
Black Bitch – 27.6kg – April 2013
Magic Sprite x Mary Lou Cargo
Prize money: $28,910
Trainer: Ken Virtue
Career: 13: 6-3-1
From box: 0: 0-0-0
T/D: 3: 1-2-0
T/D Best: 29.67
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Damsels Dash (The Meadows)

“Well drawn in the red and she has the speed to hold them out early. Last time out she beat a handy lineup at the Meadows in 30.04 and she looked fairly strong in the run home, however this is another step up and she will need to pinch a nice break mid race. Her speed gives her a great chance of qualifying for the final but if she does she will need to go to another level to take out the big one.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $41 with Bet365

Box Two – Sacremento Sal
Black Bitch – 27.1kg – April 2013
Prize money: $38,740
Trainer: Jessica Sharp
Career: 35: 11-5-5
From box: 3: 2-0-1
T/D: 9: 2-1-1
T/D Best: 29.70
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 3 SA Oaks

“Honest chaser and she was far from disgraced when placed here last time out, however tonight she will be taking on some real top liners and I dont think she can lead, so her chances become limited.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $151 with Bet365

Box Three – Bearville Azza
Black Dog – 32.5kg – May 2013
Lochinvar Marlow x Von’s Angel
Prize money: $40,045
Trainer: Rob Britton
Career: 29: 13-4-3
From box: 4: 1-1-0
T/D: 9: 3-2-1
T/D Best: 29.40
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 20.03, Sandown Park 29.40

“Handy FFA chaser and he did catch the eye when scoring here in 29.40 two runs back, however on that occasion he did ping the lids and he was afforded an easy lead. Tonight he has a heap of speed drawn around him, so he isn’t going to get things his own way. Will take a supreme effort to score and I can’t see him winning.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $101 with Bet365

Box Four – Elfen Bale
White and Dark Brindle Bitch – 27.0kg – March 2013
Kelsos Fusileer x Chloe Allen
Prize money: $140,425
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 42: 16-10-4
From box: 3: 2-0-0
T/D: 10: 3-1-1
T/D Best: 29.40
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 3 Ladies Bracelet, 2015 Group 3 SA Oaks, 3RD 2015 Group 1 Peter Mosman Classic, FINALIST 2015 Group 1 Sapphire Crown, 2015 Group 3 Bill collins Memorial

“Definitely no superstar but is as honest as they come and she has a habit of pinging the lids, I’m expecting her to come out running again and if she crosses the red early she can take home the prize. She doesn’t have the talent to win the final but she should give a great sight in her heat.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $51 with Bet365

Box Five – Uno Suzie
Black Bitch – 29.0kg – March 2013
Cosmic Chief x Uno Witch
Prize money: $121,873
Trainer: Anthony Azzopardi
Career: 59: 21-14-8
From box: 5: 2-1-2
T/D: 2: 0-1-0
T/D Best: N/A
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 2 Black Top, 2013 Group 3 Canberra Cup, 3RD 2015 Dapto Oaks, FINALIST 2015 Group 3 Ladies Bracelet, 2015 Group 2 Bob Payne Spring Sprint

“Talented NSW chaser but she has struggled in her two runs here and I think she will have trouble getting across in the early stages. Unlikely to figure in the finish.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $201 with Bet365

Box Six – Blazin’ Bomber
Black Dog – 32.8kg – November 2013
Kinloch Brae x Absolute Stunna
Prize money: $80,850
Trainer: Darren Pattinson
Career: 17: 12-2-3
From box: 5: 3-2-1
T/D: 5: 2-1-2
T/D Best: 29.28
Career Highlights: WON 2015 Group 3 Cranbourne Puppy Classic, 3RD 2015 Group 1 Vic Peters Classic

“Powerhouse chaser and if he avoids trouble at the first turn, he will take a power of beating. The big concern with him is that he appears to have lost all of his early dash, so now relies on a lot of luck in his races. No good thing from this draw but he is too good to dismiss. Would need to draw the red in the final to have any chance.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $17 with Bet365

Box Seven – Benta Bale
Black Bitch – 27.0kg – February 2013
Turanza Bale x Bala Bale
Prize money: $38,555
Trainer: Andrea Dailly
Career: 43: 9-7-9
From box:5: 1-2-0
T/D: 9: 2-2-0
T/D Best: 29.61
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 2 Geelong Cup

“She is my value bet of the night, she has turned in some terrific efforts of late and from the wide draw she appears perfectly placed. There is no speed drawn around her and she should get every chance to settle in the top four, she is extremely strong in the run home and I think this is her race. She can’t win the final but she will give a great sight.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $101 with Bet365

Box Eight – Gaucho
Black Dog – 34.6kg – March 2013
El Grand Senor x Oh Em Gee
Prize money: $65,355
Trainer: Brooke Ennis
Career: 37: 15-4-3
From box: 6: 2-1-0
T/D: 17: 6-2-2
T/D Best: 29.37
Career Highlights: FINALIST 2015 Group 2 Launching Pad, 2015 Group 3 Silver Bullet

“Handy chaser returned to form with a strong 29.56 win here last week, with a clear passage he is capable of winning a race like this, however from the wide draw he is likely to be posted wide for most of the trip and his chances look limited.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $101 with Bet365

1st Reserve – Fleetwood Zac
White and Black Dog – 35.7kg – January 2013
Premier Fantasy x Book Of Music
Prize money: $44,470
Trainer: Angela Langton
Career: 54: 9-9-13
From box: N/A
T/D: 23: 3-3-6
T/D Best: 29.56
Career Highlights: WON The Meadows 30.38, Sandown Park 29.56

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $251 with Bet365

2nd Reserve – Bring Sexy Back
Black Dog – 29.8kg – June 2013
Kinloch Brae x Harbour Gift
Prize money: $13,682
Trainer: Gerry Orr
Career: 28: 5-3-3
From box: N/A
T/D: 5: 3-0-0
T/D Best: 29.83
Career Highlights: WON Sandown Park 29.83

“Races well here but his sectionals and overall times are just not good enough.”

Odds to win the Melbourne Cup final: $501 with Bet365

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