The $500,000 greyhound racing version of Australia’s biggest race, the Melbourne Cup; is here front and centre at tonight’s Sandown greyhound racing meeting.
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Sportsbet.com.au have been betting right through the week on the final and installed Queenslander Glen Gallon the $3.50 equal favourite from box 1.
The Jason Thompson trained Don’t Knocka Him also opened at $3.50 from box 3 before drifting out to $3.60, and then returning to $3.50 under weight of money.
That move has seen Glen Gallon’s price push out to $3.60 for trainer Tony Brett.
Thompson’s second runner, Got A Moment, has drifted from $8.00 out to $9.00.
While the third of Jason Thompson’s Melbourne Cup finalists, Proven Nitro, is virtually unwanted in betting. After opening up at $5.50, he was been wound out twice, to $7.00 and now to $7.50.
Greyhound punters haven’t missed the appearance of another Graeme Bate trained greyhound in the final. After training the trifecta in the big race in 1999, winning it with champion Kantarn Bale; Bate has been searching for a fourth Melbourne Cup win for 13 years.
After starting 3 finalists in last years Melbourne Cup, Bate has just the one runner, Desalle Bale who has drawn awkwardly in box 5.
But that hasn’t stopped punters spruiking Desalle Bale’s chances, backing the chaser from $10.00 in to $9.00.
General Destini and Emilio Rinaldi have been the centre of attention in mainstream media circles this past week, but the curiosity of his American bred greyhounds hasn’t translated to the betting markets. General Destini is the rank outsider of the field, drifting out from $15.00 to $17.00 to overcome box 6.
Flying Machine and Geelong Cup winner Hurunui Hitman has firmed one point from $9.00 in to $8.00 but will have to contend with speedy Desalle Bale at box rise. From box 7 he is drawn the right side of the track but may get posted three wide to the first corner with both Proven Nitro and Desalle Bale likely to push up underneath.
Linden Magpie who was very impressive winning his heat last week, will need luck from box 8 but has been kept safe by punters at $8.00. Possessing excellent middle splits, Linden Magpie will be aiming to spear under any trouble on the first corner to get clear running in the back straight for his best chances.
With a “$5.00 the field” market the 2012 Melbourne Cup should be a race to remember and the winner of the race will go straight in to the record books as the winner of Australia’s richest greyhound race, and no better time to get your own $500 free Melbourne Cup Bet.
For the first time in Australian greyhound racing history, tonight’s race will carry an amazing $350,000 first prize money to the winner and the victorious greyhound is assured of going straight in to the top prizemoney earning greyhounds of all time. Both Glen Gallon ($324,907 #29) and Don’t Knocka Him ($376,329 #21) will eclipse High Earner’s $610,070 career prizemoney record should they be good enough to win tonight.
Meanwhile Miata, who has already won $451,758 and sits an #11 on the all time career greyhound prizemoney record list, is prohibitive odds to add another $100,000 in winnings to that tally by taking out the Bold Trease Final, also on tonight’s Sandown card.
The feature staying race has attracted a more than handy field of distance greyhounds but Miata has stifled betting at $1.60 with only the Kelvyn Greenough trained Jethro given any chance of upsetting the favourite.
2012 MELBOURNE CUP TIPS
1st Glen Gallon
2nd Got A Moment
3rd Linden Magpie
4th Proven Nitro
2012 Bold Trease Tips
3rd Bell Haven
4th He Knows Uno
The Melbourne Cup is Race 8 on tonight’s Sandown greyhound racing meeting and is timed to go at 9:55pm.
The Bold Trease final is Race 6 and scheduled for boxrise at 8:55pm.