Exciting sprinter Velocette ran a brilliant 29.54 to win the first Schweppes Melbourne Cup Prelude at Sandown Park tonight.
Trained by three-time Melbourne Cup winner Graeme Bate, Velocette ($3.50) began quickly from box 6 and was never threatened, powering to the line 10.5 lengths ahead of Sondaor ($8.10). Favourite All Caution ($1.80) was unplaced.
Velocette has now won five of his 11 Sandown Park starts, and the win came just a day after another Bate runner, Hastings Bale, won in 29.56 at his race debut.
In the other Preludes run on the night, Stevan Shinner's impressive youngster Invisiting Me ($2.60) continued his good form, winning Prelude 2 in 29.88.
The winner of each Prelude automatically earns a berth in the heats of the $250,000 Group 1 Schweppes Melbourne Cup. The 2008 Schweppes Melbourne Cup will be run on Thursday 27 November.