They came and they conquered, the dynamic duo of Jason Thompson and Black Magic Opal put on a dazzling display for spectators, leading all the way in a best of the night 29.41.
In a night full of upsets, next Thursday’s $350,000 to the winner final will prove most interesting, with the crucial box draw conducted at noon tomorrow.
Plenty of early speedsters have made it into the final, however many winners came from behind in tonight’s heats, providing an array of mixed chasers.
Melbourne Cup Heat One
1st: (3) Iona Seven – Robert Britton ($6.30) 2nd: (2) Spud Regis 3rd: (8) Dashing Man
Spud Regis began fast to lead the field at the first turn. Iona Seven sat right on his heels and shot away in the straight to qualify. Special mention to Dashing Man who found a heap of trouble and only needed a few more strides to secure the win.
Melbourne Cup Heat Two
1st: (2) Peter Rocket – Keith Hellmuth ($3.30) 2nd: (6) Take It All 3rd: Tee Brady
Sveta Monelli exploded out of box four to lead the field to the first turn, before a very talented chaser in Peter Rocket was quickly sitting on his heels. After some interference to his chasers on the home corner, this talented greyhound shot away to win by 3.8 lengths in a sensational time, just 0.01 behind the best of the night.
Melbourne Cup Heat Three
1st: (1) Proven Maddy – Wayne Vassallo ($7.10) 2nd: (2) Buckle Up Mason 3rd: Easton Bale
Proven Maddy began fast to lead the field around the first turn before being rounded up in the back straight by the speedy Buckle Up Mason. Proven Maddy gallantly fought back in the home straight and made a desperate last surge to secure a finals spot.
Melbourne Cup Heat Four
1st: (6) Black Magic Opal – Jason Thompson ($1.70) 2nd: (1) Gold Town 3rd: (3) Empire Allen
It wouldn’t be a Melbourne Cup final without the influence of Jason Thompson and Black Magic Opal didn’t disappoint favourite backers as he rocketed from box six, leading all the way in best of the night figures. Gold Town ran a brilliant second in taking plenty of ground off the leader, bringing the winning margin to under a length and is unlucky not to be starting in the final next week.
Melbourne Cup Heat Five
Yet another upset in heat five with Hawk Alone beginning fast from box six to cross his rivals and sit early behind the speedy Whata Good Size. Taking a risky rails run on the home turn, Hawk Alone got the break and shot away to score in brilliant time.
Melbourne Cup Heat Six
1st: Kiss Me Ketut – David Burnett ($6.80) 2nd: (6) Xylia Allen 3rd: (7) Peloton Bale
Kiss Me Ketut began fast from box three before checking off the heels of the early leader and running very wide at the first turn. Superbly made up a stack of ground and was too good in a solid time. Xylia Allen came from last to run second after finding a heap of trouble, sensational run.
Melbourne Cup Heat Seven
1st: (2) Shifty Sticka – Paul Anderton ($3.20) 2nd: (3) Ferly Reign 3rd: (4) Jordan Allen
The well-supported Shifty Sticka began well and sat behind early leader Ferly Reign. Checking off his heels after a failed attempt at a rails run, Shifty Sticka got plenty of room to move in the straight and bounded away by 3 lengths.
Melbourne Cup Heat Eight
1st: (3) Dyna Beth – Andrea Dailly ($22.10) 2nd: (5) Speed Series 3rd: (6) Marcus Joe
The last heat produced the greatest upset by far as Andrea Dailly secured her second runner into next weeks final with a stunning upset by Dyna Berth. In a roughly run affair, the winner managed to catch a few breaks, as there was plenty of interference behind him, however took advantage of some good fortune to produce a strong performance.