Persistent rain throughout the afternoon saw the track downgraded to ‘slow’ early in the meeting, however it was not enough to prevent Cyclone Ned ($1.50F) from showing his customary early dash from box 1 as he raced to a clear early lead.
From there Cyclone Ned was never threatened, racing away to win by 2.5 lengths over Your Show Jake ($13.60). Prepared by Keysborough based mentor Geoff Mitchell, it was Cyclone Ned’s sixth victory in 16 starts at his home track.
Lynlea’s King ($2.80F) was equally impressive in his Prelude, also leading all of the way to win by 4.75 lengths in 30.05.
Kinka Bale ($8.30) won the night’s opening Prelude in 30.27, while Jamaican Bolt ($2.40F) and Lord Ducal ($3.50) were victorious 30.34 and 30.28 respectively.
The winner of each Solo Melbourne Cup Prelude earns a berth in the heats of Australia’s richest greyhound race, the $250,000 Group 1 Solo Melbourne Cup, the final of which will be run on Thursday 26 November.
The next Solo Melbourne Cup Prelude series will be run on Thursday 1 October.