The winners of a combined 817 races – including 22 Group race finals – and over $4.25m in prizemoney will descend on Sandown Park this Thursday night for the heats of the 2010 Group 1 Solo Melbourne Cup.
Widely regarded as the finest night of racing on the Australian greyhound calendar, the eight Solo Melbourne Cup heats highlight an outstanding card that also features two heats of the Bold Trease Carnival Cup for the stayers, to be run at Group 1 level for the first time.
The winner of each Solo Melbourne Cup heat will progress to the $250,000 final on Thursday 18 November, while the first four in the two Bold Trease Carnival Cup heats will progress to the $72,500 final, also on Thursday 1 November.
The box draw for both Group 1 features will be conducted on course this Thursday night, and will be available on Australian Racing Greyhound soon after.
A full night of entertainment is in store for Solo Melbourne Cup night, featuring Richmond star Jack Riewoldt and Melbourne Vixen’s netballer Bianca Chatfield, roving entertainment and 8 x $1000 bets on the Cup final in the Big Punt competition.
Entry is free to both heats and final night, gates open at 6.00pm and the first race is at 7.07pm.