The Kel Greenough-trained Jethro looks the greyhound to beat in the Group 1 Hume Cup at The Meadows on Melbourne Cup eve after a stunning eight and three quarter length heat win in 34.59.
The son of Head Bound and It’s A She again began slowly before unleashing the most powerful finishing burst of the night, running home in a sensational 12.05 to stamp himself as the greyhound to beat in Monday week’s $75,000-to-the-winner final, despite drawing box five.
Andrea Dailly goes into the final with two chances after impressive efforts from Franklin Hero (34.55 best of night heat win) and Lektra Jay, who was outgunned by young star Langi Bale.
Grand chaser Don Chendo will be looking to push his prizemoney to over $275,000 if victorious in the final after an all-the-way 34.61 victory in the first heat of the night. The son of Where’s Pedro and Kilby Supreme has won a whopping 16 races at the Broadmeadows circuit and will start from box seven in the final.
Bubba’s Dream (34.79) and Johnny Ringo (34.94) were also impressive winners, while Destini Fireball looms as one of the main dangers after drawing the coveted red alley.
Monday week’s meeting will also see the running of the Group 3 RSN Silver Bullet, with fields to be released on Wednesday.
Group 1 Hume Cup Final Box Draw
$75,000 to the winner (600m)
Box 1 – Destini Fireball Emilio Rinaldi NBT
Box 2 – Bubba’s Dream Ken Bailey 34.79
Box 3 – Johnny Ringo James Ennis 34.51
Box 4 – Langi Bale Graeme Bate 34.58
Box 5 – Jethro Kel Greenough 34.57
Box 6 – Lektra Jay Andrea Dailly 34.36
Box 7 – Don Chendo Len Ketelaar 34.35
Box 8 – Franklin Hero Andrea Dailly 34.55
1st Res – Bagget Bale Andrea Dailly 34.81
2nd Res – Katie Merry Kellie Bravo 34.42