Victorian trio clear favourites for 2016 Group 1 Melbourne Cup

DESPITE going win-less in its past four starts, Victorian star Zambora Brockie remains the favourite to take out the world’s richest greyhound race, the Group 1 Melbourne Cup, at Park on November 18.

Trained by Anthony Azzopardi, the black speed machine won nine in a row between May and August, including stunning triumphs in the Group 1 Winter Cup, the Group 2 Horsham Cup and the Victorian Sprint Championship.

A lack of wins since that hot form is a worry, but it has been up against tough company and still run well in the Group 1 National Sprint Championship (2nd), the Speed Star (3rd), a heat of the Group 2 Shepparton Cup (3rd), as well as the invitation-only Group 1 Topgun (6th) at The Meadows last Saturday night.

The team at Sportsbet believe he can bounce back in the biggest race on the Australian calendar, installing him as the $13 favourite to win the $420,000 to the winner title.

On the second line of betting are sensational back-markers and Dundee Osprey at $15 each.

Worm Burner is the best sprinter South Australia has produced in recent years, having defeated Zambora Brockie in the Group 1 National Sprint Championship at Angle Park back in August.

On that occasion the brindle dog exploded from the boxes and gave his rivals windburn, scorching to the line to record a five and three quarter lengths triumph in 29.17.

Since then he has won four of his eight starts, also finishing second in the Group 1 Adelaide Cup, and most recently finishing down the track in the Group 1 Topgun.

The winner of the Topgun was none other than Dundee Osprey, a heavyweight son of Fabregas and Dundee Rose.

The black powerhouse is a two-time group 1 winner and has a sensational record at Sandown, the home of the Melbourne Cup, having won six of his 12 starts over the track and trip, the best in a scintillating 29.11 and the slowest in a fast 29.31.

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The son of Knocka Norris and She Ain’t Late resumed from a two-month spell in the Topgun last start, finishing fifth.

Prior to that he had been racing well in FFA and group events around . An important fact to note is that he is the track record holder at Sandown, clocking an airborne 29.95 earlier this year.

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Far from disgraced when finishing third in the Topgun last start. The Gavin Burke-trained dog is a model of consistency and a flawless beginner – something which will put him in good stead for a series such as this.

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He is a NSW sprinter so may not even tackle this series, but he is one of his state’s best and could pinch a break if he happened to draw well. As the big odds suggest, he would need a lot of luck to topple some of the nation’s best, but we still think he is overs.

Group 1 Melbourne Cup – market

Zambora Brockie $13
Worm Burner $15
Dundee Osprey $15
Barton Bale $17
Weekend Binge $17
Demon Bale $21
Fanta Bale $21
Vancouver Star $21
Unlawful Entry $26
Pantera Nera $26
Jesaulenko $26
Ando’s Mac $26 with Sportsbet
Aston Bolero $26
Invictus Rapid $26
Outside Pass $31
Yanong $31
Allen Terminator $31
Blazin’ Bomber $31
Ultimate Magic $31
Cash In Motion $31
Felton Bale $31
Dalgetty $31
Shima Song $34
Buck Forty $34
Hit The Highway $34
Asa Flying Spur $34
Thirty Talks $41
Fabregal $41
Slick Ice $41
France Soir $41
Shared Equity $41
Benteke $41
Aqua Cheetah $41
Aeroplane Tommy $41
Moreira $41
Diego Bale $51
One For Me $51
Ima Wagtail $51
Split Image $51
Sleek Master $51
Single Sticka $51
Thrilling Boris $51
Reckoning $51
Jack Walker $61
Burn One Down $61
Fire Blaze $61
Both Sides Now $61
Aeroplane Bob $71
Marley Bale $71
Maja Mahi Mahi $71
Reefton Treasure $71
Sassy Ginger $71
Black Driftwood $71
My Silver Chisel $81
Folio Bale $81
Segovia $81
Nymeria $81
Keune $81
Bearville Azza $81
Dundee Fury $81
Tiggerlong Await $81
Asa Killa Queen $101
Reviewer $101
Paua To Avoid $101
Lyka Allen $101
Magic Spring $101
Major Jackpot $101
Marbo’s Magic $101
Shell Shocked $101
Midwinter $101
Eisenhower $101
Duna Runa $101
Cosmic Owl $101
Blue Revolver $101
Black Bear Lee $101
To The Galo’s $101
Pure Titanium $151
Barking Bad $151
Milly Keeping $151
Nangar Flame $151
Snakebite Bale $151
Sheza Keen Size $151
Pedro Cerrano $201
Mitcharlie Mia $201
Knight Sprite $201
Harlon $201
Fabulous Bill $201
Tilly’s Boy $251
Star Torana $251
Gilberto $301
Megsie Marble $301

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