It would be an amazing chapter of the rich history of the Melbourne Cup if Black Opium were able to claim the Cup at just her 8th race start. Amazingly this is the first time she has been tested in Group company after starting her career with a Bendigo victory under two months ago. That win was on September 28 and if the talented bitch can win, she will become the youngest ever winner of the Melbourne Cup at just 19 months. Jumping from box 6 in her heat, she was slick out of the boxes and went straight to the front where she stayed all the way in scoring a big win in what was the quickest of the 8 heats. With two previous wins from box 5, she draws inside her kennel-mate Poke The Bear and if she can fly the lids and get to the front, the other chasers will have a job on their hands to run her down.
With many pundits of the opinion that Poke The Bear is the best dog in the country, the son of Fernando Bale will have to be at his best to claim a strong Melbourne Cup. Starting from box 4 in his heat, he worked forward and despite never being in front through any of the early splits, he was in front at the most important part, chasing hard to work home over the top and score. After working his way through to the final of the Million Dollar Chase he finished 4th to Mystic Riot. Taking on the G1 Topgun at his next start in the green rug, he was a big winner when defeating a strong line-up. His next run was again from box 6 when claiming the G3 Silver Bullet at The Meadows when arriving right on the line to defeat Up Hill Jill. With 5 wins from 9 starts out of Box 6, he should work across to find a great position.
Landing box 2 for the heats, My Redeemer flew the lids early but couldn’t quite get to the rail and then raced outside Hasten Slowly for the entirety. As they turned into the home straight, he packed too many guns and was able to power over the top for a strong win in the third quickest of the winners. Trainer David Geall had dropped the son of Fernando Bale back to the 515m of the Cup following a strong win from box 5 at The Meadows when jumping straight to the front and never in danger thereafter. My Redeemer is a Group 1 winner at Sandown, over this trip when claiming the Harrison-Dawson Final earlier this year. Also starting from box 1 in that final, he was crossed early but was able to finish best to defeat Bernardo. From 4 previous starts wearing the red, he has two wins and has scored 5 wins at the Sandown 515m.
The Melbourne Cup is a heat/final series conducted at Sandown Park, with eight heats held on November 16, with all heat winners progressing to the final. The fastest two second-placed runners have been named the reserves. The race is held over 515m and was first held in 1956 over the imperial distance of 565 yards.
In 2012 the race was granted huge stake increases to make it the richest greyhound race in the world. Total prizemoney on offer in 2017 is $630,000 with the winner to receive $435,000.
The 2017 winner was the Seona Thompson trained Aston Dee Bee. Other past winners of the race include Black Magic Opal, Dyna Tron, El Grand Senor, Bombastic Shiraz, Go Wild Teddy and Rapid Journey.
|Date:||Friday 23rd November 2018|
|Race Time:||19:51 AEST|
|2017 Winner:||Aston Dee Bee|
|Market:||2018 Melbourne Cup Odds|
|2017||Aston Dee Bee|
|2015||Dyna Double One|
|2013||Black Magic Opal|
|2012||Got A Moment|