Named in honour of the champion brindle dog of the mid ‘70’s, Temlee, the race is an invitation only event.
To be held at Victoria’s premier greyhound track The Meadows, the race forms part of bumper night of galloping action with 3 Group 1 races on the card. The 2018 edition of the Temlee will be run for total stakes of $145,000 and is held over the 525m distance.
Becoming part of the Australian Cup carnival in 2003, there have been some talented greyhounds win the race in that time including Slater, El Galo and High Earner.
Trained by Anthony Azzopardi, the black dog is a dual Group 1 winner. He has met Aston Dee Bee on multiple occasions with his biggest success coming when turning the tables in the UBET Adelaide Cup. Finishing 2nd to his larger rival in the heats he made the most of his chances in the Final when running to the front down the back straight and was never in danger once he found the front to score the first G1 of his career. Since that victory Raw Ability has gone on to score victory in 5 of 10 starts including the last 3 in succession. Included in his 3 successive victories is a sweep of the G1 Paws Of Thunder Series at Wentworth Park. A commanding heat victory was followed with a 1.5 length victory in the final over Slick after jumping straight to the front from box 7.
Aston Dee Bee has a superb record through his career that has netted connections 33 wins thus far. However it is his record since missing the Final of the Maturity back in July that has seen the son of Barcia Bale become such a force in Australian Greyhound racing. Since that 4th placing behind Fast Times in that Maturity semi, Aston Dee Bee has faced the starter on 22 occasions and has not missed a top 3 finish in that period – 22: 17-4-1. In that period he has finished 2nd in the Adelaide Cup, 3rd in the National Sprint Championship, 2nd to Up Hill Jill in the Topgun and was successful in the Melbourne Cup, all at Group 1 level. In that same time he has also been successful in the Shootout, the Ballarat Cup final, the Warragul Cup final. If there is a concern it may be his record at The Meadows which stands at 7: 2-1-1.
A great beginner, Striker Light will be looking to come out of the boxes running. Trained by Brett Bravo the bitch has built her career strongly and is a dual Wentworth Park Group 1 winner following her success in the National Futurity Final and the Golden Easter Egg Final. In the National Futurity she led all the way from box 1, defeating Up Hill Jill by 2.75 lengths. A wonderful race bitch this will be her 9th G1 appearance. If this race were to be held at Wentworth Park, Bravo would be confident of a strong showing with the daughter of KC And All who has 6 wins from 7 appearances at the Sydney track, however her Meadows record will have the astute mentor slightly concerned despite the red rug. In 7 appearances at The Meadows her record stands at 7: 1-3-1.