Melbourne Cup Final Field & Box Draw

Following the exciting heats last week, the box draw for Australia’s richest greyhound race, the $250 000 Group 1 Solo Melbourne Cup (515m), was held on Saturday night at the annual Melbourne Cup Ball at Sandown Park.

Sensational speedster Take The Kitty, the only interstate dog in the elite final field this year, drew the rails with the coveted box one. Getting the inside running has increased the Ken Cheetham-trained runner’s chance to secure his first feature race victory and the lucrative $175 000 to-the-winner prize exceptionally.

Mr. Moorooduc, the Dawn Johnston-trained dog that recorded the second fastest Solo Melbourne Cup heat victory in history (29.57s), has also drawn well in box three.

The most experienced dog in the final with 67 career starts, Graeme Bate’s Turanza Bale has drawn box five. Bate is looking to create his own piece of history on Thursday night by becoming the first trainer to win four Melbourne Cups.

Jamie Ennis’ Octare, who snared a shock victory in the heats as the $33 outsider, has drawn on the outside with box eight. Octare is the only female in the final and is also the oldest contender.

The highly anticipated final for the 2009 $250 000 Group 1 Solo Melbourne Cup is scheduled as race eight this Thursday night at Sandown Park and is due to commence 9:40pm (VIC time).

Group 1 Solo Melbourne Cup Final Field & Box Draw:

Box

Greyhound

Trainer

1
TAKE THE KITTY
Ken Cheetham
2
PRANKSTER
Robert Britton
3
MR MOOROODUC
Dawn Johnston
4
REMO RUBIK
Geoff Mitchell
5
TURANZA BALE
Graeme Bate
6
DYNA LACHLAN
Andrea Dailly
7
LORD DUCAL
Jon Roberts
8
OCTARE
Jamie Ennis
Reserves:
9
DAWBILOWS HEAVEN
Gary Ennis
10
GRIPEN BALE
Graeme Bate

Sandown Park Race Programme Thursday November 26:

Race #

Race Name

Distance

Grade

Prizemoney (1st-2nd-3rd)

Time (VIC)

1 www.tab.com.au Heat 1 515m 5 $4200-1200-600 7:08pm
2 Macro Meats Heat 2 515m 5 $4200-1200-600 7:25pm
3 Pepsi Heat 3 515m 5 $4200-1200-600 7:44pm
4 Gatorade Heat 4 515m 5 $4200-1200-600 8:08pm
5 Solo Low Carb Heat 5 515m 5 $4200-1200-600 8:28pm
6 Solo Melbourne Cup Consolation Final 515m NG $10000-3000-1500 8:52pm
7 Solo Lemon Lime 515m 3/4 $5250-1500-750 9:11pm
8 SOLO MELBOURNE CUP FINAL 515m Group 1 $175000-50000-25000 9:40pm
9 Sunkist Heat 6 515m 5 $4200-1200-600 10:12pm
10 Pepsi Max Heat 7 515m 5 $4200-1200-600 10:33pm
11 www.sandowngreyhounds.com.au Heat 8 515m 5 $4200-1200-600 10:52pm