Lord Ducal Wins Coveted Melbourne Cup

Australia’s richest greyhound race, the $250 000 to-the-winner Group 1 Solo Melbourne Cup, last night went to the locally bred, owned and trained speedster Lord Ducal.

Lord Ducal ($8.20) jumped from box seven and his wide draw gave him a huge advantage as he managed to steer clear of the trouble on the rails and defeat Andrea Dailly’s Dyna Lachlan ($4.90) by two-and-a-half lengths with the Dawn Johnston-trained Mr. Moorooduc ($5.70) a further four-and-a-quarter lengths back for third.

The winner clocked an incredible 29.53 seconds over the 515m, beating his sensational heat winning time of 29.56 and claiming the lucrative $175 000 to-the-winner prize.  Lord Ducal’s time was the second fastest in the Melbourne Cup’s 54-year history a mere 0.02 seconds outside of Betty’s Angel’s race record.

Lord Ducal gave his connections, husband and wife team Jenny and Jon Roberts their first Cup runner in over 20 years, and their first ever Melbourne Cup victory. The last dog they had entered in the prestigious final was back in 1988 when Lord Ducal’s great, great auntie Plugger ran fourth.

In one of the toughest Cups to date, a number of the classy competitors got caught up in the drama with Take The Kitty and Turanza Bale both suffering minor injuries. The on-track veterinarian examined the two dogs and stood down Ken Cheetham’s Take The Kitty for a full week while the Graeme Bate-trained Turanza Bale will be stood down for three days.

It was a devastating finish for Bate, as not only did he miss out on becoming the first trainer to win four Melbourne Cups, but his finalist, Turanza Bale fell during the race and failed to finish. While Take The Kitty, the odds-on favourite going into the race at $3.90, could only manage fifth after the early interference.

The victory bought Lord Ducal’s record to nine wins in 26 career starts for over $215 000 in prize money.

2009 Solo Melbourne Cup Results:

Placing

Greyhound

Trainer

Box

Weight

Margin

1
LORD DUCAL
J Roberts 7 32.9
2
DYNA LACHLAN
A L Dailly 6 31.6 2.5
3
MR. MOOROODUC
D J Johnston 3 33.4 6.75
4
OCTARE
J S Ennis 8 28.6 9.25
5
TAKE THE KITTY
K P Cheetham 1 31.2 10.50
6
REMO RUBIK
G Mitchell 4 34.3 14.00
7
PRANKSTER
R J Britton 2 34.2 17.25
F
TURANZA BALE
G J Bate 5 36.3 F