2010 MTD Australian Cup Final Preview

The Meadows is gearing up to host one of the best night’s of greyhound racing this year on Saturday night when they host two Group 1 finals, the $150, 000 MTD Australian Cup (525m) and the $50, 000 Macro Meats Super Stayers (725m).

The headline event of the night is the lucrative and highly anticipated Australian Cup, featuring eight of the nation’s champion sprinters.

Having secured the prized alley draw with box one, Andrea Daily’s Dyna Lachlan looks poised to secure the $150, 000 first prize and the Adelaide Cup – Australian Cup double following their impressive heat victory.

The son of Go Wild Teddy has won four from six out of box one, has great box speed and if he finds the front early he will have this in the bag. A win in the Cup on Saturday will see Dyna Lachlan’s career prize earnings boosted to an amazing $434, 555 getting him ever-closer to Rapid Journey’s all time Australian prizemoney record.

Anakie trainer Daily dominates the final field as they also have Dyna Obelia and Manuel Bale starting from boxes six and seven respectively.

Younger sister to Dyna Lachlan, Dyna Obelia was a surprise Australian Cup qualifier after they claimed a shock victory in heat two last week after starting as the $30.60 roughie. It was a rough and tumble heat run with only five of the starters finishing, including the well beaten $2.10 favourite Mr. Metz.

Dyna Obelia looks outclassed in this final but kennelmate Manuel Bale may just cause another upset if he can step up and produce some early speed.

The son of Surf Lorian loves the wide draws and has run a minor placing in four of his five starts wearing the black rug. Manuel Bale’s heat three win last week caused a stir as he held off the warm favourite Cindeen Shelby by a length. The ever improving runner ran a sharp 30.20 seconds in the heat, shaving nearly 4 lengths off his previous personal best.

Drawn on the far outside in box eight is the super impressive fastest qualifier Birthday Boy gaining a lot of attention following his incredible 29.71sec win last week. The son of Where’s Pedro has previously ran 29.67 at The Meadows track and stands an excellent chance in this final. From his 11 starts wearing the pink Birthday Boy has won three and placed four times so keep a close eye on this Geelong Cup winner.

Other top dogs in the Australian Cup on Saturday include the Robert Britton-trained Prankster in box four and classy Queensland chaser High Earner.

Group 1 Hobart Thousand winner Prankster, a son of Bombastic Shiraz, is a real contender Saturday night despite his awkward draw. He has the experience and speed to overcome any obstacles and has run in a noteworthy five Group 1 finals since the end of November.

On the outside of Prankster is the Christine Robartson-trained High Earner. High Earner is a natural pacesetter with two previous Group 1 final runs at this track. Although he did not win either, he did lead early on and if he can just hold on and bring out a final burst of acceleration to match his brilliant box speed he might just be in with a chance.

The 2010 MTD Australian Cup will run as race eight on the night’s elite 11 race line-up and is programmed to jump at 9:45pm (VIC time).

2010 MTD Australian Cup Final Field & Box Draw:





Best Time

1 12151
A L Dailly 29.79
2 18141
J R Maple 29.94
3 18861
T Womann 30.22
4 52631
R J Britton 29.89
5 51421
C Robartson 29.92
6 38711
A L Dailly 30.33
7 32431
A L Dailly 29.97
8 52541
S J Elsum 29.67
1st 11112
A L Dailly 30.17
2nd 13112
M T Carter 29.83