18 Wheeler in Melbourne Cup heats

Dominant owner Paul Wheeler and family have 18 runners tomorrow night’s eight heats of the $290,000 Melbourne Cup (515m).

Fresh from snaring two Group victories last week with Bekim Bale (Sandown Shootout) and Dyna Tron (Geelong Cup) could possibly have every runner in the final.

While Bekim Bale, the Sandown 515m record holder, has started only eight times but is a commanding favourite for the final with TABsportsbet at $4.80.

He was $5.50 yesterday but being from box eight in the fifth heat, most expect him to progress in the only the winner qualifies heats.

The other prominent Wheeler-owned Melbourne Cup contenders include Group 1 winners Shereen Bale (heat 2, box 8), Allen Harper (heat 4, box 1) and Radley Bale (heat 7, box 4).

Yet the Wheeler’s array of others could quite easily fill the other boxes in the final – what price that?