18 Wheeler now the magnificent seven – 2011 Melbourne Cup

Bekim Bale is now flip of the coin odds to win the $290,000 Group 1 Melbourne Cup (515m) at Sandown Park on Thursday.

The Andrea Dailly trained star ran the quickest of eight heats and was one of four finalist from the Anakie yard.

The final eight is made up of just  three trainers  and four owners, three of those owners from the same family.

Bekim Bale makes up one of seven greyhounds the Wheeler family have in the final.

They had 18 dogs in the heats and only Enry Walt stopped them from filling every box next week.

Paul Wheeler owns the Bales – Shereen Bale, Bala Bale, Beckim Bale and Numero Uno Bale.

Brendon Wheeler has Dyna Tron and Dyna Morris while Jan Wheeler owns Allen Elroy.

Gary Ennis owns and trains Enry Walt.

The box draw for the final will be conducted at the Dog’s Breakfast gathering on on Monday morning.

Bekim Bale, having just its ninth start, showed a great will to win when chasing leader Zippstar and Dyna Bert in the  fifth heat.

Turning for home he still had a job but grabbed rivals in the final stages and stopped the clock at 29.28 sec.

The Melbourne Cup race record time is held by 2006 winner Betty’s Angel 29.51 sec.

But on last night’s heat times, that is slow with six winners posting quicker times.

In heat one Allen Elroy led and ran 29.36, Shereen Bale (29.37), Bela Bale (29.38) and Dyna Tron (29.31) all did the same.

The others Enry Walt (29.41), Numero Uno Bale (29.56) and Dyna Morris (29,65) like Bekim Bale came from off the lead to win.

Bekim Bale, a $5.50 chance to win the 2011 Melbourne Cup on Wednesday, is now just $2.

Comparisons are being made between Bekim Bale and Paul Wheeler’s only previous Melbourne Cup winner, Kantarn Bale who was the 1999 Melbourne Cup winner at just his ninth start.

Bekim Bale is the considered the best of the four Andrea Dailly finalists – the others are Dyna Tron, Bala Bale and Dyna Morris.

Trainer Graeme Bate has won three Melbourne Cups along with Darren McDonald but can stand alone next Thursday if either Allen Elroy, Shereen Bale or Numeroo Uno Bale win.

Bala Bale, the youngest greyhound to qualify for the final, defeated McDonald’s big chance Rewind fair and square in heat three.

Enry Walt is lining up for his 14th Group race final in 65 career starts.

2011 Melbourne Cup Heats – Box draw Monday

  • Heat 1: Allen Elroy (5), 29.36
  •  Heat 2: Shereen Bale (8), 29.37
  • Heat 3: Bala Bale (5), 29.38
  • Heat 4: Dyna Tron (8), 29.31
  • Heat 5: Bekim Bale (8), 29.28
  • Heat 6: Enry Walt (3), 29.41
  • Heat 7: Numero Uno Bale (7), 29.56
  • Heat 8: Dyna Morris (1), 29.65