Allen Harper out of the Melbourne Cup

Allen Harper, second reserve in Thursday night’s Group 1 Melbourne Cup, has been scratched from the final after injuring his leg in his heat.

“He’ll be off the scene for a few months, which shows the highs and lows of greyhound racing,” trainer Graeme Bate said.

“Three of our greyhounds made it through to the Melbourne Cup final, however it’s sad as I’ve now lost one of my best dogs for a little while.

Bate said that Allen Harper showed no obvious signs of the injury until he cooled down after his heat, in which he ran second to Dyna Tron.

Stewards have subsequently scratched the recent Group 1 Topgun winner from the Melbourne Cup.

Allen Harper will appear in all form guides as it has qualified as Reserve 10 in the Melbourne Cup.

2011 MELBOURNE CUP FIELD

1 11131 SHEREEN BALE 29.37 G J Bate (Lara) 94 $2.90
2 13221 NUMERO UNO BALE 29.56 G J Bate (Lara) 90 $12.00
3 16451 ENRY WALT 29.41 G S J Ennis (Sandhurst) 95 $18.00
4 12111 BEKIM BALE 28.96 A L Dailly (Anakie) 100 $2.60
5 13831 BALA BALE 29.36 A L Dailly (Anakie) 93 $12.00
6 71611 ALLEN ELROY 29.36 G J Bate (Lara) 91 $14.00
7 35111 DYNA TRON 29.31 A L Dailly (Anakie) 94 $3.50
8 47611 DYNA MORRIS 29.65 A L Dailly (Anakie) 86 $41.00
9 53222 DYNA BERT 29.75 A L Dailly (Anakie) 87 $21.00
10 15142 ALLEN HARPER NBT G J Bate (Lara) 96 $99.00