2011 Carnival Cup – Brothers or just Bling It On.

It is a case of brothers-in-arms in the Group 1 $105,000 Bold Trease Carnival Cup Final (715m) at Sandown Park tonight.

Two sets of brothers Grandeur and Echelon and Zipping Lad and Zipping Malfoy all take each other on in a great support race to the 2011 Melbourne Cup (515m).

Victorian littermates Grandeur and Echelon (Mogambo x Offspringer) may get one over the Sydney brothers Zipping Lad and Zipping Malfoy (Malfoy x Or Catra) judging on the heats.

Last week both Echelon (42.03 sec) and Granduer (41.84) won their heats and go into the final as the favoured runners.

With Tabsportsbet, Echelon (box 3) is $3.10 equal favourite with Bling It On with Granduer is $3.50.

Zipping Malfoy ($26) finished fourth to Granduer beaten over 10 lengths after leading while Zipping Lad ($5) led early and stuck on well when second to Echelon beaten a length and three quarters.

“Grandeur and Echelon are developing a great sibling rivalry,” said Grandeur’s trainer Len Ketelaar said.

“They’ve raced against each other twice now and the score is one win each.

“In fact, their records are almost identical, with Echelon winning 12 of his 32 career starts and Grandeur winning 11 from 31.”

“They are among the best stayers in Australia right now, and I often compare notes with Echelon’s trainer Craig Treherne.

“We have a friendly rivalry.”

Bling It On (box 1) is the dog who could spoil the party having won six of eight races from box one with the other two efforts being good second placings.

While Granduer was the most impressive in the heats from box one, tonight’s yellow draw makes it tougher. He has just won one from seven starts from that alley.

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