The $800,000 Australian Cup Carnival will be conducted at The Meadows over the next three weekends starting with a triple treat of invitation-only group races this Saturday night.
The $75,000 to-the-winner Temlee [525m] is the main event this Saturday night along with Group 2 Rookie Rebel [600m] and the Group 2 Zoom Top [725m], which are both carry a first prize of $40,000.
The table below includes the thoughts of the eight trainers going into the big race.
|GROUP 1 THE TEMLEE [525m]
SATURDAY 18TH FEBRUARY @ 10:15pm
$75,000 [1st]; $22,000 [2nd]; $11,000 [3rd]
|GLEN GALLON||Tony Brett
|“He is a hit or miss beginner, but his inside draw is a huge advantage. Radley Bale and Oaks Road are the main dangers.”||$3.00|
|RADLEY BALE||Graeme Bate
|”He’s a chance in every race he competes in. He came out airborne in his Launceston Cup win on Monday and is a huge chance again along with Glen Gallon.”||$9.00|
|”He’ll need a lot of luck. It’s a great field and if he can run a place he’ll have done a really good job. You could mount a case for every dog in this race.”||$26.00|
|BOGIE KING||Ryan Ayre
|“He is not as quick as some of the others but he’s a good dog in a field. He ran 3rd in the Topgun from box 4. I think the main danger is Dyna Tron.”||$21.00|
|OAKS ROAD||Mark Gatt
|“He will need to begin well to win and he has been beginning very well lately. I’m not unhappy with box 5, but Glen Gallon is the one to beat.”||$6.00|
|DYNA TRON||Andrea Dailly
|“He will need to step. He’s been freshened up for this race after running 3rd in a Perth Cup heat three weeks ago. I’m just hoping he comes out running.”||$3.20|
|MYSTIC APPLE||Val Awramenko
|“He’s normally a terrific beginner and whoever gets to the front at the start will win the race. I suspect it will be Radley Bale or Dyna Tron.”||$12.00|
|CAPE HAWKE||Jamie Ennis
|“From box 8 it is just about mission impossible. Mystic Apple can bark a lot right before he races which could make it hard for Cape Hawke to hear the lure.”||$4.50|
|SHEREEN BALE||Graeme Bate
|PRINCE DIABLO||John Finn