Young greyhound owner Cain Dyett, 22, is currently experiencing one of the biggest thrills of his life.
He is the owner of Notorious Mac, who will line up as one of the outsiders in Fridays Group 1 $630,000 TAB Melbourne Cup final (515m).
“It’s very special, it’s privilege to even be in the race,” said Dyett.
Notorious Mac, or ‘Baxter’ as he’s known at home, was bred in Western Australia by Michelle Romer.
“I saw him on Facebook, his breeder put him up for sale. I’d always liked his mum Te Amo and said if I could get access to her offspring I’d buy one.”
Not only is this Notorious Mac’s first group race final, but also the first engagement at the sport’s highest level for Dyett, and it just happens to be in the world’s greatest race.
“I’ve had a lot of messages from family and friends since he won his heat. I’m very thankful of my family’s support, also of Des (trainer Des Douch) for the great job he has done.”
Notorious Mac is named after Irish fighter Connor McGregor, and will hope to be carrying the luck of the Irish in Friday’s final.
“I’m a little concerned by the draw (box four), but hopefully the pace will be on early and he can follow them, find the rail and then show his strength. It’s just great to be in it.”
Notorious Mac is rated the outsider of the field at $41 with TAB. Victory in the race will make him the longest priced Cup winner since Classic Capri who scored at $26 in 2001.
The son of Fernando Bale will line up against his litter brother and 2018 Group 1 National Sprint Champion West On Augie, and there is no doubt the cheers will be heard all the way from their home state of Western Australia come Cup time.