• Friday, 23 Nov, 2018,
  • by Andrew Copley

Redemption accomplished in Melbourne Cup

Superstar greyhound My Redeemer ($4.60) secured breeder trainer David Geall his first Melbourne Cup win with a stunning performance on a wet Sandown Park track last night.

Drawn in box one in the $630,000 Group 1 final, My Redeemer used the inside draw to full advantage, holding the rail throughout the 515m feature to win in 29.38sec, powering away from the previously unbeaten Black Opium ($3.00Fav) by four lengths with She’s Gifted ($6.50) third.

It was the second time Geall has had a runner in the Melbourne Cup, with My Redeemer’s older half sister Up Hill Jill missing a place last year.

“As a trainer we all just hope we can one day win a Melbourne Cup, but you never really think you will,” Geall said.

“My Redeemer is such a courageous dog. He’s a great little chaser and he’s so powerful.”

“I’m so proud of him. To breed a greyhound that goes on to win what is regarded as the world’s greatest greyhound race is so surreal.”

It was My Redeemer’s 20th win from 42 starts with the $435,000 first prize taking his career earnings up to $647,870.

It was his second Group 1 win after taking out the Harrison-Dawson at Sandown Park in May.

Later in the night the Robert Britton-trained Barcali won the $150,000 Group 1 Bold Trease (715m).

Barcali was bred in Warrnambool by Noel Mugavin, an uncle of AFL great Jonathan Brown.

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My Redeemer with breeder trainer David Geall
My Redeemer with breeder trainer David Geall

Photos by Clint Anderson.

Andrew CopleyAndrew Copley

Andrew Copley

Communications Manager at Greyhound Racing Victoria with 25 years’ experience as a reporter with National Greyhound Form newspaper and GRV. Former Watchdog form analyst. Adopter of celebrity greyhound, Fred Basset. Victorian Greyhound of the Year and Victorian greyhound racing Hall of Fame panel member.

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