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TAB dishes up ‘punting feast’

The VRC and MGRA are ‘plating up’ a ‘Super Saturday’ of racing as the Melbourne Cup Carnival closes and the Metro Festival of Racing moves into Topgun mode.

And to celebrate, TAB has ‘set a silver service table’ for bettors. In fact, it’s a punting feast ‘fit for a king and queen’.

The betting giant is serving up a palatable $12.00 thoroughbred/greyhound cross-codes ‘King And Queen’ offer on Australia’s sprint monarch Simon Told Helen (pictured) to win tonight’s Group 1 TAB Topgun (525m) at The Meadows and ‘wonder of the west’ Arcadia Queen to win today’s Group 1 Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.

The David Burnett-trained Simon Told Helen (Box 8) is chasing his fifth G1 win and a $150,000 first prize in the invitation-only Topgun. He’s the nation’s undisputed No. 1 sprinting greyhound.

TAB’s ‘salivating smorgasbord’ for Flemington/The Meadows are:

Mackinnon/Topgun (both win) – Arcadia Queen (R8 No. 9) / Simon Told Helen (R8 B8) – $12.00
Darley/Topgun Sprint (both win) – Bivouac (R6 No. 3) / Tommy Shelby (R8 B1) – $12.00
Millionaires Club (both run Top 3) – Nature Strip (R6 No. 2) / Tornado Tears (R6 B6) – $4.80
Mackinnon/Topgun Stayers (both win) – Arcadia Queen (R8 No. 9) / Sunset Bourbski (R6 B3) – $10.00
Shining Stars (both run Top 3) – Fifty Stars (R8 No. 2) / Shima Shine (R8 B2) – $4.80

See TAB’s full list of Topgun specials here

Winner of the Australian Greyhound of the Year, Simon Told Helen has won 23 races (with 10 seconds) from 39 starts and just over $700,000 in prizemoney.

Simon Told Helen is in peak form, having won four of his past six starts. He took out the G2 Geelong Gold Cup on October 23 and last Monday finished an unlucky second in the G3 Silver Bullet.

And ‘Simon’ simply loves The Meadows, with seven wins from 11 starts and a 29.60sec PB. He’s also partial to Box 8, having notched four wins and two seconds in seven starts from the ‘pink’ alley.

Meanwhile, WA star Arcadia Queen is enjoying a successful Victorian campaign winning the G1 Caulfield Stakes before finishing fifth in the G1 Cox Plate.

Trained by Grant and Alana Williams – and to be ridden by in-form hoop Luke Currie – Arcadia Queen has won seven races from 14 starts and almost $2.7m in stakes. She will wear saddlecloth No. 9 and jump from barrier 5 in the 10-horse field.

So, punters… Get in for your chop – err, eye fillet – NOW!

The G1 Seppelt Mackinnon Stakes is Race 8 at 5.00pm, while the G1 TAB Topgun is Race 8 at 8.45pm.

WATCH: Simon Told Helen (7) beat Topgun contenders Tiggerlong Tonk (4), Shima Shine (2) and Catch The Thief (6) in the Geelong Gold Cup two starts ago.

Peter Quilty
About Peter Quilty - Has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.
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