The countdown to the world’s greatest greyhound race continues this evening with the second round of TAB Melbourne Cup preludes (515m) taking place at Sandown Park.
The sixth prelude of the series is highlighted by the duel between G1 Brisbane Cup runner-up Music Event (2 of last 3 – 29.25sec PB) v Rebellious (14 from 20 – 29.11sec PB), although G1 placegetter Shima Classic (3 of last 6) must be respected.
Group finalists Keep It Black, Riccarton Rick (won last 4 – 29.27sec PB) and G1 placegetter Carry On Angel (2 from 4 Box 5 – 29.21sec PB) clash with Caroline (5 from 11 – 2 from 2 Trk/Dst) and Xavien Bale (2 from 3 Box 8 – 29.22sec PB) in the fourth prelude.
Despite the scratching of G3 winner Aston Fastnet, the fifth prelude still has plenty of class in G3 runner-up Enter The Son (3 from 3 Box 1), King Of Calypso (4 from 7 Box 3 – 29.28sec PB) and G1 Sandown Cup champion Zipping Rambo (19 from 41 – 3 from 5 Box 8).
Dual G3 Speed Star winner Aston Rupee (15 from 28 – 28.79sec PB) runs for the first time since the G1 Adelaide Cup final and faces G1 finalists Jepara and Handsome Rhino (3 of last 5 – 2 from 3 Trk/Dst), plus Don’t Tell Bluey (5 from 8 Trk/Dst), in the seventh prelude.
Merlot v G3 runner-up Plan Ahead v Amnesty (4 from 8) v Omega Tyson (3 of last 4) and dual Group finalist Fernando Frank (4 of last 6) v Lunar Star v Venus Light (3 of last 5) v Sandra’s Sticker will be hotly-contested events.
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