Meadows Manager Marg Long says that a number of greyhounds have a lot to play for when they line up in Group finals around the country this weekend, with the $1.2 million Sky Racing Australian Cup Carnival just around the corner.
Long announced that the list of invitees for this year’s Group 1 Temlee, Rookie Rebel and Zoom Top could grow after feature races are run and won over the weekend.
“There are four Group 1 races to be decided across the country this weekend with the running of the National Derby and National Futurity at Wentworth Park and the Perth Cup and Galaxy deciders over in the west. We also have heats of the Group 2 Cranbourne Cup, so there’s a lot to look forward to this weekend.”
“Obviously the outcomes of those events could see a number of greyhounds receive a late invite to our three invitation-only races (Temlee, Rookie Rebel and Zoom Top) to be run on February 18.”
“It is certainly a fantastic time of year and we cannot wait to welcome the best greyhounds across the land to compete in the richest three-week greyhound series in the world.”
The Australian Cup Carnival is the world’s biggest greyhound spectacle, with over $1.2 million to be won over the famous three-week period (Feb 18, 25 and March 4). The Carnival includes the running of the $550,000 Group 1 Australian Cup, the Group 1 Super Stayers, the Group 1 Temlee, Rookie Rebel and Zoom Top and the Group 3 Vic Breeders for maidens, worth $25,000 to the winner.
*Please note: Group 2 Gosford Cup winner Barking Bad has been given an invitation for the Group 1 Temlee and Group 2 Summer Plate winner Dublin Bull has been added to the Group 1 Zoom Top invitee list.