Group 1 Melbourne Cup winning chaser Ando’s Mac (G1 Temlee) and star Queensland chaser Outside Pass (G1 Rookie Rebel) have been withdrawn from their respective Group 1 invitational races to be run at The Meadows on February 18.
Ando’s has sustained an injury to his hip support, and will be out of action for at least a month, while Outside Pass has also succumbed to injury.
As a result of the withdrawal, West-Australian greyhound Pepper Fire – a recent placegetter in the Perth Cup – will now be elevated into the Temlee field, with the reserves now being Shima Song (Res 9) and Aqua Cheetah (Res 10).
The Rookie Rebel will now see Hit The Highway gain a start, with Extreme Magic and Bruce Tycoon as the two reserves.
The Group 1 Temlee and Group 1 Rookie Rebel are two of three invitation-only races to be held on the night, heralding the start of the Sky Racing Australian Cup Carnival, where over $1.2 million will be won. The outstanding February 18 meeting will also see the running of preliminaries of the Group 1 Australian Cup, with winners to progress to the Australian Cup heats on February 25.
$145,000 Group 1 Temlee (525m) *In alphabetical order
$110,000 Group 1 Rookie Rebel (600m) *In alphabetical order
HIT THE HIGHWAY
$110,000 Group 1 Zoom Top (725m) *In alphabetical order
BURN ONE DOWN
IT’S A BIRD
TRIP TO EDEN