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Acceptances rolling in for Group 1 invitationals


AUS CUP WEEK 1 REVISED

 

Connections of greyhounds invited to the Group 1 Temlee (525m), Rookie Rebel (600m) and Zoom Top (725m) have started to send their expressions of interest back to The Meadows in preparation for the announcement of the final fields on February 10.

Three greyhounds – including Petunia Monelli, Teddy Monelli and Lochinvar Hugo – have not nominated due to injury, while star Queensland chaser Outside Pass has been retired.

As well as the omissions, five greyhounds have been added to the list of chasers who will be considered for the three invitationals to be run on February 17 – the first week of the 2018 Australian Cup Carnival. Mepunga Blazer – who returned to the racetrack with a very impressive 29.40 win at Sandown – has been given an invite to the Group 1 Temlee, while Extreme Magic, Dyna Dean, Jalapeno and Van Ann will be added to the list of chasers to be considered for the Group 1 Rookie Rebel.

Final acceptances close on Thursday, February 8, and the fields for all three races (plus the box draw) will be announced on track at The Meadows on Saturday, February 10, with the action kicking off a week later.

The Australian Cup Carnival is the world’s biggest greyhound spectacle, with over $1.3 million to be won over the famous three-week period (Feb 17, 24 and March 3). 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.

 

Group 1 Temlee (525m) invitees

AQUA CHEETAH
ASTON DEE BEE
ASTROZONE
BEWILDERING
BLACK MUMBO
CHASIN’ CRACKERS
COSMIC BONUS
CRASH BANDICOOT
EQUANIMITY
FANTA BALE
FAST TIMES
KOUTA MAYHEM
MEPUNGA BLAZER
OUT OF RANGE
POKE THE BEAR
RAW ABILITY
ROCK UP TOP
ROYAL TURBO
SLICK
STRIKER LIGHT
UP HILL JILL

Group 1 Rookie Rebel (600m) invitees

ART NOVEAU
BRUEGHELINO
CARDAMOM
CHASIN’ CRACKERS
DYNA DEAN
EXTREME MAGIC
FANTA BALE
HECTON BALE
HENRY
JALAPENO
NEIL MONELLI
QUICK JAGGER
RILEY TOKAAM
ROYAL INTENTION
VAN ANN
WHERE ART THOU
WINDMILL HAZE

Group 1 Zoom Top (725m) invitees

BIG DADDY BEE
BOGIE BEKIM
CADALORA
CHAMPAGNE SALLY
EBBY RIPPER
FANTA BALE
HIT THE HIGHWAY
NEIL MONELLI
PACKEY KEEPING
QUICK JAGGER
RIPPIN’ SAM
SCOTT KEEPING
SUBLIME NEWS

*Please note: The Meadows reserves the right to extend a late nomination to a greyhound. 

 

As always, the entertainment on course will be one of the highlights, and there’s also over $60,000 in cash and prizes to be won over the three weeks. Click on below links for more info on all three nights of the $1.3 million Australian Cup Carnival.

Week one

Week two

Week three

 

 

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