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
ASTON DEE BEE
OUT OF RANGE
POKE THE BEAR
ROCK UP TOP
UP HILL JILL
Group 1 Rookie Rebel (600m) invitees
WHERE ART THOU
Group 1 Zoom Top (725m) invitees
BIG DADDY BEE
HIT THE HIGHWAY
*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.