Lone Interstate Dog Favourite For Cup

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Miata is a strong chance to capture the Bold Trease on Thursday. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au
International visitors may be dominating Melbourne Cup fields when it comes to thoroughbreds these days, but the greyhound race of the same name is a different matter. Seven of the eight finalists in Thursday night’s race are from Victoria, although the one interstate raider, Queenslander Glen Gallon , has been installed as favourite for the richest dog race in the world.

Glen Gallon ran a sizzling 29.23 seconds around Sandown Park to be the fastest qualifier from the eight heats. He then snared box one for the final, although he hasn’t been able to take advantage of the inside alley in previous Group Ones the Topgun and Temlee.

Don’t Knocka Him  - an ex-Queenslander now based in Victoria - was second fastest qualifier in 29.31. The Jason Thompson-trained flyer came in to the event after running a close second to kennelmate Proven Nitro in the Sandown Shootout, but the latter was a little more sluggish in his heat winning in 29.78, the slowest time of all finalists.

Thompson has three runners in the final, with Got A Moment drawing box two for the race, right next to Don’t Knocka Him and Proven Nitro in three and four, respectively.

The other big race on at Sandown on Thursday night is the Bold Trease, and West Australian speedster Miata is the overwhelming favourite after showing her class in an easy heat win. The main competition looks to come from rising star Jethro , who won his heat in a time just .13 seconds slower than Miata. 

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