Got A Moment held off Glen Gallon in last Thursday's Melbourne Cup. Image courtesy of heraldsun.com.au
After claiming the richest greyhound race in the world last weekend, the Melbourne Cup, former Queenslander Got A Moment returns to her home state for heats of the Brisbane Cup at Albion Park on Thursday night. Short in stature but big on heart, Got A Moment is one of four Melbourne Cup finalists set to line up in the heats, along with kennelmates Don’t Knocka Him and Proven Nitro, as well as beaten Cup favourite Glen Gallon.
Got A Moment settled nicely behind Desalle Bale in the Cup final last Thursday after jumping cleanly from box two, and held off challenges from Geelong Cup winner Hurunui Hitman and Glen Gallon on the line to take out the $500,000 race. It was the bitch’s fourth win in as many starts at Sandown and 13th in 28 starts overall. The victory was somewhat of a surprise, as not only was she by far the smallest dog in the race, but compared to the rest of the field, she was also light on for group race experience. Got A Moment has improved light years on her previous Brisbane form, and going from box two in Heat 5 (BG8) on Thursday night, she should lead and win comfortably.
Heat 5 also has an intriguing prospect in young flyer Potsdam , which won the Group 3 Ipswich Gold Cup just two weeks back for trainer Steve Rolph, on the back of victories in the John Young Memorial at Ipswich and the Molly Campbell Memorial at Albion Park. Third placegetter in the Ipswich Gold Cup, Kenso Karoo , also lines up in Heat 5, but after coming home seven lengths behind Potsdam is an unlikely chance in a race of this quality.
Glen Gallon went from box one at Sandown last Thursday and didn’t quite get the best of starts, but as he did in his sizzling heat win the week before, he delivered a withering burst towards the finish to claim second. He is the reigning Brisbane Cup winner, beating home 2011 Geelong and Melbourne Cup winner Dyna Tron in the last renewal of the race. The Tony Brett-trained chaser jumps from box eight, which isn’t ideal, but he did run a 29.23 heat time from there for the Melbourne Cup over 515 metres, so it shouldn’t pose too many problems. His main danger in Heat 3 (BG6), Top Story , has drawn awkwardly in box three, while Sydney flyer Hoover Boy would be better suited with a wider draw.
Don’t Knocka Him came in to the Melbourne Cup in great form after a close run second to kennelmate Proven Nitro in the Sandown Shootout, before setting the second fastest heat time behind Glen Gallon. He was unlucky in the final when sent out second favourite, but has every chance to take out the Brisbane Cup if he can qualify. The Jason Thompson-trained speedster recently won the Gold Coast Cup at Albion Park after a near record 29.62 heat win, and has the speed to overcome being drawn in box eight for Heat 2 (BG5).
In Heat 4 (BG7), Proven Nitro will have to overcome a poor draw in box six to qualify for the final. He was a fast closing 5th in the Melbourne Cup after having a chequered path, but has stiff competition in his heat in the form of fellow Victorian Proven Impala , who has drawn box one.
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