Armchair guide to the TAB Melbourne Cup

It’s TAB Melbourne Cup night! The biggest night on the greyhound racing calendar sees the sport’s brightest stars on its biggest stage, racing for the greatest prize of all – the TAB Melbourne Cup!

For the first time there’s $1,000,000 in prize money across the 12 races on the card which includes 8 feature finals. If you enjoy a punt there’s a $1,000,000 projected TAB quaddie pool and a number of other great promotions, check out for details.

One lucky patron will have the chance to spin the famous Sandown Super Wheel for a chance to win $1,000,000, plus there’s stacks of prizes, giveaways and great entertainment throughout the night, including a performance from Aussie rock legends! And the best part of all, entry is free!

Here’s all you need to know about the world’s greatest greyhound race!

Where: Sandown Greyhound Racing Club, View Road, Springvale
How to get there:
Drive: Free parking is available on View Road, and on Lightwood Road opposite the Sandown Park train station.
Train: Sandown Park station is on the Dandenong/Pakenham/Cranbourne line. The track is a two minute walk from the station
Time: Gates open at 6pm
TV: Sky Racing 1 (channel 526), Jason Lincoln and George Farrugia will be live trackside
Radio: RSN – Racing and Sport (927am or stream online here)
Race caller: Brendan Delaney
First race: 6.51pm
TAB Melbourne Cup: race 6 at 8.51pm
Distance: 515m
Race record: 29.16 (Dyna Double One, 2015)
Prizemoney: $630,000 (1st $435,000 + trophy and rug), 2nd: $130,000, 3rd: $65,000. Each finalist also won $12,000 for winning their heat last week
Chance to win: One lucky patron will spin the Sandown Super wheel for the chance to win $1,000,000 cash!
Plus heaps of other prizes and giveaways
For punters: There is a $1,000,000 projected TAB quaddie pool on tonight’s meeting. First leg is race 5 at 8.08pm
Place a Fixed Odds win bet on races 1-4 with your TAB account, and if your dog runs second or third, TAB will refund your stake with a Bonus Bet back up to $50
Form guide: Click here
Latest market: TAB Melbourne Cup
Dissect the Cup: Form experts James Van der Maat, Mick Floyd and Jason Adams share their thoughts on the Melbourne Cup and give you a lead on the quaddie


Race program:
Race 1: $21,000 GRV Vic Bred Maiden
Race 2: $35,500 Provincial Plat
Race 3: $35,000 Super Vicgreys
Race 4: $21,000 Sky Racing Stayers
Race 5: $35,500 group 3 Cup Night Sprint
Race 6: $630,000 group 1 TAB Melbourne Cup
Race 7: $35,500 group 3 Sir John Dillon Memorial
Race 8: $150,000 group 1 Bold Trease
Races 9-12 graded races worth $10,000

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Hastag: #MelbourneCup

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Sound smart to your friends:

  • First run in 1956, this is the 63rd edition of the great race
  • 26 favourites have won the Cup, but only three of the last 14
  • Classic Capri (2001) was the longest priced winner, paying $25.90
  • Box 1 is the most successful box with 16 wins
  • No greyhound has won from box 3 since 1995
  • Box 6 is the least successful box with just four victories
  • Males have dominated the Cup, winning 52 Cups. She’s Gifted, Dyna Harpa and Black Opium will be hoping to buck the trend
  • Fernando Bale has sired four of the eight finalist, aiming for his 15th group 1 win as a sire in 2018

TAB Melbourne Cup runners. Did you know?

  • Box 1: My Redeemer – won the group 1 Harrison-Dawson from this box in May
  • Box 2: She’s Gifted – owned by a syndicate of 15 owners, many of whom are first time owners
  • Box 3: Dyan Harpa – Andrea Dailly’s 12th Cup finalist in the past decade
  • Box 4: Notorius Mac – WA bred, made his racing debut in Tasmania before travelling to South Australia and now calls Victoria home
  • Box 5: Black Opium – undefeated after 7 starts, is aiming to become the youngest and least experienced Cup champion
  • Box 6: Poke The Bear – has won three group races – all from box 6
  • Box 7: Degani – was the biggest outsider to win on heats night, paying $34
  • Box 8: West On Augie – won WA’s first National Sprint Championship at this track in August


History will be made in the world’s greatest greyhound race!


Mick Floyd
About Mick Floyd - Mick is the Racing and Media Manager at Sandown Park and has 15 years of experience in the sport. He has a finely tuned talent for finding three legs of a quaddie. You can follow his ramblings on Twitter - @mickfloyd
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