Reigning Warragul Cup winner Ando’s Mac is heading back to Logan Park to attempt to become the only greyhound to win back-to-back Warragul Cups.
Last year Ando’s Mac had a less than ideal entrance into the Group Two Warragul Cup (460m) after finishing second to Blazin’ Bomber in the heats. The inside draw was all he needed, sticking to the rails Ando’s Mac was able to run down Aston Bolero to win the $47,000 first prize.
Six starts prior to the 2017 Warragul Cup, Ando’s Mac claimed the world’s richest race for greyhounds, the 2016 Group One TAB Melbourne Cup in what was a life-changing experience for owners Luke Anderson and Michaele Alderice.WATCH: Ando’s Mac (box two) win the 2017 Group Two Warragul Cup.
Also backing up efforts in the Warragul Cup this year is 2017 Melbourne Cup winner Aston Dee Bee, who heads in to the second leg of the Gippsland Carnival fresh off a win in the Shootout at Sandown Park.
Nothing went Aston Dee Bee’s way in the 2017 Warragul Cup, finishing last in a field that was made up of half his kennel mates. He was also just 10 starts into his career which up to now has seen him win 31 races from 51 starts and bank more than $700,000 in prize money.
The six heats of the Warragul Cup will be run on Friday night, with the winners and two fastest second place getters making it through to the Group Two TAB Warragul Cup which will be run on Saturday, January 13.
The TAB Warragul Cup is the second leg of the Gippsland Carnival which kicked off at Sale on Boxing Day. The 2017/18 Gippsland Carnival is an eight-week series which links the four Gippsland clubs; Sale, Warragul, Traralgon and Cranbourne together to compete for more than $800,000 in prize money.
Bonus prize money will again be up for grabs for the best performing greyhounds throughout the carnival. Points will be allocated to greyhounds who compete in each leg of the Gippsland Carnival, with the top three-points scorers at the completion sharing in $20,000 bonus prize money.