BOX DRAW: Group 1 Australian Cup Final

Andrea Dailly has dominated the Australian Cup in recent years and will have numbers on her side as she chases a remarkable sixth victory next Saturday.

Gerard Guthrie

20 February 2022

Andrea Dailly has dominated the Group 1 TAB Australian Cup in recent years and will have numbers on her side as she chases a remarkable sixth victory since 2010 in next weekend’s $300,000 to-the-winner Cup final at The Meadows.

Eight ‘sudden death’ heats were conducted on Saturday night and Team Dailly will supply half the field for the final after incredibly training four winners; homebred quartet Lala Kiwi (29.61sec), Zippy Tesla (29.75sec), Daph’s Ascend (29.80sec) and Gypsy Bun (29.83sec).

Lala Kiwi, runner-up in the G1 Melbourne Cup in November, produced the fastest qualifying performance in heat three when upstaging series favourite Aston Rupee.

Dailly’s previous Australian Cup winners are Dyna Lachlan (2010), Spud Regis (2013), Dyna Double One (2015), Hecton Bale (2018) and Dyna Patty (2019).

Despite being first reserve, Aston Rupee is TAB’s ‘Pre Box Draw’ favourite at $2.30, ahead of Lala Kiwi ($3.20) and Immunity ($3.50). Riccarton Rick qualified as the second reserve.

HEAT WINNERS

29.61sec Lala Kiwi
29.74sec Immunity
29.75sec Zippy Tesla
29.80sec Daph’s Ascend
29.83sec Gypsy Bun
29.86sec Orlando
29.87sec Paddy Wants Pats
29.92sec Titan Blazer