CUP ENTRANT WITH A BULLET
POKE The Bear affirmed his status as the dog to beat in the Melbourne Cup after winning the Silver Bullet (525m) at The Meadows on Monday night.
Seona Thompson’s sprinter overcame interference to run down a gallant Up Hill Jill in a photo finish. It was his ninth win from his past 12 starts, which includes the Group 1 Topgun.
Orson Allen’s cup preparations wrapped up with a brilliant win in the Group 3 Shootout (515m) at Sandown Park on Thursday night.
Having been pipped on the line in last month’s Geelong Gold Cup, Orson Allen led all the way to beat Queensland star Maurice Minor, She’s Gifted and Aston Kimetto in a sensational 29.19sec.
Heats for November 23’s Melbourne Cup and Group 1 Bold Trease (715m) will be drawn on Tuesday.