Group 1 TAB Melbourne Cup 2018

Nominations for all greyhounds (including exempted runners) must be received by Greyhound Racing Victoria (GRV) by 11.00am on TUESDAY 13th November 2018.


Nominations can ONLY be accepted by Greyhound Racing Victoria by phone (03) 8329 1100 or on-line at

INTERSTATE ENTRIES PLEASE NOTE: GRV recommends that all interstate greyhounds that are racing in Victoria for the first time are nominated early to ensure that there is sufficient time to validate trainer and owner details prior to the close of nominations.

Winners of the exempt races OR greyhounds that compete in the final of the 2018 Irish Derby, the 2018 English Derby, or the SHOOTOUT at Sandown Park on Thursday 8 November 2018 will gain automatic exemption into the EIGHT HEATS of the TAB Melbourne Cup to be held on FRIDAY 16th NOVEMBER 2018.

If the number of nominated exempt greyhounds exceeds 64, the runners for the EIGHT HEATS will be allocated based on each greyhound’s current aged prize money (APM) value from highest to lowest.

Click here for full list of exemption races

Any nominated greyhound that is not automatically exempted under these conditions will ONLY be eligible for any remaining positions in the eight heats (plus reserves) by having competed (regardless of finishing position) in at least ONE TAB Melbourne Cup Prelude Series during 2018. These remaining positions will be allocated based on each greyhound’s current aged prize money (APM) value from highest to lowest.

Order of entry
1. Exempt race winners
2. Prelude 2nd placed runners sorted by APM
3. Prelude 3rd placed runners sorted by APM
4. Remaining Prelude runners sorted by APM
GRV Local Rule 28.2 Graders discretion shall also apply.

TAB Melbourne Cup Preludes series
Series 1 Thursday 27th September 2018
Series 2 Thursday 11th October 2018
Series 3 Thursday 25th October 2018
Series 4 Thursday 8th November 2018

Greyhounds may compete in any number of Preludes to enhance selection chances.

The Selection Committee, which includes the Greyhound Racing Victoria Chief Grader and a representative from Sandown Greyhound Racing Club, will consider performances in Preludes, current form, and racing status as criteria for selection in the Heats.
Composition of the heats will be subject to the top 25% of nominated greyhounds being seeded and distributed evenly amongst the heats, with the remaining 75% of greyhounds being drawn randomly into the heats. Guarding of owners and trainers in heats will apply
where possible.

The connections agree to the use of their greyhound’s name and photograph for promotional and/or advertising purposes by SGRC, or any firm, business or organisation approved by SGRC, arising from it competing in the 2018 TAB Melbourne Cup series.

SGRC and GRV reserves the right to alter and/or add to these conditions. The final field for the 2018 TAB Melbourne Cup final shall be determined in accordance with Greyhound Racing Victoria Rules and the Greyhounds Australasia Rules.