Aston Rupee Defends Speed Star Crown

ASTON Rupee claimed the second Speed Star title of his spiraling career with a dynamite performance at The Meadows on Wednesday evening.

Adam Dobbin

26 August 2021

ASTON Rupee claimed the second Speed Star title of his spiraling career with a dynamite performance at The Meadows on Wednesday evening.

The regally bred son of Kc And All and Aston Miley recorded a flying 29.59 to defeat a gallant Weblec Blazer by three lengths and in doing so secure the $20,000 first prize.

The victory was the Glenn Rounds-trained star’s second Group 3 Speed Star title, annexing the event back in June at Sandown Park with a scintillating 29.06 winning effort.

In speaking to Sky Racing’s Gareth Hall post-race, Rounds couldn’t hide his admiration for his gifted chaser which now boasts 12 wins from 24 starts and $160,720 in prize money.

“He’s just beautiful to watch – he was nice and smooth in his action and did the job well,” Rounds said.

“We’ve been consistent with him and he’s got into a pattern which seems to have worked with him. There’s some big things ahead for the dog so the next few months will be the most important of his young career.

“I’m rapped with his performance tonight.”

Claiming second spot in final 525-metre Speed Star rankings was Correy Grenfell’s dual Group 1 winner Tiggerlong Tonk while Weblec Blazer finished in third.

The 600 metre Speed Star series shaped up as a match in two between recent 595-metre Sandown Park record breaker Collinda Patty and emerging young chaser Zac’s Entity.

Collinda Patty shot to the top of rankings for the series with a sublime 34.12 solo-trial last Saturday for Jason Thompson but it was her gritty 34.37 performance on Wednesday that landed the daughter of Zambora Brockie Group 3 honours.

Mepunga Warrior filled second place with his 34.41 match-race win over Gypsy Wyong while Zac’s Entity filled third with his closing second to Collinda Patty, suggesting it’s only a matter of time until we see him over even longer.

The 725m Speed Star saw the very in-form Mepunga Ruby start an even money favourite and she didn’t let backers down, reeling off 42.59 for trainer Jeff Britton in the opening match-race.

Making every post a winner over the staying ranks, Mepunga Ruby defeated Hank The Hustler by 2 ¾ lengths in overall proceedings to hand Jeff Britton the quinella in the Group 3 feature.

Five Star claimed third for Paul Abela by way of his narrow 42.81 match-race win over Empress Tears.