Record Holders To Strut Their Stuff At Sandown

TWO Sandown Park track record holders will be out to impress for very different reasons on this Thursday night's big card of racing.

Mick Floyd

2 February 2022

TWO Sandown Park track record holders will be out to impress for different reasons on Thursday night.

Aston Rupee and Collinda Patty are prohibitive favourites with TAB to win their respective races, with the results set impact their upcoming feature race campaigns.

Aston Rupee, the $2.40 all-in favourite for the group 1 Temlee, will be keen to return to his winning ways after a luckless outing behind Daph’s Ascend at The Meadows last Saturday.

SANDOWN PARK THURSDAY NIGHT FIELDS AND FORM

“(Daph’s Ascend) turned him sideways at the start, hit him real hard,” said Rounds.

“But he’s all good, I free galloped him and he’s good. He’s nice and fit – he’s like a footballer, when they’re extremely fit they take those knocks and he’s extremely fit.

“We’re looking towards the Temlee (on Saturday 12 February) so we need a good safe run out of him tomorrow night and move onto our next assignment.”

Aston Rupee is widely regarded the fastest greyhound in the country and boasts an enviable record of 20 wins from 37 starts and over $468,000 in prize money.

However he enters Thursday night with just one win and one placing from his last five starts, which Rounds believes is reflective of the company in which he’s been racing rather than any issues with his charge.

“He’s never really been a lid pinger, he just needs a bit of room to move early. They’re all very, very good greyhounds in top grade, and you’re going to get good competition from them.

“We always need a bit of luck, but that’s greyhound racing and it’s been the case with every dog I’ve ever had.”

TAB rates him a $1.45 chance on Thursday night to build on his impressive Sandown Park record. Aston Rupee has won nine of 15 starts at the View Road circuit – breaking 29 seconds three times – and was recently crowned the club’s greyhound of the year. His fourth in last year’s Melbourne Cup the only time he has missed a placing at the track.

“He’s taken a real liking to Sandown Park, and it’s a good track to be good at.”

While Aston Rupee’s place in in the Temlee (525m) is assured, Collinda Patty will be relying on a strong showing to enhance her of gaining a start in the group 1 Rookie Rebel (600m).

Despite being rated a $5 second favourite for the $75,000 to the winner group 1 event, she is no guarantee to make the invitational field having been off the racing scene since September last year.

While her ability over the middle distance is undisputed – she holds the 595m Sandown track record and is the reigning 600m Speed Star champion at The Meadows – she has just five career wins from 14 starts meaning a win on Thursday will be crucial to improving her prospects of gaining a start.

Collinda Patty is rated a $1.25 chance over the 515m trip after drawing box one.

Quaddie: 13478 / 13 / 1237 / 12 = $50 for 62.5%

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