Series Favourite To Miss Vic Peters Classic

SERIES favourite Aston Rupee will miss next week’s Group 1 Vic Peters which has been moved to Gosford due to Sydney’s growing Covid crisis.

Adam Dobbin

26 June 2021

SERIES favourite Aston Rupee will miss next week’s Group 1 Vic Peters Classic which has been moved to Gosford due to Sydney’s growing Covid crisis.

On Saturday morning, Greyhound Racing NSW (GRNSW) announced it was moving both the Vic Peters and Peter Mosman from Wentworth Park to Gosford due to the uncertainty that exists around the current Covid lockdown in the City of Sydney area.

The shift has shelved Aston Rupee’s assault on the Group 1 showpiece with Victorian trainer Glenn Rounds electing to now bypass the race.

“I’m not taking him to Gosford,” Rounds said.

“Nothing against Gosford but I thought they would have taken the two races to Richmond and if they had I would have still brought him up.

“Anyway that’s the decision that’s been made so we move on. People’s health comes first.”

Heats of the Group 1 Brisbane Cup (520m) are to be staged at Albion Park this Thursday night but Rounds has canned any idea of a late switch in targets.

“Ray (Borda) and I briefly discussed it but we’ve decided not to go that way,” Rounds said.

“It would be a rush job and when you start making decisions like that on the hop is when things go wrong.

“The Maturity is only three weeks away at The Meadows so we’ll focus on that now.”

Winner at nine of his 16 starts, Aston Rupee is a budding superstar of Australian greyhound racing.

The looming TAB Million Dollar Chase is firmly on the radar for the son of Kc And All which gets underway in just six weeks time.

“That’s the bugger of this because the Vic Peters was going to give him some valuable experience at Wentworth Park,” Rounds said.