Why Aston Rupee Can Reign Supreme In Maturity
ON paper, Aston Rupee appears to have a saloon passage through to Saturday week’s KCR Transport Maturity Classic Final at The Meadows.
16 July 2021
ON paper, Aston Rupee appears to have a saloon passage through to Saturday week’s KCR Transport Maturity Classic Final (525m) at The Meadows.
The budding superstar of Australian greyhound racing has drawn ideally in box two in heat four of the Group 1 showpiece on Saturday night where he’ll start a red hot $1.40 favourite.
But trainer Glenn Rounds knows all too well that races aren’t run and won on paper which has him cautiously optimistic ahead of Saturday night’s cut-throat assignment.
“With just the winners progressing to the final there’s no margin for error,” Rounds said.
“But I couldn’t be happier with the dog going into the race. He’s fit and well … his lead up has been perfect. I thought his last start (third) at Sandown where he got stuck off the track was great.
“Box two is ideal for him so there’s no excuses with the draw. Now he’s got to go out and get the job done.”
THE MEADOWS FIELD AND FORM SATURDAY
Winner at nine of his 17 starts, Aston Rupee’s only previous start at The Meadows was back in February on Australian Cup night where he recorded a remarkable 29.47.
To put that time into context, Tommy Shelby won the Group 1 Australian Cup on the same night in 29.86.
“He’s obviously the fastest dog I’ve had go around The Meadows,” Rounds offered.
“And it’s likely going to take a performance like that to take out this series. It’s an extremely strong group of young dogs in this year’s Maturity which is going to make the box draw for next week’s final all important.
“Hopefully we are there to worry about it.”
All-in betting for the $100,000-to-the-winner age restricted classic is led by Koblenz at $5.50.
The son of Fernando Bale will be chasing his twelfth straight victory when he clashes with Aston Fastnet – a brother to Aston Rupee – in an absorbing second heat on Saturday night.
Other runners under double figure odds in all-in markets for the series is NSW juggernaut Jungle Deuce and Group 1 Sapphire Crown winner Qwara Bale.
Both greyhounds are odds on favourites for their respective heats and $7.50 to take out the series overall.
Best Bet: Race 12 Number 3 BLUE TIGER
Next Best: Race 10 Number 7 SHIMA CLASSIC
Best Value: Race 2 Number 2 I’M EASY BOYS
Quaddie: 4,5 – 3,4,6 – 2,5 – 2,3