Aston Rupee our number 1 ticket holder
World's fastest greyhound is a Panther
The Devon Meadows Cricket Club is delighted to announce its number 1 ticket holder for season 2021/22 – the world’s fastest greyhound, Aston Rupee.
Trained just meters from the club’s home ground Glover Reserve, Aston Rupee is the Sandown Park track record holder and has won the group 1 Topgun and winner-takes-all Shootout at his last two starts.
He is favourite for this week’s Melbourne Cup series, and if successful in the world’s greatest greyhound race, he will become just the second greyhound after Hall Of Famer Bombastic Shiraz to claim the ‘Triple Crown’.
“We’re proud to be associated with such an outstanding greyhound,” said Devon Meadows Cricket Club president Mick Floyd.
“He’s a genuine star – one of greyhound racing’s most brilliant athletes. We’re excited to get behind 'Jimbo' for the Melbourne Cup and beyond.”
Aston Rupee's trainer Glenn Rounds and owner Ray Borda knew they had something special on their hands when Aston Rupee broke the Warragul track record before making his racing debut last December, but it's his popularity off the track that has surprised the duo.
"The ride he's taken Ray and I on has been amazing," said Rounds.
“It’s important that we as trainers and owners do what we can to bring new people into our sport and show the public what fantastic animals greyhounds are.
“We're looking forward to the Devon Meadows Cricket Club's support as we aim for the biggest races on the greyhound racing calendar.”
At just 31 months of age, Aston Rupee has won 18 of 31 starts – including four at group level – and over $370,000 in prize money.
The heats of the $762,500 Melbourne Cup will be run at Sandown Park on Friday 19 November with the final to be run on Friday 26 November.
Below: Aston Rupee with Devon Meadows Cricket Club president Mick Floyd and coach Lucas Ligt