Photo credit: Kurt Donsberg Greyhound Photography
Real Simple has firmed into $3.90 for tonight’s Adelaide Cup, after opening up at $4.20. The only Victorian in the race, Real Simple will aim to continue the Big V’s extraordinary run in the Adelaide Cup, with eight of the past nine winners being trained in Victoria. However, local star Fabwik, who was the fastest heat winner by five lengths, is the $2.30 favourite after drawing box one.
A brilliant beginner with 21 wins from 50 starts, Real Simple led all the way to score a narrow heat win on 4 October.
Jumping as the TAB’s $2.60 favourite over South Australian up-and-comer Smart Knocker, Real Simple jumped from box two and stopped the click in a sizzling 4.38sec to the first mark – the second fastest first sectional in the meeting by 0.01sec.
“Even though he hadn’t seen the track before his heat I was still confident because of his early speed,” trainer Seona Thompson said.
The son of Collision and Unbelief is in a strong run of form with three consecutive wins under his belt. Sandown started his winning streak with a best of the night 29.61sec win which was followed by The Meadows in 30.20sec.
“Real Simple is not the strongest greyhound but he has shown he has a really big heart and a will to win.”
Matt Lanigan’s chaser Zipping Inglis finished fourth in Real Simple’s heat after missing the start from box one.
“The key to success at Angle Park is early speed which why we entered Real Simple. The track is harder for a dog like Aston Kimetto who chooses not to use his early speed.”
Aston Kimetto jumped from box two in his Adelaide Cup heat, finishing third to Fabwik, who flew out of box one to produce an all-the-way win.
Real Simple has drawn box three in the Group 1 Adelaide Cup, which will be run on Friday night (12 Oct) at Angle Park.
“I am wrapped with box three. I think he will get room early, which will give him every opportunity to use his early speed,” Thompson said.
Group 1 Adelaide Cup
1. Fabwik Kirin Corby (SA)
2. Larrikin Locky Lisa Rasmussen (SA)
3. Real Simple Seona Thompson (VIC)
4. Honcho Monelli Tony Rasmussen (SA)
5. Bogie Bullet Ben Rawlings (SA)
6. Alpha Aion Ben Rawlings (SA)
7. Master Chaos Irene Rehmann (SA)
8. Spring Bridge Gregory Board (SA)
9. Gemtree Dynamo Irene Rehmann (SA)
10. Vital Force Peter Presutto (VIC)
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