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Sale Cup ‘support acts’

Weblec Eagle was the ‘star of the show’ in the Group 1 Sale Cup (650m) last night.

But the ‘support acts’ also put their names up in lights on Sale GRC’s night of nights.

And none more so than Aston Nino (24.76sec), who took out a $10,000 first prize in the Rising Star final (440m).

Trained at Rowsley by Anthony Azzopardi, Aston Nino emulated the feat of his kennelmate – G1 Melbourne Cup hero Whiskey Riot – who won last year’s event.

Whiskey Riot has since gone on to stardom, and now the question is: can Aston Nino follow in those illustrious footsteps.

Only 22-months-old, Aston Nino has won six races from 13 starts, with $20,800 in prizemoney. He’s now unbeaten in four starts from Box 4.

WATCH: Aston Nino (4) take out the Rising Star at Sale on Boxing Day.

Meanwhile, local speedster Valencia Gem (29.59sec) caused a major boilover defeating Seal The Deal ($2.20F) in the Summer Cup final (520m).

Trained at Valencia Creek by Jennifer Gieschen, Valencia Gem saluted at cricket-score odds of $42.20.

A finalist in last year’s G2 Laurels, Valencia Gem notched her 11thwin from 53 starts, and the $10,000 winner’s purse lifted her earnings to $60,580.

The Gippsland Festival of Racing final (440m) was claimed by Aston Valetta (24.97sec).

Prepared at Parwan by Paul Abela, Aston Valetta registered his 15thwin from 38 starts. His stakes increased to $49,685 courtesy of a $10,000 winner’s cheque.

Also on the program, Aston Lopez (24.85sec) – a daughter of multiple G1 greats Black Magic Opal and Secret Spell – scored a stunning nine-length win.

Trained at Toolleen by Rodney Clark, the 22-month-old Aston Lopez made it four wins on the trot. It was her sixth win from only 11 starts.

Aston Lopez, Aston Nino and Aston Valetta are raced by leviathan SA owner-breeder, Ray Borda

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About Peter Quilty - Has more than three decades of experience as assistant editor of Victorian Greyhound Weekly. He was editor of GRV monthly magazine The Adviser (2001-09) and owner/publisher of Australian Greyhound Monthly. He also served on the selection panel for the inaugural GRV ‘Hall of Fame’ inductees and for several years was an adjudicator on the Victorian GOTY. He’s also published greyhound racing yearbooks and wrote the ‘Bold Trease’ video script.
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