• Saturday, 12 Feb, 2022,
  • by Peter Quilty

Send in the (Temlee) ‘clone’

He’s been lauded as the “fastest greyhound on the planet”.

And Aston Rupee lived up to his stratospheric reputation with an ‘out of this world’ victory in tonight’s Group 1 TAB Temlee (525m) at The Meadows.

Devon Meadows trainer Glenn Rounds was a little lost for words after the $100,000 win – and who would blame him – but simply said: “The dog is a star… The first 20 metres he was in the pack but then he got forward of that and then he was three-deep around the corner, and it was beautiful.”

Aston Rupee is rated a modern-day Temlee – a GRV Hall of Fame inductee, which won the 1974 Victorian Greyhound of the Year award.

What an accolade! And thoroughly deserved as he’s captivated the imagination of the public with his brilliance.

Dominating betting, Aston Rupee ($2.00F) secured his second G1 win defeating G2 Laurels winner Idolize ($8.20) by a massive 8.9L, with another dual G1 winner, Do It ($13.80), a further 0.9L away third in a slick 29.61sec.

Back in November last year, Aston Rupee took out the G1 Topgun – also at The Meadows. He was also a finalist in the G1 Melbourne Cup and G1 Adelaide Cup.

And his winning time in the Temlee was only 3L off the 29.42sec race record set by Dalgetty in 2016.

Aston Rupee (Apr ’19 KC And All x Aston Miley) registered his 22nd win from 39 starts, including 11 of his past 16, and spiralled his stakes to $575,950.

He’s also five from 10 over 525m at The Meadows, including a sizzling 29.47sec PB – less than 2L off the track record.
Quite simply, he’s in a league of his own… A sprinting ‘Superman’, which is “faster than a speeding bullet”!

WATCH: Aston Rupee (4) was in a ‘league of his own’ clocking a flying 29.61sec victory in the G1 Temlee.

Photos by Clint Anderson

Peter QuiltyPeter Quilty

Peter Quilty

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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