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‘Refreshed’ Rejuvenate

Excitement machine Rejuvenate is ‘as fresh as a daisy’ leading into the Group 2 Sportsbet Ballarat Cup series (450m), which kicks off with five enthralling heats on Friday night.

Prepared at Burramine by Paul Brown, Rejuvenate (Box 4) – a winner of 16 races, with two seconds, from 19 starts – will contest Heat 1 (Race 3, 7.49pm).

The incumbent Shepparton 450m track record holder (24.59sec), Rejuvenate bypassed the recent G2 Shepparton Cup series in preference for a tilt at the G1 Golden Easter Egg series.

But that plan went astray, even before the heats, as Brown informed.

“Anyway, I think it’s better for him heading to Ballarat refreshed.”

“I took him to trial at Wentworth Park, but he knuckled over coming out of the boxes and pulled up a little bit sore.

“I didn’t want to risk him in the Egg heats, so I gave him some time off.

“Anyway, I think it’s better for him heading to Ballarat refreshed.

“And his box draw doesn’t really worry me, it’s how he comes out that’s the concern.”

Rejuvenate put in a super trial over 385 metres at Shepparton on Monday. He semaphored a sizzling 21.36sec – less than three lengths off the track record, held by Blue Tungsten (21.195sec).

A 2022 G1 Silver Chief finalist, Rejuvenate has won his past six starts including a flying 29.56sec (Best) win at The Meadows on March 11.

A week earlier, he established a new track record in the Shepparton Classic. Last year, he also won the G3 Northern Districts Cup.

Rejuvenate (Nov ’20 Hooked On Scotch x Zall Good) is a prohibitive $1.45 favourite to win his heat on Sportsbet’s market.

Click HERE  for Sportsbet’s Ballarat Cup heats market.

And he’s $3.30F on the ‘All In’ betting chart, ahead of Lektra Heckler and Unleash Collinda – both at $7 – which quinellaed the Shepparton Cup last Saturday night. Then follows Salad Dodger ($8) and Kelsey Bale ($10).

Rejuvenate won’t be the only headline act in the heats, which comprise a myriad of stars.

Four-time country cups king Ferdinand Boy (Box 7), which contests his 100th start, will also be a star attraction.

He’s already won 52 races in a stellar career and won last start at Horsham (410m) in a slick 22.96sec coming off a five-month break.

Click HERE  for Sportsbet’s Ballarat Cup ‘All In’ market.

Ferdinand Boy lines up in Heat 3 (Race 5, 8.27pm) and is at the enticing quote of $4, behind Quinlan Bale ($3) and Hot Scotch ($3.70) – a litter brother of Rejuvenate.

Winner of the 2021 Ballarat Cup and fifth in last year’s event, Ferdinand Boy is $13 in nominal betting.

Other heat favourites are Kelsey Bale (Box 1 – $2.80) – Heat 2 (Race 4, 8.08pm); Unleash Collinda (Box 2 – $2.35) – Heat 4 (Race 6, 8.48pm); Salad Dodger (Box 1 – $2.30) – Heat 5 (Race 7, 9.08pm).

WATCH: REJUVENATE (B6) produces a ‘spirited’ 6.3L victory in 29.56sec (Best) at The Meadows on March 11.

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About 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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