The Sportsman Weekend

COUNT ON IMPRESSIVE RUPEE TO GET THE CHEQUE

- SHAYNE O’CASS

TIMES aren’t everything but if you give Anamoe a chance of winning the Caulfield Guineas on Saturday then Count De Rupee is the horse to beat in the Silver Eagle at Royal Randwick.

The pair ran in consecutiv­e races at Kembla last month with Anamoe winning the 1200m Group 2 Run To The Rose in 1.10.24s with his last 600m 34.19s while 40 minutes later, local gelding Count De Rupee went 1.10.11s with a 33.71 final split.

“I don’t think we have got to the bottom of him,” co-trainer Robert Price said.

“He is still doing a little bit of that running around stuff but it’s probably the nature of the best. He gets there that easy some days and it’s not always a good thing because it gives him time to do things wrong.”

Despite that, Count De Rupee has managed to win five of his 12 starts with five placings including a third to last Saturday’s Epsom winner and potential $7.5 million Golden Eagle rival, Private Eye.

Even before the ‘Eagle series’, Count De Rupee has delivered a fabulous ‘return on investment’ for connection­s by winning back more than double their original outlay.

“He is the perfect horse to train,” Price said. “He is not a real heavy horse and he just natural athlete.

“That’s why I wanted him at the sales. You can just look them and see that’s the horse you want to train. You don’t have to work them too hard so you’re missing out on the soundness issues with a big horse.”

Bred at Arrowfield, Real Impact son Count De Rupee was sold for $145,000 at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale in 2019.

“His mother if a full sister to Lankan Rupee who at the time was probably the best sprinter in the world. I thought we would have to pay more for him so it was good buying at the time,” he said.

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