Aston Trivett’s Maturity Classic

For years Aston Martin has been known for it’s unbridled horsepower, but tonight it was the power of a different kind that left everyone in awe.

Named after the iconic sports car, Aston Trivett ($3.70) was awesome in winning the Group 1 Hudson Pacific Maturity Classic in a dominant display leading all the way to win by 4.5 lengths in 29.89.

Jumping from box 2, Aston Trivett began well but bumped with favourite Nova Surf ($1.70) shortly after box rise, however brushed that aside to explode to the front on the first turn and race down the back almost 4 lengths clear.

While the beaten brigade continued to chase hard, none could manage to bridge the gap. Giving the leader a huge start, Firefly Bale ran on valiantly to run into a placing and could not be separated with Nova Surf on the line as the judges semaphored a dead heat for the minor placings.

Aston Trivett’s kennelmate Aston Volante was hampered on the first turn along with 3rd favourite Dyna Forte who had no luck. Both trailed the field in almost 15 lengths from the eventual winner.

One of the most sought after races on the calendar, the Group 1 Hudson Pacific Maturity Classic honour roll is littered with champions, but it is the blue blood that past winners possess that is truly staggering with many of them going on to secure successful stud careers.

Aston Trivett’s win tonight coupled with his impeccable breeding would suggest he may well be added to that list. His sire is Sandown Park 515-metre track record-holder Bond, and his dam is 2006 G1 Australian Cup winner Miss Spicy.

Tonight capped off a wonderful three weeks of racing with a tremendous final that showcased the future champions of greyhound racing.

Aston Trivett is a Fawn dog whelped January 2007 by Bond from Miss Spicy (Just The Best x Miss Angelique). He raced by Ray Borda and trained by Jason Thompson at Pearcedale in Victoria. He has now won 10 races and been placed on seven occasions from his 21 starts.

The Maturity final was his fourth win from four starts at MGRA’s headquarters. The Maturity Classic first prize of $50,000 brings Aston Trivett’s overall prizemoney to $77,100.

After the placed runners the field finished in the following order 4th Surfing Boy ($32.90), 5th Ess Bee Dee ($18.70), 6th Sheoak Ian ($33.00) 7th Aston Volante ($13.70) and Dyna Forte ($8.30).

The Maturity Classic was first held at Olympic Park in 1970 when won by talented sprinter Phantom’s Heir first prize at that time was $1250. The prizemoney increased marginally until 1975 when it went to $3,500. In 77 it was $5,600 and jumped to $7000 in 79 before going to $10,000 from 1980 until 1987 the year the mighty New Tears won the race.

First prize went to $15,000 for seven years then to $20,000 for two years and reached $30,000 in the year 2000. In 2001 it was worth $40,000 and the Classic was won by AGRA Hall Of Famer Brett Lee. It was elevated the next year to the current amount of $50,000.

Listed below is the Maturity Classic Honour roll highlighted by some of the many stars that enjoyed outstanding careers after winning the feature.

    Maturity Classic Honour Roll

  • 1970 Phantom’s Heir
  • 1971 Linden Lad
  • 1972 Nulla’s Call
  • 1973 Shan’s Tempest
  • 1974 Temlee
  • 1975 Warranwood Girl
  • 1976 Aaron King
  • 1977 Overflow Love
  • 1978 Satan’s Legend
  • 1979 Marajax
  • 1980 Worthy Weston
  • 1981 Murchison Champ
  • 1982 Rocky Pyramid
  • 1982 Wynlee Spirit
  • 1983 “Not Held”
  • 1984 Broken Cup
  • 1985 Storm Glade
  • 1986 Pharaoh’s Mask
  • 1987 New Tears
  • 1988 Hay Dinney
  • 1989 Best Of Blue
  • 1990 Eureka Man
  • 1991 Enfield
  • 1992 Executive Class
  • 1993 Keystone
  • 1994 Refur
  • 1995 Northern Legend
  • 1996 Royal Honcho
  • 1997 Running Gold
  • 1998 Adrenalin Storm
  • 1999 Coriole
  • 2000 Acacia Dee
  • 2001 Brett Lee
  • 2002 Rocka Cockatoo
  • 2003 Hall’s Northern
  • 2004 Hallucinate
  • 2005 Poetic Magic
  • 2006 Train A Journey
  • 2007 Run’s House
  • 2008 Paddy’s Flame
  • 2009 Aston Trivett
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