The Thompson kennel, from Victoria, made it four Group 1 Adelaide Cup victories in the past 10 years when Real Simple for Seona Thompson was able to lead throughout in South Australia’s premier race.
The son of Collision and Unbelief joined his kennel mates in Aqua Cheetah in 2016, El Galo in 2009 and Whippy’s Image in 2008 as the most successful kennel in recent times in the Group 1 feature.
In front of over 1,300 people on course, Real Simple, which was the soul interstate greyhound in the field, was sent out on the third line of betting behind race favourite Fabwik for Kirin Corby and SA’s star sprinter Honcho Monelli for Tony Rasmussen.
Real Simple had shown in his most recent wins including last week’s flying heat win that he had exceptional speed on box rise and again last Friday night he exploded out of the boxes to lead to the first turn.
Bogie Bullet at long odds also began smartly for trainer Ben Rawlings and quickly raced into second spot. Fabwik was average away and pushed her way into third leaving the front straight on the first occasion. Honcho Monelli missed the kick completely and was back midfield and looking for room.
As the field raced down the back straight Real Simple was low flying in front with Bogie Bullet giving chase, Fabwik attempted to make ground in third while the rest of the field looked out of play. Turning for home Real Simple could not shake Bogie Bullet however the line came up too soon and Real Simple went on to record a fantastic win for his connections in a slick 29.69 crowning him the Group 1 Adelaide Cup champion.
Bogie Bullet was brave in defeat running second, to only going down by one length, with Honcho Monelli motoring home out wide into third a further 3.25 lengths away.
Real Simple is owned by Tim Watkins from NSW and was handled by kennel representative Des Douch. Saturday night’s victory took Real Simple’s career earnings to over $132,000 with a record of 22 wins and 10 placings from 51 starts.