The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

SUNDAY, MARCH 31: Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Tuesday, March 26 with GRSA. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 3 (T/G): Nominations close at 9 a.m. (SA time) on Friday, March 29 with GRSA. TRIALS: Every Tuesday and Saturday, commencing at 9 a.m. (SA time). Bookings on arrival at track.


By golly, watch out for Molly!

Thursday, March 14, 2019

The fields come out for Sunday’s 10-race greyhound meeting at Tara Raceway and the interesting runner for the day is the Simon Payne trained Molly Coaster who has drawn box four in the Produce Store Stake (512 metres).

So an email is fired off, seeking some information on owners, trainer and greyhound and hoping that the trainer is in a position to make contact with a few relevant details pertaining to Molly Coaster.

Molly Coaster pictured in action at Sandown Park.

But there was no cause for concern. No sooner had the email been sent than Simon Payne was on the phone, on a break from his duties as senior sergeant at the Melton Police Station.

And yes, he’s got the Fairthorne Forestry Mount Gambier Cup well and truly in his sights with Molly Coaster, a winner of three races, all at Sandown Park.

While the black bitch’s last win was back in September, since then she has run nine minor placings, all at either Sandown Park (515 m) or The Meadows (525 m) with Payne’s assessment of her being that while she’s a slow starter she finishes her races off very well.

As such, with personal best times of 29.63 seconds at Sandown Park and 30.12 seconds at The Meadows, she should be hard to hold out in Sunday’s six-dog grade six field.

Molly Coaster is owned by the Package Syndicate which comprises Paul Giddings and Chris Wright of Package Landscape, the pair previously enjoying success with the Payne-trained Cosmic Coaster, a Sandown Park and The Meadows winner.

Purchased as a pup, Molly Coaster is by Fabregas out of Victorian city winner Reiko Bale and comes from a more than handy litter that also includes Fab Reiko, Reiko Ablett and Reiko Rocketta.

Payne is heavily involved in the Melton community, having previously coached the Melton Football Club and currently is the president of the Melton Greyhound Racing and Coursing Club which he is hopeful will soon be conducting drag lure coursing meetings.

And he’s looking forward to finally taking in a race meeting at Tara Raceway.

“I come over to the area quite regularly to fish at Nelson and while I’ve often driven past the track it’s always been on a day when racing wasn’t being conducted,” he said.

“I’m hoping Molly Coaster can do enough on Sunday to warrant coming back the following weekend in order to also take in the Calcutta which I’ve already heard so much about.”

Xtreme Caution delivered a big payout in last year’s Calcutta when winning the Mount Gambier Cup.

As far as greyhounds are concerned, the Calcutta has a long history, dating back to the days of open coursing while the Mount Gambier Cup Calcutta is unique to SA greyhound racing.

For those not quite sure what the Calcutta is all about, tickets are now on sale at $1 each or $80 for a book of 100 from Tim Holmes on race days or on the night of the Calcutta (Saturday, March 23).

On Calcutta night, ticket holders will have the chance of drawing a runner in the following day’s cup heats. Those drawing a runner will receive half of what that greyhound attracts when auctioned later in the night – in other words, if sold for $100 then the ticket holder receives $50 with the other $50 added to the Calcutta pool.

Winning ticket holders can bid on their greyhound and pay half price if they are the successful bidder at the auction which will be conducted by Chris Manser of Green Triangle Real Estate. Calcutta pools vary from year to year but last year’s cup winner Xtreme Caution delivered a pay out of more than $4000 for a modest outlay.

Meanwhile, Kongorong-based Springvale Alysa, the greyhound purchased by John Little, Liz Newberry and Kevin Mullan from the proceeds of last year’s Calcutta windfall, has drawn box seven in Sunday night’s Murray Bridge Cup Consolation (455 m).

One of the better local greyhounds going around Tara Raceway at the moment, Springvale Alysa will contest a heat of the Mount Gambier Cup on Sunday week.

Cup disappointment for local trainer

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Allendale East greyhound trainer David Peckham’s Mount Gambier Cup hopes took a real hit this week after Rose Ali, a winner of five races from seven starts this year at Tara Raceway, was transferred to Victoria.

A personal best 512 metre time at the track of 29.72 seconds, run on February 6, looked to have the daughter of My Bro Fabio and Born Ali right in the mix for this year’s Group Listed event, Peckham still chasing his first Mount Gambier Cup win after a desperately close second with Bourne Again behind Lots Of Yap in 2015.

David Peckham with Rose Ali after her grade 5 final win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Peckham said Rose Ali’s owner, Noel Mugavin of Warrambool, had contacted him earlier this week to inform him that he had decided to send the black bitch to leading trainer Robert Britton of Lara with a view to contesting the forthcoming Launching Pad series.

“It’s disappointing, because I thought she would have been competitive in the cup,” he said. “But I respect Noel’s decision and wish him all the best in the Launching Pad.”

The 2019 Launching Pad boasts a massive $432,000 in stakemoney with the winner of the Group 2 final, run over 515 metres at Sandown Park on Thursday, April 18, collecting $150,000.

The sweepstakes series, which is open to greyhounds with 1-6 wins and no more than 30 starts, carries a $2000 entry fee.

For Peckham, it had been a good start to the year with 20 winners seeing him sitting in second spot in the Ian Badger Trainer of the Year award and Rose Ali sharing the lead with Dimora Flash in the Greyhound of the Year.

And there’s been a bit happening recently out at Allendale East with two Worm Burner litters being whelped – two bitches and three dogs out of 13-race winner Maximum Bella while Thanks Tubby, former Tara Raceway 512 metre record holder, produced two dogs and 4 bitches.

Race caller lands double with littermates

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Ray Fewings, ostensibly at Tara Raceway last Sunday to call the 11-race card, took the opportunity to also bring down a couple of littermates to race – Wrackmere and Zoltan.

Wrackmere defeats Midnight Ruby and Slipper’s Kin in The Border Watch Stake (400 m) at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

However, in a long and colourful career that includes having raced everything from pigeons to pacers, he was quick to concede that last Sunday’s pair was nowhere near to being in the top bracket of racing greyhounds.

Certainly not of the calibre of Paua To Kapau and Don’t Kid Me that Fewings had won with 12 months previously at Mount Gambier’s Mount Gambier Cup meeting.

But for all that, Wrackmere, after being midfield early worked home well to defeat Midnight Ruby in The Border Watch Stake (400 m) while Zoltan took over the running from Nix Jakit off the back before holding on for a neck win in the Swallow Drive Meats Stake (512 m).

The pair’s breeding is interesting, being by 23-race winner Hallucinate, who collected $252,000 in stakemoney and won the 2004 Melbourne Cup at his last race start.

Zoltan scores a narrow win over Nix Jakit and Bourne Thanks in last Sunday’s Swallow Drive Meats Stake (512 m) at Tara Raceway.

Their dam, Lotus Blossom, who won 14 races in Queensland and South Australia, is by Made To Size out of Elite Oriental who is the grand-dam of Aston Dee Bee, a winner of $800,000.

Fewings, who is based at Williamstown, also bred the litter after Maxine Wytkin of Willaston had offered him the Hallucinate straw which she had had in her possession for a number of years.

“I took her up on her offer, Maxine later taking a share in Zoltan. A couple of other members of the litter have also won and while there are no champions here I think they still need more time,” he said.

Fewings is next likely to be at Tara Raceway for the Fairthorne Forestry Mount Gambier Cup on Sunday, March 31, this time in his role as Greyhound Racing SA industry representative.

Now there’s no excuse for not returning

Monday, March 11, 2019

Hobby trainer Heath McAdam, based at the Bellarine Peninsula seaside town of Ocean Grove, had this year’s Fairthorne Forestry Mount Gambier Cup well and truly in mind when making the 400 kilometre trip to Tara Raceway with No Excuse for Sunday afternoon’s meeting.

No Excuse displayed plenty of early pace to lead the field with a lap to go.

The brindle dog’s last win had been at Sandown Park over 515 metres in 29.79 seconds at the end of December, although a 29.83 seconds effort when running second a couple of weeks ago at the same track had McAdam keen to test the waters in Mount Gambier.

This was the trainer’s first visit to the track and with No Excuse drawing box six and running into a more than handy field of grade five greyhounds in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (512 m) there was a fair chance that he would know exactly where he stood after the race from a cup point of view.

As it turned out, lack of track knowledge made no difference, No Excuse going straight to the front and eventually running out a 7¾ length winner over Lone Star in 30.17 seconds – the best of the day on a track not conducive to quick times due to solid rain earlier in the day.

Heath McAdam with his Fairthorne Forestry Mount Gambier Cup contender No Excuse.

Raced by the seven-member Larry Syndicate, the winner is by Fernando Bale out of Victorian city-winning stayer Scusami Hotel, the 42-year-old McAdam purchasing the September 2015 whelping in August 2018.

“He’d actually had 63 starts when we purchased him,” he said. “Since then he’s raced a further 25 times for wins at Horsham, The Meadows, Sandown Park and now Mount Gambier, his effort today really pleasing from a Mount Gambier Cup point of view.”

Meanwhile, Rose Ali, one of the best local chances for this year’s cup, brought up her fifth win from seven starts at the track when finishing strongly to defeat China Catch ‘Em by a nose in the final of the JB Irrigation Grade 5 final (512 m).

Now jumping better, Rose Ali was in front going out of the first turn but was unable to match the pace of China Catch ‘Em who opened up a handy break down the back straight and at one stage looked some chance of causing a massive boilover.

But Rose Ali, the middle leg of a treble with Our Man Zed and Kolora Posie also successful, ultimately continued Allendale East trainer David Peckham’s outstanding run at Tara Raceway this year when grabbing the leader in the shadows of post in a time of 30.33 seconds.

For the luckless China Catch ‘Em, trained at Charlton by Kevin Ashton, it was his fourth consecutive minor placing at Tara Raceway, the brindle dog last winning in June last year at Tara Raceway.

Rose Ali (No. 3) scores a narrow win over China Catch ‘Em in the grade 5 series final at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott ran the quinella in the Rock’s Retreat Mixed Stake (600 m) with litter brothers Black Spring and Spinning Jakit finishing the race off strongly, the former winning by five lengths in 35.96 seconds.

By Spring Gun x Lektra Scarlett, the brothers’ efforts had Abbott later in the day declaring that they would be part of a big team that he would be nominating in a bid to try and finally win a Mount Gambier Cup.

In 2007 he ran second to Army Officer with Cape Arrow and then in 2010 White Arrow, a daughter of Cape Arrow, finished fifth behind Kirkstall Jane.

And Kongorong trainer John Little is hoping to return to Murray Bridge this Sunday with Springvale Alysa for the Murray Bridge Cup Consolation (455 m) after she showed early pace before finishing fifth in a heat last Friday.

Little said Springvale Alysa, who last raced at Tara Raceway on January 20 when successful over 512 metres in 30.05 seconds, would then tackle the Fairthorne Forestry Mount Gambier Cup (512 m), heats of which will be run on Sunday, March 24.

First dead-heat for the year

Monday, March 11, 2019

Lil Black Jess and Villa Maldini figured in Tara Raceway’s first winning dead-heat of the year when they crossed the line together in last Wednesday’s Trackside Meats Stake (400 m) at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting.

Villa Maldini (No. 6) and Lil Black Jess pictured dead-heating at Tara Raceway last week.

Owned and trained at Dunolly by Rick Boehm, Lil Black Jess set up a nice lead early from box one although Villa Maldini was always going to be hard to hold out when working into second spot off the back.

And that’s how the grade six race panned out, Villa Maldini storming home and in the end sharing the spoils with Lil Black Jess.

Raced by Michael Kemp, son of Villa Maldini’s breeder, Sindy Colpoys of Coleraine, and trained by her husband Steve, the dead-heat is the first they’ve been associated with.

Long-time acquaintances Sandra Elmes and Steve Colpoys with the dead-heaters Lil Black Jess and Villa Maldini.

By Dyna Villa out of Mizzy Maldini, the black dog’s success was his first since the end of 2017, Steve Colpoys saying that it had been great to finally see a good run from him after an injury interrupted career.

“Look, he’s always had ability but he’s a really stressful dog. That, coupled with an ongoing issue with split webbing, has certainly curtailed his career,” he said.

“Also, another accident when he was being exercised resulted in him being off the scene for nine months. But I like to persevere with my dogs and I have to say that the introduction of time-graded racing at Mount Gambier that caters for dogs like him has been a terrific innovation.”

Warriors on the warpath at Tara Raceway

Thursday, March 7, 2019

Cundare North greyhound trainers Cristina Gason and Kevin Quinn, regulars at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meetings, were on the warpath on Wednesday when Aztec Warrior and Misty Warrior scored narrow wins to give the training team their first double at the Mount Gambier track.

Aztec Warrior went into the Gambier Vets Stake (400 metres) looking to boost his winning strike rate after having won only one race – at Healesville last August – from 48 starts, the fawn dog being transferred into Gason’s name only last week after Quinn had previously been listed as the trainer.

But Aztec Warrior broke the drought after a stirring battle in the home straight saw him gain the verdict by a nose over Chelsea Road in a personal best time of 23.82 seconds.

Kevin Quinn with Misty Warrior after winning at Tara Raceway on Wednesday.

By Still Just Under, the winner is out of Cosmic Don, a 23 kilogram bitch that now resides at Cundare North, won one race from 57 starts, and was bred at Mount Moriac by Kevin Ward who was successful in the final race on Wednesday, the Fairthorne Forestry Stake, with Ace Gone Wild.

Aztec Warrior, who was reared by the couple, is part of a 10-dog team that takes Gason and Quinn to tracks all over Victoria and into South Australia in their quest for a winner.

Later in the day, in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 m), rank outsider Misty Warrior settled in third spot behind Gold Gem and Janray Mazel Tov before finishing over the top of the early leader to win by a nose for Quinn in 23.61 seconds, also a personal best.

Misty Warrior, now a winner of three races, is by Hawk Alone, winner of the 2014 Group 1 Rookie Rebel at The Meadows and $330,000 in stakemoney. Quinn has also won five races with Misty Warrior’s litter brother Topaz Warrior, successful last month at Bendigo over 500 metres.

Training honours for the day went the way of Tony Hinrichsen who continued his good year at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meetings with a treble – his third overall at the track after three winners in May and June last year.

Based at Monarto South, Hinrichsen’s day kicked off well in the opening race, the Laser Electrical Mixed Stake (600 m), when San Tan Sam, made it four wins from five starts at Tara Raceway after finishing too strongly for It’s Magic and Spinning Jakit to win in 35.84 seconds.

The Produce Store Stake (512 m) was no trouble for the beautifully bred Trouble Waters (Fernando Bale x Hopes Up), giving Hinrichsen his second winner when leading all the way to defeat Kracka Barcia by 5½ lengths in 30.51 seconds.

And bringing up the treble was Filthy Phantom, at start number 100 winning his 13th race when leading all the way to defeat Don’s Machine, who races well at the track, by 1¾ lengths in 23.28 seconds.

Wednesday’s treble gave the widely-travelled Hinrichsen, also the president of the Murray Bridge Greyhound Racing Club, his seventh winner at Tara Raceway this year and had him keen to further promote relations between the two tracks.

San Tan Sam defeats It’s Magic in the Laser Electrical Mixed Stake (600 m) on Wednesday and brings up the first leg of a winning treble for Tony Hinrichsen.

He said he would be bringing up with his committee the possibility of liaising with the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club with a view to the introduction of an annual Inter-track Challenge, alternating over 455 metres at Murray Bridge and 512 metres at Tara Raceway.

“Hopefully we could get Greyhound Racing SA on board to allocate extra money for the series which would include four greyhounds from both tracks,” he said.

Meanwhile, seasoned track watchers were calling for the fire brigade after a brindle dog set the track alight at Tuesday morning’s trial session at Tara Raceway.

Going around over 400 metres in trial number nine, the dog clocked 22.74 seconds with splits of 10.72 seconds and 12.02 seconds.

To put the run in perspective, although this was a solo trial, the current 400 metre track record is 22.78 seconds which was set three years ago by Cryer’s Ricky.

And one of the highlights of Sunday’s meeting will be the grade five final (512 m) with Mount Gambier Cup contender Rose Ali, trained by the in-form David Peckham, looking to be the one to beat.

Alysa to fly the flag at Murray Bridge

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Kongorong trained Springvale Alysa will be the only local greyhound making the trip to Murray Bridge on Friday to contest a heat of the inaugural Daish Irrigation and Fodder Murray Bridge Cup.

Five heats of the Group Listed event, to be run over 455 metres, will be decided at the afternoon meeting with the five winners and three fastest seconds making up the $15,000-to-the-winner final which will be conducted on Sunday, March 17.

Springvale Alysa will fly the flag for Mount Gambier when contesting a heat of the Murray Bridge Cup on Friday afternoon.

Raced by Liz Newberry, Kevan Mullan and John Little, and trained by the latter, Springvale Alysa is one of the best Open class chasers going around Tara Raceway at the moment with a personal best 512 metre time of 29.79 seconds.

The black bitch will jump from box six in the second heat on the back of her past three runs all being over 455 metres at Murray Bridge where she won her first two starts before narrowly going down to Go Brandi on February 17.

With the final of the TAB Australian Cup (525 m) run at The Meadows last Saturday night and six heats of the Group 2 $47,000-to-the-winner CHS Group Horsham Cup (485 m) run today, the big names are missing from Murray Bridge – although Victorian greyhounds Kouta Mayhem and Eye Got It are interesting runners.

Kouta Mayhem, trained at Avalon by Jason Sharp, has won 26 races from 67 starts for stakemoney in excess of $187,000, the son Fabregas x Belle’s Melody drawing box four in heat four on Friday afternoon.

Cranbourne South trainer Andrew Paraskevas has drawn box six with Eye Got It in the final heat, the son of Barcia Bale x Father Of Mine having won 19 races from 24 starts, including a last start 23.80 seconds win over 425 metres at Bendigo.

Eye Got It is a litter brother to Pure White Evil who Paraskevas had at Tara Raceway recently for a look at the track with the Fairthorne Forestry Mount Gambier Cup in mind.

And he’s likely to be back for the Mount Gambier heats on Sunday, March 24 after Pure White Evil impressed with a 29.65 seconds 512 metre win.

Top Victorian chaser Kouta Mayhem will jump from box four in heat four of the Murray Bridge Cup.

Paraskevas, like Little, is also likely to be eyeing off the Greyhound Racing SA bonuses that link both the Murray Bridge and Mount Gambier Cups – a $5000 bonus if the same dog can win both cups and a $5000 bonus if the same trainer can win both cups with the same or different dogs.

Meanwhile, Little has two kennel newcomers in Wendell Allen and Xela Allen lining up at tomorrow’s Tara Raceway time-graded meeting in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m) and the Gambier Vets Stake (400 m).

Wendell Allen, a son of Taylors Sky and Dyna Glinda is a last start Ballarat maiden winner over 390 metres while Xela Allen, also by Taylors Sky out of Chloe Allen, has won two races over 390 metres at Warrnambool and Shepparton.

Rose Ali’s win highlights big day for local trainer

Monday, March 4, 2019

Allendale East greyhound trainer David Peckham enjoyed his best day at the track in more than two years when he led in four winners – all successful by sizeable margins – at Tara Raceway’s meeting on Sunday afternoon.

But it was Rose Ali who was the standout of the quartet, the $1.60 chance displaying surprising early pace from box seven to be in front going out of the first turn in the JB Irrigation Stake (512 metres) which was the second heat of a grade five series.

John Little (Our Man Zed), David Peckham (Dyna Naitch and Rose Ali) and Connie Miller (Chilly Kiss) pictured at Tara Raceway on Sunday after Peckham’s four winners.

From that point on the daughter of My Bro Fabio x Born Ali – litter sister Sweet As Emm winning over 715 metres at Sandown Park on the Thursday night prior and taking her stakemoney earnings to more than $35,000 – was never going to be beaten, the black bitch running away to an 8¾ length win over Rusty Sprocket in a best of day 29.81 seconds.

Also through to this Sunday’s final are Banjo Bad Boy – who defeated Rose Ali in last week’s Summer Classic final – and Cryer’s Bob, a litter brother to earlier winner Cryer’s Plugger who led all the way to defeat fellow forthcoming Mount Gambier Cup contenders Azumi Ryder and Bomber Creek in the Swallow Drive Meats Mixed Stake (512 m) in 29.90 seconds.

Rose Ali is now also likely to be set for the Fairthorne Forestry Mount Gambier Cup (512 m), heats of which will be run on Sunday, March 24, her trainer having gone close in the 2015 cup when Bourne Again went down a head to Lots Of Yap.

Dyna Naitch, who last won over 400 metres at Gawler in October, resumed after a 10-week break for Peckham in the Gambier Vets Stake which was the first heat of the grade five series.

Finding the front down the back straight after an ordinary start, the brindle dog eventually ran out a six length winner over kennelmate Oshkosh Orla – a sub-30 second winner last week – in 30.31 seconds.

Raced by Adelaide-based Dwayne Jiggins, a new owner for the kennel, Dyna Naitch was set to make his Tara Raceway debut on February 6 but a minor setback after trialling well leading up to that engagement saw the son of Surf Lorian x Crystin Bale off the scene until last Sunday.

Peckham’s winning day kicked off in the Fairthorne Forestry Stake (400 m) when Our Man Zed, another one back after a 10-week break, dominated the grade six event with an emphatic 7¾ length win over Gold Gem and Miss Adelaide in 23.62 seconds.

By Smart Missile, the black dog is out of Flying Trance who did most of her racing in New Zealand – Our Man Zed winning a maiden 400 metre event for the Nineofus Syndicate in early December at Tara Raceway before sustaining a back leg muscle injury a fortnight later.

And it was the four-year-old Chilly Kiss who brought up the kennel’s fourth winner of the day when leading all the way in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m) to defeat My Mandara and Bank Rogue in 23.27 seconds.

The win was the Clarissa Miller owned Chilly Kiss’s first since August last year with the brindle daughter of Spring Gun and Chilly Babe now appearing to be over seasonal complications.

Peckham’s last bag of four winners at Tara Raceway came on February 3, 2017 when Uptown Man, Blitz And Bolt, Thanks Captain and Sweeney Miss were successful.

Andy Graham’s Kohli Bay opens his winning account at Tara Raceway on Sunday in the Metal Worx Stake (400 m).

Meanwhile, he also went close to landing a winner at Murray Bridge on Sunday night when Kolora Posie, an impressive last start 400 metre winner at Tara Raceway, gave plenty of cheek when just being run down by Demolisher over 455 metres in 26.22 seconds.

In the race prior, Galactic Athena, trained at Worrolong by Steve Bartholomew, ran a top race in a grade six 455 metres event when also finishing second, beaten a half length by Spring Glass in 26.09 seconds.

Earlier, at Tara Raceway, litter sister Galactic Destiny, also trained by Bartholomew, was successful in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 m) at her first start.

By Paddy Whacker x Galactic Rumball, the brindle bitch looked lost early but finished strongly to run down early leader School Report and win by 4¼ lengths in 30.58 seconds.

And in the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (400 m), Kohli Bay – bred, owned and trained by Andy Graham of Portland – became the third member of the Magic Sprite x Cee Anna Rose litter to win, running down Ranger Bay to score a comfortable win in 23.88 seconds.

Cee Anna Rose, a daughter of prolific producer Senni Wendy, had good results when previously mated with Collision and Cosmic Chief and has another litter to follow – by Sulzanti.

Syndicate quickly pulls down the for sale sign

Thursday, February 28, 2019

It didn’t take the Nineofus Syndicate long to take Oshkosh Orla off the market.

Purchased by the syndicate after winning an Angle Park maiden in December, the black bitch had shown little at Tara Raceway in six starts for Allendale East trainer David Peckham, hence her being one of the outsiders in last Sunday’s six-dog Stake (512 metres).

The Nineofus Syndicate’s Oshkosh Orla will be staying at Allendale East with trainer David Peckham after her sub-30 second win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

In fact, such was her form that syndicate manager Ross Schurgott of Happy Valley had the nicely-bred daughter of Dyna Double One and the US-bred Oshkosh Fayola (Kiowa Mon Manny x Oshkosh City) up for sale.

Mind you, the for sale sign soon came down after Oshkosh Orla went straight to the front from box five before running away to a 4¾ length win over her litter brother, the Nifty Lenehan trained Oshkosh Nar, a giant of a greyhound that tips the scales at close to 40 kilograms.

Her time of 29.88 seconds was bettered on the day only by Pure White Evil and Bomber Creek. She’d found something like eight lengths’ improvement with Peckham unable to explain the run but certainly not complaining.

The win was the second leg of a double for connections, Flash Jackie, at only her second start, kicking the day off well when leading all the way to win the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 m) by 6½ lengths in 30.23 seconds.

Also by Dyna Double One, Flash Jackie is out of Striking Viking who was raced by the Viking Syndicate. The Nineofus Syndicate – comprising Schurgott and Peckham along with Steve McGuire, Steve Mason, Mark Quin, Artie Sleeth, Gary Siney, Grant Sterzl and Samantha Sterzl – is an offshoot of that original group.

Flash Jackie was the first leg of a double for the Nineofus Syndicate and trainer David Peckham when winning the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Striking Viking, a daughter of Superman and Irish Fantasy, raced on 83 occasions for 15 wins and 26 minor placings. She was the original 600 metre Tara Raceway record holder at 35.38 seconds, posted on November 30, 2014, while earlier that year she had reached the final of the Mount Gambier Cup (512 m) won by Veetee Express.

Last week, Flash Jackie’s litter brother, Flash Sox, having his first race start, was successful over 400 metres at Tara Raceway, Schurgott full of praise for Peckham.

“Back when he was being broken-in, Flash Sox contracted a liver disease and it appeared as though he would never race. David certainly did a huge job to get him back and we’re really grateful for his efforts.”

It’s been a good start to the year for Peckham, a three-time leading trainer at Tara Raceway, doubles at the past three meetings taking his overall tally to 12 winners which places him in third spot in the Ian Badger Trainer of the Year award.

Calcutta to kick off cup carnival

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s Calcutta, as has been the case for more than 30 years, will once again be the lead-in to this year’s Mount Gambier Cup carnival at Tara Raceway.

Always an entertaining social night, this year’s Calcutta will be conducted at the Tara Raceway Clubrooms on Saturday, March 23 with meals available from 6 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. and the Calcutta draw commencing at 7.30 p.m.

Once again, Chris Manser, of Green Triangle Real Estate, will auction the Fairthorne Forestry Mount Gambier Cup runners in his own inimitable style. Heats of the Group Listed event will be run the following afternoon over 512 metres.

Last year, the purchasers of the eventual winner, Xtreme Caution, collected more than $4000 for a modest outlay.

Tim Holmes, who is co-ordinating the Calcutta night in conjunction with Chris Klaassens, said this week that the menu included an entrée, a main course (roast chicken, roast beef or salt and pepper squid plus a choice of hot and cold sides) and dessert.

“Pre-paid meals will be $25 for adults and $10 for children (12 and under) while on the night the cost will be $30 for adults and $15 for children.

“Besides the Calcutta draw and auction there will be plenty of prizes on offer as well as live music,” said Holmes, who can be contacted on 0400 060 435 in regard to the purchase of tickets.

Tickets can also be purchased from the secretary’s office at Tara Raceway on race days.

The final of the Fairthorne Forestry Mount Gambier Cup will be run on Sunday, March 31 with the winner receiving $15,000.