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News

Best-ever year continues for Brodhurst

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Another Tara Raceway double last Sunday, this time with bargain-buy pair Banjo Fozz and Danyo’s Cally, continued Serviceton trainer David Brodhurst’s best-ever year at the Mount Gambier track.

Since January he’s trained 22 local winners – which include four doubles – Brodhurst heaping plenty of praise on his wife Valerie who races Danyo’s Cally and also spends much of her time assisting with the couple’s small team.

Banjo Fozz (rails) defeats Spinning Jakit, Close Your Eyes and Dyna Naitch in last Sunday’s Williams Crane Hire Mixed Stake (600 m) at Tara Raceway.

Banjo Fozz, picked up for $600 back at the end of June when still a maiden, went into last Sunday’s Williams Crane Hire Mixed Stake having since won four races at the track but still chasing her first win over 600 metres despite having clocked a quick personal time of 35.17 seconds.

By Banjo Boy x Fire Stricker and from a handy litter that also includes Blur, Tat James and Valita, the Brodhurst trained black bitch quickly found the front from box four and in the run home hung on for dear life to defeat Spinning Jakit by a head in 35.47 seconds.

Brodhurst had been following the progress of Danyo’s Cally so when she was advertised for sale for $800 at the end of last year he purchased the daughter of My Bro Fabio x Caviar Noir. He has now won seven races – including one at Murray Bridge – with the black bitch.

Danyo’s Cally was a $20 chance from box four in last Sunday’s The Border Watch Stake (512 m). Not bad odds considering that a month ago she had beaten Azalea Monelli at Tara Raceway in a near best of day 29.78 seconds.

Away well in the pretty handy Open field, Danyo’s Cally led all the way, defeating Hutch by 1½ lengths in a best of day time of 29.95 seconds – both dogs staging good trials for this Sunday’s Border Challenge heats.

Involved in greyhound racing for much of his life, Brodhurst and his wife have been at Serviceton – 200 kilometres from Mount Gambier – for 14 years. Previously they had been six kilometres down the road at Wolseley and before that at Jeparit.

“I reckon we raced dogs at the current Tara Raceway’s second or third meeting back in 1997 and have been racing there ever since,” said the laid-back Brodhurst who, after battling major health issues, reports that he is slowly on the improve.

Valerie and David Brodhurst with Border Challenge contender Danyo’s Cally.

And Mount Gambier couldn’t have done much better with its two 512 metre Border Challenge heats, the first two from each heat to represent the local club in the $4000-to-the-winner final over 450 metres at Warrnambool on Thursday, December 5.

Worrolong trainer Steve Bartholomew looks to hold a strong hand with the Robert Chuck-owned Paddy Whacker x Galactic Rumball littermates Galactic Destiny, Galactic Mojo and Galactic Titan, the latter unbeaten in six starts at Tara Raceway.

The David Peckham trained Usain Insane has now gone from the couch to the Challenge, earning a reprieve from the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) when turning in a sparkling 22.97 seconds win in last Sunday’s Gordon Refrigeration Open Stake (400 m).

Another Peckham-trained dog in Pirate’s Curse, the Tara Raceway 600 metre record holder at 34.79 seconds, returns to racing in the second heat after a six months lay-off due to a back leg muscle issue.

The Robert Halliday trained Hutch, a 4½-year-old winner of 27 races and a Mount Gambier SA Country Cup representative at Angle Park last year, will also line up in the second heat after making an incredible sixth comeback last week.

The Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club will conduct its heats on Thursday, November 28 with the Border Challenge set to alternate on a yearly basis between the two clubs.

Meanwhile, Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott will make the four-hour trip to Bendigo on Friday with litter brothers Black Spring and Spinning Jakit who will contest a $5000-to-the-winner GRV Vic Bred Series over 660 metres.


Intrepid trio bounces back after ‘the bird had flown’

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Many Winners Syndicate members Peter Keane, Lindsay Brookes and Gary Thomson, of Koroit, were back at Tara Raceway for last Sunday’s meeting, no doubt hoping for things to go better than several nights’ earlier at Warrnambool where they had Our Ando engaged.

And Our Ando, lining up from box one over 390 metres, certainly looked set to open his winning account at only his second race start when he established a big lead in the home straight – a flock of seagulls scattering as the lure with the brindle dog hotly in pursuit approached.

Daisy Doo scores an impressive 400 metre win at Tara Raceway last Sunday for the Many Winners Syndicate.

Things were going well for the Fernando Bale x Sisco Sizzle litter. The Thursday night prior, litter sister Daisy Doo had won her maiden at Warrnambool over 450 metres for the syndicate and now Our Ando was home for all money.

Well, not quite. In the end he finished second, easing before the finish line and later copping 28 days for failing to chase.

“You don’t get much closer to that without winning,” lamented Thomson.

Long-time trainer Keane, who had seen it all before, said on Sunday that he had considered appealing the suspension on the grounds that the seagulls had distracted Our Ando in the run up the home straight.

“I contacted the powers that be who, while conceding it was a nice try, pointed out that there had been plenty of better excuses offered in the past as far as failing to chase was concerned and most of them had failed. It could be a long drive back to Koroit from Melbourne, they suggested.”

As far as Daisy Doo was concerned, the intrepid trio, leaving no stone unturned, had previously been to Tara Raceway on a trial morning, the brindle bitch handling a rain-soaked track in a manner that had pleased connections.

A well-supported second favourite in Sunday’s Winningformula.net.au Stake (400 m), she quickly found the front and, at the risk of pre-empting the result, was always going to win – by three lengths over Like A Slug in a quick 23.09 seconds.

Sisco Sizzle, a daughter of Barcia Bale x Sisco Power and a half-sister to Sisco Rage, a winner of 29 races and $257,000 in stakemoney, won four races at Warrnambool from only 20 race starts.

Lindsay Brookes (left), Gary Thomson and Peter Keane pictured with Daisy Doo.

With the intention of eventually breeding, the syndicate, which also includes Keane’s sister-in-law Bev Keane and Graham Dix, purchased Sisco Sizzle for $4,500 at the Ready2Race sale at Bendigo in 2016.

“We did pretty well with the Fernando Bale mating because she had six dogs and six bitches. We kept three and then when she was mated to Thirty Talks, whelping two dogs and four bitches in March this year, we held onto four,” said syndicate manager Brookes.

Meanwhile, time-graded greyhound racing returns to Tara Raceway on Thursday with the Metal Worx Mixed Stake over 600 metres the best race on the 12-event card.

Lewiston trainer Kevin Bewley returns after a treble a fortnight ago and looks to hold a strong hand in the middle-distance event with My Boy Bean and Chaddy Whacker.

Both greyhounds have seen the track, My Boy Bean a winner at Angle Park over both 600 metres and 731 metres while Chaddy Whacker is a last start 643 metre winner at Gawler.

And David Peckham of Allendale East has taken over the training of Dyna Carnie for leading SA owners Tim Aloisi and Matt Lehman.

A winner over the middle-distance at Sandown Park and The Meadows, Dyna Carnie is by Kelsos Fusileer out of former champion stayer Xylia Allen, a winner of 40 races and $743,000 in stakemoney.


Spring Value turns in huge run to take out McDonnell Memorial

Monday, November 18, 2019

Killarney greyhound Spring Value was always going to be the one to beat in Sunday’s Newman McDonnell Memorial final (512 metres) at Tara Raceway after a cracking 29.56 seconds heat win a week prior.

Spring Value defeats Scartnamuck Diva and Perseverance in the Newman McDonnell Memorial final.

But according to Kevin Mugavin, the brindle dog’s breeder-owner-trainer, the wide draw in a final that had brought together a classy line-up of grade five greyhounds could well bring about his undoing.

And a lap out the son of Spring Gun and Magic Matese looked anything but a $1.55 chance after a 4.58 seconds first split saw him at the back end of the field which was headed by Bereluke and Scartnamuck Diva.

Actually, down the back straight, Kongorong trainer John Little was probably daring to dream that perhaps his $34 rank outsider Scartnamuck Diva, a giveaway greyhound after copping a failing to chase ticket at Cranbourne in June, could hold them all out and cause one of the biggest upsets in the long history of the race.

Scott Blacksell (MGGRC), Rohan Lawrence and Mary Considine and Ellis and Margaret Considine pictured with trainer Kevin Mugavin and Spring Value, winner of the Newman McDonnell Memorial at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Off the back, though, it was Spring Value who pounced on a rails opening and from then on the McDonnell Memorial was done and dusted, the March 2017 whelping running away to a 3¼ length win in 30.08 seconds over Scartnamuck Diva with a similar distance in third spot to Perseverance who came from a long way back.

Representing the McDonnell family at Sunday’s presentation were Rohan Lawrence and Mary Considine, together with Ellis and Margaret Considine, who said the family looked forward to being at Tara Raceway again next year for the 35th running of the memorial.


Walsh’s winning day at Tara Raceway

Saturday, November 16, 2019

For Koroit trainer Robert Walsh, Belfast Dot’s win in last Thursday’s Greyhound-Data.com Maiden Stake (400 metres) at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting was his first at the local track in more than 12 months.

Having only her third start, Belfast Dot took full advantage of box one to quickly find the front and from there on the white and black bitch never looked like losing, eventually running out a five length winner over Burner Black in 23.89 seconds.

Robert Walsh with Belfast Dot after her maiden win at Tara Raceway last Thursday.

Walsh’s last winner at Tara Raceway had been Ima Caravan, a son of Cape Hawke and Jamaican Ruby, while last Thursday’s winner is a half-sister, this litter whelped in February 2018 and by Banjo Boy.

Jamaican Ruby, for much of her career had been trained by Walsh, the black bitch winning five races, including Geelong (596 m), Warrnambool (650 m) and The Meadows (600 m) before whelping two dogs and 10 bitches to Cape Hawke.

And this turned out to be a handy litter, I’m A Princess, in particular, winning more than $32,000 in stakemoney for Walsh after being successful on eight occasions over distances ranging from 485 metres to 660 metres.

Belfast Dot was bred at Ecklin South by Beryl Fulton, Walsh also the owner of litter brother My Mate Didgie, a Warrnambool winner at his first start in September after the training had been entrusted to Fulton’s son Peter.

As it turned out, My Mate Didgie was racing at Warrnambool last Thursday night, the big white and black dog ultimately running third over 450 metres.

But back at Tara Raceway, Walsh’s day wasn’t yet over, Saint Beth gaining a start as a reserve in the Rock’s Retreat Maiden Stake (400 m) and finishing the race off strongly to defeat Black Moscato by 4¼ lengths in 23.70 seconds and give her trainer his first double at the track.

By Worm Burner out of Strongbeth, Saint Beth is raced by Koroit owner Peter Byrne who has enjoyed considerable recent success at Tara Raceway with Saint David over the 600 metre journey.

Saint Beth boasts a fair sort of pedigree with Worm Burner winning 48 races and $380,000 in stakemoney while Strongbeth, herself a winner of eight races, is a litter sister to Zambora Brockie (31 wins for earnings of $541,000).

Walsh, who took over the June 2017 black bitch’s training when she was 16 months old, said her preparation had been hampered by seasonal issues which have seen her race on only 15 occasions.

Rusty Fury was the first leg of a winning treble for trainer Tony Hinrichsen.

Another trainer to enjoy a winning day was Tony Hinrichsen of Monarto South – Rusty Fury, Spring Leesa and Filthy Phantom giving him his third treble at Tara Raceway this season. Throw in four winners on March 20 and the Winter Classic with Balboa Fury in August and it’s been a pretty good year for the Murray Bridge Greyhound Racing Club president.

Rusty Fury, a beautifully bred daughter of Barcia Bale and Destini Firebird, hopped straight to the front from box seven in the Swallow Drive Meats Stake (512 m) but looked to be in some danger when Nitro Missile loomed large approaching the home turn.

However, the brindle bitch dug deep in the home straight, running a tidy 30.20 seconds when defeating Nitro Missile by 1¼ lengths and relegating him to his fourth successive minor placing.
And they don’t come much more durable than Hinrichsen’s other couple of winners.

Spring Leesa led all the way to defeat the well-backed Lady Pippa by 2¾ lengths in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m) and Filthy Phantom worked home too strongly for early leader Blackpool Remi in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m), winning by four lengths in 23.50 seconds.

A rising five-year-old, Spring Leesa has now been around on 176 occasions for 21 wins while the 3½-year-old Filthy Phantom has raced 145 times for 17 wins.


Killarney trainer looking to make amends in feature final

Wednesday, November 13, 2019

It was back at the end of March that Killarney greyhound trainer Kevin Mugavin looked well-placed to win the Produce Store Maiden final (512 metres), one of the feature events on Fairthorne Forestry Mount Gambier Cup final day, with Spring Value.

By Spring Gun out of Magic Matese and tracing back to the Mugavin family’s foundation brood bitch Val Matese, Spring Value fronted for the heats at Tara Raceway with only a couple of runs at Warrnambool to his name.

Kevin Mugavin with Spring Value after his 29.56 seconds heat win in last Sunday’s Newman McDonnell Memorial (512 m) at Tara Raceway.

In fact, so impressive was the brindle dog in his 30.06 seconds heat win that he went into the final as an odds-on favourite but finished second to another emerging talent in Galactic Titan, going down by 1¾ lengths in 30.08 seconds.

Mugavin was back at Tara Raceway last Sunday for heats of the Newman McDonnell Memorial (512 m), a time-honoured series that has been run on an annual basis since 1986.

And once again Spring Value couldn’t have been more impressive. In the second of two heats he quickly found the front from box one before going on to a six length win over Cee Me Ignite – trained at Compton by Tracie Price who later that night scored a big win with Smart Knocka at Murray Bridge.

Spring Value’s winning time of 29.56 seconds was the fastest at the track since early July when Lektra Brandy ran the same time, Mugavin believing the run would have been a good confidence-booster for the six-race winner.

“Look, he’s a city class dog but a run back here behind the finish-on-lure certainly won’t do him any harm from a confidence point of view especially as he’s drawn awkwardly out wide in Sunday’s final.”

But Mugavin has enjoyed his share of feature race success at Tara Raceway – Poetic Magic winning the 2006 Mount Gambier Cup and Rich Shiraz following up again in 2012. Then, in 2015 Cheap Currency won the 600 metre Banjo Boy feature at the cup meeting in the record time of 35.11 seconds.

Also, there were those heady days of the nineties when his superstar Golden Currency dead-heated for first with Worth Backing in the 1993 inaugural running of the Topgun at The Meadows and in the 1998 Topgun when Poetic Reward ran a half-length third behind Rapid Journey and Reggemite.

The first heat of the McDonnell Memorial was a keenly contested affair, Right Above It, trained at Allendale East by David Peckham, staving off strong finishing bursts from Lektra Phyliss and Perseverance to win by a half-length in 30.12 seconds.

Perseverance, an April 2018 whelping by Dyna Double One out of Miss Freelove, will go into the final from box one and as the youngest runner for local owner Michael Robinson whose involvement in greyhound racing goes back to Glenburnie where at one time he was the chief steward.

Right Above It defeats Lektra Phyliss (No. 6) and Perseverance in heat one of the Newman McDonnell Memorial at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Robinson purchased Perseverance as a pup from the Price kennels at Compton, Glencoe trainer Dean Fennell having now won three races at Tara Raceway with the black bitch in the space of a couple of months.

She looked to be facing her toughest test in last week’s heat and a lap out the chances of her making her way through to the final appeared remote when she found herself well back in the field.

But once again she finished the race off well, so well in fact that Fennell was even talking up her chances over 600 metres. Also, connections should be able to place her to advantage in Juvenile races which will commence in January – not to mention the Summer Classic in February.

And one can only surmise that Robinson’s naming of Perseverance may well have originated from a time back in 2012 when he was racing a Fennell-trained dog called Bar Talk who during one uneventful period of his career went close to 12 months without winning a race!


Border Challenge blow for local hopes

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Mount Gambier’s chances in the forthcoming Border Challenge with the Warrnambool Greyhound Racing Club took a hit this week with the announcement that Azalea Monelli and Cruising By will miss the series.

Allendale East trainer David Peckham reported that the kennelmates had both come in season, Azalea Monelli, raced by leading SA owners Tim Aloisi and Matt Lehman, now in Adelaide to be mated with proven sire Mogambo.

Azalea Monelli . . . to be mated with Mogambo.

“Tim and Matt previously raced Honcho Monelli, all told a winner of 38 races and $226,000 in stakemoney. He is by Mogambo out of Jackie Bale while Azalea Monelli is a daughter of Jackie Bale, hence the decision to use that sire,” Peckham said.

Azalea Monelli, who has won nine races this year at Tara Raceway, leads the 2019 Tara Trackstar No. 2 contenders with 49 points but will also miss this one-off race which will be run in early January over 512 metres.

Cruising By, who also lists Aloisi and Lehman among her owners, brought up her seventh win at Tara Raceway last Sunday when too strong for Stilton Rush in the Gordon Refrigeration Mixed Stake (400 m).

Her win was also the fifth for the day for Peckham who had previously won with Bourne Attitude, Missing Mate, Squishy Pea and Right Above It.

Mount Gambier heats (512 m) of the Border Challenge will be run on Sunday, November 24 with the $4000-to-the-winner final over 450 metres at Warrnambool on Thursday, December 5.

Bourne Attitude picks up a lucrative SA-Bred bonus at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

Meanwhile, Bourne Spirit’s win in the Williams Crane Hire Stake (400 m) at last Thursday’s time-graded meeting was the first leg of a profitable maiden double for Peckham prior to litter sister Bourne Attitude’s win in the Trackside Meats Stake (400 m) on Sunday.

By Barcia Bale x Maximum Bella, the February 2018 bitches were bred and are also owned by Peckham who besides picking up $1110 in prizemoney for the two wins, also collected $2000 in SA-Bred maiden bonuses.

All told, Maximum Bella won 13 races, four for Peckham at Tara Raceway including a 35.16 seconds 600 metre win, the daughter of Magic Sprite x Lil’s Memory since whelping a second litter in February this year to Worm Burner.


Club to cater for younger greyhounds

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

With the emergence of a number of younger greyhounds at Tara Raceway, the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club is to include Juvenile events on its racing calendar as from January.

A greyhound is classed as a Juvenile until, and including, the last day of the month corresponding to its whelping in the second year thereafter. In other words, a greyhound whelped on January 1, 2018 would remain a Juvenile until January 31, 2020.

Greyhounds classified as Juveniles are eligible to win two such events. However, the advantage of having an SA-bred greyhound certainly comes into play as far as Juveniles are concerned because they are able to win six races without penalty.

Maidens can be nominated for Juvenile events provided they have competed in an official qualifying trial or race. If a maiden greyhound wins a Juvenile, that counts as its maiden win and it would still be eligible to win a further two Juveniles or six in the case of SA-bred.

The introduction of Juvenile racing in January should prove to be an ideal lead-in to the 2020 Summer Classic, run over 512 metres at Tara Raceway in February for all greyhounds whelped on or after January 1, 2018.


Major milestone for visiting trainer

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Last Thursday couldn’t have started any better for Lewiston trainer Kevin Bewley, racing greyhounds for the first time at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting.

Bewley made the six-hour trip down with a team of nine, Viking Storm and Taylor Jayde his first to go around in race four, the Greyhound-Data.com Stake over 400 metres.

Viking Storm brings up Lewiston trainer Kevin Bewley’s 100th winner this year on SA tracks when successful at Tara Raceway last Thursday.

And the kennelmates virtually had the race to themselves, Viking Storm quickly finding the front from box four and defying Taylor Jayde to run him down, eventually running out a 1½ length winner in 24.02 seconds on a track seriously affected by persistent rain.

By Barcia Bale out of Striking Viking, Viking Storm was bred in the south east and won four races at Tara Raceway prior to her previous owners, the Nineofus Syndicate, selling her to Angle Park course photographer Kurt Donsberg who transferred the black bitch to Bewley.

She had then gone on to be successful on a further four occasions at Angle Park and Gawler prior to last Thursday’s success – a major milestone for Bewley with the win being his 100th on SA tracks this year.

The following race, the Rock’s Retreat Mixed Stake (600 m) brought together a handy field of middle-distance chasers, the Bewley-trained Waikiki Big Girl a solid second-favourite behind Bisenti on the strength of a last start 600 metre win at Angle Park.

Raced by prominent NSW owner-trainer Mark Bell, Waikiki Big Girl, a daughter of Outa Credit and Big Girl Gerald, was never going to be beaten last Thursday, quickly finding the front before running away to a 5½ length win over Bisenti in 35.96 seconds.

Bell will always be associated with Go Wild Teddy, in 2000 the winner of three Group 1 events – the Melbourne Cup, Sandown Shootout and Vic Peters Classic. The influence of the son of Head Honcho x Web Of Silence is still prevalent, tonight’s Topgun winner at The Meadows, Get It Gizmo, being by Kinloch Brae out of Go Wild Teddy bitch Dasha.

Bewley’s association with Bell first came about through My Boy Bean, a litter brother to Waikiki Big Girl. He’d been placed on the market after winning a maiden at Maitland with Adelaide owner Clint Alleway ultimately purchasing him and giving him to Bewley to train.

“A few months later, after we’d won a few races with him, I received a call from Mark who said he had been following the progress of My Boy Bean and had been suitably impressed with the manner in which he had been racing.

Waikiki Big Girl was the second leg of a treble for Kevin Bewley.

“He asked me if I would be interested in training My Boy Bean’s litter sister Waikiki Big Girl who had won five races on NSW tracks and that’s how she found her way down here,” he said.

Chasing a running treble, Bewley lined up in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (512 m) with Callanish Sprite, known to Tara Raceway followers after having won at the track back in June in a best of day 29.97 seconds when trained by Heather Baxter of Murtoa.

And the daughter of Magic Sprite and Infinite Wish completed a big day for the visiting trainer, leading all the way from box five and holding out Pandora’s Comet in a desperately tight finish that resulted in a half head win in 30.73 seconds.

Incidentally, Pandora’s Comet is trained at Ettrick, a half-hour down the road from Murray Bridge, by Adrien Chevalier who enjoyed a change of luck later in the day when Pinky Girl scored a comfortable win in the O’Brien Electrical Stake (400 m).

Callanish Sprite has now won three races for the Snags In Bread Syndicate who purchased the black bitch from well-known Victorian greyhound identity Angela Langton in July.

Managed by Bewley’s stepson Michael Heinrich, the syndicate was formed 12 months ago when five racing enthusiasts from around Australia came together via the internet and purchased a greyhound after syndicate members each contributed $500.

“They now have seven greyhounds and so far they have not had to add to their initial $500 each,” Bewley said.

Bewley’s involvement in greyhound racing goes back to 1987 which was the beginning of a 10-year period as racing manager for the Adelaide Greyhound Racing Club (Angle Park).

“After that I cut ties with the sport and it wasn’t until about six years ago when I was looking for a hobby that I decided to look at getting a greyhound,” he said.

Kevin Bewley with Callanish Sprite, the final leg of a running treble.

“Together with my wife Carolyn we decided to purchase a property out at Lewiston, ostensibly to cater for her poodles although I did have in the back of my mind that, as a hobby, I wouldn’t mind a greyhound to train.

“So, what started out as a one-dog hobby has now developed into pretty well a 28-dog full-time job.”

Bewley said he had been considering a trip to Tara Raceway for some time. As it turned out, from a weather point of view he couldn’t have picked a worse day. But for all that, he was impressed by Tara Raceway.

“This is a well-cambered track,” he said. “And as such it makes for safer racing. I have to say I was really surprised with what you have down here.”


100 winners for leading trainer

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

In the end, it was a couple of former Adelaide-based litter sisters that gave Allendale East greyhound trainer David Peckham his first 100 winners in a year at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

First, it was Walk On Water, chasing her first win at the local track, that led all the way in the O’Brien Electrical Stake (400 metres) to give her trainer 99 winners.

Trainer David Peckham with Right Above It, his 100th winner at Tara Raceway this year. Also pictured are regular helpers Connie Miller (left), Jason Newman, Melissa Freitag and Christine Yourgules, along with young Zayden and Chase.

Then, three races later, Right Above It led all the way in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m), Peckham the third trainer at Tara Raceway to land 100 winners after Nicole Stanley and Tracie Price.

In Peckham’s kennels since September, Walk On Water and Right Above It are owned in Adelaide by Dwayne Jiggins and Neil Rawlings, who purchased the daughters of Banjo Boy and Princess Coco as pups.

Jiggins, formerly involved in harness racing, first became associated with the local trainer early this year when he was looking for someone to train the strong-finishing Dyna Naitch who has since won eight races at Tara Raceway.

Peckham is the first to concede that good owners certainly help to make good trainers, as do the people around you.

“Not only have Dwayne and Neil become involved down here but also Adelaide’s leading owners Tim Aloisi and Matt Lehman who have had great success with Azalea Monelli, a winner of nine races at Tara Raceway this year.

“And Ross Schurgott, involved with the kennels for 10 years through the Viking Syndicate, is now running the Nineofus Syndicate, an offshoot of the original. A win earlier in the year with Flash Jackie in the inaugural Tara Trackstar was a big thrill for them.

“Also coming on board this year was well known local identity Kevin “KD” Douglas who is having a bit of fun with Missing Mate and is looking to become further involved with some young stock.”

Peckham first became involved in the sport 31 years ago when he was 13, his father Allen, a former jockey turned greyhound trainer, enjoying plenty of success and winning three premierships at the Glenburnie track.

Peckham jnr also won the 1992-1993 Owner-Trainer premiership at the original greyhound track prior to three Leading Trainer awards at Tara Raceway in 2012 (which coincided with the introduction of TAB racing for greyhounds in Mount Gambier), 2013 and 2014.

Contributing to his 100 winners – well actually 101 after Cruising By won later in the day – were 20 doubles, seven trebles, four winners on five occasions and five winners once.

Highlight-wise, throw in for good measure a 600 metre track record of 34.79 seconds run by Pirate’s Curse on April 21.

Peckham took over his father’s Allendale East property 18 years ago although it wasn’t until June 2018 that he decided to train greyhounds on a full-time basis.

“It was a big decision but I thought with Tara Raceway racing twice a week it was a case of now or never,” he said.

“Besides, with supportive owners, some of whom are also looking to become involved in breeding, which in turn will see a need for some of the offspring to be reared locally, I reckon there’s a lot to look forward to.”

Right Above It will contest heat one of the Newman McDonnell Memorial at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

Later on Sunday, Peckham placed $100 on the bar – for the benefit of patrons and helpers. “A hundred bucks for a hundred wins,” he said.

Now, that was a nice gesture.

Meanwhile, two heats of the time-honoured Newman McDonnell Memorial (512 m) will be run on Sunday, Peckham represented by Right Above It who will jump from box two in the first heat.

He has winning form in the memorial, first run in 1986, Bourne Again successful in 2013 when defeating Cool Tappin’ and Colville before backing up again the following year with a win over Who’s Doing What and the Peckham-trained Thanks Tubby who at the time held the 512 metre record at 29.60 seconds.

Banjo Lass, who defeated Shae’s Magic and Brinza in last year’s memorial for Compton trainer Tracie Price, will line up from box seven in the first heat on Sunday, the black bitch sure to be improved by last week’s third-placing over 512 metres – her first run over the distance in more than three months.


Stanley picks up her quota

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

Portland greyhound trainer Nicole Stanley enjoyed another big day at Tara Raceway last Sunday when Close Your Eyes, Causing Drama, Dyna Quota and Peek’s Gold were successful at the 10-race meeting.

Dyna Quota in action at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

The multiple winners followed a big month back in June when she trained five winners – Bad Driver, Dyna Quota, Wanchai Express, Bereluke and Zambora Club – and then a fortnight later, four with Nangkita Keats, Bad Driver, Zambora Club and Verev.

And a month later, Stanley, Tara Raceway’s most successful trainer in 2017 with 111 winners, was back with another bag of four – Zambora Club, Wrackmere, Verev and Nangkita Keats.

Attracting plenty of interest last Sunday was the reappearance of Dyna Quota in the Metal Worx Mixed Stake (732 metres), picked up for $1000 by the Cheap Buy Syndicate after 14 starts and three Victorian provincial wins but with an infringement hanging over her head.

Part-owner Scott Brandon pictured with Dyna Quota after her 732 metre win at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

However, Glen Burns, Scott Brandon and Danny Frazer’s syndicate has certainly turned out to be well-named, the black bitch developing into a city-winning stayer and having now won 16 races and more than $53,000 in stakemoney.

Dyna Quota was having her first start over the distance at Tara Raceway since June 9 when she wore down Black Spring in the home straight to win by 1¼ lengths in 43.50 seconds, a time only ever bettered by the record holder Nellie Noodles who ran 43.45 seconds on March 27, 2011.

A short-priced favourite in last Sunday’s mixed stake, Dyna Quota quickly took up the running from box one, eventually running away from the opposition and defeating 128-start veteran Noosa Parade by 3¾ lengths in 43.85 seconds.

Cranbourne-based Brandon, who was at the track on Sunday, said the syndicate had already purchased a straw with the intention of breeding with Dyna Quota at a later date.

Causing Drama, the second of four winners for Nicole Stanley at Tara Raceway last Sunday.

“We have a Kinda Cruel Red straw that we are contemplating using depending on how things pan out,” he said. “He’s a US sire that won 50 races and was blessed with amazing early and mid-race speed.”

By Bella Infrared, the fawn dog is out of Cruel To Be Kind who traces back to the former SA greyhound Top Honcho who became a stud sensation in Ireland.

Earlier in the day, syndicate member Burns, of Lang Lang, was also successful in his own right as an owner with Causing Drama who led all the way to defeat Missing Mate by a length in 23.34 seconds in the Fairthorne Forestry Stake (400 m).

Burns also owns the Stanley-trained litter brother Burst The Seam, engaged in Thursday night’s Super VicGreys final at Warrnambool and a winner of three races at Warrnambool and Shepparton.

The pair is by Barcia Bale out of Bit Berger, a winner of 21 races including three at Tara Raceway back in 2013-2014 when trained at Naracoorte by Ben Hughes.