Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Flash Jackie turned in an impressive front-running display over 512 metres at Tara Raceway last Sunday when winning the inaugural Tara Trackstar (512 metres) – a one-off race for the best performed greyhounds at Tara Raceway between January and June this year.
Trained at Allendale East by David Peckham, Flash Jackie quickly found the front from box five and from then on never really looked in any danger of defeat, running a personal best 30.04 seconds in her win over Dare To Do and Bab’s Jakit.
The well-conformed 31 kilogram black bitch is raced by the Nineofus Syndicate, a spin-off from the original Viking Syndicate, and managed at Happy Valley by Ross Schurgott.
By Dyna Double One, Flash Jackie – whelped in May 2017 and reared at Allendale East – is a daughter of 15-race winner Striking Viking, who did the majority of her racing in Mount Gambier.
And Schurgott, speaking from Port Augusta this week, said he had been pleasantly surprised at the improvement shown by Flash Jackie since she had been broken-in at Mildura.
“Rod Millington, who broke her in, gave her an ‘ok report’ without getting too excited but since then she has matured quite nicely to the extent that she has now won six races at Tara Raceway – five over 512 metres plus a win at 600 metres.
“The Trackstar win last Sunday gave the Nineofus Syndicate – there have actually been a couple of members added since the original naming – a big thrill because this is the first trophy race we have won.”
The syndicate will now be hoping for further success on Thursday night with two more of their team, also trained by Peckham, in Coco Suzy and Our Man Zed who are engaged at Warrnambool.
Striking Viking has had only two litters to race, the first by Barcia Bale, and has produced 28 winners. These days, though, it’s a life of luxury as a pet in Adelaide for the former Tara Raceway 600 metre record holder.
The next Tara Trackstar will be run in January 2020 for the best performed greyhounds at the track between July and December 2019.