Aston Olenna’s win in last week’s $5000 Murray Bridge Straight Track Championship (350 metres) saw the lightly-raced 36 kilograms fawn dog claim his second feature at the track this year for Allendale East trainer David Peckham.
Raced by leading owner Ray Borda, Aston Olenna quickly crossed from the outside before taking up the running and going on for a 4¾ lengths win in 18.58 seconds over Shavano with Ransom’s Pride in third place. The win followed his success back in May in the SA Straight Track Cup.
Whelped in January 2019, the son of Aston Bolero x Aston Selena has raced on only 15 occasions for nine wins and four second placings.
His career kicked off in January at Tara Raceway where he won a heat and the final of the Razza Racing Feature Maiden (305 m). Aston Olenna’s time in the final of 17.49 seconds is still the fastest run over the short-course distance.
Then, at Murray Bridge’s meeting the following night, the Peckham-trained Maximum Refusal chased Danyo’s Charlie into second position in a heat of the SA National Sprint Championship (530 m).
Maximum Refusal was beaten by 1¾ lengths when running a personal time of 30.02 seconds which was the second-fastest of the two heats. He has drawn box four in next Thursday night’s $14,275 final.
Pictures: Kurt Donsberg