Rough Pearl’s strong-finishing second to Cawbourne Terry in a heat of last Sunday’s Bourne Kennels Mount Gambier Cup (512 metres) will see the Bartholomew family of Worrolong now chasing their second consecutive cup at Tara Raceway.
Last year it was the Steve Bartholomew trained Galactic Athena who scored a memorable win in race record time over Slingshot Hammer. On Sunday, wife Lee, who trains and is part-owner with daughter Elysia of Rough Pearl, will be out to grab a piece of local greyhound racing history.
In fact, this will be the third year that the family has supplied a Mount Gambier Cup finalist – the Steve Bartholomew trained Galactic Panther running third to Xtreme Caution in 2018’s first-time Group Listed event.
Rough Pearl is a $41 outsider in early markets. This is after an overall fourth-fastest 29.77 seconds in his heat and after a terrific second behind Spring Cuervo in last month’s Anniversary Cup (512 m) at Tara Raceway.
All told, last Sunday had been a pretty good day for the Bartholomew girls, Rough Pearl’s litter sister Dick Grayson breaking through in the first race for an overdue win in the Rock’s Tavern Maiden Stake (512 m).
At start number 14, Dick Grayson led all the way from box two, defeating Heckle Me by six lengths in a smart maiden time of 30.01 seconds.
Purchased as pups from Adelaide breeder Rob Harnas, the littermates are by Dyna Double One out of West On Jorji, a winner of 12 races ranging in distance from 400 metres to 600 metres.
Also flying the flag for the locals in Sunday’s cup is Allendale East’s David Peckham, trainer of box seven runner Dyna Carnie who held out Rajasthan in the first heat to win by a head in 29.84 seconds.
A February 2016 son of Kelsos Fusileer x Xylia Allen, Dyna Carnie is the oldest finalist. The black dog ran a Tara Raceway 400 metres track record of 22.74 seconds in January this year before following up with a quick 29.33 seconds over 512 metres the following month.
He is one of two track record holders in the final, Kipling running a 22.84 seconds 410 metres record at Horsham in June. Kipling and Rough Pearl, both February 2018 whelpings, are the youngest finalists.
Peckham, who by the end of the year will have won five Mount Gambier training titles, is yet to win a Mount Gambier Cup, his last finalist being Thanks Captain in 2017.
Since TAB racing commenced at Tara Raceway in 2012 he’s been about the place, Man Of Mystery running second in that year. Baurna Paddy was third in 2013 while Bourne Again went close in 2015 when running second to Lots Of Yap.
Peckham, together with Moorak owner-trainer Jason Newman, also has an interest in the Nineofus Syndicate’s Call Me Billy, trained at Lewiston by Ben Rawlings, who at the end of July was sitting in second spot behind Tony Rasmussen with 92 winners on SA’s leading trainer list.
Rawlings was at Tara Raceway for the 2016 Mount Gambier Cup with Caustic Bale who after a 29.95 seconds heat win went to the boxes a $3 favourite before finishing sixth behind Mojito Mayhem in the final.