Wednesday, March 8, 2017
Ross Schurgott and members of the Viking Syndicate had no luck in last Sunday’s ClassicBet Mount Gambier Cup final with Thanks Captain but they quickly regrouped for the following race – a $2000 cup consolation (512 metres).
Late last year, together with Allendale East trainer David Peckham and Connie Miller, Schurgott had bought into the former NSW-based Blitz And Bolt who now looks to have been a pretty reasonable buy at only $1500.
The David Pringle-bred son of Cosmic Rumble x Moonshine Sally found himself in a more than handy consolation after a half-length second to Harry Aztec in a cup heat the previous week.
And despite two excellent seconds prior to that behind Hutch in the Summer Classic and Gargle It, Blitz And Bolt jumped from box seven on Sunday at around the $16 quote.
Peckham also had Anti Dentite engaged in the consolation after he had run a handy fourth behind Mojito Mayhem the week before at what had been his first Tara Raceway 512 metre hit-out.
A son of Turanza Bale x Sister Ping, the black dog landed in Mount Gambier late last year after stints in Queensland and Adelaide where he had raced on 84 occasions for 24 wins and prizemoney totalling more than $60,000.
Away well from box four, Anti Dentite was in front going out of the first turn and took advantage of some interference to open up a handy break over his kennelmate down the back straight.
But approaching the home turn, Blitz And Bolt was looming ominously. And this is where the Viking Syndicate factor came into play.
Appropriately decked out in their Viking Syndicate shirts, the members boisterously punched home the Bolt in such a manner that on the line he had 4¾ lengths to spare over Anti Dentite in a personal best time of 30.02 seconds.
Currently involved in an interesting three-way go for training honours with Nicole Stanley and Tracie Price, Peckham concluded the three-meeting Mount Gambier Cup carnival with five winners – a running treble on the opening day followed by a cup heat win with Thanks Captain and the consolation quinella last Sunday.
One of the treble winners was Still We Believe, a lightly-raced son of Heston Bale x Tandar Lass, who had won at Geelong and Bendigo before successful on debut at Tara Raceway over 400 metres in a tidy 23.25 seconds for Schurgott and the Viking Syndicate.
The purchase of the black dog from Victoria came via the internet advertising site Greyhound-Data and was the result of the syndicate re-investing some of the proceeds from the sale of a couple of pups by Barcia Bale out of their former 600 metre record holder Striking Viking at last year’s Angle Park auction.