Monday, April 9, 2018
Allendale East greyhound Bourne Blackjack, after a promising first-up third at Tara Raceway last week, went right on with the job at Sunday’s meeting with an impressive win in the JB Irrigation Maiden Stake (512 metres).
Owned and trained by David Peckham of the Bourne Kennels, the black dog was quickly away from box two in the first race on the 12-race card and was never headed in his one length win over perennial placegetter Andrew’s Gift in 30.13 seconds – which ultimately turned out to be the fastest of the day.
By high-profile sire Barcia Bale, Bourne Blackjack is out of Striking Viking, a winner of 15 races, 14 of those at Tara Raceway while being trained by Peckham. She was also recognised as the first official 600 metre record holder with a run on November 30, 2014 of 35.38 seconds which stood until the following March cup carnival when Cheap Currency ran 35.11 seconds.
Peckham had three of the litter engaged on Sunday – Viking Storm, at only her third start, running a second consecutive second, this time to Design A Dream in the Greg Martlew Autos Maiden Stake (400 m) while Viking Bee Bee ran her third consecutive third placing, behind Blanko and Boomer Hargen, in the Greyhound-Data.com Stake (512 m).
Both Viking Storm and Viking Bee Bee are raced by Happy Valley breeder Ross Schurgott who gave Peckham Bourne Blackjack as a pup in return for his help in whelping the litter back in May 2016.
The litter was broken-in by Rod Millington of Mildura with Peckham saying that Bourne Blackjack had broken-in quite well but certainly wasn’t the fastest.
“In fact, even in his trials at Tara Raceway leading up to his race debut he certainly hadn’t broken any track records but I was pleased with his debut effort last week and certainly delighted with his effort today,” he said.
By Superman x Irish Fantasy, Striking Viking has another litter, by Dyna Double One, approaching 12 months while her litter sister, former Tara Raceway 512 metre record holder Thanks Tubby, has a 13-month-old litter – also by Barcia Bale – out at Allendale East being prepared for breaking-in.
Meanwhile, a lift-out section from the Thursday, May 13, 1993 edition of The Border Watch, handed to the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club for inclusion in its memorabilia section, made for interesting reading:
“As the 1992-93 season draws to a close, the awards are full of interest. And the club could add a further piece of history should teenager David Peckham win the owner-trainer award,” wrote George Kay.
“As perhaps the youngest registered trainer in South Australia, Peckham (113 points) leads Col Sims (102½) and Sharon Gordon (96) in a very close tussle.”