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Cup contender’s near-record run

Giant’s Flash, one of the top local hopes in the forthcoming Carlin & Gazzard MG Group 3 Mount Gambier Cup (512 metres), went close to adding another track record to his name at yesterday’s Tara Raceway meeting.

Giant’s Flash goes close to the 600 metre record at Tara Raceway yesterday.

Stepping up to the 600 metre journey for the first time, the son of Banjo Boy and Navada Flame was in front with a lap to go. And from then on he was never in any danger of defeat, eventually running out an 8¾ length winner over Tapering Off in 34.80 seconds.

Giant’s Flash, who ran a 512 metre track record of 29.19 seconds in January this year, was yesterday just outside the middle-distance track record of 34.79 seconds which had been run by the David Peckham trained Pirate’s Curse on April 21, 2019.

Owned by the Garry Comans-managed Giant Crows Syndicate, Giant’s Flash was the third leg of a running quartet of winners for Compton trainer Tracie Price who at the previous Category 2 meeting had led in a record-breaking seven winners.

Making up yesterday’s quartet were Starlight Millie, Rhonda Lily and another Mount Gambier Cup contender in Victory Chase who led all the way in the Gambier Vets Stake (512 m). He defeated kennelmate and perennial placegetter Smokey River by 2¾ lengths in 29.66 seconds.

Zari Newman caught her first winner yesterday when her father Jason’s Departure Gate put in a nice Mount Gambier Cup trial in the final event.

In the final event, the Hyland Fox Mixed Stake (512 m), Moorak trainer Jason Newman’s cup hopeful in Departure Gate led all the way and held out the strong finishing Whole Way to win by a length in 29.71 seconds.

Adele’s Entity . . . on trial for a Mount Gambier Cup start.

And with the cup in mind and having a look at the track prior to the first race was Adele’s Entity, the daughter of Fernando Bale x Zara’s Entity running 29.90 seconds for Ettrick trainer Adrien Chevalier.

Gotcha Laz’s trainer, Lindsay Brookes of Koroit, is now giving consideration to The Commersh Masters (305 m), a one-off event that will be run for greyhounds 3¾ years and older, on cup day – Sunday, April 10.

Out of the winner’s circle since last September, the son of Fernando Bale x Sisco Sizzle came in for heavy backing in yesterday’s Exchange Printers Masters (305 m) after a quick recent trial at Tara Raceway.

Allan Brookes (left), Jai Keane 12, and his grandfather Peter with Gotcha Laz.

Having his first start at the track, Gotcha Laz overcame some mid-race interference before running out a 1¾ length winner over Charley Davidson in 18.22 seconds.

Meanwhile, the Allendale East-based Peckham was successful at Murray Bridge last night with Denzell Bale in the $4000 Murray Bridge Cup Consolation (455 m).

Neville Loechel and David Peckham with Denzell Bale, winner of the Murray Bridge Cup Consolation. Picture: Iain Bond Photography.

Lining up for start number 106, the son of Barcia Bale x Houston Bale brought up his 19th win when leading all the way to defeat Don’t Tell Bluey by a length in a time of 25.49 seconds.

Previously trained in Victoria, Denzell Bale joined Peckham’s kennels in October last year, before being purchased by the trainer from leading SA owner Tim Aloisi.

Peckham, who has won three Mount Gambier Cup Consolations in recent times with Blitz And Bolt (2017), Silent Jacko (2020) and last year with Sunset Milo, said a start in the Mount Gambier Cup with Denzell Bale was still under consideration.


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