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Giveaway scores brilliant win in feature final

Monday, March 20, 2017

Allendale East greyhound Anti Dentite displayed some of the form that saw him win 22 races and more than $60,000 in prizemoney on Queensland tracks when he easily accounted for a classy field of grade five performers in the Gambier Vets Feature final (512 metres) at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

Owned and trained by David Peckham, the black dog went straight to the front from box one and was never headed, eventually running out a 6¾ length winner in 30.22 seconds over Andy Graham’s Cee Rose Black and the winner’s kennelmate Sweeney Miss.

David Peckham with Anti Dentite after his all the way win in the Gambier Vets Feature Grade Five final at Tara Raceway on Sunday.

By Turanza Bale out of Sister Ping, a winner of eight races on NSW and Queensland tracks, Anti Dentite, by the middle of last year, had found himself in Adelaide where he won a couple of races at Angle Park.

But by December, connections had been looking to move him on and when he failed to meet the Greyhound Adoption Program (GAP) requirements Peckham was contacted to see if he wanted a giveaway greyhound to race at Tara Raceway.

“I figured with his pretty impressive record he might be worth a try down here, especially with the finish-on-lure in operation, although his early trials were certainly nothing flash and had me wondering whether I’d made the right call,” Peckham said.

By cup time, though, he was racing quite well with a fourth behind Mojito Mayhem in a cup heat and a subsequent second to kennelmate Blitz And Bolt in the consolation looking to be a good lead-in to the grade five series.

Peckham said he had been asked on several occasions as to the origins of the name Anti Dentite and that he had been unable to shed any light on its origins.

Well, it turns out former Toowoomba owner-trainer Mark Saal, who is a huge fan of the iconic US television comedy Seinfeld, had a couple of handy greyhounds back in late 2014 and named them Yada Yada Yada and Anti Dentite, names he had taken from the show’s episode titled “The Yada Yada”.

Earlier on Sunday, Peckham was successful in the Produce Store Mixed Stake (512 m) with recent Mount Gambier Cup Consolation winner Blitz And Bolt who finished too strongly in a busy finish for kennelmate Maximum Bella, having her first Tara Raceway start, and the ever-consistent Lyon Rose in 30.25 seconds.

Maximum Bella, a winner of nine races from 63 starts, hadn’t raced since the end of January and led pretty well everywhere but on the post, giving the impression that she should be better for the run.

Peckham finished the day with two wins, two seconds and two thirds and in what is one of the most interesting local trainers’ tussles in years stays in touch on 110 points behind Tracie Price and Nicole Stanley who share the lead with 122 points.



No one seems to be quite sure how many owners are in the syndicate that races Bluestone, winner of the Stake (400 m) at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

It’s probably around the 20 mark with many of them having previously been involved with a greyhound called Spangher who won five races.

Syndicate members Jeff Cranage, Trev Finnis and Deb Hicks with Bluestone. Also pictured is trainer Nicole Stanley.

Deb Hicks and Trev Finnis, involved in both ventures, were on track to see Bluestone win his first local race at his seventh Tara Raceway start.

Also on track to witness the blue dog lead all the way and win by six lengths in a quick 23.10 seconds was fellow syndicate member Jeff Cranage who had not previously raced a greyhound but after Sunday’s impressive effort is now probably wondering why.

By 32-race winner Kalden Komoto out of WA bitch Frantic Fusion, Bluestone was selected for the syndicate by Hicks’s husband Craig who found the 32 kilogram dog advertised for sale for $3000 on Greyhound-Data after having won four races at Angle Park and Gawler.

The win was the second leg of a running double for Portland trainer Nicole Stanley who previously had been successful with Hay Miss in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m).

Hay Miss had lined up from box three in a more than handy field that included Mount Gambier Cup finalist Hutch but was never headed after quickly finding the front, eventually running out an 8¼ length winner in a best of day 29.88 seconds – the first time she had broken the 30-second barrier at Tara Raceway.

And while she can be hard to catch at times, the daughter of Bekim Bale x Miss Stackhouse – a winner of 18 races and $32,000 in prizemoney – has been a handy little money spinner for connections, winning seven races from 32 starts.

A bag of five winners, two trebles and five doubles in less than three months of racing highlight Stanley’s terrific year so far at Tara Raceway.

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