Wednesday, July 4, 2018
David Peckham, of Allendale East, couldn’t have hoped for a better start to his full-time vocation as a greyhound trainer after landing a treble at last Sunday’s Tara Raceway meeting with Bourne Blackjack, Boy George and Usain Insane.
Drawn in box five in the JB Irrigation Stake (400 m), Bourne Blackjack made it four wins from 11 starts when chasing Rampaging Rick to the home turn where he railed through to take the lead before running out a 1½ length winner in 23.35 seconds.
By leading sire Barcia Bale, Bourne Blackjack is out of Striking Viking, the inaugural 600 metre record holder at Tara Raceway when trained by Peckham who also put the polish on her litter sister Thanks Tubby, a former 512 metre record holder.
Give away greyhound Boy George, an impressive first-up winner for Peckham in best of day time over 319 metres at Strathalbyn in May, bounced back after a couple of outs with another smart win in the first heat of a grade five 400 metre series.
A son of Mepunga Geordie x Mepunga Diva, Boy George led all the way, defeating perennial placegetter Cryer’s Harper by 2¼ lengths in the winningformula.net.au Stake in a best of day 23.14 seconds.
And in the Klaassens Contractors Stake, the second of the grade five heats, Usain Insane, a litter brother to Cap Abbott’s earlier winner Shaniqua, finished over the top of Whatta Knocka to score by a half length in 23.17 seconds.
Usain Insane and Boy George have drawn boxes six and seven respectively in Sunday’s Gordon Refrigeration grade five final.
The treble was Peckham’s first in close to 12 months – littermates Kolora Maddie and Usain Insane successful on July 9, along with Arolok Jax.
Speaking at Tara Raceway after last Sunday’s meeting, Peckham said he believed now was as good a time as any to try and break into the full-time training ranks.
“With a multi-million dollar greyhound track currently under construction at Murray Bridge, Greyhound Racing SA obviously has a strong belief in the industry while, from a local point of view, a record number of race meetings for all grades of greyhounds are now being run at Tara Raceway.”
Involved in the sport since he was 13, the 43-year-old son of former leading local trainer Allen Peckham was himself leading trainer at Tara Raceway on three occasions between 2012 and 2014 when also working a 9-5 job.
He currently has 15 greyhounds in work but has kennel space for up to 20.