Tuesday, February 4, 2020
It was a big day all-round for Allendale East trainer David Peckham, of Bourne Kennels, at Tara Raceway last Sunday.
First of all he received the Ian Badger Leading Trainer award after leading in 128 winners at Tara Raceway during 2019.
Then, Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club president, Noel Perry, announced that Bourne Kennels, which specialises in the training, rearing, whelping and spelling of greyhounds, had come on board as a major sponsor.
And an outstanding win by Dyna Carnie in the Fairthorne Forestry Stake (512 metres), the first of two heats of a grade five series, wrapped up Peckham’s day when the son of Kelsos Fusileer x Xylia Allen defeated two genuine Summer Classic prospects in Tandiki and Ashby Mayhem.
Dyna Carnie, the Tara Raceway 400 metre record holder, took the lead off Ashby Mayhem going into the back straight before running out a 3¼ length winner with a further 1¾ lengths back to the third placegetter.
The winner clocked 29.43 seconds, the fastest recorded at the track since Galactic Athena ran the same time when winning the Mount Gambier Cup on March 31 last year.
Down from Adelaide for Sunday’s Ian Badger Leading Trainer presentation was Judy Sellen (formerly Badger) who said she really enjoyed returning to the Mount.
“I have so many memories of our time here. Greyhounds and the track were such a pivotal part of our lives. I feel very privileged being part of today’s proceedings.”
Also at the presentation were MGGRC life members Connie Miller and Bill Ward, the former serving on the inaugural Ladies Committee back in the late 1970s with Judy Badger while Ward was on the MGGRC committee which included Ian Badger when racing commenced at Glenburnie in 1978.
For David Peckham, 45 – involved in the sport from a young age through his father, Allen, a former leading trainer – it all started when he picked up a giveaway greyhound called Canunda Miss back in the late 1980s.
And Canunda Miss, when later mated with Hay Dinney, produced Nicky’s Delight, a winner of 10 races at Glenburnie, Angle Park and Gawler before she whelped a litter of four to Lansley Bale that included Victorian city winner Bourne A Delight.
By 2001 Peckham was at Allendale East, Bourne Saintly, by Fortified Speed x Bourne Magic, one of the first to be whelped at Bourne Kennels and later going to win 23 races on Victorian tracks.
He rates Dyna Carnie as the fastest he’s had, the black dog relocating to the South East last November and having now won seven races from nine starts for leading SA owners Tim Aloisi and Matt Lehman.
All up, Dyna Carnie has raced on 87 occasions for 21 wins and more than $95,000 in prizemoney. A win in this year’s Bourne Kennels Mount Gambier Cup would take his earnings to over $100,000!
Whelping a litter of five dogs and three bitches to Mogambo at Allendale East last month was the Aloisi and Lehman owned Azalea Monelli, the daughter of Fabregas x Jackie Bale a winner of 21 races at Cannington, Mandurah, Angle Park and Mount Gambier.
Expectations are high, with Jackie Bale having previously whelped to Mogambo and producing Honcho Monelli (38 wins and $226,000 in stakemoney) along with other top performers Ashom Monelli, Lachlan Monelli and Teddy Monelli.
Peckham has now won four leading trainer awards since TAB racing was introduced at Tara Raceway in 2012, Tracie Price, of Compton, three and Portland trainer Nicole Stanley one.
Already, little separates Peckham and Price, suggesting 2020 could be an interesting year.