Thursday, March 2, 2017
Bourne Kennels trainer David Peckham has plenty of Mount Gambier Cup winning form around him but has yet to win the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club’s premier event in his own right.
Connie Miller, partner in the breeding, rearing and racing operation out at Allendale East, is still the only trainer to have won more than one cup – Mitchell Boy in 1987 and Durafi the following year.
And Peckham’s father, Allen, also a former leading trainer, won the 1994 cup with Argyle Sally.
Not that David Peckham hasn’t been about the place over the past five years – Man Of Mystery ran second to Rich Shiraz in 2012 while Josephine Wiz was also a finalist.
Then in 2013, $2.50 favourite Baurna Paddy ran third to Colville and the Ed Kowalewski-owned Pure Ruler fifth prior to Striking Viking reaching the final in Veetee Express’s 2014 cup.
But the closest Peckham has come to cup success was in 2015 when Bourne Again went down by a lip to Lots Of Yap.
Sunday will see him represented once again, this time with Thanks Captain who kicked the heats off in stunning fashion with an eight length all the way win from box eight in 29.92 seconds.
A $1000 purchase as a five-month-old pup by Ross Schurgott’s Viking Syndicate, the win was the enigmatic chaser’s third this year.
The son of Fabregas and Zadar Belle has drawn the one – a box he’s had little success from – but will lack nothing in support as well-travelled syndicate members, who are currently holidaying in Port Augusta, will be making the trip down for the cup.
Peckham, also, has some reservations regarding Thanks Captain and his draw.
“I certainly can’t fault the way he pulled up after Sunday’s heat win but I would have liked to have seen him draw out wider although he did win once from box one in best of day time, albeit 18 months ago.”
And as the Viking Syndicate also owns Striking Viking – currently in Adelaide for mating with Dyna Double One – they’ll be hoping for better luck than in 2014.