The text message said it all: “Woo hoo. Tops off a great day. Four winners from five runners engaged in four races.”
This, of course, had emanated from Allendale East trainer David Peckham’s phone after his outstanding afternoon at Murray Bridge – highlighted by the win of Aston Olenna in the $7145 Straight Track Cup (350 metres).
Well-suited to straight track racing, the sizeable 36 kilograms fawn son of Aston Bolero and Aston Selena overcame an average start from box three in today’s final before powering away to a one length win over Shavano in 18.87 seconds.
Raced by Ray Borda, this was Aston Olenna’s second feature win. In January he won the Razza Racing Feature Maiden (305 m) at Tara Raceway in 17.49 seconds, still the fastest time recorded over the short-course distance.
But according to Peckham, it hadn’t been all plain sailing as far as Aston Olenna was concerned.
“Even though he’d been in my kennels since last November, it wasn’t until the Razza Racing feature that he made his racing debut. Initially, he just didn’t appear to be switched on.
“And then after his Razza Racing win he encountered further problems that required the surgical correction of the retention of a testis.
“Resuming racing earlier this month, he has now won three races in succession at Murray Bridge.”
While conceding the three races had all been up the straight, Peckham said Aston Olenna had trialled on the circle since his surgery and appeared to be railing better.
“At this stage I would class the surgery a success,” he said.
The Murray Bridge Straight Track Cup win not only made for a big day for Peckham but also for the Ross Schurgott-managed Nineofus Syndicate, long-time supporters of Peckham’s Bourne Kennels.
His other three winners – Zinfandel Tori, Sweet On Me and Midnight Daisy – are all raced by the syndicate.
Pictures: Courtesy Kurt Donsberg.