Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club

Tara Raceway, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

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Maiden heat winner impresses at Mount Gambier debut

Two heats of the John Reid Memorial Maiden (512 metres) complemented yesterday’s Tara Raceway meeting. The long-running memorial was first conducted in 2005 with local trainer David Peckham successful in 2006 with Bourne Destiny.

And he certainly looks a fair sort of chance of bringing up his second win after the effort of Lochinvar Cahill in the second heat – a 13 length win over Bungaloo Josh in 30.13 seconds at what was only his second race start.

Part-owner Kevin Douglas with Lochinvar Cahill after his impressive John Reid Memorial heat win.

Kevin “KD” Douglas, who handled yesterday’s SE Clubs Challenge meeting presentations as only he can, races Lochinvar Cahill in partnership with Peckham. In between races he related how the white and black son of Fernando Bale x Tears Some found his way down to Bourne Kennels.

“We actually made first-time contact with Kevin Gordon, a Greyhound Racing NSW board member and heavily involved in the racing of greyhounds, to see if he had anything for sale that would suit our requirements.

“Preferably, we were also looking for something that could run a bit of ground, so Kevin suggested that Lochinvar Cahill, who had raced only once for a second over 520 metres at Dapto in April, could be worth considering.”

Douglas said the dog had been purchased at 21 months of age and since arriving down here had been trialling well.

John Little and Bungaloo Brooke pictured with Glencoe representatives after winning the first heat of the John Reid Memorial.

“As he showed today, he’ll be more than competitive locally but I reckon he still needs to find a couple of lengths before going elsewhere.”

Speaking later, Peckham said Lochinvar Cahill was also an ideal age (whelped in July 2020) for next month’s Carlin & Gazzard MG Winter Classic (512 m).

And Bungaloo Josh’s second to Lochinvar Cahill has resulted in Kongorong trainer John Little providing two finalists after litter sister Bungaloo Brooke led all the way in the first heat to defeat Lektra Scene by 10 lengths in 30.51 seconds.

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