A big effort from Midnight Bandit to win Sunday’s Exchange Printers (1-3 wins) Grade 6 final (400 metres) resulted in Allendale East trainer David Peckham bringing up his 100th winner this year at Tara Raceway.
Midnight Bandit, a son of Collision x Midnight Starlet, was relentless in his pursuit of the lure after an ordinary getaway from box eight. But a strong finish along the rails in the home straight saw him edge out his litter brother (and kennelmate) Midnight Blast to win by a neck in 23.42 seconds.
And in the last race, the Bartholomew Pick 6 Mixed Stake (400 m), the Peckham-trained Out Of Gas led all the way to bring up win number 101 when defeating Aston Dijon by 1¾ lengths in a best of day 23.01 seconds.
Fittingly, both winners are owned by the Nineofus Syndicate, the involvement of some of its members, including manager Ross Schurgott, going back to a time when Peckham was training for their Viking Syndicate.
In what was his third successive year of more than 100 winners, Peckham so far in 2021 has trained four winners on four separate occasions, 12 trebles and 13 doubles.
All told, as far as the Mount Gambier Ian Badger Leading Trainer award is concerned, his 101 wins, 80 seconds and 74 thirds has him placed second, 16 points behind Compton trainer Tracie Price who trained 137 winners in 2018 and 100 last year.
Price’s four winners – Attuned, Amorphous Fire, Compton Amy and Charley Davidson – at Sunday’s 12-race program took his local total this year to 99.