Monday, October 29, 2018
Allendale East trainer David Peckham landed his second treble this year when Usain Insane, Kalani Sheldon and Downtown Pixie were successful at Tara Raceway on Sunday.
Currently sitting third in the Ian Badger Leading Trainer award, his previous treble had been on Sunday, July 1 with Bourne Blackjack, Boy George and Usain Insane.
Usain Insane, a son of Bekim Bale x Swift Blaze, took the 512 metre time honours for the day when virtually leading all the way in the Produce Store Stake, defeating Brinza by 2½ lengths in 29.94 seconds.
And Kalani Sheldon, placed at his past three starts, finally broke through for his first win since March when taking out the Williams Crane Hire Stake grade five final (400 m).
Away well from box seven, the son of Cosmic Rumble and three-state winner Vegas Secrets chased former kennelmate Luca Flyer for much of the journey before taking over the running in the home straight, scoring by two lengths in 23.33 seconds.
Kalani Sheldon is raced by the Nineofus Syndicate which includes Peckham along with Ross Schurgott, Steve McGuire, Steve Mason, Mark Quin, Artie Sleeth, Gary Siney, Grant Sterzl and Samantha Sterzl.
The syndicate has enjoyed previous success with Arolok Jax (now in GAP), the speedy Raz’s Girl, who will soon be retired for breeding, and recent winner Coco Suzy – all trained at Allendale East.
Former Townsville greyhound Downtown Pixie, in Peckham’s kennels since July, brought up her fifth Tara Raceway 400 metre win when leading all the way and scoring a spirited one length win over Blonde Barbados in a best of day 23.00 seconds.
Meanwhile, Robert Halliday’s Molly’s Wally was another one to break a long run of outs after last winning at Tara Raceway in February, when taking advantage of box one to defeat Rusty Sprocket by 2¼ lengths in 30.21 in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m).