Monday, August 6, 2018
David Peckham, of Allendale East, took the training honours at Sunday’s Tara Raceway meeting when Usain Insane and Blitz And Bolt both impressively won for the first time this year over the 512 metre journey.
By Bekim Bale x Swift Blaze, Usain Insane was rewarded for some consistent recent form when leading all the way in the Klaassens Contractors Stake, denying China Catch ‘Em four consecutive wins when defeating that greyhound by 2¾ lengths in a best of day 30.15 seconds in the Klaassens Contractors Stake.
Blitz And Bolt, off the scene for the first five months of this year due to injury, found the front going into the back straight in the winningformula.net.au Mixed Stake and then defied a smart field to run him down, eventually defeating Big Lebowski by 1½ lengths in 30.25 seconds.
Blitz And Bolt, a litter brother to Thursday’s 600 metre winner Goldie’s Run, narrowly missed out on representing Mount Gambier in last year’s SA Country Cup final at Angle Park on Adelaide Cup night and looks like he could be about the place again this year as could Usain Insane.
Peckham is no stranger to Country Cup runners – this year’s local heat/s being run next month – Bourne Again and Thanks Tubby representing the club at Strathalbyn in 2014 and Thanks Tubby again the following year at Gawler.
Meanwhile, the Bungaloo Syndicate and John Little’s winning run continued at Tara Raceway’s Sunday meeting when another of the Addis Boy x Camo’s Prinny litter in Bungaloo Thor was successful in the Produce Store Stake (512 m).
The black dog chased odds on favourite and tearaway leader Our Bro Pedro for much of the journey, finishing the stronger in the run home to score by a head in a personal best time of 30.34 seconds.
A dead-heater when winning his maiden last October, Bungaloo Thor has now won three races from 40 starts with his previous win being six months ago.
Compton trainer Tracie Price wrapped up the meeting with a win when Who’s Doing What youngster Whatta Knocka scored an emphatic win in a best of day 23.25 seconds in the Gordon Refrigeration Open Stake (400 m).
However, there was no joy in Darwin on Sunday night for Tara Raceway’s leading trainer when Rockoon, an odds on favourite from box one in the Darwin Cup Consolation, never really got into the race when finishing unplaced.