Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club

Tara Raceway, Lake Terrace East, Mount Gambier, SA

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Putting a hold on retirement

Bourne Burner’s “retirement” is on hold after a dashing win at Tara Raceway last Thursday.

Initially the plan was for local greyhound Bourne Burner to be sent to Victoria for some work on his box manners.

This was after the March 2019 son of Worm Burner and former 512 metre Tara Raceway track record holder Thanks Tubby had won four races at the local track in the first half of 2021 for Allendale East trainer David Peckham.

But Bourne Burner’s Victorian stay stretched out until last month, during which time he also won at Warragul and Sandown Park over 515 metres in a tidy 29.64 seconds at the end of last year.

Teresa and Claro clients caught up with their “Dog for the Day” Aston Percival and trainer David Peckham.

However, according to Peckham, the black dog – bred, reared and broken-in at Allendale East – had recently returned home after it had been suggested that he would probably now be better suited to retirement in the Greyhounds As Pets (GAP) program.

“To be honest, I couldn’t find too much wrong with him upon his return. So I said to Bourne Burner’s part-owner, Kevin ‘KD’ Douglas, that perhaps the dog was worth trialling just to see where he was at.

“And after he went around over 400 metres in something like 23.40 seconds I figured if nothing else he could be worth a try at a Thursday meeting,” Peckham said.

Last Thursday, Bourne Burner lined up for his first race start in close to three months when taking on the Commercial Hotel 5+ Wins Stake (400 m) at Tara Raceway’s time-graded meeting.

In the end it was an easy win, the $3 chance defeating Lektra Violet by five lengths in a best of day time of 23.02 seconds. Now it’s a Sunday meeting that’s worth a try.

Back for another day at the dogs were Teresa and clients from the Claro Aged Care and Disability Services. And Peckham and Douglas had arranged for Aston Percival to be their dog for the day.

Caro clients with Captain Abbott and Kerry Hawker after Nero Valentino and Our Bro Paddy ran the quinella in the Gambier Vets Stake.

“He’ll give them something to cheer on in race six,” Douglas had said.

Peckham did train a double on the day – Dundee Reactor defeating 296-start six-year-old Filthy Phantom by a nose in 23.31 seconds in the Greg Martlew Autos Stake (400 m).

And while he couldn’t get Aston Percival over the line for the Claro group they did get up close and personal with the black dog after the race. As they did also with the race winner, Nero Valentino, now owned and trained by Kerry Hawker of Edenhope.

Carisma Corpica with Bourne Blue.

Winner of the second race, the Exchange Printers Stake (400 m), was Bourne Blue, a daughter of Worm Burner and Maximum Bella and also bred by Peckham.

Chasing her first win in 18 months, Bourne Blue took up the running from Sophie turning for home before running out a two length winner in 24.02 seconds.

The win brought considerable joy to the handler, Carisma Corpica, granddaughter of the winning connections, Killarney-based Raylene and Kevin Gavin who took over ownership of the blue bitch from Peckham 12 months ago.

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