Monday, March 4, 2019
Allendale East greyhound trainer David Peckham enjoyed his best day at the track in more than two years when he led in four winners – all successful by sizeable margins – at Tara Raceway’s meeting on Sunday afternoon.
But it was Rose Ali who was the standout of the quartet, the $1.60 chance displaying surprising early pace from box seven to be in front going out of the first turn in the JB Irrigation Stake (512 metres) which was the second heat of a grade five series.
From that point on the daughter of My Bro Fabio x Born Ali – litter sister Sweet As Emm winning over 715 metres at Sandown Park on the Thursday night prior and taking her stakemoney earnings to more than $35,000 – was never going to be beaten, the black bitch running away to an 8¾ length win over Rusty Sprocket in a best of day 29.81 seconds.
Also through to this Sunday’s final are Banjo Bad Boy – who defeated Rose Ali in last week’s Summer Classic final – and Cryer’s Bob, a litter brother to earlier winner Cryer’s Plugger who led all the way to defeat fellow forthcoming Mount Gambier Cup contenders Azumi Ryder and Bomber Creek in the Swallow Drive Meats Mixed Stake (512 m) in 29.90 seconds.
Rose Ali is now also likely to be set for the Fairthorne Forestry Mount Gambier Cup (512 m), heats of which will be run on Sunday, March 24, her trainer having gone close in the 2015 cup when Bourne Again went down a head to Lots Of Yap.
Dyna Naitch, who last won over 400 metres at Gawler in October, resumed after a 10-week break for Peckham in the Gambier Vets Stake which was the first heat of the grade five series.
Finding the front down the back straight after an ordinary start, the brindle dog eventually ran out a six length winner over kennelmate Oshkosh Orla – a sub-30 second winner last week – in 30.31 seconds.
Raced by Adelaide-based Dwayne Jiggins, a new owner for the kennel, Dyna Naitch was set to make his Tara Raceway debut on February 6 but a minor setback after trialling well leading up to that engagement saw the son of Surf Lorian x Crystin Bale off the scene until last Sunday.
Peckham’s winning day kicked off in the Fairthorne Forestry Stake (400 m) when Our Man Zed, another one back after a 10-week break, dominated the grade six event with an emphatic 7¾ length win over Gold Gem and Miss Adelaide in 23.62 seconds.
By Smart Missile, the black dog is out of Flying Trance who did most of her racing in New Zealand – Our Man Zed winning a maiden 400 metre event for the Nineofus Syndicate in early December at Tara Raceway before sustaining a back leg muscle injury a fortnight later.
And it was the four-year-old Chilly Kiss who brought up the kennel’s fourth winner of the day when leading all the way in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m) to defeat My Mandara and Bank Rogue in 23.27 seconds.
The win was the Clarissa Miller owned Chilly Kiss’s first since August last year with the brindle daughter of Spring Gun and Chilly Babe now appearing to be over seasonal complications.
Peckham’s last bag of four winners at Tara Raceway came on February 3, 2017 when Uptown Man, Blitz And Bolt, Thanks Captain and Sweeney Miss were successful.
Meanwhile, he also went close to landing a winner at Murray Bridge on Sunday night when Kolora Posie, an impressive last start 400 metre winner at Tara Raceway, gave plenty of cheek when just being run down by Demolisher over 455 metres in 26.22 seconds.
In the race prior, Galactic Athena, trained at Worrolong by Steve Bartholomew, ran a top race in a grade six 455 metres event when also finishing second, beaten a half length by Spring Glass in 26.09 seconds.
Earlier, at Tara Raceway, litter sister Galactic Destiny, also trained by Bartholomew, was successful in the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 m) at her first start.
By Paddy Whacker x Galactic Rumball, the brindle bitch looked lost early but finished strongly to run down early leader School Report and win by 4¼ lengths in 30.58 seconds.
And in the Metal Worx Maiden Stake (400 m), Kohli Bay – bred, owned and trained by Andy Graham of Portland – became the third member of the Magic Sprite x Cee Anna Rose litter to win, running down Ranger Bay to score a comfortable win in 23.88 seconds.
Cee Anna Rose, a daughter of prolific producer Senni Wendy, had good results when previously mated with Collision and Cosmic Chief and has another litter to follow – by Sulzanti.