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Striking a blow at Tara Raceway

Monday, April 8, 2019

For David Peckham of Allendale East it was his biggest day at a greyhound track in more than seven years after Bourne Birdie, Pirate’s Curse, Bourne Blackjack, Flash Jackie and Bourne Bill were successful for the leading trainer at last Wednesday’s time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway.

Peckham later recalled that it had been on Sunday, February 12, 2012 when he last trained five winners – Hesket Harrier, Baurna Paddy, Flako, Too Good Road and Man Of Mystery winning half of the 10-race card.

David Peckham with Bourne Birdie, the first of five winners at Tara Raceway last Wednesday.

But as far as the Nineofus Syndicate was concerned Flash Jackie’s win in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m) had come a few days’ too late, some of the syndicate, including manager Ross Schurgott, on track for the Mount Gambier Cup meeting when their daughter of Dyna Double One had run unplaced.

The syndicate, according to fellow owner Steve Maguire, who was also at the cup meeting, has now stretched out to 11 and is an offshoot of the Viking Syndicate which raced Flash Jackie’s dam Striking Viking, a winner of 15 races and the inaugural 600 metre record holder at Tara Raceway.

In the previous race, the Peckham-owned Bourne Blackjack, a son of Barcia Bale and an older half-brother to Flash Jackie, won his first race since last September when successful in the Produce Store Stake (400 m).

However, he then proceeded to go right on with the job at Sunday’s meeting, leading all the way in the Klaassens Contractors Stake (512 m), which was the first heat of a grade five series, to defeat Same Scenario in 30.00 seconds – a time that ultimately turned out to be the quickest of the three heats.

Bourne Blackjack defeats Same Scenario at Tara Raceway on Sunday afternoon.

In Sunday’s final event, the Williams Crane Hire Mixed Stake (400 m), Chilly Kiss held out George Regis to win by a head, giving owner Clarissa Miller, who turned 18 last Friday, a belated birthday present and Peckham a double.

Incidentally, Peckham’s big day at the Wednesday meeting kicked off in the first race, the Laser Electrical Maiden Stake (512 m), when Bourne Birdie opened her winning account at start number eight. By Barcia Bale, she is out of Thanks Tubby, the former Tara Raceway 512 m record holder and a full sister to Striking Viking.

All told, with Usain Insane winning for Peckham at the March 31 meeting it was eight winners in eight days and took his number of Tara Raceway winners this year to 29 and sees him currently leading in the Ian Badger Leading Trainer award.

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