Tuesday, June 19, 2018
Just over 12 months ago Blitz And Bolt had been racing so well at Tara Raceway that majority shareholder and trainer David Peckham, along with co-owners Connie Miller and the Viking Syndicate, reckoned the black dog could be worth a try in the city.
Soon after, Blitz And Bolt was relocated to Adelaide where in the space of six weeks he strung together three wins and three third placings at Angle Park before returning in late August to Peckham at Allendale East.
The son of Cosmic Rumble x Moonshine Sally, picked up by his owners in late 2016 for $1500, all of a sudden was developing into something of a bargain buy.
But soon after returning, Blitz And Bolt sustained a stopper injury which ultimately would see him off the scene for eight months after a further setback in early 2018.
“To be honest, I had my doubts as to whether he would race again,” Peckham said. “However, by last month he had been trialling well so after a lengthy period away from the race track I nominated him for Horsham over 410 metres.
“He came through that run unscathed as he did at his next two 400 metre runs at Tara Raceway where he finished close-up on both occasions.
“No way is he a 400 metre dog but I reckoned he needed one more run before stepping up in distance so that is why he went around last Sunday in the winningformula.net.au Stake. Needless to say, we were all delighted with the run.”
Blitz And Bolt, chasing his first win since July 2017, was away well from box eight, quickly working into second spot behind Cryer’s Harper before railing through on her in the home straight and finishing strongly to win by three lengths in a personal best time of 23.24 seconds.
Peckham said he was now hoping to be able to get enough 512 metre runs into his 14-race winner with a view to next month’s Anniversary Cup, a race which in more recent times has resulted in him reaching the finals with Dare Devil and Sister Aunty Cuz.