Aston Olenna’s time of 17.49 seconds, recorded when winning the Razza Racing Feature Maiden final (305 metres) on Sunday, January 31, has been confirmed as the short-course distance’s first official track record.
Greyhound Racing SA’s announcement this week came after 35 races had been run over 305 metres since the distance’s introduction on Sunday, January 24.
Until now, only 305 metres youngest-up maiden and veteran races have been run at Sunday meetings. However, the Mount Gambier Greyhound Racing Club also has juvenile events programmed for greyhounds two years and younger.
By Aston Bolero x Aston Selena, Aston Olenna is owned by Ray Borda and trained at Allendale East by David Peckham. Since his heat and final runs at Tara Raceway in January, the fawn dog has raced only once at the local track.
His racing has been virtually confined to Murray Bridge where he has won nine races, including the SA Straight Track Cup (350 m) and the Murray Bridge Straight Track Championship (350 m).
Aston Olenna’s track record ratification now sees Peckham listed as the trainer of three Tara Raceway record holders – Pirate’s Curse running 34.79 seconds over 600 metres on April 21, 2019 and Shima Breeze 16.00 seconds on December 20, 2020 for the now defunct 277 metres distance.
Almighty Stripe (Tim Richards) has held the 400 metres record at 22.55 seconds since April 4, 2021, Tracie Price’s Rockoon 512 metres time of 29.28 seconds has stood since July 1, 2018 while Robert Britton’s Nellie Noodles ran a record-breaking 43.45 seconds over 732 metres on March 27, 2011.