Monday, January 13, 2020
Outsider Dyna Naitch lowered the colours of his kennelmate and odds-on favourite Squishy Pea in yesterday’s Tara Trackstar No. 2 (512 metres) at Tara Raceway.
A $20 chance, the rising five-year-old greyhound was slowly away from box three but gained a rails run on the first turn before settling in third spot down the back behind Silent Jacko and Squishy Pea.
And turning for home, Squishy Pea, last month’s Christmas Cup winner, looked set to bring up his fifth successive win at Tara Raceway.
Not to be denied, though, Dyna Naitch found plenty in the run home, defeating Squishy Pea by a half length in 29.91 seconds with a further two lengths back to Silent Jacko – Allendale East trainer David Peckham providing the trifecta.
The Trackstar was for the leading point scorers at Tara Raceway between July and December, Peckham having also won the previous Trackstar – for the leading point scorers between January to June – with Flash Jackie.
With a good second six months of the year, Dyna Naitch was always going to qualify for the Trackstar, although according to Peckham the dog had been in some doubt leading up to the race.
“Initially, I had been reluctant to commit to the race due to some niggly little injuries but fortunately we were able to get on top of them in time.”
By Surf Lorian out of Crystin Bale, Dyna Naitch is raced by Adelaide owner Dwayne Jiggins who purchased the brindle dog after he had won five races from 32 starts on Victorian tracks during 2017.
But for Jiggins it was going to be some time before Dyna Naitch would step out on an Adelaide track.
“Actually, he was off the scene for close to 11 months due to an operation. Needless to say, it was a big thrill when he did finally return to the track and won first-up at Gawler over 400 metres,” he said.
“He seemed to struggle a bit at his next few starts so that was when I thought about relocating him to Mount Gambier in a bid to boost his confidence. David was keen to have a go with him and nine wins later, all’s good.”
Jiggins first became involved in greyhound racing back in November 2016 when he purchased a dog with his sons Rory, Luke and Sean at the Bendigo Ready2Race Sales. Racing as Top Sprite, the black bitch won 10 races in SA and Victoria and the first-time owner was hooked.
As far as city racing is concerned, Alpha Aion and Allen Oregon have been two of his better performers – collectively winning 24 races on Adelaide tracks after having been purchased from Victoria.
And with a current involvement of something like 20 to 30 racing greyhounds and pups it’s no surprise that Dwayne Jiggins reckons he’s in it for the long haul.
It’s been a good start to the year for Peckham, winner of the 2019 Ian Badger Leading Trainer award – a 400 metre track record on January 5 with Dyna Carnie, another Trackstar win and five winners yesterday when Fabs You Go, Dyna Carnie, Call Me Billy and Missing Mate were also successful.