Peter Akers, a recently retired printer, completed a week most trainers only dream about when Rum Chaser scored at Ladbrokes Gardens on Friday.

Akers, 60, who has been a trainer for four decades, got the ball rolling when Ferrari Blaster won at Gosford on May 4 and followed up with his first ever treble at the same track 72 hours later.

Ferrari Blaster won again on Thursday while Akers was successful at the same meeting with Piper Archer and Fab Blonde.

Piper Archer and Fab Blonde are 20 months old daughters of Akers' former brilliant front runner Leggy Blonde, who chalked up 22 wins and 23 placings from 95 races.

That meeting represented a good night's work for the Greta (Hunter Valley) trainer as he went home with $5000 after Piper Archer had earned an additional $1700 after being drawn out as the GBOTA "jackpot'' dog.

"I have had plenty of winning doubles but Thursday's was my first treble,'' a jubilant Akers said.

"I became involved with greyhounds through being a school friend with Brett Pickett, whose father Noel was a successful trainer and studmaster.

"When Noel was setting up his famous 007 Stud at Branxton, I worked for him and he taught me everything I know about training greyhounds.

"My first greyhound, Groper's Regret, was originally trained for me by Noel and later I got some hands-on experience training her myself.

"Groper's Regret won her first seven races in succession, all at Singleton, and when she won a heat of the Wyong Oaks we backed her from 33/1 ($34) to 5/1 ($6).

"Ferrari Blaster was having his first start since recovering from a hock injury when he won at Gosford last Monday but did the trick again there on Thursday.''

Noel Pickett, now 86, was delighted to hear of his "protege's'' success.

"Having a good week like that could not happen to a nicer bloke,'' said Pickett, who trained the former Harold Park sprint champion Little Blade.


VIDEO replay of Aston Maeve's incredible win at Ladbrokes Gardens on Friday should be required viewing for all greyhound racing fans.

Jason Mackay's remarkable 25 months old youngster scored her 10th win in 12 starts when she came from last and won running away in a sizzling 29.42, fastest time of the meeting over 515m.

"The only runs from any of my dogs that I could compare Aston Maeve's win with were the Ladies Bracelet and last year's Golden Easter Egg successes by Zipping Bailey,'' Mackay said.

"Aston Maeve was not only last early but was trapped wide at the first turn and then hampered before she took off after the leaders.

"Don't forget that Mark Moroney's bitch Fire On Ice, who Aston Maeve overhauled, is a class act who has won three races at Wenty and has won in 29.40 at Ladbrokes Gardens.

"If Aston Maeve had produced a performance like that and clocked 30sec I would have been rapt, but for her to do what she did and run 29.42 is just mind-boggling.''


ZIPPING Bram, who created such a huge impression with a sizzling 29.68 win at Bathurst last Monday, has joined the Goulburn kennels of in-form trainer Michael Hardman.

Zipping Bram was owned and trained by Marty Hallinan when he won at Bathurst, coming from box eight and winning by nearly eight lengths in easily the fastest 520m time of the meeting.

Hardman, who has had so much recent success with Nangar Rust, Nangar Blaze and Nangar Kash, said: "Recently a fellow contacted me and asked me to train an unraced dog which had shown good form while being educated.

"I began trialling that greyhound and last week the same chap told me he had purchased Zipping Bram from Marty Hallinan and wanted me to take him too.

"Marty said Zipping Bram is capable of sensation times in trials but was perfectly suited from box eight when he won last Monday.''