Monday, April 23, 2018
Monarto South trainer Tony Hinrichsen’s 1600 kilometre trip from one end of the state to the other at the weekend resulted in a win with Filthy Phantom at Port Augusta on Saturday, followed up by an impressive performance from San Tan Sam at Sunday’s time-graded meeting at Tara Raceway.
By Collision out of San Tan Maid, a daughter of Mogambo and the US-bred San Tan Scuffy, the June 2015 brindle dog was having his first start for Hinrichsen, leading all the way in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (512 m) for a 3¾ length win over Cee Rose Black in a best of day 29.92 seconds.
The win provided a quick return for the widely-travelled trainer who only a fortnight ago purchased San Tan Sam after he had won nine races at Angle Park, Gawler and Port Augusta from Ray Burgess of Port Pirie.
Hinrichsen, who is heavily involved with the Southern Greyhound Raceway at Strathalbyn, makes occasional trips to Mount Gambier to race at Tara Raceway, his biggest success to date being with Menzel Boys in the 2016 General Destini Summer Classic.
Another widely-travelled trainer to achieve success on Sunday was Hamilton-based Tony Harding with Sweet Emma in the JB Irrigation Maiden Stake (400 m).
Now four years old and having her 37th race start, Sweet Emma led all the way to defeat Mrs Hardwicke by two lengths, bringing up her first win in a personal best time of 23.67 seconds.
The win, which Harding put down to the fact that the fawn bitch finally kept out of trouble in a race by going straight to the front, came after runs on a variety of other race tracks including Warrnambool, Ballarat, Horsham, Geelong and Strathalbyn.
Sweet Emma, taken over as a giveaway by Harding last September, is by former top stayer Dashing Corsair out of Paramount Diva, a winner of 14 races and $22,000 in prizemoney for Edenhope trainer Cap Abbott.