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Good start to the year for Hinrichsen

Saturday, January 18, 2020

After a successful 2019 at Tara Raceway, time-graded regular Tony Hinrichsen, of Monarto South, started this year off well with a treble at Thursday’s meeting with Stiff Upper Lip, Release The Fury and Bottled Fury.

Tony Hinrichsen with Bottled Fury, the third leg of his treble at Tara Raceway on Thursday.

While Balboa Fury’s win in the 2019 Winter Classic (512 m) in a race record 29.84 seconds was the highlight of Hinrichsen’s year at Tara Raceway he also trained four time-graded trebles – two in March, one in August and another in November.

Stiff Upper Lip, a winner of two races at Tara Raceway last year, was only fairly away from box five in the Gordon Refrigeration Stake (400 m) but quickly put herself in the race before finishing strongly for a 2½ length win over Kirabilli Poppy in 23.57 seconds.

Bred by Hinrichsen, Stiff Upper Lip is by Fabregas out of Dee Ivy, a sub-30 second 515 metre winner at Angle Park as well a 600 metre winner in a more than handy 35.05 seconds.

Release The Fury, a last start winner over 395 metres at Murray Bridge, quickly settled into second spot behind Blackpool Remi in the Stake (400 m), railing through on the leader turning for home before running out a two length winner in 23.39 seconds.

By Barcia Bale, the winner is out of Destini Firebird who was purchased by Hinrichsen with breeding in mind after having won five races at Sandown Park, The Meadows, Ballarat and Mandurah.

There’s certainly plenty of US blood in Destini Firebird, the black bitch by Kelsos Fusileer out of Miss Abilene, Hinrichsen having since followed up with another two litters – by David Bale (at breaking-in stage) and My Bro Fabio.

Steve and Elysia Bartholomew (back), Cameryn Bartholomew, Mason Bartlett and Koby Bartholomew pictured at Tara Raceway on Thursday with Rough Pearl.

And completing the big day was Release The Fury’s litter sister Bottled Fury, always on the pace in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (400 m) before finishing the stronger to defeat Damo’s Pineapple by half a length in 23.44 seconds.

Meanwhile, earlier in the day, Rough Pearl made an impressive debut in the Williams Crane Hire Maiden Stake (400 m), the black dog leading all the way for an 11¾ length win over Wee Fishin’ in 23.45 seconds.

Purchased as a four-month-old pup by Mount Gambier owner Elysia Bartholomew after Adelaide breeder Rob Harnas had forwarded photographs of the litter through to her phone, the February 2018 whelping is trained by part-owner Lee Bartholomew (her mother) out at Worrolong.

By Dyna Double One, Rough Pearl is out of West On Jorji, a 31 kilogram winner of 12 races over distances ranging from 400 metres to 600 metres – her son also not lacking in size when going around on Thursday at 35 kilograms.

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