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‘Iron dog’ continues winning run for visiting trainer

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Monarto South trainer Tony Hinrichsen landed his second treble in the space of two days when Lochey Swift, Trouble Waters and Spring Leesa were successful at Tara Raceway’s Friday afternoon time-graded meeting.

The treble followed on from Wednesday afternoon at Angle Park where Lochey Swift and Spring Leesa had also won, along with Natural Fury.

Tony Hinrichsen with Spring Leesa, the third leg of a treble at Tara Raceway on Friday.

Friday’s Trackside Meats Stake (400 metres) resulted in Lochey Swift leading all the way from box six to defeat kennelmate Assertive Fury who worked home well to be beaten by two lengths in 23.63 seconds.

Then, in the South Eastern Hotel Stake (400 m), Hard Call, after taking advantage of early interference, found the front and looked certain to bring up his second win in 31 starts before Trouble Waters finished strongly in the home straight to win by three-quarters of a length in 23.60 seconds.

Hinrichsen is Trouble Waters’s third trainer, the win his first with the beautifully bred daughter of Fernando Bale and Hope’s Up, a winner of 39 races and $85,000 in stakemoney and also the dam of recent Howard Ashton Group 3 winner Waterloo Kate at Angle Park.

But it was the “iron dog” Spring Leesa who tidied up the day in fine fashion for Hinrichsen, running down Osanna in the home straight to score by a length in the Gambier Vets Stake (400 m) – her third win in the space of seven days after kicking off her hat-trick at Strathalbyn on the Friday prior.

Bred by former NSW breeder-owner-trainer Greg Board, these days based at Murray Bridge, Spring Leesa is by Dyna Lachlan out of Sera Bale, a winner of six races on NSW tracks, including Wentworth Park.

A winner of 14 races, as well as running 42 minor placings, the wonderfully durable Spring Leesa, at 3½ years of age, has now raced on 103 occasions, Hinrichsen taking over the brindle bitch as a maiden performer early in 2017.

Involved in the sport on a continuous basis for the past 16 years, and based at Monarto South for the past two years after previously training out of Adelaide suburbia, Friday’s treble was his second at Tara Raceway this year – San Tan Sam, Filthy Phantom and Focused Fury successful on May 19.

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