Saturday, May 19, 2018
Tony Hinrichsen’s treble with San Tan Sam, Filthy Phantom and Focused Fury at Friday’s Tara Raceway time-graded meeting wrapped up a successful week on the track for the Monarto South trainer.
President of the Southern Greyhound Raceway at Strathalbyn, Hinrichsen’s winning run commenced last Sunday at Gawler after the recently-acquired San Tan Sam came from last early to score a big win over 531 metres.
And Breemelia Swift’s all the way boilover win at $31 in a heat of the Howard Ashton Classic at Angle Park on Wednesday afternoon took him a step closer to lining up with a finalist in Thursday week’s $37,500 feature for SA-bred greyhounds.
San Tan Sam, who had created a fair sort of impression with a smart 29.92 seconds win over 512 metres a month ago at the local track, returned on Friday to take on the Greyhound-Data.com Mixed Stake (600 m).
The son of Collision and San Tan Maid – a daughter of the US-bred San Tan Scruffy – had previously raced on only one occasion over the middle-distance, unplaced at Angle Park last October, but he once again impressed at Tara Raceway with an all the way 10 length win in a smart 35.20 seconds.
Filthy Phantom, by Lochinvar Marlow x Ruby Swift and a litter brother to Breemelia Swift, had to work hard in the Rock’s Retreat Stake (512 m) after Crickey Creeky opened up a handy lead and still led the field into the home straight.
A winner last month on the grass at Port Augusta, Filthy Phantom dug deep in the concluding stages of the race to eventually defeat the early leader by three-quarters of a length in 30.47 seconds.
And Focused Fury – by Lochinvar Marlow out of Fighting Fury, a finalist in the 2011 Mount Gambier Cup won by Banger Harvey – led all the way in the JB Irrigation Stake (400 m), giving Hinrichsen his third treble after previous bags of three winners at Port Augusta and Strathalbyn.