Monarto South trainer Tony Hinrichsen scored the only double at Gawler greyhounds on Friday afternoon, with winners in consecutive events.

The first win came in race 5, a Grade 6 event over 531m, which saw Tony’s runner, Szubanski Fury, jump well from box 8 to lead all the way. The final result was a one length margin over a fast finishing Zia Giulia (1) for Kim Johnstone of Two Wells, with Aston Midori third for Matthew Payne of Middleton. After the race, Tony commented that Szubanski Fury loves box 8, and was not surprised at the result.

In the following race, also a 531m Grade 6 event, Gateway Bliss from box 1 took the early lead over reserve runner Long Gully Simon (3) and Lawrie Road (6). Balboa Fury (5) was at the rear of the field at the start and began to thread its way through the field, and as they rounded the back turn, Balboa Fury went around the leaders to storm away and win by 6 ½ lengths in 31.01 secs. Second was Long Gully Simon for Paula Hearnden of Angaston and Legendary Lao (2) finished third for Lisa Rasmussen of Murray Bridge.

Not only is Tony the trainer of the duo, but he is also the owner and breeder, and he also bred the mother of Balboa Fury. The grand mother of Balboa Fury, Fighting Fury, was a very good race dog, and her ability prompted Tony to use the name “Fury” in all of the dogs he breeds. Fighting Fury is still at home at the grand age of 13 years.

Starting his greyhound career with some mates about 40 years ago, Tony has taken an increased involvement in the sport in recent years, to now have a racing kennel of 14, and about 30 pups, with some now reaching the education stage. Tony is also the President of the recently opened Murray Bridge Racing Club, having previously had the same role at the previous Strathalbyn track. He is not afraid to travel either, as he is a regular visitor to Mt Gambier. With this number of dogs and the travel involved, Tony is very grateful for the assistance he receives from helper Gary Gamble.

Tony is intending to focus a bit more on breeding in the future, with a reduction in racing activities. And the reason for being involved? “I love the dogs, it is as simple as that”, was Tony’s response..

Gawler races every Friday and Tuesday afternoon, but with the recent hot weather please check times, as there may be time or date changes.


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