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The Chris Gangemi-trained Lockroy returns to scale at Belmont on Saturday, August 26. Picture: ANITA McINNES

Success for Pinsson and Lockroy at Belmont

WEST Swan trainer Maxine Payne has found the key to Pinsson, but played down her contribution.

Payne deflects all accolades to Pinsson, a gelding who has fought back from the brink of racing’s scrapheap.

Pinsson was destined for retirement, his racing days numbered, injuries had dogged his short career.

Murdoch Hospital veterinarians advised his racing days were over, the seven-year-old would never be seen at the race track again.

Payne is thankful Pinsson got another chance.

“He is a horse who had historically been sore,” she said.

“They could never get it right with him.

“Three vets said he was a cripple.

“They said to forget ever racing him again.

“I’m not sure what the turnaround has been.

“I’ve done nothing really, but he is thriving.

“I have just taken my time with him.”

Payne cannot hide her admiration for Pinsson who has posted two wins and two runner-up placings in four starts this preparation.

After a luckless second two starts back, Pinsson bounced back to post his best victory on Saturday, August 26 getting up in a thriller with a head separating the first four runners across the line.

“He is just a bulldog who tries his heart out.

“You would like all your horses to be as honest as he is.

“He is just a lovely horse who is giving us a lot of enjoyment.”

The enjoyment extends to a group of Pinsson’s owners, relishing a memorable ride in their first taste of racing.

“They are owners who had never been to races before until getting involved with Pinsson.

“Their first experience was when he ran second at Belmont in June and they were all ecstatic over that.’’

On Saturday Lockroy had his second WA win for trainer Chris Gangemi of Henley Brook.

By Julio Santarelli

About Anita

Anita Mcinnes received a highly commended in the 2009 WA Media Awards suburban section for her reporting. Two of her sons were born at Swan District Hospital and for many years she was a partner in a small business, which operated in the Gingin-Muchea-Bullsbrook area. As a mature age student Anita studied journalism at Curtin University before working in Busselton, Dunsborough and Rockingham with West Regionals. She says the best part of her job is meeting eastern suburb residents and visiting the many attractions in the area.

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