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Trainer ~ Alisa Hinch

Alisa started riding racehorses at the very young age of 4yo. Her grandfather was a jockey back in the war years and then her mother continued on with the horse trend, obtaining her trainer license. Not only did Alisa grow up with the racehorses in her blood but in her backyard, it did not take long until it took over her being.

Alisa started riding track work for Lloyd Williams, this was where she rode her first gallop and got addicted to the speed and the intense one-on-one with the horse which the racing industry is about. While working under Mr Williams, Alisa rode the Reset, who is now a stallion and Alisa worked here for 12 months before pursuing a free-lance track riding opportunity at Flemington Racecourse. This was soon to take off getting in the Dean Lawson stable and riding horses such as Corton Charlemagne and many other winners along the way which just encouraged her to be the best track rider that she could be.

With Alisa continuing to ride and work better, this then led to a job offer with the Bart Cummings stable. Not only was it a privilege to work for someone like Bart but the array of horse flesh to see and ride was amazing. Alisa had the pleasure of riding horses such as God's Own, Saintly (in retirement), Wonderful World, Swick and Sirmione...to name a few. Alisa even got the opportunity to strap Wonderful World who won a Caulfield Guineas and then ran third in a Cox Plate but Sirmione was her favourite. Alisa went to Brisbane with Sirmione and fell in love with the racing industry even more while travelling with the horses.

Alisa then felt it was time to move on and experience more, which then led her to working for John Hawkes. Wayne Hawkes was in charge at Flemington and again Alisa was delighted to have had the ride on more good horses such as Mentality, Faumacino, Real Saga, All Too Hard and last but not least......Chautauqua.

From here, her passion soared and the love of teaching yearlings to be racehorses really shone through and from here, Alisa obtained her trainer's license and she has not looked back ever since. She also worked for Patrick Payne after finishing work in the mornings at Flemington. From here, her passion soared and the love of teaching yearlings to be racehorses really shone through and from here, Alisa obtained her trainer's license and she has not looked back ever since. To add, Alisa went to Mongolia and rode in the 2nd running of the Mongol Derby in 2010, this is a 1000km race across the middle of Mongolia. Unfortunatley Alisa injured ligaments and tendons in her shoulder on the ride but continued to ride for 70km despite the pain, this resulted in Alisa still choosing to be with horses every day in her future and was the turning point for her to return home and obtain her trainers license. Alisa won rookie trainer of the year in her second year of training once she made the to move to Geelong .

 
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Alisa still rides track work unless a jockey is available, her love for being in the saddle and creative mind equals an enjoyable experience every time she is out there on a horse.

Alisa is very straight forward and honest, she is grateful for all the opportunities that have come her way and she is proud of what she has achieved so far. "Still much more to come"...................

-Alisa aboard Sirmione at Doomben Racecourse, Qld.

Alisa also rode around the Picnic, Amateurs riding scene for 3 years. She was so determined to ride a winner in her first season in the race saddle that once she achieved this then the weight factor became a lot harder. Alisa persisted as always and rode for another 2 years with some success but weight was always the controlling factor.

This time in the race saddle was another stepping stone for Alisa, in order to obtain the ultimate goal in a trainers license.

                                    Alisa aboard, running 2nd in the Woolami Cup -

From Alisa's first winner, in her mother's training name to today...the drive, passion, determination and commitment is still there day in and day out, rain, hail or shine!

-Lady Chienne, Alisa's first runner for a winner in her father's colors.

 
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BRENDAN MADDEN

Assistant Trainer

Brendan has grown up with race horses, on a farm and comes with a financial background. Brendan is not only an asset to the business but also a motivated, driven and passionate individual when it comes to the horse and the racing industry.