Racing can be a tough mistress, especially for those trainers based in remote NSW, and it is no different for Cobar trainer Allan Prisk, who is just happy to have a big team racing at Warren on Saturday.
“It’s very hard at the moment for a lot of us,” Prisk said.
“I am meant to be racing at Broken Hill, Enngonia, Pooncarie and places like that at this time of year and they have all been cancelled.”
While many NSW country and picnic meetings have fallen by the wayside due to Covid, replacement meetings have been few and far between and Prisk admitted it made things more difficult for country trainers.
“When they put new meetings on, they move them well away from us, so yeah, it’s been tough,” Prisk said.
After a few weeks off the track, Prisk travelled to Griffith with a good-sized team last Saturday – the first time he had raced in six weeks – and with most of his gallopers finishing down the track, he said it was a tough day at the office.
“They were all short of a run, they were all six weeks without a run before Griffith,” Prisk said.
“I can’t get them in anywhere, I’ve got (Benchmark) 39s and 40s and can’t get them a run, so it’s good to be racing back-to-back for a change.”
Making matters worse for Prisk, the country trainer had car issues on his Griffith expedition, meaning his horses were on the float for longer than expected.
“We should have been there at 10am but we broke down and only got there half an hour before the races,” Prisk said.
“It wasn’t ideal. They were all on the float longer than I wanted.”
The Cobar trainer will take six starters to Warren tomorrow, with Angela Cooper riding five of them and Stephane Joseph jumping on his other runner and Prisk expected a better day at the races.
“I think there is a hell of a lot of improvement. They all needed the run and now we are just hoping the quick back up is good for them,” Prisk said.
“We should go okay. My best chance is between Jawsome or Little Outa Reach.
“Jawsome loomed up to win at Griffith and was a run short and Little Outa Reach, she is a maiden that George Wright gave to me. He just bought a pub at West Wyalong, and he gave her to me. She looks a bit pretty for me and I would expect her to run a good race.”
Prisk was looking forward to teaming up with his Dubbo based jockey and he was showing loyalty, offering nearly a full book of rides to Cooper after they teamed up at Griffith.
“She went to Griffith for me and I’m very loyal and I thought if she made the effort to go to Griffith, I thought I would take her to Warren,” Prisk said.
It looks to be a good day of non-TAB racing for Prisk and many other trainers at Warren on Saturday with a six-race-program attracting 61 acceptances.