Prisk sets sights on Hillston following Easter Sunday double

Mr Pointer was a good winner at Bourke on Sunday. Image: Racing Photography.

For Allan Prisk, Saturday’s two-and-a-half-hour trip from Cobar to Hillston is nothing compared to his usual adventures as he looks to continue from his excellent day at Bourke on Sunday. 

Racing at the famous Easter picnic program, Prisk scored a winning double when teaming up with Wagga-based amateur jockey Emily Harrison. 

The pair won with Mr Pointer ($7) in the 800m Open Trophy race before making it a race-to-race double with A Tender Lady ($4.40) in the 1000m Class B Handicap. 

“It was nice to get a double there,” Prisk said. 

“I couldn’t believe we got $11 about Mr Pointer. He ran 45 seconds in a red-hot sprint and beat Connie’s (Greig) good horse (Have Mercy) and Hurn Court, which is Rodney’s (Robb) good horse. So it was good to get the win and beat them.

“A couple of owners got the $11 about him and had some good puts, and I told the lot of them to put half their winnings on A Tender Lady, and she won by two and a half lengths.”

Harrison went through a lean patch in the lead-up to Bourke, but the young jockey impressed the veteran trainer. 

“She did exactly what I asked and rode them well,” Prisk said. 

Heading to Hillston, Prisk will team up with Nyssa Burrells, and he has a team of four going to the races.

Equilibrium will take on the Hillston Cup, while A Tender Lady is in the 1000m Benchmark 50 handicap, Jawsome will contest the 1200m benchmark 45 Handicap, and Galleries Supreme is slated to run in the b1500m Class One Handicap. 

“A Tender Lady has to be my best chance again,” Prisk said.

“When I got her, she was a bit fat from only racing once a month. I’ve found that the more racing she has, the better she goes, and she is doing pretty well. 

“Jawsome can run a good race, and he’s won two there.”

Burrells made a return from a three-month layoff at Nowra on Sunday, and Prisk is happy to have his regular jockey back in the saddle. 

“She used to ride for me for years,” Prisk said. 

“I believe in karma and helping people, and she would turn up and go anywhere for us, and I am really happy for her and to see her back riding.

“She just picks herself up off the ground, and the thing is, she can ride. She is a good front-running jockey and can rate a horse, so I hope I can help her get a winner.”

While rain is on the way, Hillston Jockey Club hopes it will pass by Friday night, allowing them to host their six-race program on Saturday.

The race day is set to celebrate 150 years of racing in Hillston, and there is something on for everyone.

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