Prisk stable on point ahead of Broken Hill adventure

Allan Prisk believes Mr Pointer is in good order ahead of tomorrow’s meeting at Broken Hill.
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Allan Prisk will make his annual pilgrimage from Cobar to Broken Hill today ahead of tomorrow’s St Patrick’s Racing Club meeting. 

With a big team of six engaged at Broken Hill, Prisk will spend the best part of five and a half hours in the truck before settling in this afternoon and enjoying a big night at the Broken Hill Harness Racing Club, which hosts their annual Rocky Baker Memorial Pacing Cup program. 

Attention then turns to Saturday’s Outback Cup program, where Prisk will start Sun Master in the $25,000 feature, among his other chances on the seven-race card. 

“It’s always a great weekend, and we know everyone up there, so we go to the trots on Friday night, which is a great time,” Prisk said. 

“We love going up there, and nothing is better than winning there. 

“It’s a big weekend for the town, and it pumps a lot of money into the community.”

Prisk believes Mr Pointer is his stable’s best chance when taking on the 1000m Benchmark 45 Handicap.

After being allotted 65.5kg and drawing nicely with gate one, the Cobar-based trainer acquired the services of a four-kilogram apprentice, Hannah Johnston, and he is hopeful it will be her first win.

“Mr Pointer will go well; he’s got 65.5kg, but with the 4kg off because of Hannah, he’ll get in alright,” Prisk said. 

“She is with Mick Mulholland, and he wanted her to have some time riding at the non-TABs. 

“She is a lovely kid, a hard worker, and not scared; she’s an ex-barrel racer, and she’s having a go.”

Johnston rode Mr Pointer to a fourth-place finish at Carrathool earlier this month, and Prisk believes both his horse and jockey will be better for the run.

“She rode him at Carrathool and led them by six lengths,” Prisk said. 

“She didn’t hear them coming and wasn’t beaten all that far, but it was a good run, and he’ll be a lot fitter for it. 

“We knew he needed the run going into Broken Hill, and we were going to take him to Tottenham, but I wanted to give her a ride on him, and now she’s had one, they should be right.”

Broken Hill can be a tricky racecourse, and Prisk will offer his apprentice some advice before her rides on Saturday. 

“A lot of people don’t know that Broken Hill is based on Randwick,” Prisk said. 

“It’s a big 2000-metre track, with a 20-foot rise from the 1000-metre mark, so they’re running up a hill.

“Apprentices ride a lot there, and they go out lickety-split, running 32 for the first 600m and 38 for the last, so if you’ve got a tough horse, they can hang on.”

Menindee trainer Wayne Marsden will make the trip with the stable. He’s been helping out while Prisk recovers from knee surgery. 

“It’s good when you can rely on people like Wayne,” Prisk said. 

“He’s going to come here from Menindee and strap for me. He’s been over with me for three weeks and helped out after I got my new knee. 

“He’s been a massive help, and he thinks Equilibrium might run a good race, too.”

On a big day of racing at Broken Hill, the action kicks off at 1 pm. 

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