Bathurst trainer Chris Frisby.
BATHURST’S Chris Frisby is undoubtedly one of the hardest working trainers in New South Wales but last weekend the “bigger than life” character showed how committed he is after making trips to Dubbo on Saturday night with two of his youngsters before returning home and then heading to Wagga Wagga the next day for the Ladex Riverina Mares Championship Consolation with his stable star Jenden Strike.
“Anthony and the rest of my staff were all away for Easter, so I had no alternative but to make the trips myself,” said Frisby.
“While we did not win a race at Dubbo, I was happy enough with Rosarito which ran second behind inform colt Falcons in a heat of the Parkes/Dubbo Series and Our Aunty Ash in the two-year-old.”
But on Sunday at Wagga, Frisby had plenty to smile about when Jenden Strike produced a top staying effort to win the Mares Consolation while Uncle Jord, which he part owns, scored a narrow win in the consolation of the Milbrae Quaries Riverina Championship for the Entires and Geldings.
“I was very happy with Jenden’s performance as after having a hard run early, she fought on so well to win,” Frisby said.
“Even though she was challenged by the runner up, Amanda (Turnbull) never panicked, and I thought our mare showed just how classy she is.
“I really feel she was unlucky not to have been in the big one after a making a mistake in her heat.”
Jenden Strike is now on her way to Queensland and will have a two-week let up before Frisby heads to the Sunshine State with a team of eight horses for their carnival.
“I was pleased with Uncle Jord’s effort too . . . Craig and Abbey Turnbull have done a great job with Jord, Abbey summed up the race perfectly and made her winning run at the right time,” Frisby said.
“It is a nice feeling knowing that I can send my better horses to other trainers like Craig, confident that they will be looked after and well placed in races.
“At Bathurst tonight, I thought that Aunty Bella and The Grogfather are my best chances of winning. “Bella’s run in the Bracelet consolation on Crown night was enormous to finish third from the bad draw while The Grogfather won well last week and should be too classy with Amanda aboard.”