August 23, 2016 Michael Court
NIGEL Frisby is back . . . and in a big way.
After a 15-year hiatus from the sport Nigel Frisby is back as a trainer and landed his first winner last Sunday at the Parkes meeting and is now ready to power on.
“It was one of the best feelings I have had for a while,” said Frisby after the win of Beauty Bound in the Jason Gaffney Three Year Old Maiden Pace.
“The more racing she has the more she improves,” said Frisby of the Passmaster Hanover-Huiareyou filly, who scored her first win in 16 starts.
“She has had about seven starts for me – it has been a patience thing.”
It was only lucky that Frisby, who is based at Bathurst, was trackside to see the win as he was due to attend a surprise 60th birthday party for his mate Steve Turnbull.
“They were sending text messages from the party after the win,” said Frisby.
“So I had a good excuse – I thought my horse had a chance.”
Bradness Buck (Murray Sullivan) led the field while Beauty Bound was on the leader’s back – and up on the bit for reinswoman Emma Turnbull.
“The filly pulled very hard and I thought the 2040m might test her – I thought we would be in trouble with the distance,” said Frisby.
Turnbull found the split racing around the final turn and headed for home.
“When Emma pulled her out she went straight to the top,” said Frisby, who was helping the mare win from the sidelines.
“I was right under the TV stands so you would have heard me,” grinned Frisby.
Beauty Bound scored a 12m win over Lockton Art (Nathan Hurst) with Bradness Buck a short half head away third.
Nigel Frisby was involved in the sport all those years ago as a reinsman and drove winners.
“I had my fair share of drives and wins for Steve (Turnbull) – I worked with him for about 12 months,” said Frisby.
Times have changed and now with wife Carly, daughter Olivia son Jayden and step son Angus – there is a family involvement.
“In 15 years away from the game I have only missed going to about 10 meetings at Bathurst – I have always been at the trots,” said Frisby, who rekindled his love of the sport after helping Josh Turnbull out.
“I was starting to help Josh out of a Saturday, working a couple of horses and I thought I have got the “bug for it” I told my wife that I was really enjoying this and she said “just do it”.
So Frisby went ahead and renewed his trainer’s licence three months ago.
“The kids are really excited – Jayden has a Shetland at home and he wants to get into mini trots now and Angus helps me out around the stables while Olivia was at the meeting to see the win,” he said.
Owning his own business – Nigel Frisby Painting & Decorating at Bathurst – the horses are stabled at his brother Chris’s property just out of Bathurst.
“This is our own little thing now as a family,” said Frisby, who is also looking to renew his reinsman’s licence.
Frisby had another thrill when his nephew Anthony’s horse Lockton Art finished second to Beauty Bound at Parkes.
“Anthony sent me a message at five in the morning to say his wife Kate had gone into labour and that I would have to take his horses to Parkes. I felt good that I could help out,” said Frisby.