IT WASN’T the New Year’s Eve he was planning, but prominent horseman Chris Frisby hopes it will lead to belated celebrations.
About to have lunch while at work ahead of a big night, Frisby heard news of the restrictions being enforced at the Victorian border as a result of the active Covid cases increasing in New South Wales.
Springing into action, Frisby made a quick dash to his stable and immediately began the road trip across the Murray River.
“I was at work when the news came Victoria was pretty much shutting its border to New South Wales by midnight,” Frisby said.
“I was planning to take a few horses down and didn’t want to miss out, so I jumped straight in the car, got everything ready and headed south.
“Luckily I made it by the deadline and had the horses tucked away at Craig’s (Turnbull) by about 1:30 in the morning.”
One of the “few horses” making the interstate trip is Our Uncle Sam, which is poised to contest Saturday night’s Bendigo Cup.
Fresh from his Shirley Turnbull Memorial triumph in Bathurst on Boxing Day, Our Uncle Sam has drawn the middle of the back row.
TAB Fixed Odds have the son of Sportswriter listed as a $4.60 favourite, with rising star Wolf Stride considered the main danger at $5.
A member of the strong Anthony Butt and Sonya Smith stable, Wolf Stride will begin from the outside of the second line.
“He has settled in fine and worked this morning as good as he did before the Inter Dominion,” Frisby said. “He’s in perfect shape and will run a big race.
“Wolf Stride is a nice type on the way up and would be the best of them and therefore the one to beat.”