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Chris Frisby is counting down the days. The Perthville (near Bathurst) horseman is waiting for the border to reopen so he can make his annual pilgrimage to the Sunshine State to campaign a number of his talented team. At this stage, the state border between New South Wales and Queensland is expected to reopen on July 10. And as soon as it does, Frisby will head north. “I’m ready to go, like many, I’m just waiting for the good news to filter through and I’m heading straight up.” Frisby said. Over many years, Frisby has enjoyed considerable success with his northern campaigns and is bringing a handy team with him once again. Stable star Our Uncle Sam is expected to make another trip north. The Sportswriter gelding hasn’t raced since finishing third behind Atomic Red and Conviction in the Gr.3 $30,600 Young Cup back on March 13. Two starts ago, Our Uncle Sam won the Gr.1 $100,000 Platinum Projex FFA (formerly Bohemia Crystal) on Miracle Mile night at TABCORP Park, Menangle. It was consecutive victories in the feature after scoring the previous year. “I’m thinking about giving him a light trial at Bathurst on Monday night, both Anthony and I are happy with the way he’s coming to hand and the trial will be a good opportunity for him. “The Blacks A Fake was going to be a major target for him but obviously that’s gone so we’ll just reassess his big race targets, there’s plenty of racing between now and the end of the year. “I’ve got some handy types coming up with me that should do a nice job; Jenden Strike will be set for the South East Oaks while I’ve got plenty of two-year-old’s on the truck. The warmer weather is always a major attraction too.” The Gr.2 $50,660 ‘Changeover’ South-East Oaks is scheduled for July 11. Jenden Strike, a filly by Betterthancheddar, has won 5 of her 10 starts to date and is a last start winner of the $20,400 Young Oaks back on March 13. The gifted filly will clash with star local fillies Pelosi and Jiggle And Jive. Back in April, Racing Queensland advised the 2020 TAB Queensland Constellations Carnival will not proceed this year due to the current Covid-19 pandemic. However, with strict biosecurity measures currently in place, certain features will be staged over the winter months. Features that will be staged include; Date Race Division Track Distance Prize money 27/06/2020 Redcliffe Gold Cup Open Disc Hcp Redcliffe 2613m $25,630 11/07/2020 Wondais Mate (Open) Open Disc Hcp Albion Park 1660m $21,160 11/07/2020 South East Oaks 3YO Fillies Albion Park 2138m $50,660 11/07/2020 Queen Of Hearts Pace Open Mares Albion Park 1660m $21,660 18/07/2020 Mr Feelgood (Open) Open Albion Park 2138m $25,660 18/07/2020 South East Derby Open 3YO Albion Park 2138m $50,660 18/07/2020 Fleur De Lil Ladyship Open (F & M) Albion Park 1660m $25,660 18/07/2020 Trotters Cup Disc Hcp Albion Park 2647m $21,270 25/07/2020 Lucky Creed (Open) Open Albion Park 2680m $25,660 25/07/2020 QLD Trotters Cup Open (MS) Trot Albion Park 2138m $25,660   by Chris Barsby

Astute country New South Wales harness racing trainer Chris Frisby is cautiously optimistic his star pacer Our Uncle Sam can recapture his brilliant best on the eve of the NZ Inter Dominion series. Frisby, based at Perthville, in the central highlands, 20 mins south of Bathurst, is clearly frustrated with the campaign so far for his Sportswriter-sired "pocket rocket". "Not a great deal has gone right for us, but we'll keep working at it and pushing on. Surely, we'll get a bit of luck soon," Frisby said. Our Uncle Sam (Sportswriter- Rooftop Fairy (Village Jasper) has drawn the extreme outside alley of barrier eight this Friday night in a $25,000 mobile barrier event at Auckland's 1000 metre Alexandra Park. He will be driven by champion Kiwi reinsman Tony Herlihy. Frisby said blood tests had shown "Sam", as he's known around the stables, to be a bit off color. "He may have had a slight virus. His run last Friday in the Woodlands FFA at Addington behind Chase Auckland was terrible-it wasn't like him at all. He just showed no spark," he said. "The first few runs over here were in standing starts, which he botched losing any chance, so they are probably best forgotten. "But I've been a bit worried because I could tell now and again in his work that he wasn't quite himself. In saying that, when I jogged him on the days leading up to his last run, he was carrying on full of himself and seemed ready to go." Frisby said, however, he was confident his pacer could turn it around this week and "we can look forward to the Inter series (which starts the following Friday) with some hope." He said travelling and being away from home was a learning curve, but it was exciting to be around so many highly regarded horsemen and women. Chris Frisby After the first round of heats over 2200 metres on November 29, the series continues four days later with 1700 metre heats on December 3. The third and final round of heats on December 6 and the $500,000 final on December 14 are both run over 2700 metres. This year sees the premier event return to New Zealand for the first time since 2011. Last held at Alexandra Park in 2011 (transferred from Christchurch after the devastating earthquake of that year). Our Uncle Sam has been a sensational horse for the Frisby family. Frisby was the successful bidder for the "skinny" little horse, at $3500, at the 2015 Bathurst Gold Crown yearling sale. From 69 starts, the now six-year-old has won 18 races with 16 placings for over $415,000. He is an Australian Group One winner and finished second to Tiger Tara in the Inter Dominion grand final in Melbourne last December-the winner clocking a magnificent 1.53-9 for the 2760 metre journey. A few weeks later, Our Uncle Sam again played second fiddle to the rampaging Tiger Tara, this time in the AG Hunter Cup. Our Uncle Sam is known for his fighting qualities and it won't be a surprise to see him lift off the canvas Friday and have Chris Frisby again wearing that renowned big grin.   Terry Gange NewsAlert PR Mildura

The first two Australian representatives for the 2019 IRT Harness Jewels have today been confirmed.   Lulu Le Mans (2YO Diamond) and Major Occasion (4YO Diamond) have been invited to wear the Australian Jewels colours and compete in this year’s edition of the IRT Harness Jewels, to be held at Addington Raceway in Christchurch on Saturday 1 June.   A Kiwi bred daughter of Bettors Delight and Elusive Chick, Lulu Le Mans came to compete in New Zealand with two wins to her name and also group placings in the Group Two Sapling Stakes and Group Two Pink Bonnet.   Lulu Le Mans is trained by Aaron Goadsby and Mark Jones and is currently in New Zealand racing in the two-year-old fillies’ features.   She will compete again this week at Alexandra Park in the Magness Benrow NZ Sires Stakes Two-Year-Old Fillies Championship.   Major Occasion will fly the flag for Australia in the Four-Year-Old Diamond, and brings with her an impressive array of achievements in her homeland.   Major Occasion is trained by Chris Frisby and has recorded four wins from just ten starts alone this season, including the Group Two Sebelia Stakes over one mile in 1.50.4. She was also a game second in the Ladyship behind Dream About Me in March.   She also competed at the highest level as a three-year-old, finishing second in the Queeland Oaks to Sociable.   Interest from Australian connections this year has been extremely high, hot off the back of the strong showing from Australian horses in the Harness Jewels in 2018.   Although Shez All Rock became the first Australian Jewels winner last year at Cambridge, she was under the care of Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen. So we are yet to have an Australian trained Jewels victor.   More Australian invites will be announced in the near future.   To hear an interview with Aaron Goadsby (co-trainer of Lulu Le Mans) and Peter Ward (owner of Major Occasion) please follow this link:      Jess Smith Communication and Ownership Co-Ordinator | Harness Racing New Zealand Inc

Back in 2005, Chris Frisby realised one of his major harness racing dreams. His talented son of Fake Left, Dinki Di, a family-bred gelding, won the Shirley Turnbull Memorial at Bathurst. “For 18 years I have been trying to win this race,” Frisby said at the time. “I knew Shirley a long time before that and she was just a lovely, lovely lady.” Thirteen years later and Frisby still recalls fondly that victory, but says a TAB Inter Dominion start is challenging that day as a personal harness highlight. His five-year-old gelding Our Uncle Sam last night jumped into the ID18 pacing final courtesy of a slashing second behind Tiger Tara in the third-round heat at Cranbourne. “I’m so rapt. I have to slap myself in the face to tell if it’s real,” he said. “You always dream of an Inter Dominion runner. “I’ve always said Inter Dominion, Hunter Cup, Derbies, Oaks and the Shirley Turnbull Memorial are the races I want to win. “The last one some may not have heard of, but I won it with Dinki Di and that was probably my biggest thrill. We smashed the track record and it was a race I always wanted to win.” Our Uncle Sam qualified for the TAB ID18 final by running fourth on opening night at Melton, seven at Ballarat when covering ground throughout and a fast-finishing second on night three. Frisby's son Anthony drives the horse. And another stride and he probably would have pipped Tiger Tara at the weekend. “I might have took my head off and put a pumpkin on, but I’ve always thought that we’d be a chance in the Inter Dominion with the right run,” Frisby said. “He’s going good enough and I don’t think I’ve ever had him any better than he is now. He’s made the jump, but you always need luck in running.” Check out the full list of ID18 standings Trots Media - Cody Winnell

Team Frisby is flying! Literally and figuratively. The father/son combination of Chris and Anthony Frisby have enjoyed their best season to date, the Bathurst based combination have enjoyed great results in their home state while their annual Queensland winter campaign has netted stunning results. And that was evident on Friday night with quality pacer Our Uncle Sam dominating his rivals to claim the final feature of the 2018 Queensland winter carnival, the Listed $25,450 Chris Garrard’s Patrons Purse at Redcliffe. Starting as a clear punters elect, the Sportswriter four-year-old raced without cover for the bulk of the 2280m feature after starting from a second-line draw before holding Anychance and My Mastercraftsman in a time of 2:00.3. It was his second feature triumph during his northern campaign after claiming the Listed $25,540 Lucky Creed Open at Albion Park on June 23. Our Uncle Sam has also established a new personal best time of 1:52.6 at Albion Park when scoring first-up on June 9. “It’s easily been our best season, our previous best was 32 which came last season and when we passed that mark, Dad said let’s get to 40 and now we’re over 50 so it’s very satisfying and rewarding.” Anthony Frisby said. The Frisby combination has raced nine individual horses during their Queensland stint and all have won race/s during their time in the warmer climate. Queensland Oaks runner-up Major Occasion was the latest winner when successful at Albion Park on Saturday night and it was only her second start in the state. Currently based on the border at Tweed Heads, there’s a small community of New South Wales trainers at the same venue and they prepare over 30 horses as they escape the winter chills. “It’s been great; we have Dean & Rikki Cernovskis, Scott Hewitt, Dennis Picker and Katie Jenner and we’ve all had some success which is great. We’re based at the Tweed Heads Pony Club and we got permission to build our own jog track and the horses have thrived during their time up here. “We’re more than pleased with the way our time has performed up here and most have been multiple winners. We planned for some time prior to the trip making sure we had the right horses and we’ve worked the handicapping system to our advantage. “I’d say we’ll be here for another week or two before heading home, hopefully things are starting to warm up a little back home.” Team Frisby have three runners engaged at tomorrow’s (Tuesday) Albion Park meeting. Chris Barsby

The first of Albion Park’s winter feature races got underway last Saturday and the night was owned by the Frisby stable celebrating a winning treble. Our Uncle Sam driven by Anthony Frisby listed an outstanding victory in the 2018 Oakwood Capital Lucky Creed Open Pace for trainer Chris Frisby. He lines up again in this week’s listed event the Oakwood Capital Wondais Mate Open Pace. The feature race is named in honour of the legendary pacer, Wondais Mate who dominated the racetrack in the mid 1980’s. Trained by Merv Reinke and driven by Daryl Reinke, the pacer had an amazing record of in 121 race starts for 73 wins and 34 placings for $456,536 in prizemoney. He won many feature races at Albion Park including the 1986 Sunshine Sprint and Winter Cup (now known as the Blacks A Fake). This week Our Uncle Sam will be up against talented types including Hughie Green who posted an exciting victory last week being first up in almost a year owing to an injury. Others that look to be in the money include Mattgregor, Glenferrie Hood and Frankie Rocks. The Frisby stable were successful in both band 5 class races last week with Our Wall Street Wolf NZ and Holy Camp Clive. Both of these pacers get another shot at the same class, drawn into separate races, with concession driver Amy Rees on board. While Rees is situated in Bathurst and makes a special trip up for the Winter Carnival she’s a born and bred Queenslander that has driven multiple winners at Albion Park. Likewise, talented New South Wales horseman, Luke McCarthy, makes the trip north this weekend for almost a full book of drives. McCarthy is no stranger to Albion Park having begun his career in the sunshine state in 1999 and right through until his move south in 2010.  McCarthy’s standout drives for the meeting include Miss Graceland and Effronte for the Craig Cross stable. For the meetings full form analysis and selections refer to Racing Queensland harness racing specialist Darren Clayton’s deliberations on the meeting: The race meeting has a number of exquisite betting propositions courtesy of wagering service provider UBET. Headlining these offers is a $25K First 4 jackpot Pool on race 1 scheduled for 4:58pm EST. Additionally, a $2.5K Quadrella jackpot is listed for races 2 to 5 with the first leg due at 5:32pm EST which is complimented by $2K jackpot Trifectas on races 3, 4 and 5. For further information contact the Club on 07 3262 2577 or  

Richly talented performer Our Uncle Sam landed a blow for the locals on the verge of the 2018 Albion Park winter carnival. The Chris and Anthony Frisby prepared four-year-old scored a decisive victory in the Listed $25,540 Oakwood Capital Lucky Creed Pace defeating Anychance and Bodhi Tree. Our Uncle Sam rated 1:57.2 for the 2680m feature. The Albion Park winter carnival officially starts on July 7 before continuing on July 14 and 21. Now unbeaten in both Queensland starts this campaign following his unplaced effort in the Gr.1 $200,000 Chariots of Fire at TABCORP Park, Menangle – the classy performer has booked himself a spot in the upcoming features. His targets will include the Gr.2 $50,540 Garrards Sunshine Sprint on July 14 followed by the Gr.1 $200,540 UBET Blacks A Fake Queensland Championship the following week. The Blacks A Fake will be staged at 2680m, the same distance as last night’s feature. “He went great and we’re very happy with the way he’s going, he ran a personal best time when resuming and this victory is another step up again. It’s only going to get harder in the coming weeks but we’re very happy with our position right now.” Winning trainer Chris Frisby said. Next week, the Listed $25,540 Wondais Mate over the 1660m takes place before the carnival officially gets underway. On July 7, the Listed $25,540 Mr Feelgood is scheduled and the winner of that event is guaranteed a start in the Blacks A Fake. Another highlight from last night was the winning return of the richly talented Hughie Green, the giant gelding scored a dominant victory in the Pryde’s Easifeed Pace over 2138m rating 1:57.2. Prepared by John Cremin, Hughie Green was resuming from a year long layoff following injury which derailed his winter carnival campaign last season. The timing of his winning return is ideal with the Gr.2 Sunshine Sprint (July 14) and Gr.1 Blacks A Fake (July 21) just around the corner. Chris Barsby

She began the month with a win in the Wagga Oaks, took out the Young Oaks on Saturday and now Major Occasion will be aimed at the Bathurst Harness Racing Club’s Gold Bracelet series. A member of Bathurst trainer Chris Frisby’s team, Major Occasion has been in good touch so far this season with four wins and a second placing from seven starts. It is form Frisby hopes his three-year-old filly by Art Major out of Fake Occasion can build on come the Bathurst Gold Crown Carnival later this month. “She’s always been fairly tough, well she’s gotten tougher. She’s a lovely, big, strong mare,” he said. “She’s won her last two starts now and hopefully she can win her next two in the Gold Bracelet.” While Major Occasion’s win in the Wagga Oaks came in convincing fashion, finishing 26.8 metres clear of her nearest rival, on Saturday night in the Young Oaks (2,100m) things were much closer. Going from barrier nine, driver Anthony Frisby worked Major Occasion ($3.90) three wide before settling outside leader and $1.60 favourite War Dan Bad Girl (Amanda Turnbull). That pair battled it out to the post, with Major Occasion getting the nod by a half head. She clocked a 28.5 seconds split for the final quarter of the last mile. Third place, a further 1.9m back, was Paul Fitzpatrick’s Prophesy ($7.10) – a horse which Chris Frisby thought at one stage could have swooped to victory. “Geeze it frightened me, I thought we got beat,” Frisby admitted. “I looked at the wheels of Amanda’s [runner] and while her wheel was a little bit in front, I knew we were longer and I was just hoping we got there. We did so yeah, that was good. “She’s done a good job and the last two runs haven’t been easy either, she’s sat in the death seat, but that’s what she likes to do. “Amanda’s is a good horse and she didn’t lie down either, she was tough to beat. That one of the Fitzpatrick’s as well, I thought it was going to be tough to beat too. It sat on our back while Amanda and me did all the work.” While Major Occasion’s efforts at Wagga and Young will make her one to watch come the Gold Bracelet heats, her trainer also feels with some better luck, his filly could have made the rich NSW Oaks final as well. She ran last in her heat, but had been in a position to challenge for a win after galloping out of the barriers. Major Occasion recovered from that incident to be one out and three back at the 400m mark, but was checked and galloped once more. “She was a bit unlucky in the NSW Oaks ... I thought she was going to run a place as she was going that strong,” Frisby said. By Anya Whitelaw Reprinted with permission of The Western Advocate  

Some exciting things could be on the horizon for Major Occassion after the promising harness racing filly gave another example of her talents at Dubbo Paceway on Sunday. Major Occasion, driven by Anthony Frisby for Chris Frisby, took out the second of the day’s three feature events, the $8,160 Creenaune Family Three Year Old Silver Jug (2120m). The most positive aspect of the 1.8m win for Anthony Frisby was the fact there’s still plenty of ways in which Major Occasion can improve. Frisby and the filly, leaving gate five as a hot $1.50 favourite, set the pace early before John O’Shea showed some neat driving to get Karloo Bentwofifty ($12.60) to the lead on the bell. But Frisby got the job done in the run for home and scored in a milerate of 2:01;4.     Chris and Anthony Frisby combine with Major Occassion to win the 3YO Silver Jug at @DubboHRC. Had to work for it but impressive first-up win for this promising filly. “She felt really good but she’s just really green, running all over the place,” he said.   “We’ll hopefully fix all that but today when she had to do a job I pulled out at the back and put the foot down and she really went. “Out of the gate she was really casual, she’s usually blistering out of the gate, and in the run she was really casual but then John O’Shea put the pressure on with a lap to go. “She was still pretty casual but it didn’t really matter because there was no one there to block us in and she went really well.” She was still pretty casual but it didn’t really matter ... she went really well. Anthony Frisby on Major Occasion Major Occasion raced in Victoria last preparation, her last start before Sunday was a win at Melton on June 30, and Frisby was hopeful of more success this time out. Frisby also praised the Dubbo Harness Racing Club for running such a successful meeting, which was well-attended and had every race sponsored by Gilgandra families or businesses. “It’s always good to come up here and get a nice race like this and it’s a credit to the club to have races like this on,” he said. IMPRESSIVE: Major Occasion was too good for her rivals on Sunday.   By Nick Guthrie   Reprinted with permission of The Daily Liberal

Perthville harness racing trainer Chris Frisby is hoping to land another feature race success this weekend. The popular horseman has escaped the brutal cold weather from his base near Bathurst and made his annual pilgrimage to Queensland for his working holiday and this week’s Redcliffe Gold Cup is the target. Frisby is no stranger to success owing to the deeds of tough pacer Dinki Di, a winner of 25 races and more than $300,000 in prizemoney just over a decade ago. Dinki Di finished 4th in the Redcliffe Gold Cup behind Winning Grin, Home Of Jack and Sparkling Melody back in 2005 edition. The current stable star is Uncle Lile, a more than useful type that heads to the Gr.3 $30,000 Moreton Bay Regional Council Redcliffe Gold Cup this Saturday night. Uncle Lile heads to the 2613m standing start feature in peak form following his ‘PB’ performance last week at Albion Park last weekend. The Dawn Ofa New Day gelding rated 1:53.5 in his come from behind victory. “He’s in great shape and he’s racing very well, his winning effort last week was very good because he started from a second-line draw and then got a bit of interference at the 600m point before rounding them up. He deserves his chance in this type of race and I believe he’ll race well again.” Frisby said. Again, Uncle Lile must overcome a wide draw after landing gate 6, the outside of the front-line but the in-form pacer has been plagued by awkward draws throughout his latest campaign. And this is first official start under these conditions but Frisby isn’t worried. “He’s a sensible type with really good manners, I don’t see any issues with the stand but it would’ve been nice to draw in a little closer. If he had drawn in close, I would be really confident because I can’t fault him right now and Dean Cernovskis  (driver) is in great form too. “This horse has done a really good job throughout his career, he’s earned over $200,000 and he just seems to miss that slice of luck when it counts most. He’s either battled bad draws or bad luck in running but he keeps turning up and performing at a high level. “It would be great to win a race like this, I’ve been coming north every winter for so many years now and I love it up here. The weather is great and the racing is strong and it’s always good to be up here at this time of the year.” Uncle Lile is rated as a $14 chance with UBET. While the immediate focus is the Redcliffe Gold Cup, Frisby said future plans with Uncle Lile remain unclear but hinted a future in North America could be a possibility. “I’m just tossing around a few ideas and maybe that might be the best way to go with him because he’s sound, tough and fast. Let’s just get through this weekend first before thinking about anything else.” The Redcliffe Gold Cup is scheduled to start at 7.13pm. Chris Barsby Fields for Redcliffe, Saturday 30 July 2016 Form guide for Redcliffe, Saturday 30 July 2016

The first two-year-old race of the season in Australia was run last night at Bathurst and was taken out in impessive style by the Chris Frisby trained Catalina Rainbow. Starting from the outside barrier, the daughter of Grinfromeartoear forged to the lead and kicked clear on the home bend to win by 11 metres for reinswoman Ashlee Siejka. Bred by John Markham, Catalina Rainbow is the third foal and first winner of the Troublemaker mare Dance A Rainbow 1:59.8 - $53,235.  

Bathurst based horseman Jack Butler is eyeing off a Queensland campaign. Butler, who prepares a team of 15 at The Lagoon (of Hondo Grattan fame) is looking at heading north with current stable star Mister Chow for a shot at the Seymour Rising Stars Championship series next month. Mister Chow is considered to be a work in progress type owing to his waywardness and unpredictability while his raw potential is still being realised. “He’s a pretty useful type this fella but he can be a bit of a lad and he’s not the easiest horse to get along with but we’re slowly winning the battle. I think the trip away will do him the world of good mentally.” Butler said. The Dream Away gelding displayed his massive talent with a crushing victory at Bathurst last week (September 4) after working very hard mid-race before going on to score easily in fast time on the half mile oval. The victory at Bathurst qualified him for the $25,000 Where Horses Fly Series Final at TABCORP Park, Menangle on September 28. “I’m looking at heading north by mid-October, we’ll get him through this final and then away and I’m likely to bring a few others with including Sky Falcon, Marty Bee and Left Neglected after they contest the Canola Cup series at Eugowra. The Seymour Rising Stars concept is hard to ignore, great prizemoney for lower grade horses while it gives the owners an opportunity to strike a return instantly on their investment rather than waiting to hit metro level before the better prizemoney kicks in. I think Albion Park is one of the best tracks in the country, every horse gets their opportunity and the racing style is strong. I really enjoyed driving at Albion Park during my time with Dinki Di so I always look forward to my trips north.” Butler believes Mister Chow is capable of scaling better heights and this trip away is vital step in helping him reach his true potential. The veteran of only 11 career starts to date; Mister Chow has managed to win five races while his manners have let him down badly in quite a few more. “I haven’t had a horse do what he did when he won at Bathurst last week. He’s actually dumped both Ashlee (Siejka) and Amanda (Turnbull) so he needs some driving; he isn’t easy to get along with. Ashlee started out with him but she had a few issues with him and I was asked to give him a try, we’ve had our share of run-ins too but we’re slowly starting to see eye to eye. He’s a free running type but he got great stamina and good change-up speed so if we can sort out his other issues we’ll be set for some good times. The trip to Queensland should see him develop nicely.” Butler has enjoyed plenty of success in Queensland previously through the deeds of the Chris Frisby trained Dinki Di while his own mare Shez Machstar was a runner-up in the $85,000 QBRED Triad Final back in 2010. by Chris Barsby

The KS Black & Co Carnival Of Cups heads to Parkes on Friday night with the harness racing highlight being the running of the $20,000 Gold Cup for 4 and 5 year old pacers and despite being up in grade the Chris Frisby trained Uncle Lile looks set to play a role in the finish after drawing barrier two.

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