Ben Brisbourne out to continue breakout season with Nordic Pride at Sandown
“Go hard or go broke” would make a great bumper sticker slogan.
But the phrase became the theme of trainer Ben Brisbourne’s rapid improvement this season, which is all part of the Englishman’s grand plan.
Brisbourne knew he didn’t have the financial firepower of the state’s biggest stables but that made no difference to his ambition with his fledgling stable.
He quit working part-time at Lindsay Park to train full-time out of stables he bought at the Wangaratta Racecourse, making success imperative or he’d face serious financial trouble.
“Just over a year ago, we purchased stables at Wangaratta Racecourse and said we’re either going to go hard or go broke and it has paid off,” Brisbourne said.
“We haven’t got deep pockets so we just do the best we can with what we’ve got.
“It was a sink or swim job. We want to be competitive and work towards the top of the trainers’ premiership and improve every year.
“We’re not here to just got through the motions.”
Brisbourne’s stable has thrived since the move. His charges have won 27 races and banked more than $750,000, more than six times the stable’s prizemoney tally last season.
Brisbourne notched the biggest win of his training career this season when Fontein Diamond claimed the $250,000 Country Mile Series Final at The Valley in March.
Nordic Pride has won his past two starts at Cranbourne. Picture: Racing PhotosSource:Getty Images
His numbers are drawing new and welcome owners to the stable. Brisbourne said he would need to reassess his aims for next season in the coming weeks.
“We’ve had a lot of support from really nice people and the standard of horses has improved and we’ve been lucky that we’ve had a few horses that have arrived that have been well handicapped,” Brisbourne said.
“We’ve had three horses this year that have won four races each so that has really helped and we’ve got some really nice horses for next season.”
Nordic Pride has been one of the main contributors to Brisbourne’s numbers.
The stayer has won four of eight starts for the camp, earning more than $80,000 in the process.
Nordic Pride steps up to Benchmark 78 grade in Saturday’s Tile Importer Handicap (2400m) at Sandown.
Brisbourne said stepping up Nordic Pride in class has been the key to the four-year-old’s success.
“I think we’ve really been able to pick some nice races for him,” Brisbourne said.
“He’s not an overly big horse so now he’s getting into the better races with less weight, he’s doing a really good job.
“It seems to be the right formula.”
Jockey Patrick Moloney will stick with Nordic Pride after the pair combined in the gelding’s Cranbourne wins.
Originally published asEmerging stable’s rapid rise a source of Pride
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