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Highway crash

Monday, 21st March, 2016

First Defence ran fourth in race three of the St Pat’s race meeting but was seriously hurt on the way home to Cobar. First Defence ran fourth in race three of the St Pat’s race meeting but was seriously hurt on the way home to Cobar.

By Patrick Reincke

Cobar trainer Allan Prisk said he is “soldiering on” following a crash on his way home on Saturday night, which has left one of his horses fighting for its life.

About 10pm, 170kms out of Cobar, Allan and wife Jacque were in their horse transport truck when they approached a semi-trailer, which Allan says drifted too close to the middle of the road.

Allan said he was forced to veer off causing the truck to hit the dirt and shift its weight, causing a roll over.

The accident saw Jacque hospitalised and Allan left with a concussion.

“She’s out of hospital now but she’ll be confined to a bed for a week,” Allan said yesterday.

“She’s got a lot of bruising, she’s black and blue and she will be sore for a few weeks.”

The rollover has left one of Allan’s horses fighting for its life.

Having run a good fourth in race three at St Pat’s, First Defence is now in trouble with a city vet having examined the eight-year-old gelding yesterday.

“I’m a bit worried about him,” Allan said.

“He got cut pretty bad.

“He will be rested for a few months but we’re hoping to be able to bring him back for the Silver City Cup.

“The other three horses seem to be all right but we’ll keep an eye on them.

“I’ve got to soldier on though with my training duties because when you have 14 horses, it doesn’t stop.

“The truck has been written off so if anyone has a Dodge 318 for sale, I’d be interested.

“We had an enjoyable weekend at St Pat’s and I want to thank all the Broken Hill trainers for their calls, the support I’ve got has been overwhelming.”

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