Maths might not be Nathan Sinclair’s strong suit – but he does know that one comes after 4-3-2
MOREE trainer Nathan Sinclair reckons he doesn’t need the intelligence of Einstein to know that the next number in the sequence 4-3-2 is one.
And after finishing fourth at Coonamble, third at Moree and second at Mallawa with Our Boy Danny in recent weeks, Sinclair reckons that the natural order of things says a win in the 1400m Warren and Ruth Hunter Memorial Talmoi Cup at Garah on Saturday is on the cards.
“The next start will hopefully be a win – that’s how it should work,” Sinclair smiled.
An overdue win would also be the perfect pick-me-up for the trainer, who has been in and out of hospital in recent weeks with a blood disorder.
It is well documented how Sinclair, born 29 years ago with spina bifida, found a new lease on life when given a brand-new kidney in late 2013.
Well, it was slightly used – one that his old man, Peter, didn’t need at the time.
The transplant meant that Sinclair could finally give tri-weekly dialysis treatment at Moree Hospital the flick and get on with his life – a new life.
Regular check-ups and blood tests are now the norm however and a few weeks ago there were concerns when doctors found Sinclair’s blood to be a bit out of whack, with creatinine levels higher than normal.
“It had climbed from about 130 to 170 over a couple of months, so doctors were just a bit worried about that,” Sinclair said.
“I was sent to Newcastle for a biopsy and there was a small sign of rejection, which then put me in Tamworth Hospital on a drip for three days.”
Sinclair has been on regular medication since the kidney transplant, with doctors decreasing dosages in recent months.
“They were taking me off the medication and they think they might’ve taken me off it too quickly,” Sinclair said.
“The dose is now right back up again but eventually I will be off it completely. Everything is slowly getting back to normal and I’ll be on the medication for just a bit longer now – I’d rather be on it for a little bit longer than see anything like that happen again,” he said.
After stays at Newcastle and Tamworth, Sinclair was given the greenlight to return home – and to Garah on Saturday, where a Talmoi Cup win beckons.
Sinclair knows what it’s like to train a cup winner out Garah way – he won arguably the most important edition of the race back in 2011 when Innocent Billy collected the centenary trophy.
Our Boy Danny came to Sinclair from Tamworth earlier this year with a Golden Triangle campaign in mind.
After a couple of pipe-openers at Binnaway and Coonamble – fourth both times – the seven-year-old ran the race of its life to finish third in the Boolooroo Cup at Moree behind Track Flash and Mysticism.
“I was happy enough with the run and had it in the back of my mind that Track Flash and Mysticism would be the ones to beat, and that’s how it panned out,” Sinclair said.
“The soft going probably didn’t help him either and Track Flash came down the ambulance track – that was our plan, too, but we just didn’t get out that far.”
Sinclair then headed west where Our Boy Danny improved one placing for a neck second behind Rodney Robb’s Rusty Motorbike in the 1400m Mallawa Cup.
Our Boy Danny has thrived since Mallawa, and the tighter-turning Talmoi track will be a big advantage.
“Hopefully, because the track at Garah is a little bit tighter than Moree and Mallawa, he might just be able to get away with it,” Sinclair winked.
Nominations for Talmoi close at 11am Monday, June 19.
Words and Image Copyright Bill Poulos
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