Peter Sinclair liked the view from near the top of the NSW country trainer premiership, but is unsure if he will get to enjoy it again.
The Moree trainer will resume his quest to match his best-ever season - 45-and-a-half wins, $660,000 in prize money and sixth place on the NSW country trainer premiership for 2019-20 - at Saturday's six-race non-TAB meeting at his home track in Moree.
He has a number of horses nominated for this Saturday, including struggling four-year-old mare Samphire Hoe which placed fifth in the $12,000 Boggabri Cup (1300m) at Gunnedah last weekend.
Samphire Hoe is nominated for the Benchmark 50 Handicap (1400m), along with stablemate Sognare.
Sinclair also has Bless It Be nominated for the Benchmark 45 Handicap (950m), Queen's Song up for the Class 1 and Maiden Plate (1600m), Big Lenny in the Maiden Plate (950m), and Doin' Shots in the Maiden Handicap (1400m).
Sinclair has had a slower start to this season than last season, with him notching his third win when Beacon won the Moree Cup last Sunday.
"It's the first time we've been up there [that high in the premiership]," he said.
"So it was the first time I had a look around up there.
"It will probably be a while before we get back up there."
Sinclair credited his success last season to the skill and loyalty of jockey Brooke Stower, his team and Moree hosting more races than normal.
I've got the best team of people I've ever had.Peter Sinclair
"I've got the best team of people I've ever had," the likeable trainer said.
"They are all dedicated and love their jobs."
Fellow Moree trainers Doug Fernando and John Bourke could be up against Sinclair in the 950m Benchmark 45 Handicap, with Beau in Chains and Ringside nominated. Bourke also has Myth nominated in the 950m Maiden Plate and You're Joking in the Maiden Handicap (1400m).