Glenauren’s come-from-behind win seals largest Broome payout in years

George ManningBroome Advertiser
Butterlea Lad wins for jockey Chris Nicoll
Camera IconButterlea Lad wins for jockey Chris Nicoll Credit: Colin Sherman / Western Racpix/Simon Merritt / Western Racepix

The crowds returned to the Broome Turf Club in droves last weekend for what was the most exciting meeting so far this year.

There were two new race records set, an incredible finish, a successful betting plunge and an early close to the meeting, which saw the crowd stay on and enjoy the post race entertainment.

The meeting opened with a maiden handicap, which saw the three year old gelding Needs Time, lead all the way from an outside barrier, and not only bring off a betting plunge, but create a new race record for the 1435 metre journey.

The Gulberti stable would have been very happy with the result.

The Casey stable’s Gorgeous Gus continued its winning way, starting favourite in race two, while the Daniel Morton trained Butterlea Lad enjoyed the extra distance and a new jockey, to take out the third at an outside quote.

Race four, saw an amazing performance from a horse named Glenauren. Bought earlier this year by trainer Kayla Farrell, the gelding had won impressively at Narrogin, but subsequently had failed to impress.

Having its first Broome start, it missed the start by three lengths, was still in a rearward position position at the 600 metres, when apprentice Luke Campbell circled the field, gained the lead and went on to score by over a length.

The winning dividend of $65.80 was the biggest payout in Broome for many years.

The Bruce Kay stable stable were successful in race five with Sheikh It, having put the writing on the wall at its previous start, while the sixth event saw Pit to Win and City Regal come together, as undefeated favourites.

However the consistent Dance Cockey, sat on the pace and came home the better, to win and set a new race record for the 1200 metre distance. Of interest was the fact that winning apprentice hoop,

Austin Galati, with riders Molly Clark and Cassey Martinan, who had raced at Roebourne a day earlier, had to travel to Broome by bus, through the night, to make it to the races!

The final event went to Powerful, from the Darryn Pateman stable which was impressive in making it two wins on end.

And so to Derby on Saturday for its seven event Cup meeting, which will be covered by TAB and Sky Channel.

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