In the Bag sets early 1800m Cup bar at Broome Turf Club’s race day five
The return of racegoers to the colourful Gantheaume Point track last Saturday also saw some exceptional racing and a fair share of favourites crossing the line to keep punters happy.
With the wet and wicked weather in the south of the State, it was a great time to be in the Kimberley.
On the day trainer John Gangemi and jockey Jerry Noske combined for a winning double, and the Sean/Jake Casey training combo also produced two winners.
I can't remember when a horse won by the length of the straight, but The Fibonacci was lonely in front when it won the opening race.
The further they went, the greater the space between it and the opposition.
The official winning margin was 11 lengths.
Impressive, as rider and jockey had agreed to ride without use of the whip. It also got favourite-backers off to a good start.
Veteran jockey Peter Hall produced a copybook ride in the second, when he settled Deception Game, and worked it through the field.
The result was never in doubt, with the winning margin almost three lengths.
Classy Lassy's win in race three, produced a little history.
Not only was it apprentice jockey Maddy Cornick's first win, but for trainer Jake Casey, it would have brought back a memory.
The mare's mother There's None So Sassy was his first winner as an apprentice hoop in June 2013 here in Broome.
Jake's training double on the day came up in race four.
Crash Hat Lady, the chestnut mare with the four white stockings, gave Bonnie Palise an armchair ride and a winning margin of almost eight lengths.
Race five saw the first of the middle distance races for the season, with Cup hopefuls strutting their stuff over 1800 metres.
Punters came for In the Bag after its recent Port Hedland form.
Apprentice Jessica Gray took the gelding to the front and was never seriously challenged.
The Daniel Morton-trained Stafford's Lad gave a pleasing performance, running on to take out the minor placing.
A close finish in race six saw favourite Miss Ellmya and each way proposition Molten battle out the 1200 metre sprint.
Molten gained the upper hand in the shadows of the post, giving Jerry Noske and John Gangemi their winning double.
The final race of the day also produced the closest of finishes when Big Blows, trained and ridden by Michelle Hagley, raced home down the middle of the track to nose out the favourite Slick Unit, denying jockey Noske her winning treble.
Punters who remembered the gelding's form in 2019 when it won three straight, gave Hagley a rousing cheer when it returned to scale.
This Saturday racing travels to Derby.
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