Pateman stable salutes again at crowdless Broome Turf Club races

George ManningBroome Advertiser
Stumble wins race 5 for jockey Jessica Gray and trainer Darryn Pateman
Camera IconStumble wins race 5 for jockey Jessica Gray and trainer Darryn Pateman Credit: Western Racepix

Not since the first race meeting held by the Broome Turf Club in 1892, can anyone remember a day of racing without an enthusiastic crowd on course to cheer their favourites on.

Who would have thought that a virus affecting all states of Australia, would ever, ever reach such a far flung paradise as Broome, but it did, and the result?

The horses went around on time, the jockeys urged them on.

Skye TV beamed the races around Australia and South East Asia and it all looked so normal except for no spectators.

Essential staff, flown up from Perth for the day all wore face masks, and this included the visiting jockeys. And so it was.

If you're a regular racegoer, here is what you missed.

A great days’ racing highlighted by another training double to Darryn Pateman, and a riding double to Jessica Gray.

The meeting opened with Prince Saiyan, having its first Broome start for trainer Michelle Hagley, employing the services of jockey Peter Hall to come with a well timed run and score by a length.

Must Rush from the Casey stable put the writing on the wall earlier in June with its first Broome start, when with Bonnie Palise on board, it lead all the way in the second race.

Derby trained Red's Mate had won at the recent Sunday meeting, and trainer Kelvin Moore had no doubts that it was ready to go around again.

After taking a rearward position on settling, jockey Jess Gray worked the gelding around the field and the favourite won by a length.

Race four saw a gritty win to the Peter Bamford trained Strike Force, which had won at its first Broome start in May.

Although the well supported Monash tried hard it failed to reach the winner.

Punters who supported last start winner All Metal tripped up in the fifth race.

Sent out favourite it was unable to reach the lead, and finished 10 lengths behind eventual winner Stumble, which was well supported on course and gave Jess Gray her winning double.

The Pateman yard produced another winner in race six, when four-kilo claiming apprentice Rosey Mahony was able to lead all the way on the favourite King of Planets, proving its last start win was no fluke.

And the closing race over 1600 metres proved a torrid affair when well supported favourite Staaden from a wide barrier draw attempted to take on Greco.

But Rayarnie, under hard riding by apprentice Angela Johnston, finished over the top of both to win by a neck.

From the Farrell stable, it's one to watch over a longer journey later in the season.

Hopefully humans and horses will come together again on Saturday, for the next meeting at the Broome Turf Club.

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