Speedy Saturday at Broome Turf Club for second race round of the year

George ManningBroome Advertiser
Bart's Bullet wins for jockey Simon Altieri
Camera IconBart's Bullet wins for jockey Simon Altieri Credit: Simon Merritt/Simon Merritt / Western Racepix

It was a day full of surprises at the Broome Turf Club for the second race meet of the season.

Not only did two fledgling trainers win races at their first meeting, but another trainer took out a race trifecta, when his three starters finished first, second and third respectively.

However the highlight of the meeting, was the incredible race times recorded at the track.

That was possibly because of the rain that fell on course during the week, which meant no track work for three days.

As a result the track was presented in perfect condition by curator John Parsons, and from the first and second races, it became clear that this was going to be a speedy Saturday.

The first two races, over 1100 meters saw times a tick over 1 minute 3 seconds, times not recorded for 30 years.

One of the two 1435 meter races resulted in a new track record of 1 min 24.8 secs, and the other four races were very close to record times.

However it was not a day for punters, with only two favourites saluting the judge!

Congratulations to the two rookie Trainers, Anthony Barton, who hails from a racing background in the Northern Territory, and Yannick Valenti, who until recently was a race jockey in WA. Both young men led in winners from their very first race meeting - Barton with Casino War in the opening race, and Valenti in race five, with the aptly named In the Bag, which ran a record for the 1435 meters.

Another highlight came in race four when Waroona based trainer, Peter Farrell, himself a former jockey, led in the first three place getters.

A rare training feat, made more so with all three horses sired by Bullet Train!.

Jockey Simone Altieri rode a winning double with Casino War and Bart’s Bullett, and Trainers Dan Morton, Sean and Jake Casey, Carey Martin and Angela Smith also trained winners.

The Turf Club hosts its next meeting on Saturday June 18.

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