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Tradies descend on Broome Turf club for tradies’ day at the races

George ManningBroome Advertiser
Brayden Gaerth and Koranis on the track at Broome tradies’ day races.
Camera IconBrayden Gaerth and Koranis on the track at Broome tradies’ day races. Credit: Joanna Cyrupa / Western Racepix/Joanna Cyrupa / Western Racepix

Tradies started last weekend early when they ‘downed tools’ and descended on the Broome Turf Club for the annual tradies’ day race meeting.

Not only did they get stuck into the racing, they also dominated the Fashions on the Field, much to the enjoyment of regular racegoers, with one tradie proposing to his beloved while on stage.

The meeting featured the running of the annual Cable Beach Caravan Park Cup, one of the lead-up races to the Broome Cup, to be run later next month.

Brayden Gaerth and Koranis at the Broome tradies’ day races.
Camera IconBrayden Gaerth and Koranis at the Broome tradies’ day races. Credit: Joanna Cyrupa / Western Racepix/Joanna Cyrupa / Western Racepix

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This year, the field attracted some seasoned campaigners, including Ombudsman, the winner of last year’s Broome Cup, and True Attraction, a winner of over half a million dollars in stake money, and several listed races in Perth.

The field also included Koranis, (it ran unplaced in this race last year), which had started an odds-on favourite the previous weekend in the Derby Cup, and finished third carrying 58.5kg.

Track action at Broome tradies’ day races.
Camera IconTrack action at Broome tradies’ day races. Credit: Joanna Cyrupa / Western Racepix/Joanna Cyrupa / Western Racepix

Carrying 4.5kg less, apprentice jockey Brayden Gaerth always had the gelding in a forward position, and when urged to the lead on the home straight, held on to win by a long neck.

True Attraction ran on gamely to finish fourth, but was anchored down by its 65kg impost.

Other highlights on a seven-event program included success for apprentice Zephan Johnston-Porter, who rode a winning double, and a training double for Aaron Pateman, leading in winners in the second and third races.

On Saturday, racing resumes with the running of the Kimberley Cup.

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