Broome Cup: Jockey Peter Hall pockets Diamond Tonique in tilt at cup No.7

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Campbell McCallum and Diamond Tonique on the beach at Broome ahead of Saturday’s $150,000 Broome Cup.
Camera IconCampbell McCallum and Diamond Tonique on the beach at Broome ahead of Saturday’s $150,000 Broome Cup. Credit: Simon Merritt/Western Racepix

Jockey Peter Hall has picked up the ride on Diamond Tonique in Saturday’s $150,000 Broome Cup (2200m) and is confident he can maintain a run of success.

Chasing his seventh Broome Cup, Hall said the gelding was ready to finish strongly and could show more improvement.

Hall, 51, replaces Ellie Cockram, who has ridden the John Gangemi-trained Diamond Tonique at his past three starts.

“He’s a solid stayer who will relish a distance increase on Saturday,” Hall said.

“We’ve drawn barrier three and should be able to take up an ideal position.

“I was impressed by Diamond Tonique when winning on him here in June. At the time, I told John (Gangemi) I’d like to ride this horse in the Broome Cup.”

Diamond Tonique faces a difficult task to turn the tables on Gloryland, who is nominal favourite to win his second consecutive Broome Cup. Gloryland regained peak form for trainer Sean Casey when he won the Kimberley Cup (2020m) by more than 10 lengths from Diamond Tonique on August 4.

Handicappers yesterday gave Gloryland topweight of 59.5kg in the Broome Cup and Diamond Tonique received 57kg.

“It’s obvious Gloryland will be hard to beat,” Gangemi said. “But we meet him 3kg better this week and Diamond Tonique is absolutely thriving.”

Former jockey Campbell McCallum, who won the 2014 Broome Cup for Gangemi on Central Park, is riding Diamond Tonique in trackwork and beach training.

Meanwhile, champion jockey William Pike will take his first ride on Oliver’s Travels in Saturday’s $100,000 Listed Belmont Newmarket (1200m) at Belmont Park.

Jason Whiting replaces Pike on Newmarket topweight Profit Street.

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