Record-break­ing sea­son

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Jakeb Wad­dell

It is al­ready a record-break­ing sea­son of firsts at the Broome Turf Club — and the open­ing race has not even started.

June 3 marks the begin­ning of the Broome races, which will boast a to­tal prize pool of more than $1.1 mil­lion, the high­est stakes the town has of­fered. This year’s Lion Broome Cup will be the rich­est in WA out­side the metropoli­tan area, with the Ladies Day Tab Touch Sprint also be­ing bol­stered by huge stakes. But the records don’t end there. The turf club will wel­come the great­est num­ber of horse train­ers through­out the sea­son, with a solid amount of quality horses and jock­eys from Perth, Darwin and the Eastern States also guar­an­teed.

Ex­po­sure may also be at an all­time high, as each race has picked up an ex­tra six to seven min­utes of pre-race vi­sion per day, which will be streamed di­rectly into Singapore, in­creas­ing the chance of fur­ther in­ter­na­tional cov­er­age.

While things are look­ing bright for this year’s races, it cer­tainly has not come down to luck.

The com­mit­tee has made sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments in the turf club to en­sure suc­cess and self-suf­fi­ciency through­out the en­tire rac­ing sea­son, in­clud­ing track up­grades and a sports-ded­i­cated big-screen TV.

Nu­mer­ous part­ners have recog­nised this and have been in­stru­men­tal in in­creas­ing their spon­sor­ship, ac­cord­ing to Broome Turf Club vice-chair­man Mike Win­dle.

Man­ager Paul Ros­siter said the club was look­ing for­ward to a ter­rific rac­ing sea­son.

“We’re con­tin­u­ally grow­ing and be­ing recog­nised as the ma­jor coun­try race club in Western Aus­tralia,” he said.

“Broome knows by now there is much more go­ing on at the turf club than just races. We will of­fer them end­less en­ter­tain­ment through­out

the en­tire sea­son.”

Broome Turf Club has pumped re­sources into the up­com­ing race sea­son to en­sure its suc­cess in a move to­wards self­suf­fi­ciency.

Track main­te­nance and up­grades were the high­est pri­or­i­ties for the club, who in­vested in a new trac­tor and power har­row to de­crease their reliance on con­trac­tors pre­serv­ing the race­course.

Rac­ing man­ager Ed Car­roll said the in­vest­ment will en­sure a quality track through­out the en­tirety of the race sea­son.

“The Broome Turf Club will now be self-suf­fi­cient,” he said.

“Not only have we un­der­taken cor­rec­tive work af­ter the wet sea­son, but we’ve up­graded the track us­ing our new trac­tor and power har­row.

“The har­row mixes the soft and hard spots of the track, so we end up with a prod­uct that is con­sis­tent through­out the run­ning sur­face.

“This in­vest­ment guar­an­tees that we will have a quality run­ning sur­face through­out the Broome races, as we will not have to rely on ex­ter­nal con­trac­tors.”

More than $100,000 has also been in­vested in a big screen for the full sea­son, which will dis­play races from all around Aus­tralia, as well as var­i­ous sport­ing matches, in­clud­ing the AFL.

The screen was for­merly only used on Broome Cup and Ladies Day.

Com­mit­tee chair­man Michael Chap­man said the screen was a large in­vest­ment that would at­tract a wider au­di­ence.

“This is a valu­able in­vest­ment for our turf club,” he said.

“The var­i­ous sport­ing matches that will be shown means that we are now ap­peal­ing to peo­ple who might not be as in­ter­ested in the races.

“This re­ally widens our tar­get au­di­ence, as it al­lows the public to en­joy other sports in an en­ter­tain­ing, so­cial en­vi­ron­ment.”

The club has ded­i­cated $25,000 to telecom­mu­ni­ca­tions, which Mr Car­roll said would aid in the live stream of the races into Singapore and help im­prove the club’s over­all prod­uct.

Picture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Broome Turf Club man­ager Paul Ros­siter, com­mit­tee chair­man Michael Chap­man and vice-chair­man Mike Win­dle are look­ing for­ward to the rac­ing sea­son kicking off on June 3.

Pictures: Jakeb Wad­dell

Broome Turf Club rac­ing man­ager Ed Car­roll and grounds­man John Par­sons pre­pare for a busy sea­son.

The power har­row will help main­tain a con­sis­tent ground.

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