Giddy up for rac­ing time

Broome Advertiser - - Front Page - Jakeb Wad­dell

It’s the grand­est spec­ta­cle on the town’s sport­ing and so­cial cal­en­dars and now the Broome rac­ing sea­son has re­turned big­ger and bet­ter than ever.

In a lit­tle over a week, tourists, pun­ters and so­cialites will flock to Broome Turf Club’s fa­mous dirt track to mark the be­gin­ning of what has shaped up to be another record-break­ing sea­son.

The rac­ing will kick off with the in­creas­ingly pop­u­lar open­ing round on June 2 and cul­mi­nate in the in­ter­na­tion­ally renowned Broome Cup on Au­gust 18, with Ladies Day, Kim­ber­ley Cup and five other race days in be­tween.

And al­though it is still a week away, the records are al­ready rolling in.

The sea­son will boast stakes of $1.92 mil­lion over the nine meet­ings, the high­est in the club’s his­tory. The Broome Cup has also been bol­stered with $150,000 stakes, a $15,000 in­crease from last year, mak­ing it the rich­est WA race out­side of Perth.

The BTC could also be on track for its high­est vis­i­tor num­bers, ce­ment­ing its repution as one of

the strong­est con­trib­u­tors to the lo­cal econ­omy.

Last year, a crowd of more than 10,000 packed the club out in the fi­nal two rounds alone.

BTC man­ager Paul Ros­siter said the club was ex­pect­ing mas­sive num­bers, with ma­jor in­ter­est shown to­wards the end of the sea­son. “We have been in­un­dated with in­quiries and book­ings from

around Australia, es­pe­cially for Ladies Day and Broome Cup,” he said.

“Th­ese two days of rac­ing at­tract many thou­sands of vis­i­tors to Broome, en­sur­ing it re­mains Broome’s big­gest an­nual tourist at­trac­tion.”

And high-qual­ity rac­ing is sure to be guar­an­teed for the many vis­i­tors and lo­cals, with horses and jock­eys booked in from all cor­ners of the

na­tion. They will com­pete on a track that Mr Ros­siter de­scribed as “the best it has been for many years”.

The track was se­verely dam­aged dur­ing the wet sea­son’s wild weather af­ter be­ing flooded by record rain­fall.

“With as­sis­tance from Rac­ing and Wa­ger­ing WA, we have in­vested heav­ily on pre­par­ing the tracks rac­ing ser­vice af­ter the record wet sea­son rains,” Mr Ros­siter said.

“Some sec­tions of the track were one me­tre deep with wa­ter, but the works car­ried out have been an out­stand­ing suc­cess.”

Mr Ros­siter said the sta­bles that were also ru­ined were now safe and ready for the in­flux of horses and train­ers, with more than 100 ex­pected to be on course for the open­ing round.

He said it was cer­tainly not a sea­son to be missed.

“I en­cour­age peo­ple to pur­chase their mem­ber­ship now to ac­cess the tiered grand­stand with max­i­mum views of the club’s mega-screen and all the rac­ing ac­tion.”

Sea­son mem­ber­ships can be pur­chased atwww.broo me turf club

Ad­di­tional to the nine meet­ings in Broome this year will be two race rounds at West Kim­ber­ley Turf Club in Derby on June 30 and July 21.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Si­mone Altieri pre­pares for the up­com­ing rac­ing sea­son with Star of Ve­gas at Gantheaume Point.

Pic­ture: Jakeb Wad­dell

Broome Turf Club man­ager Paul Ros­siter and Nick Wadge put the fi­nal touches to the fa­mous dirt track.

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