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Win­ner de­voured at roach race

Pilbara News - - Front Page - Tom Zaun­mayr

A touch­ing fam­ily af­fair has trumped big money at the 2016 Kar­ratha Kats Cock­roach Cup, lead­ing to im­me­di­ate and ques­tion­able com­par­isons to last year’s Mel­bourne Cup win­ner Prince of Pen­zance.

Af­ter a stut­ter­ing start, rank­out­sider Palm Job clicked into gear, hit­ting its straps as it ripped down the 2200mm race track to claim vic­tory for owner Tay­lor Palmer.

Palmer was quick to bid on her win­ning roach at the start of the night be­cause it is named in hon­our of her fam­ily. “I got the cock­roach Palm Job be­cause it’s been in my fam­ily and the Kats club for years and it won,” she said.

Palmer said it took days, some­times years, to pre­pare for the most his­toric cock­roach race in the Pil­bara, and she was pleased to see her roach pull through for the win.

While some did draw sim­i­lar­i­ties to Michelle Payne’s cham­pion mount in 2015, it is worth not­ing Prince of Pen­zance is still alive. In the post-match pre­sen­ta­tion Palmer, in stick­ing with tra­di­tion, ate Palm Job with a min­i­mum of fuss.

Kats pres­i­dent Shane Har­ris said cock­roach rac­ing was one of the tough­est sports to pick a win­ner. “I don’t think there’s any se­cret. You get what you get and they all seem to want to run, but some go bet­ter than oth­ers,” he said.

“It’s a fun night, a fun night and a good rev­enue-raiser for the club.

“Things are quiet around town but it is great to see the guys open their wal­lets.”

Har­ris said this year’s batch of 60 roaches had been plucked from the finest sew­ers in Kar­ratha.

Ear­lier in the evening Back To The Docs, who was pur­chased in a syn­di­cate backed by the Pil­bara

News, ABC North West and Ru­ral Clin­i­cal School, was knocked out in the heats.

There was some big money thrown around, with sev­eral roaches backed for up to $500 and one syn­di­cate spend­ing thou­sands for what was ul­ti­mately a dis­ap­point­ing stal­lion.

No roaches will go out to stud, as all are now dead.

Palm job leads the way in the semi­fi­nal while some of its com­pe­ti­tion goes back­wards.

Elite rac­ing roaches line up on the vaunted race track.

Pun­ters and own­ers at the start­ing line for the fi­nal race of the meet.

Race mar­shalls pre­pare the gates for the fi­nal event.

Kar­ratha Kats Cock­roach Cup win­ner Tay­lor Palmer.

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