Hoop says start key to Cup victory
Pilbara race fans gathered at the Nor-West Jockey Club last Saturday, July 23, for the annual Roebourne Cup.
The threat of rain didn’t deter the crowds as the racecourse was packed for the final meeting of the season.
All eyes were on the track for the day’s seven races which saw Devilish Intent, ridden by jockey Peter Farrell and trained by Nicole Pateman-Masters, take out the $50,000 Roebourne Cup 2200m.
Farrell said he was happy with how Devilish Intent ran.
“I was always sort of going to run third or fourth, then got a pretty good (start) into the race and always thought he could probably win from the thousand, so I was pretty happy with that,” he said.
“Hopefully, (I) look forward to going to Port Hedland Cup, Broome Cup with him.”
Scandalous Price was the first winner of the day, ridden by Mollie Clark and trained by Gerry Hughes.
Race two was taken out by Lakeview Blitz ridden by Clinton Porter who went on to also win race three on Jeune’s Park.
The Coates Hire Onyx Events Handicap (1800m) was won by Cape Fear.
Roman Fighter, ridden by Noel Rudland and trained by Peter Dellar, won the $20,000 City of Karratha Harding Cup run over 1400m.
Runnerdal crossed the finish line first in the final race before the Cup and one of the feature races of the day — the 1200m Settlers Sprint.
After the races wrapped up, punters enjoyed live music and entertainment and two-up.
The Nor-West Jockey club is the second-oldest in WA and traditionally finished its race day with the biggest two-up games in the State.
Nor-West Jockey Club president Kevin Kininmonth presents Roebourne Cup-winning jockey Peter Farrell with his trophy.
Peter Dellar, Peter Capararo, Milton Langdon, Fiona White-Hartig and Kevin Kininmonth.
Roebourne Cup winner Devilish Intent.
Veteran hoop Danny Miller rides Poltava to second in race six.