Disqualification, photo finish provide edge-of-seat action in first Broome race meet of the year
The round one race meeting at the Broome Turf Club provided everything for racegoers, after the Club had beaten the odds and turned on a perfect setting.
But what made the meeting unique was an extraordinary disqualification, and a photo finish that put the judge to the test, without the assistance of the photo finish technology.
The disqualification came about in the opening race with the second placed horse Zarmella weighing in light. Long time racegoers could not remember a previous occasion when this had happened in the Club’s 130 year history.
It appears the absence of a saddle blanket was the culprit - a very expensive exercise for the connections, who forfeited their stake money.
The dead-heat occurred in race four, where Molten ridden in the lead by Jerry Noske, was joined by a diving Speeding Comet in the shadows of the post.
The judge had to rely on his own judgement, owing to a photo finish malfunction, and after five tense minutes of waiting, declared a dead-heat.
Other highlights on the day included a winning double for the Rob Gulberti stable, which took out the first and third races with the well fancied Ima Dreamer and Isola Bay.
The stable had been hoping for a treble with Miss Ellmya in race two, but City Regal from the David Harrison stable, ridden vigorously by Simone Altieri led all the way to give the stable its first Broome winner.
Pit to Win returned to Broome to take out the trophy race for trainer Bruce Kay and the meeting closed with Marzipan Lad winning for the Sean and Jake Casey team.
Racing returns to Gantheaume Point on Saturday.
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