ilovebrokenhill.com , was first published on 8 December 2011 by Jane Deany. My blog is all about the famous outback Australian National Heritage Listed City named Broken Hill, located in the state of New South Wales. I first visited #BrokenHill in 2002 and have returned many times since then. ilovebrokenhill.com will help you discover what's great about this historic mining city, where in the mid 1880's the line of lode, a rich ore body of silver, lead and zinc was found. You will find stories about anything related to Broken Hill.

Tuesday 18 March 2014

Results of Broken Hill's St Patrick's Races 'Outback Cup' 2014 won by Eight Red

Kym Healy holding the prized
Golden Harp 'Outback Cup' trophy.
Image from 'Barrier Daily Truth'
by Darrin Manuel
Community Event
Lightening, thunder and rain threatened the 2014 St Patrick's races on Saturday. Guests were treated to a dust storm, a thunder storm, strong winds and lots of rain, and the President of the St Patrick's Race Club, Marg Corradini said this gave visitors 'a great event, a great show', and noted 'how exciting was that' when she summed up the weather events to ABC Broken Hill radio host Julie Clift in her 'Outback Outlook' morning show yesterday.

Luckily things calmed down and the day turned out to be sunny. The start of the 1st race was delayed by an hour.

It certainly sounds like it was indeed very exciting, and I wish I'd been there. I was fortunate enough to attend the event in 2012, so I know just what a fantastic, fun event it is, and I can't recommend it highly enough.

'Eight Red won the Outback Cup'

The 1600 metre main race, race 6, the 'Clubs NSW and Keno Outback Cup' was won by number 6 'Eight Red', which ran, appropriately from barrier 8.

No doubt the winning South Australian trainer Kym Healy from Strathalbyn, and jockey Wayne Kerford were delighted.

Last year's winner Tresette, came 2nd at two lengths behind the winner and Bellchuca was 3rd.

Eight Red is an 8 year old gelding who has had 10 wins from 63 starts according to www.racenet.com.au and has won over $100,000 in prize money so far. I notice he has 'Octagonal' as his dam's sire (i.e. his mother's father), not to mention Zabeel as his great grandfather. Octagonal had 10 Group 1 wins from 28 starts and won nearly $6 million in prize money. He also produced Lonhro, another very successful race horse who won a similar amount of prize money, so Eight Red is in very good company from a top gene pool, so he may well go on to bigger things. Keep an eye on him if you like to have a 'flutter' aka bet.

I know eight is a lucky number and red's my favourite colour. It's easy to say in hindsight, but I think I may have backed him if I was there. Unfortunately, as it wasn't a TAB race, you had to be at the track to place a bet. I believe, from an event point of view, with the weather delay of an hour, that would have meant they'd have to cancel the races if it had been a TAB event. So in a way, it was lucky that TAB wasn't covering the race this year.

I'm already looking forward to next year.

Cheers, Jane Deany   (post number 222)

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