The Deal seals it
Saturday, 16th March, 2019
By Tyler Hannigan
An actioned-packed night has capped off Broken Hill’s harness racing season with The Deal taking home the sought-after Rocky Baker Memorial Cup.
The feature race of the night saw a lengthy delay following a wet patch on the scoreboard end of the track. The issue was dealt with by stewards and the track workers to get the night back underway.
Once the action got going, local favourite Bettatobelucky made the early running. The Donald Pimm-trained 10-year-old gelding set a blistering pace upfront but The Deal was hot on its heels.
Trainer Greg Norman’s in-form pacer took the lead with just over a lap to go and looked home before a slight scare in front of the grandstand saw the horse begin to gallop only to be saved by some quick work by driver Jamie Williams.
From there it was all over as The Deal cantered home to a fantastic win in the 2019 Rocky Baker Memorial Pacing Cup. Bettatobelucky ran a great race to finish second while Weerrook Harry finished in third place.
The locals had more luck earlier in the night with Pimm’s Rapacious taking out race one and Darren McInnes’ Serene Change shaking off a tough couple of recent starts to win race two much to the joy of the huge crowd in attendance.
Regular Mildura visitor David Vozlic had another top night with Magic In Her Moves proving too good in race three. Vozlic also picked up a second with Keyang Sandy in race one, a third with Butadream in race two and a third in the cup thanks to Weerrook Harry.
And so ends another season for the local harness racing club but one that wouldn’t be possible without the support of local businesses according to Broken Hill Harness Racing Club president Tracey Robinson.
“We have to thank our sponsors for tonight; Redenbach Lee Lawyers, the Demo Club and Carbine Chemicals,” Robinson said last night.
“Carbine Chemicals have been supporting us for so many years and we’re so appreciative of their efforts in helping make this night what it is. But as well as the sponsors of tonight, the club would also like to thank all the businesses that have helped us out over the past season.
“Without their support it (local harness racing) wouldn’t be possible.”