Kazoom goes boom
Monday, 19th March, 2018
By Tyler Hannigan
South Australian trainer Ron Campbell took out the 2018 Outback Cup with horse Kazoom on Saturday’s St Pats race meeting.
The feature race of the day had nine starters after one of Kym Healy’s horses, Aussie Jack, was a scratching and it was a very open affair in terms of betting with Kazoom and Nathan Hobson’s Reine de Tout starting as equal favourites.
Reine de Tout made the early running and hit the lead after the start while Kazoom went the other way and sat near the rear.
Reine de Tout held the lead and looked set for a wire to wire win on the Broken Hill track that normally suits front runners but Kazoom had other ideas as it closed on the outside and took the lead with less than 50 metres to go and win by 1.57 lengths.
The win gave Campbell his second winner of the day, having previously taken out race two with Rustydustysunshine.
He said after the race that Kazoom was a big chance if ridden correctly.
“Murray (Henderson) rode him well,” Campbell said to the media after the race.
“If he jumps and you push him up to the top of the field he won’t try. You’ve got to have him cold out the back, six or seven lengths off and then with 800 or 900 left work him into the race and let him finish it off.”
Campbell said Kazoom’s win was a breakthrough for him.
“I’ve been trying to win this race for a lot of years,” he admitted.
“I’ve had a lot of seconds, thirds and fourths. I’ve won other races but I’ve always wanted to win this one and it’s just marvellous.”
In other results, Kym Healy picked up a training double with Wicked Affair in race one and Tommy Gun in race seven.
The Cindy Brander-trained Honor The Moment, a previous Outback Cup winner, came back to form to win race four while local trainers Heidi Smith and Barry Murray had success with Aussie Bob and Party Spin respectively.
Jockey Justin Potter had six rides on the day for three wins and a second to be the leading male jockey of St Pats. With temperatures in the high 30’s, it was a tough day for the riders.
“You’re putting (effort) in every race and it’s not until you get back to the yard that you think “wow that was hard work”,” Potter told the media after the day.
“We’re lucky that we can go into the jockey’s room, take our boots and vests off and cool down because yeah it’s hot work.”
Eran Boyd and Jemma Frew shared the leading female jockey award, both with one win each.