© by Robert Cox 2013
Kilcock man Erik Broad enjoyed great success on Saturday last, the 30th of March as he was part of Australian horse trainer David Hayes’ team that cheered ‘Jet Away’ to a stunning victory in the Group 3 Le Pines Funeral Easter Cup at Caulfield, Melbourne.
Broad who is just into his second year down under, is a stable hand for the Euroa based trainer and was given the task of looking after Jet Away by his owner Douglas Taylor (ire), who bought the six-year-old son of Cape Cross for around $200,000 at last year’s Tattersall’s sale in England. Broad also played a similar role for Taylor last year in looking after Fictional Account as she was prepared for a shot at the Melbourne Cup. Unfortunately for all involved the mare didn’t live up to her billing but Jet Away is proving to be a whole different kettle of fish.
The Queen Elizabeth Stakes in Sydney and next spring’s Caulfield Cup are now on the agenda for Jet Away. It comes after the imported galloper added Saturday’s Easter Cup (2000m) at Caulfield to an equally brilliant win in the Golden Mile at Bendigo a fortnight ago on his Australian debut, where he astonished most with his turn of foot to score an effortless win. Trainer David Hayes then stepped him up to the comparatively modest Group 3 class of Saturday’s race and received another strong indication of his ability.
Jet Away, a listed winner and group 3 placegetter in England, was the $2.90 favourite ahead of Callanish at $4.60 with Folding Gear and Keep Cool on the third line of betting at $8 before the off of the $150,000 group 3 race. Right from the off Jet Away had no favours but jockey Dwayne Dunn settled him quickly in third-last on the fence and weaved his way along the rails before bursting into full flow over the last 200m to charge down the clear leader Keep Cool (who tired to finish fourth) and put his head out to defeat the fast-finishing Folding Gear by a neck, with another Hayes horse Whisper Downs only a half-head away third.
After speaking with jockey Dwayne Dunn, who kept cool waiting for a gap to emerge down the straight, Hayes said there were clear parallels with Tawqeet, which won the Caulfield Cup for the trainer-rider combination in 2006. “The first thing that Dwayne said to me when he dismounted was that this horse sticks his head out just like Tawqeet. He wants to win”. Hayes added: “He was in a fair bit of strife during the run but I liked the way he was able to make his way through the field and stick his head out to win”. “He had a rating of 102 before this and that should go up to 107 or 108 and that should get him into most races (especially the Caulfield Cup). “His owner Douglas Taylor took quite a gamble spending that much on a six-year-old entire, but he’s looking like a good buy,” Hayes said. For Hayes it was Jet Away’s willingness to find the line after mixing it with his rivals that impressed him most. “What I liked was that he got into strife but didn’t turn it up like you might expect an older stallion to do,” he said. “He responded well and he’ll be a lot better next time.” Meanwhile Dunn was equally impressed after the race. “I was impressed with the effort. When I had to put the sword to him, he really let down. He will get better and better,”
While Saturday’s win was meat and drink for Hayes and Dunn, for Broad it was a dream come true. His whole life he has been around horses and now he finds himself working in his dream job. And while saddling a talent such as Jet Away to win a race as prestigious as an Easter Cup at Caulfield would be the pinnacle of the career of most men and women in the equine game, for Broad it is merely a stepping stone to greater things as he and Hayes now look to the bigger picture for Jet Away and the possibility of further success in a Group 1 in Sydney and at the Caulfield Cup in the spring. “We may now go to the Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2000m) in Sydney in three weeks. I reckon third up, with three weeks between races, you will see him even stronger the next day out. I also reckon David will keep him to weight-for-age races in the spring to ensure he does not incur a penalty before Caulfield’s most important handicap” “Jet Away’s victory on Saturday really confirmed his potential”, an excited Broad added. When asked for his thoughts on Saturday’s win, Broad’s face lit up. “Absolutely serious!! He is a good horse. I couldn’t see him bee beaten on Saturday. We go for a Group 1 in Sydney next time out so fingers crossed we make it”.
Asked if he misses home, Broad said: “Of course I do, I miss my family and friends but I am doing something I love over here and it’s not everyone that gets to work their dream job in the weather that we have here. It’s pretty easy to get up bright and early for work when you’re guaranteed the sun will be out though it is getting a bit colder over here, it was only 20 degrees today!! I certainly don’t miss the Irish weather”.
|Jet Away, Erik Broad and trainer David Hayes|
|Jet Away winning the Golden Mile at Bendigo|