March 14, 2021 National Trotguide
HE’S already being hailed as ‘the Broken Hill Bandit’.
And Moonbi trainer-driver Dean Chapple cannot stop smiling at the tag after winning half of the program at the Broken Hill Carnival of Cups meeting on Friday night.
Chapple headed to Broken Hill last Wednesday from his Gully Lodge stables at Moonbi, just outside of Tamworth – a trip of 1,043 kilometres.
With a six-race program Chapple was scheduled to contest the final three races on the program and there was no disappointment – the huge crowd on hand were pumped and cheering.
“When I went around on the third horse the crowd was wild,” said Chapple.
Making his debut on the Broken Hill paceway Chapple had his first drive in the feature race on the program, the Rocky Baker Memorial Pacing Cup over 2500 metres, with Right On With It coming out of the nine barrier.
“I had a plan,” said Chapple.
“Elect To Rock was my danger but I got in front of her and Ashleigh (Camilleri) had to come around me.
“When that happened it put some speed into the race.
“My horse didn’t get much luck until about the last 200 metres and he was never one to dig deep . . . but he did in that race.”
Right On With It was embraced in a photo finish with the judge declaring the $16,000 feature race by a short half head in favour of Chapple.
“If any horse deserved to win a big race it was that horse,” grinned Chapple of the nine-year-old Real Desire-My Spirit of Tara gelding.
“It certainly was just something special and I now have the biggest trophy that I have ever seen.”
Chapple made his race move with Right On With It as the bell heralded the final lap to race four wide and grabbing $1.10 race favourite and Globe Derby pacer This Is Bill (Ryan Hryhorec) on the line for a short half head win.
Another South Australian runner in Let’s Get Shorty (Michael Smith) finished 19.5 metres away third.
“It did take a long time for the judge to make his decision but by the time the decision had come down I had already claimed the race,” said Chapple.
“I thought I had got him but it is a bit difficult with the angles on the smaller tracks.”
With Broken Hill being a 602-metre track and a home straight of just 84 metres, Chapple reproduced his skills from driving on the old Newcastle and Maitland tracks early in his driving career.
Don’t Tell Dorothy then secured line honours in the following event – the Mawson Concrete & Quarries Pace with Chapple again having to wait on the judge’s result.
“I only made my decision to take him (Don’t Tell Dorothy) the day before I left on the trip,” said Chapple
“He didn’t handle the track all that well but he dug deep.
“I thought the only thing that could beat him was bad luck but it turned out great.”
After enjoying the run of the race in the one-by-one Chapple made his move in the back straight to once again feature in a photo finish which may have felt a bit like Deja Vue with Chapple once again claiming victory off Ryan Hryhorec.
Don’t Tell Dorothy was declared the winner by a half head over Glam Rock (Hryhorec) and Roll With Eva (Ray Slater) 17 metres away third.
Chapple then picked up his third training and driving victory in the final event with the win of Nor Westa in the Getting There Excavations Pace aver 2210 metres.
“I thought that was the only one of my horses that could win when I left home,” said Chapple with the Western Terror-Limburg five-year mare raced by Dave Walters and Mick McIlroy.
“And she won accordingly.”
Dave Walters accompanied Chapple on the trip to Broken Hill.
Nor Westa scored a 9.4 metre win over Arrokeefe (Michael Smith) with Colorado Boy (Ryan Hryhorec) another 19 metres away third.
“It is just like the old days of racing out here at Broken Hill,” said Chapple.
“The club has been so welcoming and looking after our needs – there is no regrets making the decision to travel all the way out here – it has just been magical.
“I couldn’t really let anything sink in on the night -it was so hectic being in three races one after the other and my strappers were still at home.”
“They need to keep meetings like this Broken Hill Club going – I will be bringing the whole family next year,” said Chapple.
HOOFNOTE: Team Teal was also a success at the meeting in taking out the first three races – Cassie Robinson secured a winning double in driving Maythehorsebewithu and The Money Ball for trainer Donald Pimm while Kaela Hryhorec secured the one win behind Serene Bell for trainer Darren McInnes stables.
- JULIE MAUGHAN