With bloodlines steeped in Broome racing history, it seemed only natural that Jake Casey would launch the next phase of his thoroughbred journey in the iconic town.
The former accomplished jockey continues a rich family tradition and follows in the footsteps of his father when the new Broome racing season kicks off this weekend.
For over three decades Casey’s father Sean carved out a successful riding and training career in Broome, racking up a long list of achievements.
Most notable were four trainers’ premierships and two Broome Cup victories when he prepared Chantes Path (1994) and Red Hannigan (2007).
Jake’s uncle Dave Casey was also a high profile and prominent Broome trainer before electing to take a break at the end of last season.
Casey’s brother Steele, who joined the family training ranks 12-months back, posted three wins in his inaugural Broome season last year.
Aside from a family connection, Broome holds special memories for Jake, it’s where he rode his first winner as a 15-year-old student on one of his dad’s horse’s, There’snoonesosassy in 2013.
Four months later he was crowned Broome’s Leading Rider, becoming one of the few junior riders to have ever beaten senior jockeys in winning a premiership.
On Saturday, Casey, who quit riding because of increasing weight over a year ago, commences his transition from former jockey to trainer.
In a low-key start for the young horseman, he will cast his eyes over two runners on the six-race programme: Tomohawk and Corporate Strategy.
Sean Casey said he’s excited by what the future holds for his young son.
“There is no better place than Broome to get it all going, Casey said.
“It’s been a good stomping ground for a lot of good trainers like Neville Parnham.
“It’s good that he has stayed in the industry after being a successful apprentice.
“I didn’t shove it down his throat, but he is enjoying it and following in the family footsteps.
“It’s given him a different outlook on the industry and he will take baby steps.
“He has got a nice team of horses and will learn the caper.”
Sean believes Jake is a strong chance to get off to a flying start with Corporate Strategy in the Pearl Sea Commercial Laundry Service Handicap (1100m).
“He is proven at Broome after winning two races last season he said.”
“We deliberately kept him in the paddock with a view to returning to Broome.
“He is a half to There’snoonesosassy who has been very good to Jake.
“She was also his first winner in town.”