A Morale Boost For Farrell In Historic Broome Win


Winning races is not foreign to accomplished horseman, Peter Farrell.

But Red Glow’s history-making victory at Broome held special significance.

Farrell became the first person in WA to win a race holding a dual trainer-jockey license.

Aside from the spoils of victory, it also arrived at a significant juncture in Farrell’s life, both personally and professionally.

Farrell was granted his dual license late last year and fortuitously as it turned out after he sustained serious injuries at Esperance.

Farrell received multiple back and neck fractures after a fall on Bjorn To Love and has not been back in the saddle since Boxing Day.

The recuperation has been difficult for Farrell, who readily acknowledges he has struggled to adapt to a life away from riding.

Farrell says Red Glow’s dominant front running performance last month, had given him a much-needed confidence-boost.

“It was probably a feather in my cap to become the first person to do it,” Farrell said.

“But to be honest I was getting down in the dumps and feeling a little depressed.

“I wasn’t even going to go for the Broome season and had a change of heart.

“I am missing the riding, but at least training keeps you involved.

“I had to get my life sorted out and this keeps me in it.

“It allows me to be part of the system while I can’t ride.

“The win came at a good time and gives me confidence.”

Although Farrell doesn’t want to downplay his achievement, every time he trains a winner is a win he can’t claim as a jockey.

Time away from the saddle has allowed him to stare his own riding mortality in the eye and he is apprehensive about what he sees.

Disconcertingly, there is a real possibility he may never ride again.

“I might have used up my nine lives as a jockey,” Farrell said.

“The recovery has taken longer than expected.

“I’m really not sure when I will be back.

“After I see the doctor will tell me more.”

“I want to come back, but can’t put a time on it.”

Farrell is optimistic Red Glow, to be ridden by Paul Marks, can again salute when he lines up in the Territory Rural Handicap (1435m) at Broome on Saturday.

“I reckon he will be hard to beat,” Farrell said.

Julio Santarelli