In 33 years as a jockey and trainer in Broome, Sean Casey has racked up a long list of achievements.
Most prominent are four trainers’ premierships and two Broome Cups with Chantes Path (1994) and Red Hannigan (2007).
So it could be surprising that he considers There’snoonesosasy victory at Broome last season as his most significant milestone.
The Due Sasso mare had a modest record of three wins, had earned less than $30,000 in prizemoney and was destined for early retirement.
But the young man riding There’snoonesosasy, and who claimed his maiden win as a jockey, was Jake Casey, Sean’s 15-year-old son.
“To see your son ride his first winner at a place and venue that has been a great part of your life is probably my greatest highlight,” said Casey.
“It was only his second ride at Broome and I just wanted to see him go around safely but the horse just bolted in and won easily.
“As a parent you are proud as punch and I will never forget his beaming smile and that of his mum (Kristy) when he returned to scale.”
Casey is on track to claim a fifth Broome trainers’ title but is facing spirited opposition from younger brother, Dave.
The siblings achieved a rare feat last month when they trained six of the seven winners with a treble apiece.
Casey says their rivalry is friendly but very competitive.
“I enjoy locking horns with Dave and it keeps us on our toes,” said Casey.
“On race day it’s all business but away from the track we work and train out horses together.
“I certainly won’t be letting my guard down and hope to get bragging rights by season end.”
Casey is delighted with Discoverers’ form and believes the son of Starcraft looms as a genuine Broome Cup hope.
The gelding has one win and was beaten a long-head for third in his two starts at Broome this season.
“He has had a few problems but is relishing his new environment and working on the beach,” said Casey.
“I also wouldn’t be forgetting Smart Twister who will be making his presence felt.”
Julioo Santarelli RWWA