Historic dead heat in Broken Hill’s Outback Cup

The Kym Healy-trained Magnossiva (outside) and the Michael Wayman-trained Velaro (inside) couldn’t be split in Saturday’s Outback Cup at Broken Hill. Inset: Rochelle Milnes and Murray Henderson were all smiles after dead heating in the 2023 Outback Cup. Photos: Di Metcalfe Photography.

History was made at the St Pats Race Club meeting at Broken Hill on Saturday, with a dead heat declared in the 2023 Outback Cup

With the photo finish camera out of action, Racing NSW stewards were forced to make a tough decision in the $25,000 feature, but in the end, they couldn’t split the Kym Healy-trained Magnossiva (Rochelle Milnes, $4.40) and the Michael Wayman-trained Velaro (Murray Henderson, $5), who were deemed to have crossed the line together, finishing one length ahead of the Paula Trenwith-trained Spy Colonel (Jade Doyle, $4) in third. 

Healy, who made the seven-hour trip from Echungra in South Australia, thought Milnes had done enough to win on Magnossiva, with the seven-year-old finishing hard and fast down the outside of the track.

“I was back somewhere third or fourth, and come down the outside,” Healy said. 

“9 out of 10 times, the horse coming down the outside wins at Broken Hill, and I honestly thought we had it won, and it’s a bit disappointing to lose prizemoney, but you have to take it as it comes.” 

Velaro was also forced to work hard in the run, with the hometown galloper missing the kick before eventually taking the inside running in the 1600m event.

“We came from last, and we worked around the field and worked up the hill and did it the hard way,” Wayman said. 

“He was on the outside of the leader, which was the third horse (Spy Colonel), and then he went back to the inside, and shot a length clear with 20 metres to go, and I think my fella thought he had it won, and he stepped off the gas a bit.”

Wayman was also of the belief his horse had won, but regardless, the local trainer was thrilled to win his first hometown Outback Cup. 

“Every local wanted him to win, and I thought he had won, and even the stewards had written him down as the winner, but I guess it was too close to call,” Wayman said. 
“Still, it was a brilliant ride by Murray, and it was good to get the win, even though we are sharing the prizemoney.”

While the dead heat in the Outback Cup got people talking, the real winner on the day was the St Pats Race Club’s hospitality, with the club hosting approximately 4000 people to a glorious day’s racing. 

President Andrew Schmidt touched on what was a breakthrough result post the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“In 2015 we had our 50th race meeting, and it was a big day, but for the first time ever, we sold tickets online through 123tix, and by doing that, it saved us a lot of trouble and time,” Schmidt said. 

“We had about $130,000 worth of bookings through them, and people just turned up and came through, and it was honestly the best thing we have ever done.

“Prior to this year, all of our bookings were made through the office, and it created a lot of work.”

The St Pats Race Club praised the Broken Hill City Council for connecting people on the day, which helped make the meeting a real success. 

“We have no phone or internet service out here, and the council came to the party with a cell on wheels, and they gave us coverage, which was good for the bar, gate, and bookmakers,” Schmidt said. 

“We also had a big LED truck screen up from Adelaide for the punters, and it was just a really good day. 

“We set up marquees on the lawn and all up we would have had 1200 there, and so much work goes into it, but it was a real success.” 

Broken Hill will race again in November, with the Silver City Cup Races set to take centre stage.

For results from Saturday click here