Kirby and Gough show them who’s boss in Tullibigeal Cup

Peter Kirby and Tamsin Gough combined to win the 2023 Tullibigeal Cup with Broo Boss on Saturday. Photos: Racing Photography.

Peter Kirby and Tamsin Gough have combined to win the 2023 Tullibigeal Cup with veteran galloper, Broo Boss. 

After beginning nicely from gate four, the eight-year-old quickly found himself in a nice position before gapping the field midrace. 

Broo Boss ($4.20) then held on for a dominant 1.86 lengths win from the Connie Greig-trained Valadyium (Leandro Ribeiro, $2.50), while in third and 3.85 lengths back was another Greig galloper in Merdeka (Breanna Bourke, $5).

Kirby was thrilled with the win, but he was quick to heap all the praise on Gough, who ‘rated him perfectly’.

“He jumped out of the gate, and I told her (Gough) to give him running room, and if he misses the kick, not to let him get in on the fence, and when she did that, they came out from behind the trees on the back straight four or five in front, and that was it, and he never looked like getting headed from that time.

“It wasn’t a good ride, but an excellent ride, and nobody could have rated him better on the day.”

Gough, who kicked off her career with a bang at Bathurst on February 18 when winning the Condobolin Cup on the Natasha Hall-Antonio-trained The Enzo, has impressed in her short but successful career in the saddle, and Kirby is already a big fan. 

“She can ride, and her attitude and the way she spoke afterwards was good, and she is a very nice person,” Kirby said.

As far as Broo Boss, Kirby couldn’t be any prouder of his old stager, who continues to deliver for connections. 

The Street Boss gelding has started 70 times for 10 wins and 16 placings, and while he was formerly trained David Brideoake and Rodney Robb, Broo Boss has excelled for Kirby, winning on six occasions. 

Kirby doesn’t see Broo Boss slowing down anytime soon, and he will leave that decision to the old boy.     

“He loves racing, and the thing is, I will retire him the day he doesn’t want to race, but right now, he wants to race, and he a racehorse,” Kirby said. 

“He is perfectly sound, and why retire them when they are still enjoying their racing? He’s still going well, and it’s better than being in the paddock – he’ll go to Hillston on Saturday and we’ll see how he goes.”

It was a big day for Peter Kirby and his partner Debbie Prest, who was also a winner on the picnic program. 

Prest trained Sham (Ricky Blewitt, $3,70) to victory in the 1200m Maiden Plate. 

Formerly trained by Tim Donnelly in Wagga, it appears connections will have some fun with the lightly-raced six-year-old on the picnic circuit.

“We don’t know what he is yet,” Kirby said. 

“We were told he was an outright stayer, so we trained him to be an outright stayer, but I told Debbie I don’t know if he is a stayer, and he might be more of a run-on sprinter, and that’s why he dropped back from 1600m to 1200m on Saturday.”

In other races on the day, Connie Greig kept up her dominance on the picnic scene, but this time she tasted success when combining with Sally Faulks for a winning-double. 

Faulks won her first ever race on Everyone ($4) in the 975m Picnic Sprint, and she booted home a second on Hot Press ($8.50), which took out the 1600m Class One Handicap. 

Before her win in the Tullibigeal Cup on Broo Boss, Gough won her first race of the day when combining with Kylie Kennedy to take out the 1200m Class Two Trophy Handicap on Jesta Diva ($16). 

Michael Mulholland was also in the winner’s circle, with Ricky Blewitt guiding She’s Super ($2.50) to a good win in the 975m Class B Handicap.

Picnic racing heads to Tomingley on Saturday before the Bourke meeting on April 9. 

For Tullibigeal’s results click here, for the 2023 picnic calendar click here, and for more on the 2023 Picnic Champion Series click here.