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Horse Racing profile: Broome

Ballydoyle stalwart Broome rounded off another busy globetrotting year with just one victory from nine starts, but he has been an unbelievable servant to connections.

The nine-time winner had his finest day when striking in the Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud in 2019, and although he isn't the horse of old, he always runs his heart out in top races.

Aidan O’Brien's charge was last seen finishing last of 11 runners behind stablemate Auguste Rodin in the Grade 1 Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita in November.

Broome one of the Ballydoyle mainstays

He's now a seven-year-old and this son of Australia has become part of the furniture at Ballydoyle.

He debuted all the way back in July 2018 in a Killarney maiden that was won by stablemate Anthony Van Dyck.

Broome opened his own account at the second time of asking in a Galway maiden and would end his juvenile season with a neck-second behind Royal Marine in the Group 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp on Arc weekend.

Back-to-back wins at Leopardstown over a mile-and-a-quarter in the spring of 2019 set him up for a crack at The Derby, but Anthony Van Dyck was the answer once more in that Epsom puzzle.

After a disappointing Irish Derby run, Broome was put away for the season by late June.

He reappeared in the Coronation Cup at Newmarket in June 2020 and was well beaten as Ghaiyyath scored, while his only other outing that year saw him tailed off in the Long Distance Cup at Ascot on Champions Day.

Resurgence during busy 2021

Upon his reappearance in the spring of 2021, Broome won the Listed Devoy Stakes at Naas and then added successive Curragh wins in the Alleged Stakes and Mooresbridge Stakes – all three at a mile-and-a-quarter.

In a busy spell, he'd take home a silver medal from the Hardwicke Stakes at Royal Ascot as Wonderful Tonight won, then notch a Group 1 in France via the Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud.

He was a jet-setter throughout that season, with two more visits to France, a second in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Del Mar behind Yibir and a Japan Cup appearance in November.

Royal Ascot win via Hardwicke Stakes

Having missed out a year before, Broome went one better in the 2022 Hardwicke Stakes in the hands of Ryan Moore.

Odds-on favourite Hurricane Lane was only good for third as Broome cleared away, with Mostahdaf in second spot.

A succession of top-level engagements followed that Group 2 romp but despite running with credit in the likes of the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe, another Breeders' Cup Turf and Hong Kong Vase – he couldn't add to his tally. 

The passport was out once more for a trip to Doha in February this year where he finished fifth before going to Meydan to narrowly fend off Siskany in the Dubai World Cup.

Broome's end to the 2023 campaign

Though Broome would see Giavellotto turn the tables from Meydan when they clashed in the Yorkshire Cup in May at the Dante Festival, the Knavesmire run wasn't any kind of disaster when dropped back to one-mile-and-six-furlongs.

Moore was hard at work early in the home straight at York and while Giavellotto surged strongly to beat the Roger Varian-trained St Leger winner Eldar Eldarov, he did so while causing plenty of interference to both Broome (third) and Quickthorn (fourth) on his inside.

Following that run, Broome went onto tackle the Doncaster Cup, finishing third behind Trueshan and Sweet William.

Clearly, improvement on that run was needed to figure in the Champions Long Distance Cup at Ascot, but the seven-year-old wasn’t at his best on the day.

Complete outsider of the field, Maxident, set a ferocious early pace, which set the race up for an iconic finish between Kyprios and eventual winner Trawlerman under Frankie Dettori, with Broome well beaten off in sixth.

It was a disappointing end to the year for Broome, who was tailed off in the Breeders' Cup Turf at Santa Anita, and one must wonder if he is still in love with the game after being beaten out of sight in his last two starts.

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