BREAKS are few and far between for Carol Broadfoot on Albury Gold Cup Day.
The secretary to Albury Racing Club chief executive John Miller says she is his “go-to girl”.
For almost a decade the race club’s administration manager has made Albury’s premier racing event run as smoothly as possible.
“There’s a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes,” Mrs Broadfoot said.
“It’s always non-stop mayhem, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
The racing stalwart starts to rattle off her list of jobs for the day before she is interrupted.
There’s word the staff on the gates are running out of wrist bands, the ones informing bar staff that racegoers are over the age of 18.
It’s only just after lunchtime, so it’s important to find some quickly for the large crowd still waiting to enter.
“I will find some and bring them over,” Mrs Broadfoot tells one of her team members.
“I don’t actually get to see much on race day because I am either in the office or fixing something or other.”
Part-way through the interview this reporter discovers that horse racing has played a big role in her life as wife of retired jockey Dale Broadfoot.
Mr Broadfoot was the first apprentice to win the Southern District Racing Association jockeys’ premiership in 1983-1984.
The pair were childhood sweethearts, having attended school together.
Mrs Broadfoot worked as a strapper for Dale’s father, Ron, who was a horse trainer at Kilmore, when she was 13.
“He was a very successful jockey in his time and won the 1984 Albury Gold Cup,” she said.
“He later had to retire are breaking his neck while riding in Queensland.”
But Mrs Broadfoot said her husband had since found another dangerous sport to fill his time, motorbike racing.
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