Sunday, February 14, 2010

Galea clan's mixed fortunes - The Sydney Morning Herald - 14th February 2010

Good luck isn't hereditary. Consider Bruce Galea, former racehorse owner and bookmaker. Go back to the '60s and '70s, when the Galea name was the biggest in betting - be it the racecourse or, with Galea snr, illegal casinos. Some of the best joints, specialising in baccarat and later roulette, were established by his father, Perce Galea, born in Malta and known as the Prince of Punters.

Being part-owner of Eskimo Prince with Perce, Bruce was involved in a dynamic and flamboyant racing era. Eskimo Prince was the boom two-year-old. Sure, Bruce was very much the silent partner as his father gave the title ''colourful racing personality'' considerable substance. He was pretty useful at cards, too.

When Eskimo Prince won the 1964 Golden Slipper at Rosehill, Clark Gable would have played second fiddle to him in what was described by David Hickie in Gentlemen of the Australian Turf as ''one of the greatest receptions ever heard on an Australian racecourse''.

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