by Glen Davis
Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny , a good start to the Labour Day weekend. Maryanne and I headed up the Hume to Corowa, in expectation of a good day at the Cup. Our last day at Corowa races on Saturday January 28 was good all round, with me in particular doing well, doubling my outlay !
A busy weekend was in progress for Corowa and surrounds. A hot rod show was in progress so we went to see the street parade on Saturday night, with part of the Sanger street closed off. Prior to this we’d had a great meal @ the Corowa Hotel. Under new owners, and with a Thai restaurant, highly recommended. Out at the aerodrome there was sky diving, and crossing the river back to Victoria there was a festival in Rutherglen. We went to Rutherglen on Sunday for the farmers market, buying some nice local produce.
Off to the cup. As Almanackers would know there had been heavy rain in the region in recent times, with the track receiving 250 mls in the week prior. Such was the recovery powers of the track come Cup Day it was rated a good 3.
Well how did the day pan out? I had a day , in which I was King Midas in reverse ; no collects ! Maryanne did slightly better getting a close second in the Cup, and Uncle Frank didn’t do so bad, making some $$. The cup was won by one of the picks, Devised, trained by Tim Donnelly @ Wagga, and ridden by the apprentice John Kissick. My $$ were on the local, the Geoff Duryea trained, Riverina Highway. It had won its last two, so i put a few $$ on. Not to be. Actually who was the last local horse to win the Corowa Cup???
In the last decade I can’t think of one, maybe it was back in the 1990′s. I remember Price Tone winning in 1984, but who since then? You might say Regal Hawk in 2004, as Geoff Duryea trained this horse late in its career, but in 2004 it was trained by Mick Hartney @ Berrigan. Almanackers, please remind me of the last Corowa horse to win the Corowa Cup ?!?
On the day locals did not do well, the only local horse placed was the Freyer trained Perfect Sir which came second in R3, a maiden. Riding honours to Andy Bloomfield who rode a treble, continuing a good few days for him. He had a winner at Orange on the Friday, a double at Towong on the Saturday, and a treble at Corowa on Cup Day. Brett Cavanough, took the training honours with a double.
Despite me not doing well on the punt we had a great Labour Day weekend, and the Cup was a top day. Almanackers , if you are making an early planner for 2013, it would not hurt to pencil in the Labour Day weekend for Corowa, and enjoy the ambiance and atmosphere of the Riverina. Happy punting.