Maryanne and I set forth to Corowa Sunday morning for the 2013 Cup meet. From the heat of Melbourne, to the heat of Corowa, we travelled up the Hume. Talking about who we fancied, memories of previous Cups, and to me the big Q; could a local break the drought.
The last local to salute in the Cup was the Richard Freyer trained, Sir Knight, in 1999. In 2012 the Geoff Duryea trained horse, Riverina Highway , was heavily supported, with quite a few $$ on it, including mine; it finished well back in the field.
A hot, sunny, Riverina Sunday saw a good turn out. One particularly happy providore was the man in the Ice cream van, who did a roaring trade. For us the members area was the place to position ourselves.
Honours for the day went to Echuca trainer Daryl Archard, who trained a second, and two winners, including Cup winner Leveraction. Archard bypassed his own Cup meet on the day, though he did train one winner at Echuca on Saturday. Riding both of Archards mounts to victory was Jye McNeil, whose double was the best performance of any of the hoops.
For the locals Nick Soquet piloted home the Richard Freyer trained Share The Pie in Race 3. The well supported Freyer starter in Cup, From London, came 5th. He started well, not too far off the pace, but in the straight could not accelerate. Other locally trained horses, such as Mandie Jones well supported Hardenup, in Race 4, could not deliver a victory .
In two weeks the big drive to Ardlethan for their annual picinic meet. Look forward to it,