A day at the COROWA races

Maryanne and I scooted up the Hume on Saturday morning, for the first Corowa race meet for 2012. Early start; 11-35. Met up with relatives in the members and prepared for good day. A 7 race card in glorious summer weather, top temperature being 35. Quite cool for Corowa in January.

Highlights of the day; where do we start ? I doubled my outlay, that’s a good start. Young apprentice Josh Cartwright took the riding honours with 2 winners, including a sensational win in R6 on Saturday Trader. Coming down the straight, over the last couple of Furlongs, it was a 2 horse race between Aussie Bomber and Bartrev, before Saturday Trader came out of nowhere to swamp them. The roughie, who had no form to speak of, and was not meant to have been running, (of why i’m unsure) paid $104-00. Following this the winner of the last was another roughie Chicago Spatz . Later on checking the screens at the Corowa RSL the quaddie did not go off, jackpotting. The running double 14 & 6 did not go off, but for the combination of 14 Saturday Trader, and 12 Puma Kayo, who came second to Chicago Spatz, a nice $483-20 was on offer. How come i didn’t take that pair ???
For the locals both Nick Souquet and Shirley Hunter rode winners. Amongst the local trainers, Mandie Jones had no starters, Geoff Duryea had Quick Descent which was placed in R5, and the father – son Freyer combination had 5 starters. They had a win with Three Buddies in R3, and seconds with Aussie Bomber in R6, and Puma Kayo on R7.
All in all a good day with the family, and the locals at Corowa. Looking forward to Corowa Cup on March 11. Come along for a good day of racing, in the hospitable Southern Riverina. Happy punting !


  1. A journo John Ellicot took a year off work and travelled to 20 race meeting around Oz that he thought noteable. He wrote a book called A Year on the Punt and the Corowa Cup meeting was one of them
    Some of the names you mention are in his chapter on Corowa
    Sounds like a “bucket list” job

  2. Hi Glen
    I was in Corowa last week and throughlky nejoyed visting the lovely Murray town if only briefly. Ive suggested that we conbuct a combinbed Almanac golf day and the arvo at trhe footie to Mr Harms.

  3. Yes, feedback to the feedback. Firstly i was remiss not to mention the lovely Maryannes place bet collects, whoops.
    David, i have read Johns book, where he mentions taking his LSL, visiting tracks around Australia including Corowa, Albury, Hanging Rock and Towong. Two nice tracks he did not ge to, are Avoca in the Pyrennes ranges past Ballarat, and Berrigan about 80 k’s west of Corowa, in the heart of the irrigation district. Recommend them.
    Tony, unsure re golf, but it’s worth seeing Corowa-Rutherglen in action in the Ovens and Murray league,which remains a strong comp. Some top players have come out of there,as i’ve mentioned in previous Almanac postings.

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