Almanac Racing: Riverina Racing

Today, Tuesday 12/6/18 is my last day of three weeks of holidays. We’ve been to Canberra, some decluttering was commenced, I spent some time on Tasmania’s West Coast, then off to Corowa races to close it off.

Holidays are good, they’re the second best part of working. It makes me think of Guy Debord when he talks about people working hard to achieve their vacations, the latter being the European/American variant of our term, holidays. Yes holidays, leisure time , is important for the development of human potential.

Anyhow get to the point Glen. We went up to Corowa for the races. For a long time Corowa had conducted a non-TAB meeting on the Queens Birthday Monday. In 2017 it changed, being moved to the Tuesday, also having TAB status. We were there, ditto we returned for this race meeting in 2018. Of particular interest was my horse was returning from a spell. He was given 60 kilos to carry, drawn barrier 16 to run a 900m race, a distance totally unsuitable to him. Compounding it bucketed rain through out the night around 15mls, resulting in a track being a heavy 8.

We had a good talk with Geoff, the trainer, in the lead up to the race. He wanted the horse to get a good working , as the plan was to have him back up to 7 furlongs for his next start. Geoff acknowledged the difficulty with the weighting, the barrier draw and the heavy track, but having Rebeka Prest on board Geoff was confident of a good run. Rebeka had ridden our horse to both his wins so he was in good hands having her riding. However it didn’t go that way as he brought up the field, well back. In Geoff’s words; it was very disappointing. Oh well, we’ll see what’s next up. Let’s see what suitable 7 furlong races are scheduled around the border.

A 7 race TAB meeting saw a good turn out. Despite the heavy overnight rain the weather was fine, with only some slight drizzle during the last few races being the sole rain for the day. Punters had a  good day with some popular runners saluting. Jake Duffy certainly rode well, with a treble in races 2,3,4, followed by a second in race 5. Those three wins by Jake make you think he might once again get regular rides in the big smoke. An interesting combination was a running double of greys, Bold Approach winning race 5, followed by Grey Strike saluting in race 6.

As always some interesting horse names. Sarsaparilla running second in the opening race, Flying Ferret fourth in race 6,  with a quinella of Flying Frog and Mr Brown Fox in the last, all caught the attention. One wonders how horse names are devised.

Tuesday July 3 and Monday September 17 , are the next two meetings at Corowa: both TAB meetings. If you like a flutter at a good country track , put them in your diary. Until next time; if you can’t back a winner, back another.



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