Almanac Racing – They’re racing in Corowa on 7/7


July 7 was a lovely sunny day in the Riverina. A big crowd were on track in Corowa, enjoying the ambience and the fine weather. An open gate approach boosted the numbers as all age groups got together for a pleasant day. It was a nine race card, with good size fields, having TAB status, kicking off at 11-34 with a maiden over five furlongs. Yours truly made his biggest outlay for the day on the locally trained Snasybird making its second start for Richard Freyer. Snasybird had been placed at big odds the previous start in Wagga. Not this start as she finished well back.


The last few years have not been good for the Freyer stable. In the past they have trained some fabulous horses, Barrakee, Prince Tone, Leica Falcon, Sir Talaq, In The Field  amongst them. They are now distant, though pleasant, memories as the last few years have been difficult for the stable. The had three runners on the day, all in maidens, all finished outside of the placings. Sad to see.


Looking at other Corowa trainers, Mandie Jones only had one starter Stradeeming, who finished well back in the first. Geoff Duryea had a better day. Geoff had five runners on the day. In the second he had the top weight, Bianexpress, who broke his maiden status. Geoff also had placings with Szyslak and Waitaha Prophecy. The latter a 5 year old grey mare ran a slashing second over the five furlongs , a distance shorter than she normally runs.


Riding honours on this day went to Corey Parish, who rode a double. Re the trainers, nine races, nine winning trainers. Horsey honours; the two best performances , at least to me, were the David Hayes/Tom Daberning trained Snitzlewood, who led from go to whoa in its race over a mile . The Berrigan, Emma Steel, trained Go De Orpen ran a great race in the Benchmark 65 over five furlongs. Well back early on, second last coming into the straight Go De Orpen ran down the gallant local, Waitaha Prophecy In a exciting finish. Good for my sky rocket.


As the 2014-15 racing season draws to a close the Southern District Racing Association premiership races remain open. Simon Miller and Nick Souquet both rode a winner, remain equal top with 31 winning rides each. John Kissick who also who had a winning rides is one race behind the leading pair. For the trainers, Big” Trevor Sutherland remains on top with 36 winners for  the season , one in front of fellow Wagga trainer  Chris Heywood. Both trainers were out of luck in Corowa, neither training a winner. There are three races left for the season, commencing with Wagga this Friday.


Yours truly had a great day. Lovely weather, welcoming atmosphere, and to cap it off, in the money. After a disastrous start a few well placed bets allowed me to bring home a return of well over 100%. Any day when your return is measured in three figures is a great day.


No more racing in Corowa until the first Tuesday in November. I’m sure i’ll find some more tracks, more races before then. Happy Punting Almanackers.



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