Corowa Cup 2012


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.

Glen !


  1. Skip of Skipton says

    I’m guessing something trained by Richard Freyer. He had a good horse Barrakee that won a couple of Albury Cups in the late ’90s. My brother ended up owning its dam. Maybe it???

  2. How big was the crowd Glen? It was a crowded weekend for racing and sport everywhere and here in sunny SA there was plenty on to compete with the Adelaide Cup Carnival in the city.
    Do Freyers have a big team these days?

  3. Skip, Barrakee is a possibilty. Just casting my mind back to the 1990’s/ turn of this century other good horses Freyer had were Teddy Cheval, Born to Dance, Lady Peregrine and Kylies Run, maybe one of those. In the last 12 years he has had three placings, Bronze Aussie was second a few years back, Aussie Bonmber third last year, with Taskwin being third circa 2004.

    David can’t give you figures, but a big turn out. A nice day, top temperature circa 27, perfect autumn racing conditions. The Freyer stable is not doing that well currently. Leica Larrikin looked good a few years back, now he’s trained by Les Bridges in Newcastle; unsure why. Of the curent stable Three Buddies is a handy sprinter in a resticted bush races, BM 68 / Class 3: Ausssie Bomber who’s always been a trier keeps going but he’s probabably on his last Prep. Perfect Sir has had big wraps, but after 7 starts retains his maiden status. He’s cost me a $$ or 2, as he’s been either favourite, or second favourite in probably 4 of his 7starts, but 3 placings out of 7 starts, and no wins, is not impressive. hopefully there’s a few young ones coming up.

  4. John Harms says

    I’m hoping Almanac Racing has the winner of the Corowa Cup one year. At the moment we’d be gad to get a horse to the track.

  5. Even with spell check, and editing, i make a regular faux pas or two. Hot road show, should read HOT ROD show !!! This Saturday races in the Riverina are @ Berrigan, the home of the great Bert Honeychurch. It’s a pity Berrigan lost its TAB status 8 or so years ago,as it’s a nice track,and small, battling towns in the region need all the suport they can get. At least having TAB status gaurantees coverage, leading to recognition = dollars !

    Happy Punting !


  6. John Butler says

    Glen, you’re not alone in the faux pas stakes.

    We read it before publishing. :)

    ‘Tis changed. Cheers

  7. Ta John, it brings me back to earth.



  8. Sorry to say riverina highway was never going to win that race.

    RH had won his first 2 races back from a spell. He had run to a career high rating 2 races in a row in winning and it wouldnt have been possible for him to do that 3 starts in a row.

    While Devised who was never suited first up in the 1200m and giving RH weight, finished off nicely to the race. Then had 4 weeks between the run and by Gallielo was always going to be suited by the rise in distance, his trainer is very astute as well, pulling off some calculated moves in the ring.

    As soon as they had a ‘hot’ pace for the first 1000 devised was always going to be hard to beat. i think the 4 weeks between runs had its toll in the last 50m though. But watch out for this horse in the future he is one to watch

  9. G’day Jack, just to clarify, Riverina Highway won his 2nd a nd 3rd starts back from his spell. First up i think was in Albury over about 6 furlongs, far too short, and came about 6th.

    Devised, stepping up to 8 furlongs was impressive; might watch him for future reference. Would you say the mile is the best distance for him? He’s only a 4 year old,.so plenty of scope for the future.


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