Corowa Cup 2018

Corowa Cup 2018 has been run and won. Top effort by Michael Heagney, who rode ‘Nagging’ to victory. Michael has ridden everywhere from Berrigan to Broome and all parts in between: great ride. ‘Nagging’ trained by Mark Gee from Goulburn travelled a few miles for his good win. Well done horse and connections.

It was unusual being at Corowa Cup on a Saturday, as traditionally it’s been the Sunday. This year it was moved to the Saturday. A sunny warm pleasant day greeted all, with a good turn out attending. An eight race card was on offer, with the feature being the Corowa Cup run over 1600m.

The Labour Day weekend is a busy time around the border. On Saturday there was the Towong Cup, up in the high country of North East Victoria, then on the Sunday there was the Echuca Cup. As well as the races there were other activities attracting crowds. Wahgunyah speed way was operating, there was the Rod Show in Bright, with Wangaratta having a Holden Car show on the Sunday, as well as a myriad of other events. A beautiful autumn weekend made it perfect.

I had a good day, finishing up in front on the punt. Plenty of others had a good day, including the connections of the winner of race 5. This was a maiden over 1300m, with ‘Brother Adam’, saluting, breaking his maiden status at start 24. Amongst us in the members was winning trainer Shilleagh Meyervale, with her two young children. They excitedly watched the victory, as the horse ridden by their husband/father Bradley Vale ran out a good winner. Shilleagh happily announced ‘Brother Adam’ was off to the paddock for a spell. For the family it was a pleasant drive back to Berrigan.

Not many Corowa horses running, only four; three who were trained by Geoff Duryea. Rebeka Prest rode all three of these for Geoff, amongst them ‘Tudor Rule’ who ran a strong race finishing third in the Cup. On a day when winners came from the front of the field, this big finish from well back was a great effort. Paying $4.20 a place certainly helped my pocket. The Geoff-Rebeka combination finished the day with a win by ‘Carlistos’ in the last. I had a brief chat with Geoff to work out when my horse returns to work. Geoff advised he was working with a new crop of two-year-olds, then mine would come back in. Rebeka has ridden my horse in both his wins, as she and Geoff form a solid partnership.

More interesting race meetings over the border next Saturday; St Patrick’s Day, 17/3. At Berrigan there’s the Finley Cup, further, quite a bit further actually, Broken Hill has its St Patrick’s day meeting. I’ve been to both and highly recommend them.

Anyhow with Corowa another Cup has been run and won. They return there in mid June. For me, leaving the track with more money than when you arrived is a good feeling, one I’d like to continue.


Happy Punting,





  1. Rocket Singers says

    Thanks Glen! for the heads-up!

    Can you tell us more about the Towong Cup?

  2. G’day Doctor Rocket. Sorry for the tawdry reply.

    All I can say about the Towong Cup is that I had $$ on the second place getter. I’m cognisant it’s had TAB status the last two years. I’m fairly sure it was previously a two day carnival run over the Friday and Saturday, the cup race being on the latter day. As I’ve never got to the track I can’ t tell you any more than that.


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