Corowa Races : Feb 2014

Well, over the border for the first time in 2014.  Goodness, I hadn’t been to Corowa since the end of December 2013.  From just past Whittlesea to Corowa it drizzled, and it continued for my first few hours in town.  Get to Corowa, and start off by having a nice lunch with the rellies,  in the Chocalate Factory, which is nestled in the old flour mill.  From there a short drive to the track.

On track it  was a 5 race card.  The first commenced at 1-25pm, the Golfers Lodge Maiden, over four and half furlongs, with the days first winner being Cold Ice, trained by  Tatura based Ivan Lister,  ridden superbly by Nick Souquet.  The track was  initially rated a good 3.

Race 2, also a Maiden, was run over 1300 metres. Here the Cranbourne trained  Cheap Tycoon was the winner.   Local trainer Mandie Jones produced a duet in this race.  She had the favourite Maison Man, which came third, while  her Balmattum Belle ran second, it’s first placing in eleven starts.  Balmattum Belle had put on an allmighty performance in the mounting yard,  bucking and lashing out wildly, but settled down to run well. The track was now a dead 4.

The third was also over 1300 metres, being a Benchmark 45.  Bradley Vale rode the Albury trained Dancing Hillbilly to victory. In this race the first five horses maintained their positions for the duration of the race, which may have indicated a track bias, but as it stood  throughout the day winners came from both the front of the field, and beyond mid field.  As  the drizzle continued the track was downgraded to a dead 5.

Race 4,  The Ray Sykes Memorial Benchmark 50, was  a sprint over 5 furlongs. The track was further downgraded to a  slow 6,  which  it  remained for the rest of the meeting.  The Wangaratta trained Our Hussey, ridden by the intriguingly named Chynna Marston, was the winner.

The final race, the RSL Class 2 over a mile, saw Melissa Nicholls win on Dane’s Edge.  My money was on Lingering,  who led all of the way until the last half furlong, but faded to a disappointing fourth.

Honours for the day were shared by five different jockeys, and trainers.  It was pleasing to see three of the winners were female apprentices;  Jessica Payne, Chynna Marston,  who also rode Sonro to victory in the trial , as well as Melissa Nicholls.  Are  the girls  the future of  Australian racing?  It took a long time for female jockeys to be accepted, but the performances of  riders like  Claire Lindop, Nikita Berriman, Jamie Kah, etc, show the important role they play in our races.   For the locals, training honours go to Mandie Jones and Rick Freyer, both of whom trained place getters.

My next planned visit to Corowa is in March – the Cup meeting.  I live in hope a local can claim the Cup, as none has since  Sir Knight way  back in 1999.  Nut I’m not holding my breath.

Happy punting,



  1. Love those furlong and mile references, Glen. Ah for the days when the fave was 13/8 and the races were over 10 furlongs.

  2. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    Don’t remember Barry Riordan ever offering me 13/8, might have been 12/10 or 14/10

  3. You’re too young “Swish” – and the lingo remained after metric tinker.

    Glen – was this a TAB meeting? That would explain the “optimistic” early track rating and the subsequent downgrades.
    Chynna Marston gets a fair few rides – there are some exotic names amongst the female hoops.

  4. G’day Crio, it was non TAB, only the five races. Yes Chynna, a very unusual Christian name. It’s origins certainly make me wonder. Maybe Dr Phil was right when he said, “what were they thinking !!!’


  5. Don’t worry Glen Corowa is on my bucket list. Where to next in the bush?

  6. G’day Oges, i think Donald might be next on the list.


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