Five Corowa races, two protests, one OA

The long weekend beckoned, so off we drove, over the border to the old family town of Corowa.  Along the way the required stop @ Hide’s bakery in Benalla; nice tucker. Once in Corowa we head to the old flour mill, now the chocolate factory, buying presents for my mother and the granddaughter. They are having the big opening of their whiskey distillery on Saturday October 4; might be a good day out, combining chocolates and whiskey.

Heading through South Corowa, we arrived on track where there is a five race non-TAB meeting about to start. The sun shone, and it was a mild day circa, 18 degrees. Into the members to catch up with the regulars including the officials, and other active volunteers/workers. Congratulations to Corowa Race Club President,  Gary Poidevin , a recipient of an Order of Australia Medal,  announced  on the weekend. Gary, a long time leader of the Corowa community, is a worthy recipient for his work around the town, including his involvement with the race club.

Riding honours for the day went to Bec Williams.  She bookended the day, winning the first and last. As well as two winners, Bec found herself embroiled in two protests. In the opening she rode the winner, Destiny Glow, though there was a protest lodged by Andrew Bloomfield, the rider of the second horse. This was part of a comedy of errors as the course announcer had initially declared that Aussie Thunder, ridden by Bloomfield, had won in a photo, but then they semaphored the numbers showing that Williams on Destiny Glow had saluted. After half an hour it was resolved.

Then in race four Bec Williams was involved in a protest, third against fourth. Her mount, the Brett Cavanough trained Not Really, drifted out dramatically with a furlong to go, causing interference. Not Really finished third, but Amanda Masters, rider of the fourth horse, Coz I’m Lucky, put in a protest, and –  yes, she was lucky; the numbers were reversed, with Masters claiming third.

For the locals it was an underwhelming, and under-represented day, with the only Corowa horse on the track, the Mandie Jones trained Fugitive Miss finishing well back. Has there ever been a race meeting in Corowa without a Freyer trained runner?! If so, I can’t recall it.

The better half had a good day on the punt with a winner and a few placings. My day was saved by Brave Journey in Adelaide, as well as a tidy little multi super on the footy. Nonetheless it was a pleasant day on track. Next meeting in Corowa  is Monday July 7, looking forward to it.


  1. A day at a country race- track is great Glen and by the tone of your posts around the Vic and NSW country you have a ball
    Glad you got a winner
    Where to next?

  2. G’day Oges. We’ll be back in Corowa, come the first Monday in July. It’s a TAB meeting, so make a wise investment.


  3. Dr Rocket says

    Did Rita Colvin from Wagga have anything in?

    You said you saw Christmas at the track.

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