In Corowa for Betty Battenberg’s birthday

As is our wont, Maryanne and I did the big drive to Corowa. Would the meeting be on? The previous Saturday Albury was abandoned, on Tuesday Wagga was  a heavy 10. Would we have races to watch?

We drove past the tippling crowds around Rutherglen and Wahgunyah. Winery Walkabout; a big weekend. They do a good drop in the Indigo Shire. I’d enjoy a celebratory Cathy McGowan Dolcetto if all goes well in that neck of the woods on July 2.

A six race , non-TAB card. This meeting is normally a five race card, but in lieu of Albury being washed out the previous Saturday, the field(s) were expanded. Plenty to watch, snuggled away in ambience of the members, which was full of punters.

Let the races begin.

Local trainer Adrian Harrison opened the day with a winner, Mi Ranger San, scoring well in a maiden, run over four and a half furlongs. I don’t know much about Adrian and his stables, but good on him for winning the opener on the home track. He also had a runner in the third, Mi Cheeky San, which was placed. I might pay more attention to his small team.

More local success in the second with Corowa hoop Shirley Hunter riding the Benalla trained Fildancer to victory. I had a few dollars on a Corowa horse, the Freyer trained runner Snasybird.

Snasybird had enjoyed a good run in its previous campaign. She did well on rain affected tracks in restricted company. This race she ran third so I got a few dollars back. I’ll  follow her during the winter.

The day turned out fine. Despite fears regarding the weather, the rain held off, with end of the meeting conducted in bright winter sunshine. Bradley Vale who always rides well in Corowa got a double. Well done to two young apprentices, Stacey Metcalf and Joana Andreou, both of whom rode a winner. Two hoops I’m not familiar with, but congratulations to both of them.

We noticed an interesting public figure and their partner in attendance. They didn’t seem to put on many bets, but weren’t adverse to the cans of the Great Northern Brewery beverage. Our car was behind their’s when they left, and following them back into town the arbitrary use of indicators and the attention to the speed limit made one wonder.

Next race meeting in Corowa is July 5  . Will I be there? The future is unwritten.


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