Melbourne Cup Day 2015: Corowa style.

Corowa has hosted a Melbourne Cup Day meeting for over five decades. A six race non TAB meeting, but a pleasant  day on track that is highly recommended. We set off early Tuesday morning, making it a big day, as we had to return that night so yours truly can work Wednesday.

Ominously, clouds and a warm day were not a good portender for the day. There had been some rough weather along the Murray the previous few days.  On Derby Day, nearby meetings in Berrigan and Tumut were abandoned. I thought hmm, a long drive for a not so big day out is not my idea of fun. Would the track be OK?

On track the initial rating was a soft 5 which was  upgraded to a soft 4. Far better than down the road where Albury was a heavy 10. A big crowd was in attendance, and with the clouds clearing  a sunny spring day was there to greet the big crowd. Small fields but good racing was the on track story of the day. Honours for the day goes to under rated jockey Bradley Vale. He had five rides with two wins and two placings.

For the locals there were only four runners, with three being paced including a winner. Race four saw the Richard Freyer trained Share The Pie hold off Mandie Jones trained Hardenup. I was happy to get a nice return on this quinella.

Share The Pie has had an intriguing little career. Some good runs early on, then failed to come on,  not running for sixteen months. He made a return back in August and in the four starts in this prep, two placings and this win might indicate he has a future. It would be good for the stable and connections if he can fulfil on the early promise.

Any day like today, when you leave the track with more money than when you arrived, is a good day. but in the world of racing the highlight of the day was obviously Flemington.

What more can we say of the marvellous performance of Michelle Payne ? I can only think of one word: Congratulations !!! Such a great effort for a top horse woman. Well done  Darren Weir who showed why he is at the top of the trainers table. Poor old Red Cadeux; let’s hope he recovers.

Happy Punting Almanackers,




  1. I forgot to mention a sad point on the day. Whilst sitting in the members, on the table adjacent to ours Geoff Duryea got a call from Andrew Bensley of Sky Racing. Andrew had heard that legendary Berrigan trainer Bert honeychurch had died. This could not be confirmed at the time. Does any one know if this story is accurate?


  2. Peter Warrington says

    Rick v Richard Freyer. Those were the pre-Leica Falcon days or yore. The fun we had driving to Canberra to watch Prince Tone win on Black Opal Day the night after Fraser cried. Barrakee in the Albury Cup when I really needed it. Sir Knight again and again and again. Best trainers ever!

  3. Can someone explain to me what happened in the fracas at the 250 (seriously). Suddenly Who Shot Thebarman is up in the air, squeezed out.

    Certainty beaten.

  4. Tle Border legend Bert Honeychurch passed away on Tuesday. RIP

  5. Ta for that news Crio. He was a great trainer, before i was born ,and during my youthful years. A favourite Honeychurch horse of the early-mid 80’s was Allez Bijou. Bert and old Jack Freyer were the standout trainers for many years in that neck of the woods.

    Vale Bert .


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