The Corowa Cup

Maryanne and I set forth to Corowa Sunday morning for the 2013 Cup meet. From the heat of Melbourne, to the heat of Corowa,  we travelled up the Hume. Talking about who we fancied, memories of previous Cups, and to me the big Q; could a local break the drought.

The last local to salute in the Cup was the Richard Freyer trained, Sir Knight, in 1999. In 2012 the Geoff Duryea trained horse, Riverina Highway , was heavily supported, with  quite a few $$ on it, including mine;  it finished well back in the field.

A hot, sunny, Riverina Sunday saw a good turn out. One particularly happy providore was the man in the Ice cream van, who did a roaring trade. For us the members area was the place to position ourselves.

Honours for the day went to Echuca trainer Daryl Archard, who trained a second, and two winners, including Cup winner Leveraction. Archard bypassed his own Cup meet on the day, though he did train one winner at Echuca on Saturday. Riding both of Archards mounts to victory was Jye McNeil, whose double was the best performance of any of the hoops.

For the locals Nick Soquet piloted home the Richard Freyer trained  Share The Pie in Race 3.  The well supported Freyer starter in  Cup, From London, came 5th. He started well, not too far off the pace, but in the straight could not accelerate. Other locally trained horses, such as Mandie Jones well supported  Hardenup, in  Race 4, could not deliver a victory .

In two weeks the big drive to Ardlethan for their annual picinic  meet. Look forward to it,

Happy Punting,




  1. A hot holiday long weekend in SA saw us away in the city so didnt really have a look at the Corowa meet Glen and only caught up with the results yesterday
    The Freyers get a good write up in the book “A Year on the Punt” so naturally I took an interest in where their horses finish
    Have you got a connection with Ardlethan or is it a regular or “bucket list” meeting ?
    I have to say I get a kick out of the smaller country meets -but will only go if I am nearby or” on tour”

  2. G’day Oges, Ardlethan is uncharted territory. I might have driven through there once.
    A couple of mates have talked about going the last few years, so in 2103 we have agreed to finally go beyond talking, and make the journey.
    It promises to be an intriguing time. Watch this space .


  3. Are they from up that way? It’s sort of trots territory isn’t it?

  4. G’day Crio. No me mates are from watering holes in the inner city.

    There are a number of trotting tracks in a 150k range of Ardlethan. Junee, Leeton, Temora and Wagga are around there. Young is also near that region.

    Temora is famous trotting territory, Paleface Adios is from there.



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