Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Rain Holds Off for Cooma Cup

Cooma Monaro Express 7/12/10
Rain holds off for Cooma Cup

07 Dec, 2010 09:47 AM
It was blowing a gale when these stylish young women took out the main Fashion on the Field category.

Locals Hayley Redhead, left, and Leah Robinson, right, flank overall winner Alice Reardon of Cathcart. The contest was held prior to the Cooma Cup on Saturday afternoon.

On the track, Jymcarew steamed over the finish line at Ti Tree Racecourse on Saturday to take out the 2010 Cooma Cup. The Goulburn trained horse finished lengths ahead race favourite Strike Me Happy, who won the Snowgoose Hotel Motel Adaminaby Cup at the Adaminaby races two weeks ago. Jymcarew was an outside chance in the 1,600 metre race day feature with odds at 15 to one. The nine year old horse was also a strong contender to take out the cup with a history of competing in group one races in Sydney.

Canberra trained horse Four My Girls won the other feature event- the 1,400 metre Sundowner Maiden.
Cooma trained horses Mia Famiglia and Clang Went Bang came first and second respectively in race one on the day and Smoky Bay who is also trained in Cooma placed first in race six.

Cooma Monaro Racing Club president Mick Schofield said the day was a huge success with more than 3,000 people through the gates to place a bet and socialise trackside. “It was a fantastic day and enjoyed by everyone who attended,” he said. There were concerns leading up to this year’s Cup that it would be washed out. More than 60 millimetres of rain fell in Cooma in the week leading up to race day. However, blue sky greeted punters on Saturday and despite dark clouds looming in the distance in the afternoon the rain held off.“It all went very well considering the rain we had during the week,” Mr Schofield said. He said the heavy track held up well throughout the day to make for an enjoyable race day.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Cooma Monaro Race Club wins Country Racing NSW Outstanding Achievement Award

At the annual Racing NSW Country Awards for Excellence dinner held recently at Royal Randwick Racecourse in the Shannon Room the individuals and clubs who have gone above and beyond in their efforts to improve and develop NSW Country Racing, were worthily acknowledged. Cooma Monaro Race Club was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award for 2010. This award represented the most outstanding achievement by any country nsw racing club during the 2009/10 racing season.The Club won the award for the efforts it had undertaken to build a sheltered bookmakers ring and work on underground water and power connections.Club president Mick Schofield said the award was a credit to the community and its efforts in helping the club achieve great things. I would like to thank the community for their support and working with us.“The award we received is a reflection on the club, committee and community,” Mr Schofield said.“It makes it all worthwhile to be recognised.”

Other finalists were the Clarence River Jockey Club, Coffs Harbour Racing Club, and Mudgee Race Club. This award follows the Cooma Monaro Race club being awarded best Community Race Club award in 2004 and 2008 as well as a finalist in 2003, 2005 and 2007.

Perfect Conditions for Race Day

Cooma Monaro Express 23/11/10

THE Cooma Cup on December 4 is the next target for Strike Me Happy who took out the $12,000 Adaminaby Cup on Saturday.

In front of a big crowd and in warm conditions, the Rado Boljun Canberra trained horse took out the Snowgoose Hotel Motel Adaminaby sponsored 1400 metre handicap by a long head margin over Gelderbelle with Mr Massee a further 2 ½ lengths behind in third.

Starting as favourite in the nine horse field, Strike Me Happy was slowly away and settled towards the tail of the field, a change to his customary racing style wherein he travels in a forward position.

Notwithstanding, ridden a patient and well judged race by experienced jockey Roly Saxton, the seven-year-old strode towards the lead on straightening only to be challenged by the ever consistent Gelderbelle who had travelled well and was full of running.

With Saxton and Gelderbelle’s jockey, Kayla McEwen, urging on their mounts, the favourite proved too strong to win by a slim margin.

Boljun generally has a good country cups horse in his stable and seems to have Strike Me Happy ready for another shot at the Cooma Cup, (December 4) a race in which he came second to Lorenzo in 2007. He went on to win the Bombala Cup in 2008. For his part, Gelderbelle had his third consecutive second placing yesterday and will also line up at Cooma for South Coast trainer Benny Wynen.

Jondarborg, trained at Moruya by John Marzol took out race 1, the “Meekatharra” Maiden Plate over 1000 metres from Wagga Wagga visitor Show Genes with Getevenwithsteven in third position. Local hope, Call Me Combo finished fifth and will appreciate the extra distance of the Cooma Sundowner’s Cup in a fortnight.

Necessary Evil made the trip from Wagga Wagga worthwhile for his owners when the three year old Lonhro gelding won Race 2, the Crestbar Pty Ltd Class 1 Hcp over 1100 metres. Ridden by Mark Webber, Necessary Evil scored by a ¾ length margin from Shrewd Kez and Sundale both trained at Queanbeyan.

After being unplaced last start at the Bong Bong Picnics, Amerrybridge, ridden by apprentice Natasha Winton for Harden trainer Mike Harley won by a long neck margin from the horse aptly named Longneck to win the Snowy Hydro Benchmark 45 Hcp over 1300 metres.

Having made the long journey from Bairnsdale with trainer Bob Triplow, Reddy for Kerry finished 1 ¼ back in third position. Race 4 was the Capital Landscape Group Maiden Hcp over 1400 metres and again a full field of ten filled the barriers.

In a keenly contested event, the Moruya, Kristie George trained, Morethan Leicya appreciated the drop in class from the provincial Kembla Grange circuit to win by 1 ½ lengths from Alphabet and How Discreet back a further 1 ¼ lengths in third. Ridden by Laura Wray, Morethan Leicya, who raced greenly in the straight should remain competitive on the strength of that win.

The Snowy River Shire Council Benchmark 45 Hcp of 1700 metres was the final event on the card and again proved a great spectacle for the sunbathed crowd. As the field rounded the home turn, under the strong riding of Richard Bensley,

In the Rye was driven to the lead, this tactic proving the winning one as, although finishing strongly, Gotashotaway, ridden by Tim Phillips, could not quite make up the difference to finish second. Shaara held the third placing. In the Rye is trained in Canberra by Nick Olive whilst the second place-getter made the trek from Wagga Wagga with trainer Brad Witt.

The small but dedicated committee can again be proud of it’s “Gold Rush Fever” raceday which was again supported by generous sponsorship.

Monday, August 9, 2010

History of Horse Racing in Cooma Monaro


The first record of an organised horse race meeting is gained from the issue to Joseph Ward, on 25th February, 1855, of a publican's booth license, for races to be held at Tea Tree Flat on 20th., 21st., and 22nd March, the license being operative from 6 a.m. till 10 p.m. Another meeting was held at the same place on 26th. and 27th. October of the same year. In June, 1856, booth licenses for races were granted to Joseph Ward and James Hain, publicans of Cooma, and Alexander Walker Davidson, of Reid's Flat (now Bunyan), and the two first named secured licenses for a meeting on 17th, 18th and 19th March, 1857, and another meeting on Boxing Day.

Later, races were conducted on Cooma Creek, the finishing post being somewhere near where the Co-operative Mill was afterwards erected. These are the premises that, until recently, were used by Messrs. Ruddin and Co. as Freezing Works.

The first authentic race programme it has been possible to discover is printed on a single sheet of paper, and is headed, "Beresford Picnic Races, 1867." It comprises six events, and a perusal of it indicates the bottom of the horses belonging to the pioneers. The Maiden Plate, The Ladies' Purse, and The Beaten Stakes, were each run over a mile and a half course; The Bachelor's Bag was two miles, with 11Ist. up; in the big race, The Picnic Cup, horses were asked to run three miles carrying w.f.a. to win a prize of £IO/10/0, whilst the Hack Race was run in mile heats, also w.f.a. The name "Beresford" was probably adopted from the fact that Cooma is within the county of Beresford. On 15th August, 1871, an area of 320 acres was dedicated as a recreation reserve, and on this racing has since been conducted. The body controlling the sport has seen many ups and downs, but is now in a flourishing condition. It has had quite a number of changes of title, and in 1895 was known as the Manaro Jockey Club. In 1896 it became the Cooma Racing Club.

The ground on which the meetings are held is about two miles out of town. Its appointments are good, and it has a well laid out course. The present secretary is Mr. J. C. Martin who, over thirty years back, was a vice-president of the club and a successful horse owner. Names that occur as intimately associated with racing and the Cooma Race Club are Messrs. J. H. Montague, Rolfe, Kaufline, Delaney, Eccleston, Woodcroft, Brooks, Cosgrove, and Harnett. The Club not infrequently holds meetings for the benefit of the Cooma Hospital.

Cooma Races - Sundowner Cup Saturday 4th December 2010

Trainer wins his third cup

Cooma Monaro Express


09 Dec, 2008 11:08 AM

Gangleri has taken out this year's Cooma Cup over 1600 metres in convincing fashion in front of a crowd of more than four and a half thousand people. Jockey Kevin Sweeney never had too much doubt about the result."I thought we were going to be very hard to beat all the way through the race, we travelled so well, and I thought it was going to take something special to beat us," he said.

Gangleri has now won four out of its last seven starts, which trainer Darryl Rolfe said was a surprise after the start to his career."When I got him, Kevin rode him in a barrier trial and he thought this is one of the slowest horses I've ever bought. He just matured with age and he has come good," he said.

This is Rolfe's third Cooma Cup having taken out the event back in 1991 and 1992 so it has been a fair while between drinks for the trainer."I was fairly confident the way he has been going. He had a good run in Canberra last week and he's hit a real purple patch," Rolfe said.

At the presentation, it was appropriate that a real legend of the Cooma Monaro Racing Club, Frank Boller, was recognised and remembered for his outstanding contribution to the club. Frank passed away last Tuesday and his family was on hand to accept the sincere condolences of president Mick Schofield, the committee and the Cooma racing fraternity. Frank was club secretary for more than 18 years and one of only four life members.

Cooma-Monaro Race club secretary Ezio Deotto said it was an emotional day for everyone at the club.
"As Frank was a life member we wish we could have done more for him, we may name a race after him, that's definitely something we will consider for the future," he said

Of the race day, Mr Deotto said: "It was one the best Cooma Race days ever, the fashions of the field gets more popular each year, we even ran out of beer at one point, so it was good to see people enjoying themselves," he said.

Miss Canberra won the other feature race of the day, the Sundowner Cup over 1400 metres, with jockey Shane Pawsey onboard the filly. Pawsey believed it was a good result considering how new the horse was to racing. "She's always been a bit slow to begin and she's still a little bit green, I think that was only about her fifth start today," he said.

The win was a relief for trainer Mick Miladinovic who has struggled with Miss Canberra due to chronic shoulder problems. For Miladinovic the win was a massive relief after 12 months without a horse first past the post. "Look, honestly this is huge for me, because it's been a year and I just couldn't win a race. No matter what I've done, how good the horse was, something went wrong, but this was magic today," Miladinovic said.

The feature race winning trainers have no plans for their victorious horses at this stage and like many Cooma residents were looking forward to the celebrations of last Saturday night.

Jockey Kevin Sweeney being congratulated by chairman of Country Racing NSW Gordan Lindley on his victory in the Cooma Cup a the family of Frank Boller look on.

Cooma Race Club Presents "Sundowner Cup" Saturday 4th December 2010

Come to the Ti Tree race course for the biggest Race Day in Cooma. Held annually with the main race being 'Sundowner Cup', named in honour of the movie 'The Sundowner's' filmed in and around Cooma and Adaminaby in 1959. One thousand locals where extras at the Ti-Tree Racecourse when the race scene was filmed. Come and experience a great day out at the Races.

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