We’re in the race

Champion jockey Corey Brown with Manning Valley Race Club chairman Greg Coleman at the club's launch last week.
Champion jockey Corey Brown with Manning Valley Race Club chairman Greg Coleman at the club's launch last week.

The newly formed Manning Valley Race Club intends to increase racing’s profile in the Gloucester area.

Club chairman Greg Coleman said this.

Manning Valley Race Club is a merger of the Taree-Wingham and Krambach clubs and will look to run the Gloucester Cup in April. This was previously conducted by Krambach RC. 

The time honoured Krambach Cup will be run at the traditional date in October.

Mr Coleman assured there will be buses running from Gloucester for the meeting and said this will be publicised well before the event after there was some confusion in 2017. He added the club will gauge the feasibility of running a cup calcutta leading up to the meeting.

“Gloucester is part of our racing community,’’ Mr Coleman said.

He added the success of last week’s Harrington Cup proved how well community meetings can work as there was strong support from the Harrington area resulting in a record crowd for the meeting. It also coincided with the official launch of the Manning Valley Race Club. Dual Melbourne Cup winning jockey Corey Brown, who is from Wingham, was the special guest.

Manning Valley Race Club will conduct 22 meetings a year to be the third biggest in the NSW Country area behind the Clarence River Race Club at Grafton and the Murrumbidgee Jockey Club at Wagga. Both run 24 meetings.

Manning Valley's board consists of five previous members from Taree-Wingham with four from Krambach. The board is Greg Coleman (chairman), Neil Dignam (vice chairman), Tony Walton (treasurer), Brian Kelly, Martin Bates, Trevor Wisemantle, Sandra Kiely, Steve Knott and Neville Frame. 

Meanwhile, the club has confirmed the Corey Brown Cup will be added to the Wingham Cup program in June. Brown said at last week’s meeting that he will definitely be riding in the race.

“And I want to win it,’’ he added.

Brown started his racing career as an apprentice to Eric Anderson at Taree 26 years ago. He rode his first winner in what was then known as the Central and Lower Coast Racing Association (now Mid North Coast).