Welcome to the Manning Valley Race Club’s new website!
We hope you find it informative and we look forward to adding some more functionality over coming weeks.
The course is in beautiful condition at the moment and there’s a lot happening at the track; new signage all round, new branding, some new Board Members and a whole lot of fresh ideas on how we can do things better. If you have a suggestion, please let us know!
We hope you enjoy the fresh look & feel of the Manning Valley Race Club’s new site and we look forward to many improvements over the course of 2018!
Monday the 26th of February 2018
Local trainer Michael Byers grabbed his second Newcombe Coach Lines Gloucester Cup in three years with a solid win with mare Music Magic ($6.50) at Manning Valley Race Club’s TAB meeting at Taree on Monday.
“My only worry was the wet track” Byers said after overnight rain and more during the meeting had the Bushland Drive Racecourse rated as a heavy 8.
He knew he had the mare primed to win second-up from a spell after returning to training after an extended holiday but he was banking on good footing for his galloper.
A tip from Newcastle jockey Andrew Gibbons to apply a barrier blanket to her in the barriers for the first time to mend her from being fractious paid dividends with a half-length win from Taree gelding Demoralising ($14) in the 1000m sprint.
Gibbons couldn’t take the mount as he was required to ride at Tamworth on the same day and replacement jockey Robert Thompson weaved his magic by having the last shot at the leaders from out wide on the track which played exceptionally well.
“I talked to her sweetly in the barriers and she travelled nice,” Thompson said.
“The blanket helped as she has to be cuddled to do her best,” Byers said.
Two years ago he was the cup winner with the grey flash, Clune’s Rocket, also ridden by Thompson.
Port Macquarie trainer Jenny Graham’s patience and perseverance paid off with a win by her former promising five-year-old gelding Portatorio ($3.40) at Manning Valley Race Club’s TAB meeting on Tuesday.
The 1.5 lengths win was aided by a perfect ride by Hall Of Fame jockey Robert Thompson who had the gelding one out and one back before scooting to a 1.5 lengths win in record time for the unusual 1312m of the Winning Post Function Centre Handicap.
He had a lot to do with Portatorio’s wins when a promising youngster and has since guided the gelding to again capture its pride of place.
“It is nice to see him back”, Thompson said. “He showed great potential early. He was spot on today and I had a beautiful ride.”
Graham said Portatorio had been dogged with “a lot of injuries” and the win (its fourth in 19 starts) was well overdue.
“He has had some great races here (Bushland Drive track), three wins and three placings in seven starts.”
She said the gelding had a bad infection in a joint about a year ago and it had to be scraped out. “Sometimes he can be his worst enemy in races but all went well today.”
Monday the 15th of January 2018
Left to Right:
Steven Blanch – Wingham Beef Exports
Gary Peterson – Part owner
Adele Glasson – Part owner and mother of trainer Steven Fell
Chris Black – Wingham Beef Exports
Winning horse ‘Alot Like Home’ trained at Taree by Steven Fell
The Winning Post Function Centre at the Manning Valley Race Club is the perfect place for your wedding, conference or private function. Overlooking the scenic racecourse, the function centre offers catering for 30 to 450 people and is a fully licenced venue.