Two times winner of the Melbourne Cup a Wingham favourite

Homegrown talent: Jockey Corey Brown returns to scale with Rekindling after winning the 2017 Melbourne Cup. Brown hails from Wingham. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith.
Homegrown talent: Jockey Corey Brown returns to scale with Rekindling after winning the 2017 Melbourne Cup. Brown hails from Wingham. Photo: AAP Image/Julian Smith.

A call for suggestions of how to honour Melbourne Cup winning jockey Corey Brown will be on the agenda at an upcoming Wingham Chamber of Commerce meeting.

Brown secured his second cup on Rekindling, having won in 2009 on Shocking.

Brown hails from Wingham and started his apprenticeship in Taree with trainer Eric Anderson as a 15-year-old. 

On Friday Brown confirmed he will be a special guest at the official launch of the Manning Valley Race Club on Thursday January 4 at the Bushland Drive Racetrack.

“I’m a Wingham boy through and through,’’ Brown said when interviewed just after the race on Tuesday.

“We are so fortunate to have such a fabulous community with so many talented people,” Donna Carrier of the Wingham Chamber of Commerce said.

Donna also cited aviatrix Nancy Bird Walton and current cricket prospect Maitlan Brown as examples of homegrown talent who have helped put the Upper Manning on the map.

“Even though they are successful they are always so proud to mention they are from Wingham,” added Donna.

Winner: Jockey Corey Brown winning the 2017 Melbourne Cup. Photo: AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy.

Winner: Jockey Corey Brown winning the 2017 Melbourne Cup. Photo: AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy.

Brown last rode in the Manning in February at the Mid North Coast Country Championships Qualifying Heat.

“Corey’s never forgotten where he came from,’’ Manning Valley Race Club chairman Greg Coleman said.

Brown described winning the cup a second time as ‘surreal.’