Manning Valley Race Club hopes Corey Brown will be official guest at its official launch

You little beauty: Corey Brown gives the Melbourne Cup a kiss after his win on Rekindling on Tuesday. Manning Valley Race Club hopes the Wingham-born Brown will be available to attend its official launch on January 4.
You little beauty: Corey Brown gives the Melbourne Cup a kiss after his win on Rekindling on Tuesday. Manning Valley Race Club hopes the Wingham-born Brown will be available to attend its official launch on January 4.

WINGHAM’S dual Melbourne Cup winning jockey Corey Brown will be invited to be special guest at the official launch of the Manning Valley Race Club on Thursday January 4 at the Bushland Drive Racetrack.

This will coincide with the running of the Harrington Cup.

Brown won his second Melbourne Cup this week when he steered Rekindling to the line in a perfectly timed ride. His previous success was on Shocking in 2009.

Taree-Wingham Race Club named the Corey Brown Pavilion at the Bushland Drive track to mark that milestone in 2010. Now Manning Valley Race Club hopes he will be available for its launch.

“It’s an incredible achievement – riding two Melbourne Cup winners,’’ Manning Valley Race Club chairman Greg Coleman said.

“We’d love to have him here for our launch as our special guest.

“Corey could have commitments with the Magic Millions around then, but hopefully he’ll be right – he’s always been happy to assist us in the past whenever he can.’’

Brown started his apprenticeship when he was 16 at the Taree track with Eric Anderson and rode his first winner, Another Square, for the late Bob Dodd. He last rode here in February at the Mid North Coast Country Championships Qualifying Heat, where he was second on the Wayne Wilkes-trained Shotgun Roulette.

“Corey’s never forgotten where he came from,’’ Mr Coleman said.

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

Mr Coleman said the club will also consider naming a race in Brown’s honour.

“Running the Corey Brown Cup on Wingham Cup day is a possibility,’’ he said.

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

"Honestly, even now I can't believe I've done it for a second time," he told ABC News Breakfast on Wednesday.

His wife Kylie and daughters Holli, Charlie and Maddy were there to see him achieve the feat. It was the first time his daughters had been to a Melbourne Cup.

"I got more out of them being there and enjoying the moment as much as me winning the race," he said.