Hannah goes bang to win back-to-back Corowa Cups

Hannah Williams won the 2023 Corowa Cup on the Craig Widdison-trained Banger on Saturday. Photo: Corowa Race Club.

Hannah Williams has lifted the Corowa Cup for a second year running after her victory on the Craig Widdison-trained Banger on Saturday. 

The Wodonga trainer bypassed Sunday’s $150,000 National Sprint in Canberra to run the seven-year-old in the $40,000 Corowa Cup, and he won easily in the end. 

Banger ($13) travelled midfield in the 1400m event but finished strongly for Williams, defeating the Darren McLeod-trained Danish Fortune (Josh Richards, $4.20) by 0.83 of a length, while race-favourite and early leader Jack’s All Magic (Danny Beasley, $3.10) from the Kym Davison yard finished in third, beaten 1.66 lengths.

“He went super,” Williams said. 

“I hadn’t ridden him over a mile before and that was in the back of my mind, but he just travelled so well throughout. 

“He is a horse you need to ride quiet, so I ride him the same way every time, and just come out neutral and just allow him to travel, because if you rev him up, he has the tendency to over-race.”

Turning for home, the big field fanned wide, and the heavens opened for Williams, and she admitted she was fairly confident entering the Corowa straight. 

“He travelled so well, and he got the split when he needed it,” Williams said. 

“Going into it, when he came down that hill, and having that momentum, I thought we were pretty well home, and I know it’s always possible for someone to get you at the post, but once we got that split, we got to the front, and we won.”

Williams won the 2022 Corowa Cup on the Danielle Seib-trained Hemmerle, and the Wodonga product was thrilled to make it back-to-back wins in the always-popular Southern Districts feature.

“I went into it pretty content, but I didn’t think about it too much and I was definitely pleased to win it for a second year in a row,” Williams said. 

“I was just grateful to keep the ride on Banger, because I’ve lost my country claim now, and he could have opted for the claim, but he was good to keep me on.”

Williams has coincidently moved to Goulburn to team up with Seib as she looks to progress to the provincials, and she is loving life. 

“I absolutely love it, I’m with Danielle and she looks after me, and her work place is fantastic to work at, and she is great to work for, and she has given me plenty of opportunities,” Williams said. 

“I’m really glad we did the move, and now we are closer to the provincial tracks, which is what we wanted.”

Williams made the move with her partner and prominent country hoop Nick Heywood, and she hopes to really make her mark in the next two years.

“I’ve still got just short of two years of my apprenticeship left, and I’m working on riding out my provincial claim, and I’ll be grabbing any opportunities in terms of metro races,” Williams said. 

“For the moment, the main goal is to get my foot in the door at the provincials, and I’m riding work at Warwick Farm, so hopefully that leads to some opportunities too.”

It was another big day of Southern Districts racing at Corowa on Saturday, and Jett Stanley landed a riding double when winning on the Rob Wellington-trained Altrove ($3.10) in the 1300m Benchmark 58 Handicap, and the Donna Scott-trained Zoe Shark ($1.65) in the 1300m Maiden. 

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