• hrv vicbred 23
  • Racing Tips
    Vale: Ray Corridan (1934-2023) Vale: Ray Corridan (1934-2023)

    Vale: Ray Corridan

     HE never owned a champion – but he was a champion bloke. And nobody loved the trots more than Ray Corridan, who passed away... Vale: Ray Corridan (1934-2023)

     HE never owned a champion – but he was a champion bloke.

    And nobody loved the trots more than Ray Corridan, who passed away last week after a short battle with illness.

    Seldom could you go to Harold Park trots on a Friday night and not bump into Ray, who was bitten by the harness bug early in life, although he was actually a signwriter by trade.

    Ray was good friends with the doyen of harness racing journalism, Harry Pearce and often arrived in the press box after the last [race] to share a beer and a joke with the media boys.

    That eventually led to him writing a column of bits and pieces for the NSW Harness Racing Gazette in the 1970s and 80s, when it came out monthly in its printed form.

    Such was his passion for the game that Ray eventually served a term on the committee of the NSW Harness Racing Club.

    He owned several horses but as ‘HP’ (Harry Pearce) pointed out to National Trotguide on-line, none of them were superstars.

    “Ray was 88 when he passed away and probably had about 60 years of interest in trotting,” said Harry.

    “His horses were trained by Bob Chisholm, the former Bankstown president, who was his good mate.

    “He also had some horses with Michael Kozarkis, who was married to Ray’s cousin and had horses with Paul Fitzpatrick.

    “Ray rarely missed a Harold Park meeting and loved a chat and was pretty-well known around the traps.

    “He was married to Ruth for 64 years.

    “They had two daughters Dana and Lorrae.”

    During his last weeks, Ray received a boost when he had the delight of meeting his first great grandchild, a little girl, Stella, which he was introduced to just a few days before his passing.

    Certainly Ray was another shining light, sadly lost to harness racing.

     

    Michael Court

    No comments so far.

    Be first to leave comment below.

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    Time limit is exhausted. Please reload CAPTCHA.