MEMBER PROFILE - JOE CORDINA
As a 16 year old Joe Cordina started a modest little business with his father Rosario to supply fresh chickens to the local restaurant market. The demand grew and by 1945 R Cordina & Sons was born.
From their humble beginnings to today some 69 years later Cordina Chicken Farms is included on the register of Australia's 100 largest privately owned companies and has become one of the biggest players in the chicken industry in Australia through family values, integrity and spirit of Innovation that has made Cordina Chicken Farms what it is today.
Joe got interested some 70 years ago in Harness racing in his early days and would quite often go to Harold Park, Menangle, Fairfield, Lithgow, Katoomba, Bathurst and even ventured across the border to Victoria on the odd occasion.
Joe even tried his hand at training the odd horse with his Father in law Charlie Baiada. Joe had some handy horses over the years Metallium, Sir Daniel, Midnight Miss and Charlival to name a few.
He has had horses trained by some of the best trainers of that era in Les Blackwell, Leo Keys, Jimmy Patterson, Jim Caffyn, Kevin Newman, Lawrie Moulds and Cyril Caffyn.
In 2002 Peter Morris trained a horse called Ashlee's Babe for Joe not only did he own but also bred her and she by far was the best horse he has had with a remarkable 17 wins in her first 18 starts and a record 32 starts for 22 wins. Winning 3 group 1 and a group 2 races.
These days Joe breeds and races a number of handy horses such as Gypsy Babe, Artegra (Progenies of Ashlee's Babe), Magic Franco, Major Joy, Falcon Chief, Bettor Charm and Regal Point. Joe doesn't get around to the races these days but stills enjoys watching the horses from his lounge chair. Joe is having some success with his current trainers Robbie Morris & Kerrie Anne Turner, Bernie Hewitt, Paul Fitzpatrick & Michael Formosa. Joe also has a Couple of horses in Queensland with Matt Nielson and Scott Ewen in Adelaide.
For the last 20 years Cordina Chickens Farms have been putting back into the industry by Sponsoring races such as the Group 1 Lady Ship Mile and Cordina Sprints prior to the Miracle Mile and for the last 4 years sponsoring the Young Carnival of Cups. For someone to be involved in the sport for so long and still be interested as much as what he is it's a testament to the dedication to the sport of Harness racing.