Almanac Racing – Caulfield’s best day

Are you ready to commit? This is always a ripper meeting. If you want to ride the Spring Carnival, watching/punting on Caulfield Guineas Day is essential. We’re looking for information, speculation…anything to fit the occasion! All contributions welcome.

Crio’s Q?- great sporting finishes this year (and beyond)

The NRLGF or the USPGA?…great sporting finishes this year (and beyond). These two stand out as events I watched seemingly dispassionately until finding myself leaping off the couch, screaming at the TV. Any other noms?

Almanac Racing – Moir/Epsom/Turnbull weekend treble

On Saturday it is exactly a month until the First Tuesday in November. Despite the footy distractions, it is now or never for aspirational punters.

Crio’s Q? – Friday’s holiday

What’s the consensus about Melbourne’s Public Holiday this Friday? Some friends with shops are not opening due to penalty rates. Many lunches are shifting to Thursday night dinners. I suspect it will be a big night on Thursday in the pubs and clubs and that the good weather might rescue Friday’s parade and paraphernalia. But [Read more]

Almanac Racing – duck the dunny door

  We’re having some false dawns this Spring – the weather and the races both promise to heat up but don’t yet consistently deliver. Nowadays Prelim Finals weekend means Underwood Stakes Day at Caulfield and, with few footy distractions and (touch wood) a fine forecast, plenty of people could be expected to flock to the [Read more]

Crio’s Q? – when it gets personal

Maybe ego is a dirty word! Mourinho and Wenger have been at it again. Can anything match the off-field enmity of these foes?

Almanac Racing – at all points of the compass

Crio has a quick look ahead to Caulfield, Randwick and Morphettville as the release of weights for the Cup and the Epsom are reminders that spring has sprung.

Crio’s Q? Finals don’t matter if you’re not involved

An embittered Crio wonders why anyone – other than supporters of remaining teams and the always desperate punters – would give a “rat’s tossbag” once their side is out. Does anyone else struggle with this sentimental rubbish of picking a team for the finals?

Almanac Racing – qualifying finals

Crio wants a winner this weekend as he does the dream Melbourne double of G1 racing at Flemington and Finals at the ‘G.

Almanac Cricket – Australia A: Who’s knocking on the selectors’ doors?

With the Ashes behind us, Brad Haddin and Shane Watson on their test careers, Crio ponders what the next generation Australian Test side could look like, after the recent Australian A tour to India

Crio’s Q? – “If it looks too good to be true, it probably is…”

There’s one of us born every minute. And there’s always an opportunist around to relieve us of some cash. Anyone else got a “slightly imperfect” souvenir?

Almanac Racing: Here comes the Spring

Spring is in the air and the good horses are cranking up. Crio has a look at the weekend ahead.

Crio’s Q? Bart’s horses

Crio has a long association with the Cummings family – they went to mass together. How magnificently racing! He wants to know: which is your favourite Cummings horse? Noms please – more than one totally acceptable.

Almanac Racing – “there’s movement at the station…”

Wipe the sleep from your eyes – the Memsie meeting ramps up the quality and any race fans had better start to take notice. Crio & Co ensure we’ll all be “Rich Enuff” on Saturday night. Tips please.

Crio’s Q? – It takes all types

This week’s Q is asking what players might been overlooked by the “Committees”. Who never got a shot but might have been a gun (or at least fun)?…from more serious nominations like Gerard Healy to fascinators such as Jacko (or future proposals – Bob Murphy anyone?)

Almanac Racing – pay attention!

Don’t wait until the horse has bolted. If you are keen to play this Spring, you’d better start paying attention and making some decisions. Randwick leads the charge this Saturday, with The Valley in support.

Crio’s Q? – look…it’s important!

Footy games not enough to excite your interest? Let’s have more bells and whistles. We used to milk Mother’s Day in the Juniors, but the AFL reckon too much is barely enough.

Almanac Racing – Getting better!

It’s a teaser Saturday for those whose underperforming footy side is driving them to the racing section of the sports pages. While black type races are back on the card, don’t get too excited just yet advises Crio. Keeping your wagering powder dry and paying attention now, will pay dividends in the weeks ahead.

Crio’s Q? – What to expect from a Captain

A captain’s game. A captain’s knock. Rhetoric or reality? What is it and how does it alter across the sporting landscape?

Crio’s Racing: Channel 78 on Sunday the hopeful highlight

We’re back on the merry-go-round as early season black type is up for grabs at Flemington and Randwick – and Ballarat on Sunday may produce the pick of the weekend’s offerings.
Crio, as always, is looking for a nod or a wink (but not a blind horse).