There are concert halls for concerts and Moomba for parades. At footy, Crio expects footy.
Crio takes the family pilgrimage with new generations of Riordans back to the Fallen Log (a famous jump at the top of the hilly Oakbank steeple track). Randwick is awash with money and rain, while Oakbank oozes Adam Lindsay Gordon character. Tips please so Crio can buy a new tent.
Time marches on, but some things don’t change: when the sun retreats a boy will feel the cold, no matter how flushed his cheeks. [Nice stuff-Ed]
Is there honestly any need to stick by your poor-performing team? A controversial poser from Crio.
The Derby and the Doncaster have long been jewels in the national racing crown. Rain threatens so wait until late to make your final calls but Crio’s got a few in his sights.
Crio considers Mick’s capacity for hubris, bravado and overstatement. Hoist by his own petard? What other examples can you recall of big statements coming back to haunt?
The Golden Slipper. It’s very Sydney: rich, brash and played for high stakes. Crio looks at an excellent Rosehill card.
Crio’s thoughts turned to the high pick, plucked from relative obscurity, who hasn’t made it. (Any sport – Ed)
Crio reckons the Rosehill meeting is top class, but look for the ones born in a rainstorm in a swamp. Albury Gold Cup day on Friday might be the go, with the (time honoured) Flat Knacker sprint.
Crio the Elder asks the citizens of Rome “has the rot gone to far?” Is Caesar Minor spending too much of the wealth on distant provinces in Asia Minor? “Friends, footy fans, countrymen lend Crio your wise counsel.”
Crio’s eagle eye has spotted some value at Rosehill. Take your Money Valley winnings from Friday night all up Crio’s each way tip of the year. Retire to bar for celebration or commiseration.
Crio observes the recent prominence of the Green and asks, for the rest of the year, is Green best avoided? And how?
Crio looks to Randwick where they have raised weights by 0.5kg in the Roy Higgins Tribute and the Stakes looks like a really deep contest. Tips welcome.
Crio offers an affectionate tribute to Roy Higgins, one of the great jockeys and a true gentleman of the turf.
Crio sets the Almanacker community another challenge. Who will be a soothsayer? [Great question, Crio. Interested in the response - Ed]
Crio is salivating at the prospect of racing all over the country: Flemington, Warwick Farm and then, on Monday, the Adelaide Cup.
Two part question this week. Crio is looking for examples of sportspeople checking themselves out on the big screen. And of moments when screenshots would have been instructive (think ’79 Grand Final).
Crio’s promoting frugality this weekend, but fear not, he’s still full of suggestions for the Guineas.
Crio reviews the top racing from the weekend and looks to the carnival races ahead. (Hope you copped the cryptic tip in my preview title – Ed.)