Crio’s thoughts on Derby Day, and the thoughts of the other Almanac desperates dotted around this great land. Give us your tips. And a running commentary of your day on the punt.
Crio considers the endless pithy advice that pervades racing circles. “Never bet odds on and never run up stairs” as Ken Howard implored. True or false? Give us your racecourse wisdom for carnival week.
Crio points out the pitfalls of the double album. Then he discusses the Friday-Saturday double meeting at The Valley. Lots of races: but how many of them are any good? The Manikato and the Cox Plate certainly are.
Crio’s Question?…time to “bare your molars to the breeze” as this Spring “flattens out for the run to the judge”
Racing has it’s own vernacular for the true aficionado of the turf. Join us in helping the novice to understand the true meaning of “hanging like granny’s tooth”; “gone for a bath” and “on the nod”. Suggestions please.
Racing finishes the week on a high after the tragedies of earlier in the week. Some of the best middle distance horses from around Australia and around the world are assembled for the $3M purse. Crio and the crew (come back Muz – Ed.) are assembled to pick the wheat from the chaff.
In the wake of a tragic racing incident in Rockhampton in which a young jockey lost her life, Chris Riordan reflects on the inherent dangers which face hoops every time they climb aboard their mount.
It’s horse racing’s time in the spotlight. As the Spring Carnival unfolds, Crio asks about your viewing platform. Will you be watching from the lawns at Flemington; an idyllic rural racing venue; or the pubtab at a special local watering hole? Nominations please.
Caulfield Guineas day brings out the best horses and the serious form analyst in Chris Riordan. Brother Budge; Oges; Jock; DD; Elvis and Cowshedend (unless he asks to be traded to Best Bets) offer their expertise.
Crio reckons the world; the fates; the punt; and the AFL are against him and his Bulldogs. Strong supporting evidence. But the Western Empire is fighting back, and wants Callan Ward for Ryan Griffen. And Sanderson for McCartney.
Now that footy season is over a young Almanacker’s eye drifts to other sports. Crio asks what other sporting websites and information sources do you visit for entertainment over the coming months?
The good horses on big tracks on dry surfaces have finally arrived. Crio highlights the Turnbull at Flemington; the Epsom at Randwick; and the world’s richest turf race the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe at Longchamp in Paris.
Crio applies a bit of lateral, counter-intuitive thinking to the question of captaincy selections. Can the responsibility transform ‘bad boys’ like NRL’s Todd Carney? Odd examples and nominations please.
Racing plays second fiddle for the last time this year as the AFL Grand Final takes priority. Crio and Co find good races and winners across the weekend.
Crio makes a statement! But there’s a question in there as well as he looks at the career of Matt Priddis and compares it with those TAC players on the pathway. [And he offers his hearty congrats to Matt Priddis - Ed]
Crio reports that the Spring Carnival attractions are already in full view – the drunk dressed as a nun; the mascaraed socialite tottering tipsily on high heels – oh, and lots of good horses. The big races at Caulfield are timed as an intro to the Prelim Final at the MCG. Tips please.
Crio is sick of the hype; the spin; the ‘event’ and the PR hyped ‘fan experience’. He thinks these ‘extras’ should support, and not divert from, the main attraction. Let us know your thoughts.
Crio celebrates the first real day of Spring racing in Melbourne with what used to be the (time honoured) Craiglee (now Makybe Diva) Stakes. Big races headed by the 3yo Golden Rose in Sydney if it ever stops raining. Tips please.
Crio asks how Almanackers plan their transition away from footy to other sports and pastimes, now that the number of fans with skin still in the game is thinning.
Is our resident racing expert Chris Riordan just a “grumpy old man” with a glass half-empty view of the fields on offer at the Valley this Saturday? No matter. He still finds time to give us some handy hints as we gallop into the Spring racing season.
Crio cites Liverpool’s recent signing of Mario Balotelli as a prime example of high risk/high reward recruiting. Fev, Buddy – there are examples aplenty of how these things can work out. Let us know your examples and who you would take a risk on.