Crio’s Racing: Diamonds are Forever

There are a heap of sporting options available this weekend. But Crio argues that with both Caulfield and Warwick Farm hosting Group 1 cards, Saturday’s racing offers plenty of interest to both seasoned and casual punters alike.

Crio’s Question: Secret Stardom?

Crio follows his cricket as closely as his racing. He was shocked to find that the West Indies captain at the World Cup is someone he’s never heard of. Who else has reached lofty heights before you even noticed them?

Crio’s Racing: Lightning and Hobartville Stakes days

It’s almost Autumn Carnival time and Crio says the fields are good but still a bit thin. Top horses on display in the big WFA races at Flemington and Rosehill. Guidance required.

Gone to the dogs

Crio reviews the greyhound industry in the aftermath of Four Corners expose’ of the use of live animals to ‘blood’ racing dogs.

Crio’s Question: Beware the Ides of March….or…?

Ever had a bad feeling or a bad omen that came true about your team or your selection? Crio asks about the portents of doom for your boys or the (un)faithful steed?

Crio’s Racing

Chris Riordan detects some excitement stirring within, as the racing calendar heats up a little this week with the C F Orr Stakes

Crio’s Question: Any room at the stables?

Crio reflects on the growing necessity to book ahead for prime sporting contests. What happened to our birthright to check the weather; our hangover; our finances; and make a last minute decision about turning up?

Crio’s Racing: Picnic in the Park

Crio is off to the Woolamai picnics to swing the bag on the weekend, but the autumn stars are creeping back at Rosehill. Tips welcomed (don’t keep those winners to yourself this weekend).

Crio’s Q?

How do you like your celebrations? Quiet reflection and relief or party like it’s 1999? Crio reflects on how title and championship celebrations are covered in different sports, both here and abroad.

Crio’s Racing: Wet Weekend

The unusually wet summer on the eastern seaboard has put a dampener on early autumn carnival preparations, but Crio reckons there are some good ones Slipper prospects going around at Rosehill. Tips welcomed from Kyneton to Kembla Grange.

crio’s Q?

Doha reset the bar. Fixturing can be a contentious topic. Yesterday (26/1) the SCG was awash whilst blue skies smiled down upon an empty Adelaide Oval. Tonight Newcastle hosts the Socceroos, with vacant mounds assured at each end of the field. Tomorrow night the BBL final, guaranteed to fill any home ground, is set for [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Long Weekends and Longer Memories

Crio surveys the long weekend offerings from Moonee Valley, Sandown, Yea, Great Western, Yarra Valley, Hanging Rock and Balnarring. Buy yourself a celebratory or consoling dozen from the top wineries on the way to the track. Tips please.

Crio’s Q? – Sport and Politics

The 2015 Asian Cup has caused Crio to delve into that morally ambiguous place where sport and politics often collide

Crio’s Racing: Autumn Whispers

Crio reckons the good autumn horses are starting to creep back and liven up the racing scene. Tips and winners welcomed.

Crio’s Question: Is T20 good for the game?

Crio has spotted a truism developing and throws us this one to consider. Is T20 really good for the game?


Track Managers and punters across most of the country are unable to confidently prepare for racing at many venues due to what is nowadays referenced as “a rain event” threatening many of the venues, some of which are parched and “roads” now (Wednesday) but no good things to be raceable by Saturday! The form, it [Read more]

Crio’s Q? Loved and Unloved?

Some possum stirring from Crio as he asks for the Appreciated XI v Despised XI.

Crio’s Racing

It is, as Bruce would have it, a delicious irony that we have the most meetings of the year at the time our readership is at its lowest….though that could be interpreted in various ways, I deduce that the holiday season is the common cause. New Year’s Day races are a long standing tradition, and [Read more]

Crio’s Question?

“Wonderful memories of happy times often accompany loss” – Crio asks for readers’ thoughts on both from the previous twelve months.

Crio’s Racing: Something for Santa?

Crio finds little inspiration in the Boxing Day race fields (or the madhouse shopping centres). But there are plenty of picturesque country meetings over the next week for a speculative flutter and conviviality.