Crio’s Racing – fields and forecast point to the Gold Coast

Form guides and play money at the ready, Crio takes a look at the weekend’s thoroughbred racing. This Saturday: get out the shorts and t-shirts punters, we’re off to the Gold Coast Turf Club

Crio’s Q? – Tackling concussion head-on!

Crio draws our attention to head injuries and their looming influence on football (of various codes). Players, lawyers, administrators, supporters – we’re all involved.

Crio’s Racing

Crio certainly didn’t foresee the cracking Group 1 action in Sydney, some nostalgic old favourites in Adelaide, and a batch of rich VOBIS races backending a long, mostly very good day at Caulfield. Revitalised, the old call is back – Tips please!

Crio’s Q? – What do you actually expect from your coach?

A beauty of a question from Crio this week. There’s the old footy maxim: It’s easier to sack one coach than 18 players and a recruiting office. Are we expecting too much of the men in the coaching hot-seat? At what point does a holistic analysis of coaching performance come into play?

Crio’s Racing – Around the World for Sixpence

This week’s racing spotlight falls squarely on Royal Randwick with more Autumn group racing action. And for the purists, there’s also the gruelling Grand National festival from Aintree in England, culminating in the Grand National Steeplechase on Sunday morning.

Crio’s Q?… The Resurrection Shuffle

For his question this week, Crio taps into the Easter message of Resurrection. We all love a good back-from-the dead narrative in sports, but what about when comebacks don’t work?

Crio’s Racing: Sydney’s Autumn Carnival Continues

Wall-to-wall group racing at Royal Randwick beckons this weekend. Amidst the noise from the start of the AFL season, Crio looks at some winners on one of the Turf’s biggest days of the year.

Crio’s Question: Leopards Changing Spots

Justin Langer and Kevin Muscat have begun singing from a remarkably different hymn sheet since leaving their playing days for coaching careers. Crio looks at sporting leopards who change their spots

Crio’s Racing…Tancred Day

As the Rosehill festival winds up, Crio muses on where racing is heading as winter approaches. And he looks for winners at the Valley tonight, Mornington tomorrow and the Balnarring picnics.

Crio’s Q? Game Abandoned

The remarkable conclusion to yesterday’s Brisbane Roar vs Wellington Phoenix game in the A-League has sent Crio down memory lane for some of the most bizarre conclusions to sporting contests you’ve seen or been involved in – nature enforced, or otherwise.

Crio’s Racing: Gold, Gold, Gold for Slipper Day

Crio highlights the “gold, gold, gold” on offer for 2yo’s in the Slipper on Saturday. Melbourne punters will journey to the Bendigo goldfields for their share of the spoils. Tips please.

Crio’s Q? Thinking through the ‘Cage Fighting’ debate; help please.

‘Cage Fighting’ is a new sport, a new activity. Crio is trying to get his head around the debate over it.

Crio’s Racing: Autumn Grand Final Day at Flemington

Crio’s got your Saturday schedule sorted. Clear the decks for a couple of hours in the afternoon (3.20pm-5.20pm) and find a TV. Hopefully you’ve got TVN and can enjoy a final day of top notch coverage. Otherwise get to a pubTAB. As a last resort Ch7 will have to do. You’ll get to watch the Newmarket (3.50pm), the Australian Cup (4.30) and the F+M Trophy (formerly Matron Stakes, 5.10pm), plus three bonus Group races from Rosehill. Easy.

Crio’s Question – AFL Club Memberships – Why?

Crio’s sceptical – first I’ve heard of it. As PJ Keating said, always back self-interest.

Crio’s Racing: Cheltenham Festival 2015

A genuinely ‘time-honoured’ event, the world-famous Cheltenham Festival gets underway tonight (Australian time). Here’s a useful guide and tips from Jack de Menezes in yesterday’s The Independent, re-posted by Crio.

Crio’s Racing: Sydney money trumps Melbourne tradition

What’s happened? The Labour Day weekend was once racing royalty in Melbourne. The Adelaide Cup was a “big event”. And Sydney used to wait it’s turn. Guineas features on the eastern seaboard and racing all around the country. Tips please.

Crio’s Q? : Classic Racing Programs

TVN is about to formally pull the plug on its broadcast operations. Crio recalls the demise of some other great shows with a focus on the sport of Kings.

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.