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.

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.