Almanac Racing – Memsie Stakes Day

Last week’s anticipation was misplaced. The Valley was dreary. Some of the racing was good but it was a long way from spring. Thus I’m wary to hype Saturday’s first Group One in Melbourne this season, knowing that there are many better days ahead. Yet it’s only 5 weeks until the Epsom and the Guineas [Read more]

Almanac Racing

One feature race in each of Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide is enough to warm the cockles of those of us who’ve ploughed through the bleak winter. Sure, the fields generally lack depth, but I’m looking forward to a Friday formguide moreso than in recent months. The biggest billing must go to Winx’s return in the [Read more]

Almanac Racing

crio’s not discouraged by last week’s blunder because a look at this week’s offerings at Caulfield puts a spring in the step. Quite rightly, since P.D.Lawrence appropriated the name for the J.J.Liston, the race has lost some lustre – but this year’s edition (MR7, 1400, WFA, G2) is fascinating. He reckons the safe bet is Suavito (12) which simply ticks all the boxes. Tips please.

Almanac Racing

Crio with his tips, while also suggesting racing needs a break, a start and an end to it’s season. Add your thoughts.

Almanac Racing: Happy New Year

In preparation for all the horses’ birthdays on Monday, Crio surveys this weekend’s fields.

Almanac Racing: Debacle

Crio ponders the conspiracy theory about the abandonment of the Sandown races on Wednesday while looking for inspiration this weekend

Almanac Racing: a heavy calendar

Plenty on the box this weekend before Crio even starts thinking seriously about Caulfield

Almanac Racing: Finals Day

It’s Finals Day at Flemington. Who’ll handle the mud?

Almanac Racing

At this time of the year it is slim pickings indeed on the racing calendar. So Crio must look further afield, to the “time-honoured” Marble Bar Cup (“the hottest race in Australia’s hottest town”)

Almanac Racing – “prefer others”

Long-retired players up at “Alex” still chuckle about the legendary ¾ time bake their coach blurted – “I’ve got only one thing to say to youse blokes and that’s nuthin’!” Trying to get excited at the metrop offerings for this weekend could be read from that thespian’s prayer book. At “HQ”(!) it is weather bleak, [Read more]

Almanac Racing

Help Crio find a winner. [Enjoy Royal Ascot Crio – Ed]

Almanac Racing – Straddy

Not many Quaddies are all Group Ones so the revamped Eagle Farm card this Saturday is pretty special (add four G2s in support!). The caveat, of course, is the track being first up and maybe underprepared. I looked at BOM before Racing Australia! As if finding a winner isn’t tough enough. Unquestionably the Stradbroke (BR9, [Read more]

Almanac Racing – a lettuce leaf for lunch and a durry for dessert

Crio’s tackling hearty pot roasts and pondering the lot of the jockey who survives on a lettuce leaf for lunch and a durry for dessert. He’s taking the R.Higgins retirement option but is happy to cheer for those who’ve weighed up their options.

Almanac Racing – memo from misty Melbourne

It’s a Melbourne thing. Confirmation of winter and everyone pines for the Sunshine State – including horses and punters. Soggy Sandown or Balmy Brissie? Wherever takes your fancy, there are winners to be found. From Morphettville to Moree, crio’s all ears.

Almanac Racing: Crio’s selections

If the horses are running you can be guaranteed Crio has them considered, here are his selections for this weekend.

Almanac Racing – regrouping to counterattack

Crio remembers an old bookie telling him years ago that he’d rather sell tickets than buy them. After last weekend he understands the parable. But backing winners is more fun. Help!

Almanac Racing – looking both ways

Only at Warrnambool do you watch a race pass by from the right and then have it finishing anti-clockwise. Little wonder the universal reaction to each instalment of the Grand Annual is a collective shaking of heads, smile and a “How bloody good was that?” If you’ve been, you’ll know. If you haven’t, that’s your [Read more]

Almanac Racing – uninspired at the buffet

A glut of local and global options fail to excite Crio, who’s sitting on his ‘Bool bank unless convinced otherwise.

Almanac Racing – making every (last) post a winner

Monday’s public holiday guarantees a glut of meetings over this long weekend with quantity conquering quality.   Archived papers feature photos of packed trains pulling in to Flemington for the ANZAC march aftermath. Not so nowadays. The meeting “features” the VRC St Leger, another remnant of glory days well past.   Hopefully some of the [Read more]

Almanac Racing – no fashions on the fields, but good fields

The hoopla’s gone but there’s still terrific racing this weekend with The All Aged Stakes headlining at Randwick and mega-VOBIS bonuses the lure at The Heath. Rather than revisit last Saturday’s gorging, which revisionists are tentatively declaring a success, I’m happy to look at the upcoming Sydney offerings as an example of an “old-fashioned” feature [Read more]