Crio: Are you Racing Ready?

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’s Question: The ‘fan experience’ – did the earth move for you?

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’s Racing: Spring is Sprung

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’s Question: Is there life after footy?

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.

Crio’s Racing: Feehan Stakes day

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’s Question: Rolling the Dice on High Risk Recruits?

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.

Crio’s Racing: The Memsie

Crio takes a look at the returnof big racing in Melbourne where the Memsie will be contested on a day which looks like it will be more Spring than Winter,

Crio’s Question: The Year of the Fan?

Crio questions the many different types of fans who follow the footy, and questions whether the AFL’s new found commitment to fan’s interest is more than spin-deep.

Crio’s Racing: Looking to the Old Dart

Crio thinks the best racing this week is in the UK, with leadup races for the Cup invaders. Moonee Valley has the last vestiges of winter, while the class resumes in Sydney but the big wet intervenes. Tips please.

Crio’s Question: Not too hot; not too cold; just perfect?

Everyone (except Brenton Sanderson) know there is no point complaining about the weather. Crio wonders what the perfect weather conditions are for different sports?

Crio’s Racing: Bubbles Bursting or Popping?

Crio suggests caution with the early spring booms. Is that the sound of bubbles bursting or bubbles popping? Oges, Cowshedend and the rest of the tipping team have been in red hot form. Opinions welcomed. Good oil treasured.

Crio’s Q? Art and sport?

What was your home gallery growing up?

Could you easily list fav sculptures, photos, paintings and books that are sports related? (What are they?)

And what is on the walls of your dream shed?

Crio’s Racing: Northern Salvation

Crio ranges over racing venues all across Northern Australia where punters are finding a winner (mixed in with some losers) while Southern punters and racetracks are mired in heavy going. St Oges of the Goolwa Barrage offers salvation from his Coffs Harbour retreat.

Crio’s Question: Who justifies the good (or bad) rap?

Crio wonders about reputations and prejudices. Which are justified and which are just a case of “give a dog a bad name”?

Crio’s Racing: All Points North

Crio needs a new attitude in the new racing season. He heads to the Valley this week determined to get a holiday bank, from there or at other points around the country.

Crio’s Question: Jobs that aren’t all they’re cracked up to be?

You’ll find them in the Classifieds. “Get paid to go to sports events.” How could you possibly go wrong?
Crio reminds us that “if something seems too good to be true, it probably is”.
Nominations please.

Crio’s Racing: One Season Closes and the New One Awaits

It’s the final day of the racing season and Crio journeys to Caulfield for the Bletchingly Stakes and then adjourns to the MCG Blockbuster. Sunday second helpings for the Grand National Steeple?

Crio’s Question: What brainstorms have been short-lived?

Crio notes that last week the AFL gave a quiet burial to the ‘numbers on jumpers’ idea. What other brainwaves have been quietly shelved by sporting administrators?

Crio’s Racing: The Winter of our Discontent

Crio laments the lack of spectators, punters and atmosphere on racetracks today. Still there are winners on Sky for the multitude in pubs, clubs, TABs and in their lounge rooms with the on-line corporate bookies.

Crio’s Question: Unheralded sports?

At a time when we are lost for choice with top line sport around the globe, Crio asks about the low profile participation sports that are flowering unheralded. Bicycle polo? Ultimate Frisbee? What are you seeing or playing?