Before the attention turns to Melbourne in the Spring, horse racing has it’s moment in the sun in Darwin in July. Trevor Leighy takes us there.
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]
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.
If the horses are running you can be guaranteed Crio has them considered, here are his selections for this weekend.
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!
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]
A glut of local and global options fail to excite Crio, who’s sitting on his ‘Bool bank unless convinced otherwise.
Michelle Payne’s story is out now. John Harms has been closely involved in the project.
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]
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]
Crio suggests we put the “big picture” criticisms aside for the afternoon and embrace the last bumper meeting from Sydney this season. For all of the valid head-shaking at the excesses and blunders, this remains a really good card. Be wary about committing until conditions are confirmed, but watch, enjoy and (if so inclined) bet.
Crio’s gone all “Ken Bruce” – he seems to have an opinion! A couple of roughies selected for the rich Randwick card. He’ll need help. Tips please.
Racing’s always had a place amongst the Easter sports bonanza. The landscape’s changed but there are still great options for racing fans. Tips please.
Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill and Golden Mile at Bendigo. Crio previews the weekend’s action and the week’s racing news and, as always, invites comments and tips.
John Harms leaves home at sunrise for a pilgrimmage to the Bool. He meets quite a few fellow-travellers.
It’s that time of year – big reputations and expectations are tested. Some survive. Others wilt. Flemington and Rosehill host G1 bonanzas and we need to find some winners.
This Saturday’s clash of G1 Guineas’ at Randwick and Flemington has served to reinvigorate discussion over the ramshackle national racing calendar. Fortunately both editions promise much to fans, but the scenario is probably best avoided whereby G1 1600m 3yo blue ribands for big coin are programmed on the same day, making this weekend like a [Read more]
Last week really lit the fuse. Watch it burn! Great options at Caulfield and Randwick as the features get under way. Tips please!