Crio surveys the long weekend offerings from Moonee Valley, Sandown, Yea, Great Western, Yarra Valley, Hanging Rock and Balnarring. Buy yourself a celebratory or consoling dozen from the top wineries on the way to the track. Tips please.
Glen Davis took off to Corowa for his final racing odyssey of 2014.
It is, as Bruce would have it, a delicious irony that we have the most meetings of the year at the time our readership is at its lowest….though that could be interpreted in various ways, I deduce that the holiday season is the common cause. New Year’s Day races are a long standing tradition, and [Read more]
Crio finds little inspiration in the Boxing Day race fields (or the madhouse shopping centres). But there are plenty of picturesque country meetings over the next week for a speculative flutter and conviviality.
Glen heads to the Yea picnics which are full of character and helps celebrate Sister Olive’s 1921 Cup win with a nod to a decent old distance race. [Lovely day out – Ed]
Crio is not happy with the internal squabbling of a racing fraternity which cannot afford to be divided.
Even an old-fashioned urger like myself struggles to make a case for a serious assault on the punt this Saturday – though, naturally, I’m prepared to be talked around. It’s one of those rare times when racing authorities (probably accidentally) get the public vibe…there’s no interest and the fields justify that outlook (a $40k race [Read more]
Punters: Racing correspondent Glen reports in with a wrap of Saturday’s six-race card from Avoca in Victoria’s picturesque Pyrenees Ranges.
It is the run-up to Christmas, but Crio is stil talking racing. This week he will be at Woolamai for the “picnics”. And there is also harness racing on, too, if you are so inclined.
Our country racing correspondent, Glen Davis, had a bumper day out at Yea, with 3 winners saluting from 3 wagers! “Fill the Fridge” seems the best named galloper for punter and drinker alike.
Crio is off to picturesque Dunkeld this weekend for their cup meeting in the shadow of the Grampians. But he has cast an eye over the Sandown fields for the traditional Zipping Classic benefit for the ‘not quite carnival’ types. Tips please.
Young Brio took the reins and tipped us into a winner on Cup day. Crio returns to try to outdo his young rival and deliver the good oil on the Stakes.
The carnival is not over for Sal Ciardulli, who analyses the Flemington form to find us a Stakes Day winner or three.
Steve Baker weighs in (pun intended) on the tragic events at Flemington yesterday following the running of the 2014 Melbourne Cup.
A timely piece from Jeff Dowsing reviewing some of the downsides of the racing industry and its annual Cup Week frenzy.
A great day had by all at the Almanac Melbourne Cup Lunch thanks to Greg Carpenter, Phil Smith, Robbie Griffiths, Andy Gemmell and the Waterside Hotel. Check out our trifecta numbers.
Rees Quilford shares his day spent among the needy and the greedy at the local TAB. Closer to the real world experience of the average punter than the glossy TV ads or the Flemington lawns.