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 Horseracing: Races to Watch This Early Spring

John Hawthorne provides a prelude to the early Spring Races.

Almanac Racing: a heavy calendar

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

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”)

The Darwin Cup Carnival

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.

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 – 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.

Michelle Payne’s story ‘Life as I know it’ is out now

Michelle Payne’s story is out now. John Harms has been closely involved in the project.

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]

Almanac Racing – final fling

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.

Almanac Racing – The Championships (Rd1)

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.

Almanac Racing – come on punters…let’s get the chocolates this Easter!

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.

Almanac Racing – Norman May Day (gold, gold, gold…)

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.