If you have ever had anything to do with teachers you will recognise this scenario. The boys from H Block Staffroom have a few spares on a Thursday so they get serious about planning their weekend strategy. See how they fare with this.
It’s Goodwood Day at Morphettville – SA’s best race of the year. Crio ponders what’s the premiere race for each state as he casts an eye across this weekend’s offerings.
This is worth a look. Steve Pateman rode Lord of the Song in the Grand Annual at Warrnambool this year. Here’s how he experienced the race. [Couldn’t have been scripted-directed much better really – Ed]
It was a big week in Warrnambool and afterthawing out Crio is off to see the fresh new Bulldogs.
Our man in Kentucky, Glenn Brownstein, previews the strongest field assembled in a generation to Run for the Roses. Get up early Sunday morning and make yourself a mint julep and settle in to watch one of the world’s great horse races.
This week’s racing spotlight falls squarely on Royal Randwick with more Autumn group racing action. And for the purists, there’s also the gruelling Grand National festival from Aintree in England, culminating in the Grand National Steeplechase on Sunday morning.
Wall-to-wall group racing at Royal Randwick beckons this weekend. Amidst the noise from the start of the AFL season, Crio looks at some winners on one of the Turf’s biggest days of the year.
Daryl Sharpen reflects on the 2015 Inter Dominion Finals from Menangle Park, where the 8 y.o Tasmanian pacer Beautide confirmed his champion tag by taking out the feature race and becoming the pride of the Apple Isle in the process. Daryl also reflects on how the format of the titles has changed over time. Have the changes been for the better?
It’s almost Autumn Carnival time and Crio says the fields are good but still a bit thin. Top horses on display in the big WFA races at Flemington and Rosehill. Guidance required.
Crio reviews the greyhound industry in the aftermath of Four Corners expose’ of the use of live animals to ‘blood’ racing dogs.
Chris Riordan detects some excitement stirring within, as the racing calendar heats up a little this week with the C F Orr Stakes
The unusually wet summer on the eastern seaboard has put a dampener on early autumn carnival preparations, but Crio reckons there are some good ones Slipper prospects going around at Rosehill. Tips welcomed from Kyneton to Kembla Grange.
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]