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!
Matthew Hooper on Almanac debut with a cracking tale of watching, feeling, experiencing Giddyup; Subashi’s first foal, born at Blue Gum Farm. [Jelly beans! – Ed]
RVL have declared another week of 30min race gaps and certain sectors are outraged. Stuff them, I say. RNSW hinted about vague OH+S for jockeys etc – what crap…Royal Ascot, the 4-day pinnacle of our sport, has R1 @2.30 and the last at 5.35 each day! My only suggestion to the current format (other than cutting [Read more]
A race in Qld and punters are kept in the dark with gear changes, Hannah Bird is unimpressed.
The quality’s improving, the options are wonderful and, for Crio, the weekend
Real racing fans will have noted the hectic start to the week and the usual packed calendar awaiting. They know that, for all the negativity peddled, there are exciting times ahead and more wonderful memories to be banked for dotage reminiscences.
What rhymes with Yarck? While nothing beats a Frisky Cruiser and Sister Olive wasn’t a Josephite as Glen brings all the colour from the Yea Cup