Crio has a long association with the Cummings family – they went to mass together. How magnificently racing! He wants to know: which is your favourite Cummings horse? Noms please – more than one totally acceptable.
Everyday people, especially punters, ‘knew’ Bart, interacted with Bart, and were ‘Barted’ from time to time. P. Flynn with some thoughts on the character of the opponent and the nature of the battle.
Richie, Fos, Tommy, Gough – now Bart. Peter Baulderstone honours the passing of an era not just a man. When times were nobler and you didn’t have to like horse racing to love the understated genius of a man like Bart Cummings.
Crio visits Pakenham, comments on Caulfield, anticipates Richmond v Freo and waits for Darwin. He is the ideal punting analyst. [Ladbrokes Bletchingly special is available – Ed]
Here’s the evidence that he’s been at Wimbledon…but will he make it to Cardiff?
The boys are going well. Apart from Freo they’ve tipped the lot.
Two out of two lines.
They may save with a little on Melbourne at a line tomorrow.
Budge discusses the chance for American Pharaoh to be the 12th horse to get the Triple Crown when he runs at the Belmont Stakes on the weekend.
Mickey Randall’s overseas odyssey takes him to the horse races in Singapore where the amber fluid flows. More shopping mall than Morphettville when Black Caviar won the Goodwood.
You couldn’t possibly get excited by the Melbourne metro option – a dog’s breakfast with cats on the menu. But Crio concedes some interest in Doomben and a yearning for the Swedish trots. The man needs a break. Tips please!
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.