Coming Soon to Australian Horse Racing – Memsie Stakes

Farris Garrison casts his eye over the upcoming Memsie Stakes as we head towards the spring racing carnival

Finals Week 3 – Preview: Sal predicting that Victoria is irrelevant

Sal’s predictions suggest the Sin City is the centre of the footy universe. But, Victorians need not be too perturbed, they’re racing at The Heath tomorrow.

Almanac Racing – Punters, keep your eye on, and off, the (foot)ball!

The footy feeding frenzy is not necessarily an excuse for overlooking the racing menu this weekend. I’ll forgive you Friday night – Moonee Valley needs good weather and strong fields to be an “action attraction” and it would take more than’s on offer to trump the MCG’s allure. But the unfamiliar timing of the other [Read more]

The Glorious Nineteenth

Today (September 19) is the twentieth anniversary of the first start of John Harms’s first ever horse, the great mare Courting Pleasure, known as Dog on Fire, or just The Dog. She started at Murtoa in the Wimmera region of Victoria. Coincidentally, this Saturday the Murtoa Cup will be run at Murtoa.

Almanac Racing – It’s time

Crio reckons it’s time for Racing fans to “get invested” – emotionally and possibly financially. The Spring will be here and gone in a blink. No time for distractions (OK, maybe if the Doggies push on!) because the fields are good and the blackbook needs to be at hand. Tips please!

Almanac Racing – Spring…finally!

Craiglee Day means we’re underway. It’s transition time as teams drop out of the footy race and your focus shifts a few pages within the sports section. The good ‘uns are officially on show. Take notice and get involved.

Almanac Racing – Dato Day

Ah. It’s a funny game. Those entrusted with growing Racing seem to conspire against it. True believers are undaunted. crio, winless since Gauch was claiming, somehow believes he can turn it all around on Dato Day. He probably needs some help!

Almanac Racing – Memsie Stakes Day

Last week’s anticipation was misplaced. The Valley was dreary. Some of the racing was good but it was a long way from spring. Thus I’m wary to hype Saturday’s first Group One in Melbourne this season, knowing that there are many better days ahead. Yet it’s only 5 weeks until the Epsom and the Guineas [Read more]

Almanac Racing

One feature race in each of Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide is enough to warm the cockles of those of us who’ve ploughed through the bleak winter. Sure, the fields generally lack depth, but I’m looking forward to a Friday formguide moreso than in recent months. The biggest billing must go to Winx’s return in the [Read more]

Almanac Racing

crio’s not discouraged by last week’s blunder because a look at this week’s offerings at Caulfield puts a spring in the step. Quite rightly, since P.D.Lawrence appropriated the name for the J.J.Liston, the race has lost some lustre – but this year’s edition (MR7, 1400, WFA, G2) is fascinating. He reckons the safe bet is Suavito (12) which simply ticks all the boxes. Tips please.

Almanac Racing

Crio with his tips, while also suggesting racing needs a break, a start and an end to it’s season. Add your thoughts.

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.