Crio offers an affectionate tribute to Roy Higgins, one of the great jockeys and a true gentleman of the turf.
Sal Ciardulli is back and he’s got all the bases covered. A quick nod to Boof and the boys; then its off to Flemington to collect your quaddie winnings; all up Sal’s scientific AFL flag prognostications.
Crio is salivating at the prospect of racing all over the country: Flemington, Warwick Farm and then, on Monday, the Adelaide Cup.
Crio’s promoting frugality this weekend, but fear not, he’s still full of suggestions for the Guineas.
Crio reviews the top racing from the weekend and looks to the carnival races ahead. (Hope you copped the cryptic tip in my preview title – Ed.)
Our rural racing correspondent Glen has been to Donald for their first meeting for 2014 . Not as much community health as he’d hoped, but the race results and catering did not disappoint.
Its the (time-honoured) Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday (Manikato, Zeditave, Redoubte’s Choice, Bel Esprit add lustre to the honour roll). Crio and his Crazy Diamonds shine on with more winners this weekend.
Crio reviews the last week’s crowded sporting landscape, and in the words of many racecallers in a blanket finish “you don’t know where to look”. Let us know what hidden gems you enjoyed.
Will the great meetings coming up in Melbourne help retain racing’s profile, or will the return of the monster AFL elephant take up all the oxygen? Crio is unswayed by the avalanche of sports coming our way, with plenty of good prospects for the weekend’s racing.
A big WARNING stamp should overlay Melbourne formguides this week. But Crio reckons you can beat the heat.
Daryl Sharpen might have gone to the dogs, but he witnessed the special feat of legendary trainer EA (Teddy) Medhurst leading in 7 winners from 11 starters. Phenomenal. And Dazza may have had a small interest in their success.
Magic Millions is hogging the limelight, but down south Crio also has his eye on the Flemington chances.
Crio has a look at racing around the country, from the glitz and schmooze of the Magic Millions lead-up to the picnics in Victoria.
Glen gathers the troops and heads to Corowa and to Hanging Rock for the races. Here’s how things panned out.
Crio takes a sprint round the country to find a multitude of options for New Year’s Day, for those feeling up to the task.
Tthe weeks don’t so much “end” as roll in to each other at this time of the year, but there’s another full round of races to be run and a last chance for a metrop “get out” for the calendar year.
Sal Ciardulli casts his eyes back across the 2013 sporting wreckage (sorry landscape) and nominates his 3 best and 3 worst of the year. Get your votes in folks.
Crio recommends rural racetracks for the Boxing Day punters. City meetings are ‘as thin as a boarding house scrape of butter’ to use a well-worn. But there’s a winner in every race and Crio’s crew are always on the lookout.
This is about as obscure a race weekend as we get. But Crio’s still going to take a look, to feed your quaddy habit.
Is it better to give than receive? Tony Robb gives AFL powerbrokers, horse trainers, media ‘celebrities’ and the old enemies an extra big serve of Christmas comeuppance. With Santa best wishes to Kate, Carlton and Christian charity.