Farris Garrison casts his eye over the upcoming Memsie Stakes as we head towards the spring racing carnival
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.
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]
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.
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!
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.
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!
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]
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]
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.
Crio with his tips, while also suggesting racing needs a break, a start and an end to it’s season. Add your thoughts.
In preparation for all the horses’ birthdays on Monday, Crio surveys this weekend’s fields.
Crio ponders the conspiracy theory about the abandonment of the Sandown races on Wednesday while looking for inspiration this weekend
John Hawthorne provides a prelude to the early Spring Races.
Plenty on the box this weekend before Crio even starts thinking seriously about Caulfield
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”)
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.
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]
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.