Crio’s Racing: Summer comes with the Cricket

The Brisbane Test formalises summer’s arrival and, with it, Racing’s requirement to relinquish theatre-goers’ interest. But, much like modern cricket schedules, racing grinds on away from the spotlight. Serious punters might be battling for cash to send around – all businesses are tight and, for punters, results have been dire of late. Last Friday night’s [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Sandown & Canterbury…reality

TVN have this week been reduced to “breathlessly” promoting Saturday’s feature meetings to be covered from..…Betfair Park and Canterbury! These are both terrific tracks for punting and watching, but the impression is of mid-weekers now being the best on offer. Last Sunday I was at the Ballarat Cup meeting and it seems pretty obvious that [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: After the Goldrush

Punters will be flyblown after another pounding out at Sandown last Saturday….good meeting, good crowd, good results for the bookies. Looks like we’ll be back to the old regulars when we front at the Valley this Saturday and have to hope that Ballarat drags a Carnival crowd when we pitch our stand at their Cup [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: The Sandown Saturday After, 2011

Hmmm….the Saturday after “Final Day”. Tough to convince anyone that there’s still races on, let alone Sandown’s “Classic” meeting, strewn with highly competitive Group and Listed races. It’s a particularly hard sell to punters who copped a pounding last week and there will be little solace that the bookies who roll down Dandy Rd in [Read more]

Almanac Tips: Oaks Day

Harms’ Tips Ulundi Twilighting Valentine Miss  and trifectas with Russian Bond Satin Shoes (roughie: Vain Attraction) Chosen To Fly Gliding/Ravheel Proliferate Cascabel Face Off   Smokie’s smokies for Oaks Day.   Race 6: #3 Gliding. (then #2 Dowager Queen, then #5 Roma Giaconda). J B Cummings collects Oaks trophies like he collects Melbourne Cups.   [Read more]

V.R.C. Derby Day Almanacker Selections

A ripper card at Flemington tomorrow. The predicted inclement weather adds complexity to the equation solving process. Our experts have been busy unlocking the form guide code and secrets. This is what they’ve come up with. Race MOC’s Morals Flynn’s Fancies Smokie’s Smokies Harms’s Hopes 1 Galah First Course Meethaq Galah Galah Meethaq First Course [Read more]

Crio’s pre-Derby Day deliberations

  by Chris Riordan It’s Tuesday night. Incredibly, this time next week the Melbourne Cup will have been decided and I’ll have my feet up on the couch during what is half time of the Flemington Carnival. There are so many great stories waiting to unfold and I’m looking forward to being a part of [Read more]

M.V.R.C. W.S. Cox Plate Day Almanacker Selections

I’m as mad as hell. The reason? I’m self-appointed president of an underground resistance movement called the Keep the Initials in the Race Names Freedom Fighters or K.T.I.I.T.R.N.F.F. Come the spring, the K.T.I.I.T.R.N.F.F. peruse the form guide looking for those initials internalised in our pomp. Sadly we’re disappointed. Where is the W.S. in the Cox [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Cox Plate 2011

It’s the week between the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate. Racing’s hype machine is in top gear. We’re the main game in town for a couple of weeks. Inevitably, talk is of last week’s combatants and their path to Flemington and of the upcoming “WFA Championship of Australasia”. But this year there’s another level. [Read more]

Caulfield Cup Day Almanacker Selections

During the Cups Carnival, The Footy Almanac will provide an unparalleled tipping service. These keen form analysts have seen and done it all on a racetrack. They’ve backed winners from Dederang to Broome. They’ve scooped massive trifectas, quadrellas and cups doubles. Some have purchased dining room tables with the winnings. Some have had the misfortune [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Caulfield Cup 2011

Caulfield Cup Day is an institution, primarily in Melbourne’s south-eastern burbs but, more broadly, it has a recognition factor beyond race fans and it traditionally coincides with a spate of iconic meetings around the country. In fact, if I weren’t swinging the bag on course I’d be more likely to be found in the more [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Caulfield Guineas Day 2011

Welcome to any novices as well as the regular readers of this racing section of our site as the gallops finally get their turn in the local sporting spotlight. Feel free to ask questions, add ideas and, of course, justify some tips. You’ve chosen a great weekend to tune in as the Spring has spluttered [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: GF Weekend 2011

Punters prepared to weave through a fixturing maze will be rewarded with a festival of G1 races. Footy, The Show and now wild weather have wrought havoc on this great racing weekend- but there’s a dazzling meeting to kick off Friday Nights at the Valley, Randwick’s classic Epsom Day follows and then HQ’s Turnbull “brunch” [Read more]

Grand Final Eve Races

Courtesy of John Dunne – Geelong Racing Club If you happen to be at the Geelong races tomorrow, you may detect a theme. Top weight in each race will wear the specially designed Cat silks you see below.

Crio’s Racing: It’s Show Time!

Caulfield gets an “extra” meeting this year and I’ve finally realised that the Rupert Clarke Stakes is in fact the modern incarnation of the Invitation/Show Day/Marlboro/EatWellLiveWell etc that was for some time run on the public holiday we have subsequently lost. It has always been a good race – and, yes, the Show starts this [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Underwood 2011

Though it is far from a vintage Underwood Stakes card, the MRC deserve a big crowd in response to their various initiatives – most prominently free admission – for the Spring Carnival Prelude day on Saturday. With no AFL games, hopefully balmy weather and a ripper Rosehill meeting on the TVs, we’re anticipating plenty of [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: John H. Dato Day

Whilst I stop short of insisting anyone has a bet, this week or in the future, it’s fair to say that if you intend to get involved with Spring features then, at the very least, carefully watch the replays from this Saturday’s meetings at Rosehill and Moonee Valley. The season’s first Group One, the million [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Craiglee Stakes

Craiglee Stakes was always a day to get to Flemington, scour the doubles charts and focus on the weeks ahead. Traditionally the minor round was over and so the rhythm of the footy season was broken. Footy and Netball clubs flirted on the lawns on end of season trips and the sun occasionally made an [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Memsie Stakes Day

It’s not a vintage Memsie Stakes – a time honoured campaign launcher – but, nevertheless, this Gr2 feature race and several others here and at Rosehill this Saturday will be subjected to close scrutiny, especially as the Doubles Bookies have now got their teasers well and truly posted. The next time we are at the [Read more]

Il Palio is loco

Being fortunate enough in our travels to have reached the gorgeous city of Florence, we planned a day trip to the neighbouring medieval town of Siena, population 60,000, about 100 kms away. In addition to its impressive medieval architecture, Siena is famous for Il Palio, the wild horse race that is conducted on a dirt [Read more]