Racing: Review from Caulfield on 19 September

Mark “Makybe” Freeman writes: Great days racing at the Heath today, spoiled only by the starter’s shocker in the Rupert Clarke and the lightness of pocket (mine and Daff’s). The Rupert Clarke was the first Group 1 of the spring, and was a debacle unfortunately. The well-fancied Gold Salute reared in the starting stalls, then [Read more]

Racing: Preview for Caulfield, Rosehill and Echuca on 19 September

Chris Riordan writes: The Underwood Stakes meeting at Caulfield on Saturday is a cracker but it will, as usual, struggle for profile on AFL prelims weekend. Although no match is scheduled for the afternoon, it is really not until Turnbull Stakes Day in another fortnight that the spotlight switches to the gallops. That, however, doesn’t [Read more]

Racing: Review of Moonee Valley and Rosehill on 12 September

Mark Freeman writes: Mark Kavanagh’s  Moonee Valley blinkers trick worked a treat again today, just like it did on Maldivian in last year’s Cox Plate. By whacking the shades on Whobe, he was much sharper, and you could see when Oliver pushed him along at the school he responded immediately. He was too good for [Read more]

Racing: Preview for Moonee Valley, Rosehill and Launceston on 12 and 13 September

Chris Riordan writes: Makybe, Let’s move on from this afternoon’s distractions and enjoy the racing while it is still with us. Here are some preliminary observations for your consideration please. Perhaps, because of my bookie background, I look too hard for value. Whatever the reason, I struggle at the Valley and have little confidence punting [Read more]

Racing: Jockeys strike over whip ruling

By Chris Riordan Racing’s hopes of leaving the jumps drama behind and cashing in on the spring carnival hit a metaphorical hurdle this afternoon when, mid-meeting at Ballarat, Victoria’s jockeys called an immediate strike upon hearing that the Australian Racing Board had dismissed their calls for change.

Racing: Reviews of Flemington, Randwick and Warracknabeal on 5 September

Mark “Makybe” Freeman writes: Ten thousand and one, ten thousand and two… gidday Daff, we’ve nailed the quaddie!!!! Pipe-dreaming on those amounts, punters, but we pushed firmly into the black with some wins today. One of the Little Lonhs saluted in the Chelsmsford, O’lonhro, and gave us a collect of $145 for our pineapple on [Read more]

Racing: Preview for Flemington, Randwick, Morphettville and Warracknabeal on 5 September

Mark “Makybe” Freeman writes: The march to the big races in spring continues apace, punters, and it’s a big, fascinating and punting-wise tough card at Headquarters tomorrow. It’s always been a real spring set-up day, Craiglee Stakes day, and there’s quality beasts across the program. I’ll be keeping a watch on Nicastro and Shamoline Warrior [Read more]

Racing: Review for Caulfield and Rosehill on 29 August

Mark “Makybe” Freeman writes: Victory was ours punters – and stick with the footyalmanac tipsters: we’re fit and in form. It started with your correspondent wagering Daff’s Monopoly money firmly on Mic Mac’s nose, who duly saluted in the Memsie in a display showing he’s more than capable of mixing with the topliners in stakes [Read more]

Racing: Now’s the time to place your cups double bets

By Chris Riordan Doubles bookies always promote their dire liabilities, neglecting to mention the stream of lost bets that line their coffers. They, and we, queue up each year in the battle- them for a consistent earn and us, not just for the riches, but the bragging rights that accompany a long-range plonk.

Racing: Preview for Caulfield and Sandown on 29 and 30 August

Mark “Makybe” Freeman writes: Punters, it’s all on again with a huge card at the Heath , while at Rosehill it’s the first Group 1 of the season, the Golden Rose for the three-year-olds. If you’re having a punt this spring, make sure you have a squizz online (bigpond is free) or on TVN at [Read more]

Racing: Look, Mum, a Waterhouse!

By Chris Riordan Not just old-timers can amuse me in the betting ring. Last year my brother, his wife, their 8-year-old and I ventured to the Valley one night to watch his horse run. He gave it a rough show so we went into the betting ring to plan our attack.

Racing: Moonee Valley, Saturday, 22 August 2009

PREVIEW Mark “Makybe” Freeman writes: Punters! Best tip I’ve got for you this week – and it mostly applies to scumbags like me who refuse to fork out a pineapple a month to filthy Rupert for Foxtel – is that the puppies at BigPond have finally allowed customers of other ISPs access to their racing [Read more]

Racing: As old Jack shows, you still meet some cracking characters in the betting ring

Working at the races does give you access to some unusual characters, and I try to make sure that I don’t get bogged down in the greed of the betting ring and that I enjoy some of the identities. My Dad, a long-time bookie in Adelaide, always loved the wags and saw them as part [Read more]

Racing: Liston Stakes day is a matter of weighing up winter-fit runners against the classy ones resuming for spring

PREVIEW: Mark “Makybe” Freeman writes: Punters! Forget the arctic blasts and sideways rain – spring has sprung and it’s time to get on. Already we’ve seen rising star Mic Mac put paid to them in the Aurie’s Star, which also featured “Big El” – Colin Little’s champ El Segundo – rattling home for third.

Racing: Search resumes for ones to follow

By Chris Riordan Neighbours were chatting on the footpath this week. It was approaching 6pm and still light. Winter is fading and the joys of spring can be sensed. Saturday’s fields reinforce this. It’s by no means a feature card, but the Liston Stakes meeting, for a time a Sandown fixture but now “Classic Caulfield”, [Read more]

Takeover Target

I love returning my mind to that time in the old days when you came back into Australia after a trip OS. Before sensibilities started to turn global. When there was no internet to keep you up to date and international phone calls still cost so much that you got the footy scores by picking [Read more]

To go to Oakbank is to back a certain winner

By Chris Riordan In South Australia, people know how often they’ve “been to Oakbank”. For well over 130 years, generations have journeyed in to the Hills and been intoxicated by the magic that is nowadays promoted (debatably) as the biggest picnic race carnival in the world.