Flemington in December

by Chris Riordan

The weekend before Xmas is always a difficult time to focus on race fields as social functions and compulsory distractions – too many of them financially draining – usually result in punters keeping what ammunition they can store dry until the “real” holiday break which starts on Boxing Day. There are, though, plenty of horses and meetings to be analysed and, even if not “on the punt”, it will pay to cast a distracted eye on the replays.

After another Valley Night tomorrow, HQ hosts its last meeting of 2010 on Saturday and you can be sure that trainers will be trialling their horses for Flemington’s New Year’s Day feature Handicaps double (both “time honoured”), The Standish for the sprinters, and The Bagot for the stayers.

The logical Standish hitout is the first leg of the Quaddy over 1000m in which Darren Weir’s promising BROKEN (9) comes up against seasoned quality sprinter SECRET FLYER (1; claiming 3 so might be primed) and potential star TOORAK TOFF (2; probably needing the run here but swooping late). Our KING CARNAGE (5) steps up to this grade and, though he is going really well, 57kg seems an impost and we hope for a competitive run.

The plodders go around in R4 and TITUS VINIUS was super impressive last start and will be the measuring stick.

QUADDY suggestion: 1,9,11; 1,2,6; 6 alone; maybe 10,8,5,4 in a raffle.

Good luck.


  1. Eleven numbers in that Quaddy. Highest number 11. Almost reads like an Australian batting card…

  2. Probably too many other similarities Gigs, starting with an incompetent Selector, showing scant respect for form and being ultimately unsuccessful. And I get to have another try next week!

  3. #2. Just like Hilditch!

  4. Flynnie,
    When I was typing this, the computer endeavoured to spell time-honoured without the “u”….how ironic is that? Was I right to resist?

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