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We’re in strife when I start looking to Marble Bar’s Cup Day offerings and then recall spruiking it last year! Officially, we’re off season, and the G1s are inked for 2015/16. Some of the premierships will be keenly contested but, other than a habitual flutter, it pays to keep an eye out for the trials that will announce the imminent return of the top shelf. But even that’s a while off right now.

If you wanted a mix of venue with good fields and weather then Caloundra comes up trumps this Saturday. Sunny and about 20 degrees is a reliable prospect for their annual highlight, the Cup (2400m, Quality, $175k), which is supported by the 1400m Glasshouse Handicap (Quality, $175k) and the Sunshine Coast Guineas (3yo, 1600m, SW, G3). The Cup’s likely to dish up Maurus in the red with the usual suspects (such as Index Linked) the likely threats.

Down here in Melbourne they race at Caulfield and it is what you expect at this time of year – a few munchers in Quaddy legs make it evident that you’re putting your good money on bad horses if you choose to get involved.

But something’s gotta win so I’m happy to get on if anyone can mount a case.

Good luck!

p.s. For the record, Saturday’s 1600m $30,000 Marble Bar Cup is promoted as “the hottest race in Australia’s hottest town!” A Pilbara highlight.


  1. Marble Bar Cup hey ? I’m none the wiser. Does it rate as highly as the Birdsville races?

    I’m working Saturday night, so i’m not sure where i’ll invest.I won’t do Caulfield, might see who is @ Gundagai. sure to be a heavy 10.


  2. Stop press : The Gundagai meeting i s moved to Don Bradman’s old stomping ground; Cootamundra.


  3. Crio,

    I’ve flagged one. Ulmann in the 6th at The Heath. He has run a pretty close second to Winx,, ran 4th, beaten 1.3 at Caulfield to Fell Swoop, Close third to Smokin Joey in the Eye Liner, and though 9th of 10 last start before a spell,, he was beaten less than 4 by Malaguerra (see Wikipedia for “Malaguerra Form”) and Reldas. First up as a 3yo beaten 1.15 in the Zedative at Caulfield. Special.

  4. sure looks up to this class. Soft track posted at the moment – that OK for Sebrings?
    Check out the owners Weiry’s got here!…Peter Moody and, I suspect, Billy Picken et al

  5. Crio,

    Class doesn’t know wet from dry. Billy Picken eh. Think you might be right, not that helps his chances..

  6. good wet tracker Billy!

  7. Crio,

    Caulfield Race 8, 12 and 11 Exacta looks a shoe in.

  8. hmmm…bed time?

    What a combo of weiry picking up Moody’s former stock. On Wings in MR8 has been crunched.

  9. Elvis, also has the ultimate gear change, 2 stone lighter this prep, get on.

    Adel race 6 Woolsthorpe Store is very hard to beat, bolted in at Naracoorte and drops in weight and maybe not really up in class. Hoylake also a good chance in race 4. Might try Puccini in Sunshine Coast if the track gets to a good.

    Dodgy has been on fire and will tell anyone who can bear listening that Surfin Safari is the go in Sydney race 6. He’s still living on Petrology but hasn’t looked like being brought back to earth since.

  10. Soft7 and sinking there Jock?

  11. not much rain this week just cold and dreary so nothing to dry things up. There’s a bit of drizzle around tonight but I reckon a slow 7 will be about right, more concerned with how the bias is as last week you needed to be on the speed I don’t think anything apart from maybe the last winner came from further than 4 or 5 at the turn or hugging the rail.

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