Almanac Racing: Ballarat Cup 2010

I met someone recently who was honestly astonished to learn that the races continued throughout the year. I’m unsure whether the more incredible part of this is the person’s belief or that I’d managed to cross paths with such a standpoint! Nevertheless, the marquees have, indeed, been dismantled so, in her skewed sense, she is right – horses and stewards’ towers and flucs are not her racing world.

But another racing world does continue at a less celebrated pace. Punters’ Clubs are winding down and phone accounts running out, but there are plenty of horses and meetings to satisfy owners, trainers and dedicated (desperate?) punters.

One consequence of the Carnival’s closure here in Melbourne is the opportunity for other racing bodies to push their wares. This weekend’s Group One is the Railway Stakes in Perth and I’m tipping the enigmatic TRUSTING – back and, if no collect, sack!

“Valley Nights” will soon kick in and there’ll be some great Friday night racing over summer, but the Valley this week hosts the Saturday metrop card. With minimum $70,000 purses the quality, though diminished, remains quite high and markets wide. The quaddy legs, in particular, are worthy of study.

The 1000m scamper (R6) will be a frantic hustle and punters will look to the 2nd emerg, ESPRIT DE BULLETT, to gain a run and start fav. Be watchful of track winners SOLCHOW and ORTAYGA.

The last race is also of good quality but I am a fan of VERY DISCREET and expect her to bail me out.

Hopefully this gives us a bank for the excellent Ballarat Cup meeting on Sunday. An excellent Cup is the feature of 10 races, but I’ll be watching the Sprint with particular interest and hoping that our KING CARNAGE can escape a tricky barrier and take some money from the Turfbet bag…if not I’ll be swinging it for nothing! Come up and say g’day if you make it out to Dowling Forest.


  1. Crio

    Another healthy price, another winner. He’s flying.

  2. Good horse. More to come we hope, and always “overs”!

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