Almanac Racing: Crio’s selections

Here’s a first.

I’m tipping Under The Louvre to win the G1 Goodwood.

In previous preps I’ve indicated that a strategically placed bowl of milk would provide a distraction.

Bookies have its poster on the wall. Boarding fees payable!

But this is the race for Under The Louvre.

The Goodwood (AR7, 1200m, SWP, G1), as documented in past years, is Adelaide’s best race.  The SAJC get a real bang for their buck with the $500k prize. Black Heart Bart deserves to lead the markets and you could make a case for plenty of them – but I’m pinning my hopes on the Smerdon/Dunn combo to give me the bragging rights.

There’ll also be interest in the R.A.Lee Stakes at Morphettville (AR5, 1600m, SWP, G3) in which the Cup hero (and heroine hoop) return. So too does the potential headliner Alpine Eagle. If he’s not yet fully “screwed down”, 5 and 9 will tighten in markets.

The BRC also has a G1 feature with their Doomben Cup (BR7, 2000m, WFA, G1). A good race at a good black-type meeting (and the last’s the ripper-named Fred Best), but the best from the Sunshine State is still ahead. Monitor form and preserve cash.

Here in Melbourne I’ll be at Flemington for the old Duke of Norfolk Stakes Day. The “other 2 miler”, it may never have been previously run on such a hard track, such is the balmy May we’ve enjoyed. Nearly always a mediocre and irrelevant race, they’d do better to reopen the old Steeple track! Some of these will be looking for a cab home.

Away from the Ramsden/Norfolk nonsense, there are some race names to be celebrated, acknowledging impending Hall of Fame status. The first at HQ (and 5th at Rosehill) is in honour of Pat Hyland, legend. Rider of Vain, Cup champ, trainer and stalwart, P.Hyland richly deserves the accolade. Les Carlyon (writer) and Neville Begg (trainer) also have races (justifiably) in their names. Scan the national fields to see others complimented by the Clubs this Saturday…and prepare for a wash of nostalgia (Leilani, Luskin Star, Joe Brown…).

Overseas, the US Triple Crown continues with the Preakness this weekend. A win to the Derby champ (in this case Nyquist) keeps broad interest in the subsequent leg, the Belmont.

Spin your globe and you’re sure to find racing action. Where ever that might be, if you’re having a try…

Good luck!


  1. What a mess at Pakenham tonight. Their showpiece all- conditions venue has abandoned due to power failure on course. Another fortune will disappear here, reminiscent of Trots’ ” industry led” push to Globe Derbyshire in SA Trots 40yrs ago.

  2. For those that care, Vancouver will be having his first northern hemisphere start at around 2am Sun morning, the Group 2 Greenlands Stks at The Curragh. If they have Sky Channel at the Seaford railway station Jock, you’re in business, set your alarm.

  3. theJudge says

    My selections in the G1s –

    Goodwood – Admiral
    Doomben Cup – Noble Protector

  4. Andrew Walker says

    Les Carlyon, fantastic racing writer. True Grit is a collection of his Age articles from the 80s and 90s if my memory is holding true and his book on Bart’s Melbourne Cup winners is a gem. Great writing and superb photos. Every Monday during the spring Les would have the story of one of the major winners from the Saturday meeting. Just makes me think that by comparison we are served up absolute crap these days. The Age is but a shadow of its former self.

  5. Good meeting again in Adelaide.
    I Like Secret Agenda in the Proud Miss- Newitt off ( I have a lot of trouble catching him) and Dunn on.
    Goodwood is near impossible but I’d be happy to have something on Fast N Rocking as his form in Group 1’s on good ground is excellent. Sooboog was pretty good last time but needs to put 2 runs together.
    Buttering up on Volkstock N Barrell in the Doomben Cup because I like runners with an “N” in the middle of their names and also because it is ready after a previous good run making a lot of ground in a race favouring those close to the speed.
    Not looking forward to seeing Dodgy tonight and getting a re-run of Petrology and every other horse with a gear change, maybe Seaford station is a good option.

  6. Thanks for the reminder about Vancouver Higgo.
    Andrew, they are all crap if comparing to Les Carlyon.

  7. Flamberge owes me nothing and will get out to big odds. This is easier than Oakleigh Plate so worth another dip. Under the louvre and BHB the main dangers.

  8. Reckon I’ve sacked every one of ’em in the Doomben Cup

  9. Post by proxy.
    Dodgy (intellectually and IT challenged) has requested that it is made known in this forum, hot on the heels of declaring Petrology last week,that of the approx. 173 horses with a gear change this week has selected Private Secretary in the Proud Miss Stakes in Adelaide as his super special. He was somewhat “Adrian Quist” at the time but quite determined to get his message out. Should it win, a collection will be taken up to send him to Melbourne the following week to stay with the Budge…indefinitely to facilitate further discussions on the merit of gear changes.

  10. Any rain over there Jock or do we bet for firm ground?

  11. Crio.

    Under the Louvre. Are you on crack?

  12. Not yet. Is it expensive?

  13. Rain will not happen until Sunday but I suspect they will run on from the back this week with some wear on the track, Roger’s selection actually is a good chance..I had something on it in the group 1 2 weeks ago but they couldn’t win from back in the field that of the reasons I give Fast N Rocking a chance tomorrow.
    Thought Chance to Dance was a hope a Flemington in the last, ignore the barrier a look at it’s last first up run beating The United States who turned it into group 1 form.

  14. Crio,

    Sorry, bit harsh to bag your selection without putting forward my own. I though that looking beyond Black Heart Bart is a fruitless effort to find something with the odds to meet your needs, I reckon he is a special.

  15. Blackdog says

    Did anyone see Sooboogs last run 7/5/16, missed start 4 lengths blocked for a run and came home like a train to just miss the chocolates, worth a dollar or five …. Weir is on fire.
    I agree with you Budge on Flamberge ,just waiting for the price increase , Jock you aren’t a genius yet but Volkstok N Barrell is a cert for the Doomben cup

  16. Sooboog was an incredible run last time but, gee, it doesn’t win out of turn

  17. Blackdog, yes I saw Sooboogs run, unfortunately I also saw most of his other 10 runs as well. He has a life ban with me….added to a long list. Thought Big Money was massive odds in that race (it has “n” in the middle Jock…does it still qualify?) with Black Hart Bart a query…..will need a nice ride from the gate and prepared to risk. Despite the gate I have to be on The Quarterback off a freshen. In my view Private Secretary just wins…triple it’s right odds in my humble.

  18. Black dog says

    Yes Higgo
    I think the jury has a decision on Private Secretary, so let’s get on ! There’s no “N” but who cares as long as it gets up

  19. hot rumour is that Dodgy got the Qld quaddie

  20. How about the ride on the Fav, would have needed some security to get out of the course safely

  21. My thoughts exactly Jock!

  22. Working this morning so missed the race. Replay of coverage on ESPN2 now. Gluggy track!

  23. Jock, you appear to know track bias’ in Adel….why was the track playing against the run on horses so much on Sat? I understand if it was on the Parks, but they were racing on the outer track.

    Thoughts anyone?

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