Almanac Racing: Debacle

“Debacle” is too often the appropriate word applied to issues in Racing. Fair dinkum, it is a credit to the durability of fans and participants that our game still splutters along.

Racing on a “Good4” at Sandown was called off after the first on Wednesday. reported:

“Wednesday’s metro meeting at Ladbrokes Park Lakeside was abandoned after just one race, after a significant track inspection found the surface to be unsafe.

The stumble of Gridelin at the top of the straight in The Grand Hotel Frankston Handicap (1200m) was the cause for concern, with jockey Craig Williams fortunate to stay in the saddle, and the filly was equally fortunate to finish the race, second behind the ironically-named winner Perfectly Safe.”

Sceptics are again having a field day. The options are unsavoury. Either the money once again tipped in to the Sandown track has been wasted or the hoops have other agendas. It is simply unacceptable if a resource such as Sandown is unable to deliver to the Industry. Some tough markers reckon the cancellation was farcical, claiming a “slippery surface” is an inevitable conclusion if, for the inspection, jockeys are walking on grass in gripless riding boots! More creative conspiracy theorists suspect C.Williams of protecting his lead in the Metropolitan Premiership. Dwayne Dunn’s opportune win in the first got him to within one of his rival with great prospects throughout the afternoon. Upset at a potential margin of three disappearing, C.Williams’ renowned persuasive skills tipped the vote and influenced the Stewards’ call!

It’s a long bow but at least provides a segue to the Premierships which are declared after next weekend’s racing – the season runs August 1 to July 31.

As mentioned, Dunn and Williams are fighting out Melbourne’s metro title. Dunn trails by one but has ridden winners of $750k more prizemoney. Verdict?…too close to call. Dean Yendall, as usual, bolts in with the Victorian premiership (although W. Pike leads the national tally). Weiry’s rewritten the record books for trainers.

James McDonald and Chris Waller are “presumptive” NSW titleholders.

Tony Gollan looks safe for the Brissie trainer crown but Jimmy Byrne has Jeff Lloyd and James Orman in close proximity for the riders’ title.

In Adelaide, Matty Neilson and Stubby Holder are still contending for riding honours, but Phillip Stokes has the trainers trophy engraved.


I’ll be at bleak Flemington on Saturday. The fields are uninspiring.

Staff around me will be counting down the days to their Darwin escape.

I’ll be looking for a winner. Speculative Melb quaddy 2,8/2,6,7/12,13/6,10.


Good luck!

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  1. Cowshedend says

    Crio, thought Williams mount appeared to dip rather than slip at the top of the straight, the track would have had hundreds of sets of feet across it prior to the first, including blokes like Sammy Hyland and pos like George Vella, how was a pothole or even slippery surface not flagged earlier?

  2. Great to see the Riordan name back in the betting game. Young Liam has covered himself in glory!

  3. Cowshedend says

    How about the bastards that lagged him for a $20 punt in a pub tab?
    hardly honest Ollie stuff!

  4. Potholes at Sandown? I thought they fixed them up after the Stainvita incident -July 22 1978

  5. Yeah…that was a day!
    Jock, Thanks for trying to steer me into backup with Ullman. I am poison at the moment

  6. theJudge says

    Haven’t had a bet in Syd since the carnival, but keen on one tomorrow – R3 Cannyescent.
    Brings group form to an off-season BM74 3YO event, and is eligible for BOBS bonus of $20k, effectively making it a $105k race.
    Two trials, enjoys soft ground, barrier 1.

  7. Morning all…been overseas and nice to be home.

    Have been keeping a finger on the pulse on the form here however while the little lady has been out filling up shopping bags with stuff. The beauty of the internet.

    Quite like one at double figure odds at Canterbury, race 9 Lot Three Four One. Also thought Slow Pace not the worst in race 5, has run well 1st up previously in much better company and wet no problem. Can be very hard to catch this horse and doesn’t win out of turn, however it is 40/1.

    Good luck to all.

  8. Jock.
    Weekend redeemed by Bays beating those Redneck tossers…hope you got there?
    Punt was impossible though our horse ran a terrific second at Bendigo today

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