Almanac Racing – head for the hills

There’s absolutely no blue chip racing around Australia this weekend and, with Christmas less than a month away, purse-strings are taut – but, if there’s disposable cash and you enjoy a bet, as usual the offerings (other than from the top drawer) are many and varied.

Perth staggers its big races so this is an “off week”.

Sydney offers terrific stakes but poor racing.

Brissie and Adelaide look pretty skinny.

Melbourne just gives up after the Carnival. It is, officially, time for the country races to attract holiday and yuletide patrons. The city meeting is at Moonee Valley and it will be empty. Yarra Glen provide a tempting alternative at their track amongst the vineyards – and I’ll be heading down to Woolamai for the picnics.

It’s a lovely venue, but needs fine weather which cannot be assured this Saturday. People arrive early to snag the prime spots under the trees and the atmosphere is always great – try not to be distracted by the rolling green hills as the horses thunder down the straight. Generally the winners are not at lucrative odds but the picnickers don’t care and the serious investors pick the eyes out of the usually small fields. The young lads, on the cans, tend to fancy their chances at the Metro meeting so that’s pretty spirited also.

I’ve got the “Post” so shall have a squiz and hopefully find some to recommend – it should get easier as the standard drops.

In other racing news, the “sleeping” stories are ready to awaken.

Jockeys are infuriated by the lack of consultation on whip rules – and this morning C.Williams also hinted at dissent over new skullcap directives. The hoops are edgy and some industrial action will at the very least be threatened.

The “C” word will also get its news time as high profile cobalt cases reach decision time.

It might not be pretty. But, as always, it will be interesting and worthy of discussion.

For that and, more importantly, some winners add comments.

Good luck!



  1. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    I’m no punter these days but the recent red hot form of BJ McCarthy is interesting.

  2. should I insert quotation and exclamation marks?
    He does have some hot streaks.

  3. Best value bet is Marli Magic race 8 MV, wshuld win the last ell suited up to 1600 and ordinary standard and Nicoscene should get the choccys in the last
    In Adelaide Celtic Prince is ready to win in the 4th and Zerprise Journey is the bet of the day in the 7th.
    Not a vintage day but hopefully some profit there

  4. Thanks Jock.
    Heard that W.John passed away

  5. and, Jock, it just looked to be really cold for the last hour of the cricket. In the outer, you’d just go home (or to a pub) and watch – like back in the old days when Shield cricket was on TV for last session so you’d head home 5ish. good for us couch (pub) potatoes.

  6. W John-correct, it had been a pretty tough 18 months or so. Very amusing obituary from the family in the Advertiser describing his penchant for always being right and being prepared to argue the point and suggesting that it work work where he is at now because the “big fella” will trump him. Check it out online if you get the chance. I’ll be attending on Monday and I’m sure there will be some interesting stories.

  7. John – I think Mum’s planning on going too. Pass on my best wishes to Julie, Slug et al.

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