Almanac Racing – looking both ways

Only at Warrnambool do you watch a race pass by from the right and then have it finishing anti-clockwise. Little wonder the universal reaction to each instalment of the Grand Annual is a collective shaking of heads, smile and a “How bloody good was that?”

If you’ve been, you’ll know. If you haven’t, that’s your loss.

I’m back from mid-life schoolies but still looking ahead to the past…it’s that sort of contradictory week for me. Tonight we’re off to the Glenelg Oval – a second home of a long lost youth – to watch the Bays in action and then tomorrow there’s the ripper Oaks meeting at another place packed with memories – magnificent Morphettville. By the end of Mothers’ Day lunch – back at the old St Leonard’s! – I’ll be lost in a time warp. And happy.

The Adelaide fields for tomorrow are terrific. The Winning Post is packed in hand luggage and the urgers will update me tonight.

Here are the Quaddy legs:-

AR5 (Euclase Stakes, 1200m, 3yo, G2) – Almighty Girl’s going to be overs after a flat run at Caulfield. I’m still a believer. 12, 11, 4

AR6 (Oaks, 2000m, 3yoF, G1) – Silent Sedition, as predicted, was emphatic last start. I’m on again. 14 is the one on the up. The old Pasadena Girl would give it a shake so, at 20/1, she also goes in.

AR7 (Sangster Stakes, 1200m, F+M, G1) – Some nightmare barrier draws here (W.Pike’s been crucified). Perhaps Griante from a cosy run?

AR8 (Queen of the South, 1600m, F+M, G2) – Disappointing closer. 13 E/W

Excellent support races also. Super One is a big watch in the D.C.McKay (AR4). Boom burst last prep but trackmen are pumping it up again.

Punters should also take heed of the Gold Coast card where the A.R.Hollindale Stakes (BR7, 1800m, G2) headlines a day of blacktype lead ins to the approaching rich Brissie features.

International followers will be aware that Sunday morning’s the Kentucky Derby. Others better remember that it is also Mothers’ Day.

Good luck!


  1. Great meeting in Adelaide and I’m in rare form tipping ( not quite so great in practice). Tricky day and forecast is plenty of rain but it may come late in the day.
    Race 4 watch out for Daytona Grey if the rain comes early otherwise no reason Nostradamus cannot win again but he needs it to stay dry
    Race 5 Brockoff is great value at 30/1 or better, any form behind Ragesse looks good at present
    Race 6 I’ll probably try Asinara but Abbey Marie looked very good last time. I think Silent Sedition has won its race.
    Race 7 is very hard and I’ll have a bit on each of Sabatini and Private Secretary
    Last idea
    Having a few bucks on Running Bull in the 2nd last at flemington.
    Big night at the Bay Oval coming up tonight.

  2. Peter_B says

    I can understand why jumps jockeys need a heart starter in the mornings, but flat jockeys? A very late night finish or a very early morning start?
    “I allus has wan at eleven”

  3. Peter Flynn says

    Loving the Bool.

    On behalf of backers of Kill Bill.

  4. cowshedend says

    Listening to Oliver apologists on the radio this week, the usual suspects, once again no discussion of the owners and trainers he left in the lurch due to him ‘just having a bit of fun’.
    the Annual was a ripping race and the ride by Cully was outstanding, was great to see the Northerly colours and Paddy Payne salute

  5. In Adel Abbey Marie looks a very progressive filly, she looks the winner to me so long as pace is genuine. Came off a very slow pace the other day and walked in and if rain arrives early she is a full sister to Absolutely which had 1 run in the wet which resulted in an emphatic AJC Oaks win. Pasadena Girl great odds, not sure how she warrants that price?
    Griante looks like getting very soft run (as pointed out by crio) and is very well in at the weights against some of these.
    Indarra could be a knockout at odds in the last (currently $23 fixed) although you could have 6 picks and miss the winner.
    There’s one at huge odds at Gold Coast that could run a race although the gate makes it very difficult now, Double Impact, currently $41 fixed and with the horror gate may blow out more. Will need luck but overs.
    Good luck!

  6. on course Higgo?

  7. No crio….in Syd.

    I assume you’ll bring the bookies to their knees there?

  8. Richard Jones says

    YOU’RE kidding Crio. And Flynny. Aren’t you?
    Perfectly formed horses died there, at Warrnambool, and have done so every May over many years.
    How long must we put up with humans forcing overbred and over-injected nags to go around a course.
    Over jumps, of course, is just barbaric. An absolute blight on humankind.
    Now I know quite a large no.of Knackers, Harmsy included of course, think it’s terrific to have a bet on nag racing.
    Why, I have never been able to fathom. I leave it to your good sense to help to shut down this ridiculous and ultra cruel industry — it’s certainly not a ‘sport’ — and leave the nags to their own devices.

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