Almanac Racing – low key big day on massive weekend

Saturday’s Flemington meeting is an outstanding example of what’s right and wrong in Melbourne racing.

The large fields are excellent, especially for July. It is “Finals Day”. Min $100K. Max $150K. Spread across all categories of age/distance/gender. The programming has been outstanding and, unsurprisingly, well supported by owners and trainers.

The forecast is dire. Hail. Max 12degreesC. Members will manage. The public won’t attend. So much for returning the sport to “mainstream”. I’ve documented ad nauseum HQ’s exposed betting ring/ lack of TVs/ no food or drink outlets/ GA car parking past the 2 furlong post…they’ll stay home and maybe watch, though the Ch78 decision is still dividing opinion. Turnover figures will decide.

Sports fans are obviously distracted by a bevy of choices this weekend so this card won’t get the kudos it deserves. Find time to have a look – the formguide nestles easily on the lap for breaks in the cricket. I certainly intend to gain in confidence over the next couple of nights.

For those up watching sport in the early hours of Sunday, flick over to the July Cup meeting from Newmarket – this is always a magnificent day and, as a bonus, Brazen Beau goes around in the main race. He’ll be in Godolphin’s blue colours but C.Waller is over there giving the polish. J.Doyle, good hoop, will ride but after Flemington I’d thought the Magic Man was going to be on board everywhere? Not so.

Time to find the sofa. Form study can wait until tomorrow arvo. Any tips welcomed.

Good luck!


  1. Crafty Cruiser will be hungry for another Flemington win.

  2. boom, boom…Bryce and “Sandwichgate”!

  3. cowshedend says

    Very good! but can’t blame Stanaway for cracking the sads, cost of a sandwich at the provies is often more than the prizemoney.
    Heard Dr.Turf slagging off about Stanaway on the radio the other day, bagging his horses and saying he doesn’t know him but others reckon he’s a flog. Stanaway seems to be anything but, he’s outgoing,and when i’ve seen him round the stables he’s been as friendly as…. (although every gag i heard him tell is a little on the ‘please Dawn can i borrow your white pillowcase hat for a while’ type)
    Dr.Turf seems to pull the trigger on some very soft targets , yet very Marcel Marceau on, Oliver Kavanagh,Moody,O’Brien etc

  4. Clare Lindop is in Melbourne this weekend and apart from the Adelaide horse in the first has some other handy rides.
    There has been a distinct lack of rain here as was evident in the track at Balak yesterday so trainers looking for soft going were disappointed.
    However the forecast for the next few days is not good with cold temperatures and much needed rain as the meeting is at Gawler and not the city
    I will support the locals as usual but a couple have terrible draws and Gawler is a tight track

  5. cowshedend says

    Huge urge around for 2 at HQ, mr utopia ridden cold last start avoiding penalty in this.
    and Manageress the other

  6. Con Marasco has tipped them both in the Post

  7. Are wide barriers a problem for them Cowshedend?

  8. I can probably answer that for you Oges. Mr Utopia’s drawn OK. The other’s an issue. cowshedend has the “bag hoop” get out clause! Wait. It is late enough in the day to see if they are running on. Wide at the mile’s not ideal usually as they turn for a long way. Been very dry here so track presently no worries but if forecast deluge arrives on Saturday – caveat emptor

  9. cowshedend says

    Came from stable unrelated to either horse Oges,

  10. I will back them mate. My form and others woeful…..

  11. Very keen on Daytona Grey in the 2nd last at Gawler, top run at the Valley and loves the wet. There is plenty of speed in the race. At his previous wet track run he beat Riziz at WFA

  12. Genius cowshedend..hope you backed Manageress

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