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Almanac Racing – making every (last) post a winner

Monday’s public holiday guarantees a glut of meetings over this long weekend with quantity conquering quality.


Archived papers feature photos of packed trains pulling in to Flemington for the ANZAC march aftermath. Not so nowadays. The meeting “features” the VRC St Leger, another remnant of glory days well past.


Hopefully some of the country offerings maintain their charm. From experience, Avoca was a ripper day and is tentatively recommended – anyone heading up there?


Growing up in Adelaide the ANZAC afternoon choices were clear and convenient once ceremonial duties were concluded. Footy fans flocked north up King William Rd to the SANFL GF rematch at Adelaide Oval and those wanting  a beer and a bet wandered east for a big day at Vic Park. Next Monday the only meeting in my old state is at Gawler.


Morphettville’s Saturday card, however, is the precursor of some good meetings (seemingly fortnightly?). Here’s a brief overview of the Quaddy legs. Almanackers with considerably better knowledge can regulate:-


AR5- Dequetteville Stakes (1050m, 2yoF, SW, Listed)


Bookies will have “watch” highlighted all over their formguides for these developing juveniles. The top two will attract particular interest. Emerging trainer Henry Dwyer declined VOBIS’ rich lure to chase this blacktype with his impressive filly IfNotNowWhen (1). Moshki (2) landed a national plunge (20/1 in to 6/1) when she careered away with the Cinderella last start (5March) and bookies have long memories of short fingernails. But this is far from a duel and there’ll be specking for plenty of others, maybe even (7) Extra Olives (by Redoute’s Choice out of a daughter of Alinghi) which caught the eye on debut at Kyneton and might be a 20/1 blowout. Good race. Tough Quaddy opener. Safest way is just the top 2 and wait until as late as possible so you can respond to any significant flucs.


AR6- R.N.Irwin Stakes (1100m, WFA, G3)


Time-honoured but not the mob which’ll fight out the Goodwood next month. Tuscan Sling, back from a 1400m blousing by Azkadellia in the Mannerism, earns the short quote despite drawing the tricky pole. There’ll be plenty of pressure from out wide so he’ll need some luck forcing a run. Clearly the best but, whilst maybe a Quaddy anchor, I’ll be looking elsewhere for punting value.


AR7- Auraria Stakes (1800m, 3yoF, SWP, G3)


Silent Sedition is probably the only one I’d countenance for the Australasian Oaks in a fortnight so I’ll put her on top. Raffle the rest.


AR8- Redelva Stakes (1100m, 3yo, SWP, Listed)


Here’s where my dividend gets its value! I’ll be looking for Invincible Heart (10) to sit just off a hot pace and savage the line at a juicy 10/1 (also entered MR). Keen E/W. 8,1,2 the other Quaddy numbers.




It’s not just the SAJC gearing up for Carnivals. Up in the Alice the Chief Minister’s Cup (1600m, WFA) signals the lead-up to Monday, May 2 – Alice Springs Cup Day. Pioneer Park, in common with country tracks strewn across thousands of miles, will not seem the same this year after the recent death of Mick Whittle who travelled his horses far and wide. Whittle won every country cup in SA and regularly ventured up the Stuart Highway. Roman Arch’s Toorak triumph was the obvious feather in his cap. RIP.


Jumps races at Sandown yesterday (Wednesday) and steady rain outside also serves as a reminder that the annual trek to Warrnambool is less than a fortnight away. Whilst this is small time on a world scale, for many of us zealots it is just about the year’s highlight. There’s still time to book for those wanting to tick off a bucket-lister.


If the very finest thoroughbreds are more to your interest, tune in to ShaTin this weekend for the prestigious 2000m QE2 Cup. Australian horses, jockeys and trainers will be prominent. Whilst on HK racing, Chautaqua has reportedly arrived in good order for his challenge next week.


For now, though, there’s more than enough to keep us interested this weekend. I’ll be at Caulfield on Saturday and at Flemington on Monday intending to subsidise my earnings. Any help gratefully accepted.


Good luck!


  1. No more Melbourne Cup dead heats? The VRC will surely follow the AFL lead and push the card back one race and have an extra time play off between the dead heaters down the straight six? Dead heats are like kissing an Oaks winner. Half the odds – only enough to retire to the bar instead of the Gold Coast.
    SportsLuxCrownBet will sponsor the run off. All Cup divies automatically reinvested (minus commission). They could call it the New Market Handicap.
    You know it makes sense.

  2. Excellent meeting in Adelaide.
    Race 3 Our Harmony- very keen on it.
    Race 6 Risk Tuscan Sling, it can miss the jump and barrier 1 is no help, Nostradamus will improve big time.
    Race 7 Silent Sedition, Bengal Cat makes the forms look really good and a lot of other chances are badly drawn
    Race 8 I like Don’t Doubt Mamma, it will be busy up front and DDM finishes on well. back to 1100 the query.

  3. Agreed – great card in Adel

    R7 Silent Sedition – should get a nice run just off speed
    R8 Super Cash – best bet of the day

    Sunshine Coast
    R8 Sold for Song – smart, underrated filly

    R5 Telopea – set to peak 3rd up
    R7 Ability – barrier should suit track pattern at that stage of the day

  4. As usual mine is scratched…AR8
    Might as well load up on Super Cash now

  5. A few roughies today….in Syd I’ve had something on Supreme Warrior at $71 and Unequivocal at $11. Also thought Spirit of the Dawn had a hope on Sunshine Coast at $21.
    Good luck to all.

  6. I did a few @@ on Tuscan Sling. I generally do well in Adelaide, have taken Paul Richards selections to my benefit, but sadly not this wee. Paul had Tuscan Sling as his best bet so I loaded up on it, and coming to the corner I felt confident.

    I should have paid more attention to Crio and Jock. Always next time.


  7. Wish I had layed it Glen. Squishy gate.
    Silent Sedition looked a class above in the fillies’ race. Shoulda got on the punt.
    You going to Avoca tmrw? I am Flemington committed.

  8. Some good racing today. Enjoy HQ,, Crio.

    No, Maryanne and I won’t be with Ann, the Bagman, and the rest of the crew in Avoca. Second year in a row we’ve been MIA/AWOL. I notice the meeting has TAB status this year.

    My focus will be on racing @ HQ. Particularly R4, the Hugo Throssell VC handicap for 3YO’s. Hugo Throssell was a brave man, sadly forgotten by many. He won a VC the ultimate reflection of courage and he was a brave leader of men. in that horrid war

    He returned from the war, disillusioned with what he’d experienced. Throssell became an outspoken pacifist, being closely linked to the Communist Party of Australia. His wife the famous author , Katherine Susannah-Pritchard was a member. Throssell became prominent for speaking out about injustice and the futility of war. For these actions, this brave man was ostracised and vilified. Life became hard for Throssell , reaching a point where he killed himself. He believed the money from his war pension would serve his family better than him ploughing on in life.

    Vale Hugo Throssell VC. Lest we forget,


  9. SA and Q’ld Derby form looks fantastic as Werther bolts in with the ShaTin QE2

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