Almanac Racing: MV & Sandown

Valley Nights are a good concept – Friday night gallops at MV – but, too often, have pretty limited fields.

Tonight, though, the stars come out with the running of the $200,000 Group 2 Australia Stakes (R6, 1200m.). Some crack gallopers are in the field, though some, like Heart of Dreams and Vigor, will have their eyes fixed on longer distances later. But Typhoon Tracy, Ortensia, Whitefriars and Undeniably make a formidable quartet. Racing pattern will be critical, but I’m leaning to “The Pumper” Cassidy to continue his recent rich vein of form on Sydneysider Whitefriars.

The support card is OK and the weather perfect. Get there if you can and come up to Turfbet and donate – I mean say hello! First at 6.45 and last at 10.15. For those in their armchairs, TVN’s coverage is easy and informative viewing, though “Richo” can be a tool.

Indicative that we are moving towards Autumn is the observation that even Sandown’s 8 race card tomorrow (Saturday) is pretty good. There’s impressive depth in several races and some good horses accepting. The Quaddy, as usual, will be tough. Tears I Cry is flying, so put her in the first leg, with 4,5 and 6 (and still might miss!). Race 6 is a beauty. Spacecraft is very good, but has 59.5 first-up. Hanks may swoop late. Commanding Hope will presumably be scratched tonight for this. That’s a good lead. 3 from1.

Put 5 and 7 in the next leg to insert value and then come home on Moody’s fav in the last (4). I’ll be there if anyone is making the trek.

Good luck.


  1. Hope someone cashed in on Whitefriars?! Great odds. Amazed at the $1.70 tight quote the fav. Step back from Moody for a couple of weeks. Golden archer and now Typhoon Tracy seem not quite ready. His horses are short quotes so just hold fire. A top trainer, they’ll come good. Maybe he got distracted up at the Millions…he is better off “hands on”.

  2. Peter Flynn noted that the Yea Cup meeting on Saturday is Jack styring’s final call…here’s RVL’s take:

    The Victorian racing industry will farewell an icon this weekend when 81-year-old racecaller Jack Styring hangs up his binoculars.
    After a career spanning more than 60 years behind the microphone, the colourful racecaller will call for the final time at Saturday’s Yea Cup meeting.

    Styring, who is famous for unique phrases such as “baring his molars to the breeze”, is looking forward to his farewell meeting.

    “I called my first dogs race in 1947 at Napier Park and my first gallops race in 1950 at Kaniva so it’s been a long time coming. I’ve loved every minute of it,” he said.

    Styring, who turns 82 on Sunday week, has called at countless tracks throughout Victoria and boasts seven Melbourne Cups on his CV.

    Amongst his calling achievements is 60 Gunbower Cups from 1952-2010 – a feat recognised by the Guinness Book of Records.

    He was to have called his 39th Hanging Rock Cup at yesterday’s Australia Day meeting before it was abandoned due to kangaroos on the track.

    The veteran rates Tulloch as the best horse he’s called and Darby Munro as the best jockey to have appeared in his binoculars.

    Despite his admiration for Tulloch and other greats like Red Craze and Rising Fast, Styring’s favourite racehorse carries a more personal touch.

    “I bred a horse, named it She’s A Doll after my darling wife and then gave it to her to race,” he said.

    “She’s A Doll won four races and it was a great thrill calling her first past the post for my wife who has been the rock of my career.”

    The first of six races at Yea, which is located 125kms north of Melbourne, will be held at 1.05pm (AEST) with the Cup scheduled for 3.55pm.

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