racing…baton change

It’s the “Interstate Interchange”. Moonee Valley farewells Friday Nights with this week’s cracker William Reid Stakes meeting and then Rosehill picks up the baton on Saturday as Sydney’s Carnival formally begins with a challenging Coolmore Classic card. As is so often the case, weather will impact strongly on crowds and formlines. Valley Nights work with [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Back to Randwick

It’s an unconventional fixture confronting form analysts this weekend. Racing returns to Randwick for a black-type Guineas meeting that conclusively transfers the Autumn spotlight to Sydney. Perhaps in acknowledgement of this, both Victoria and South Australia stage their Saturday metros “off-Broadway”, possibly a portent for future post-Carnival “venue diversification”.

Corowa Cup 2012

  by Glen Davis Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny , a good start to the Labour Day weekend. Maryanne and I headed up the Hume to Corowa, in expectation of a good day at the Cup. Our last day at Corowa races on Saturday January 28 was good all round, with me in particular [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Labour Day weekend 2012

There’s always plenty of racing over the Labour Day weekend. I ran in to picnic bookie Lee Walker out at Sandown yesterday and checked his schedule for the weekend. “Alexandra Saturday and Balnarring Monday.” Great meetings both. Others are heading up to Echuca, reassured by messages that the track and environs are unaffected by the [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: 2012 Australian Guineas Day

Warning. Seems I might be tempted to “declare one”. What’s that TV disclaimer?…”LOOK AWAY NOW”! For weeks I’ve been clicking away on RVL’s site awaiting the resumption of Jim Conlen’s 2yo Rhandara and finally he is presenting….MR1 No8. Seems I’m not alone in my anticipation with a Wednesday fluc of 3.50 in to 3.10 indicating [Read more]

Autumn Group Racing at The Heath

The Oakleigh Plate. The Futurity Stakes. The Blue Diamond. All etched in to the Autumn “mindtables” of Australian racing people. Gratifyingly   – despite a distance tinkering for a time with the Futurity – they’ve even managed to maintain their traditional titles as befits Gr Ones[1]. The honour boards boast great champions and vivid memories for [Read more]

The Great Mare and the Beast

  Saturday brims with options for the musically inclined, the sporting minded and the thirsty. At nightfall and no doubt coinciding with a sizeable drop in temperature, Rockin Rod will rock the Rock. Nothing syrupy appears on the impressive play list as Rockin Rod plans to tap into the era of the Faces. Alas, I [Read more]

Raiders of the Lost Costume Closet

Hobart Cup day arrived last weekend.   It was a long weekend in Hobart but not for the Cup. Hobartians no longer enjoy a public holiday for their major race day. That was confiscated a while back when the government of the day announced: that things were tough. Since then the Cup has meandered about [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Lightning Stakes 2012

It seems like Spring. Not only because we’ve had a heat wave and a flood in the last hour, but also because that further creases my brow regarding Saturday’s track conditions for the fantastic meeting at Headquarters – and I’m even contemplating grabbing a Winning Post to whet my appetite. Yep. Racing is getting great [Read more]

Caviar for two

Caviar for two It’s Saturday morning and there’s but one thing on my mind: Black Caviar. I don’t buy into the baloney about her being the greatest racehorse of all time. Seventeen emphatic wins in a row is impressive; very impressive. But they have all been sprints! If someone were to say to me, “Usain [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Caviar on Orr Stakes Day

Without the hype this would still be a really good race meeting at Caulfield on Saturday with so many horses plotting paths in to Autumn. But there’s heaps of hype for a change and, rightly, it is all about Black Caviar and free admission at The Heath for the big C.F.Orr Stakes Day. There is [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Valley Nights

I’m working at the Valley Nights meeting this Friday, hopeful that the Club (and our bookies business) can cash in on the hype generated by last week’s extraordinary roll-up for Black Caviar’s Australia Stakes romp. Sadly, yet unsurprisingly, the MVRC massively under catered with too few staff on gates/ bars/ food outlets and also with [Read more]

A day at the COROWA races

Maryanne and I scooted up the Hume on Saturday morning, for the first Corowa race meet for 2012. Early start; 11-35. Met up with relatives in the members and prepared for good day. A 7 race card in glorious summer weather, top temperature being 35. Quite cool for Corowa in January.

Black Caviar lights up the Valley

  by Chris Riordan It’s a huge weekend of racing with the Australia Day holiday on Thursday and a bumper provincial calendar for Saturday but the truth is that the only story is Friday Night at The Valley…..Black Caviar. Moody’s mighty mare steps out again in the Gr1 Australia Stakes (1200m) and suddenly we’ve got [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Not Happy Jan…mid January racing

Imagine if, say, Delfin built a new estate (sorry – lifestyle possibility), then bought the first few lots on offer at inflated prices and crowed about the great returns and investment opportunities? Welcome to the wacky old world of Magic Millions.

Crio’s Racing: Magic Millions 2012

Keen racing fans will know that this is Magic Millions time. This concept, driven by master-promoters Gerry Harvey and John Singleton, has been an unequivocal success. The prizemoney and the profile are huge and, from a P1 meeting, it is now a major racing “event” in Queensland with more Government money about to be pumped [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Pack Your Picnic Hamper

Within a month we will be cranking up for the early Autumn features, but for the present it is very much “off-peak” for an industry that never really stops. There are, of course, heaps of meetings of various charm, with the summer picnics probably still the most appealing. This Saturday, for example, the Gunbower Cup [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: New Year 2011 to 2012

Just as well that this is a time of year when many people neither know nor care what day of the week it is – a look at the racing fixture would hardly help. This weekend offers an unusual cast of meetings. The regular Saturday afternoon habit is delayed to a NYE under lights at [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Christmas ‘Stocking Fillers”

A long, long time ago, our family sat around the kitchen table on Christmas Eve. 5DN (Adelaide’s racing station) was doubtless droning in the background. Mum and Dad were quietly and totally tuckered and my siblings and I restless, when Mum suddenly soliloquized; “Of all nights, how could people even consider running, let alone going [Read more]

The Sister Olive – The race that stops Yea.

  by Shane Goss If you fancy a game of golf at Yea, please wait for the running of the last. The last at Yea races that is. The course has holes both inside and around the racetrack. Buggies and three-woods were replaced by bookmakers and silks last Saturday however when the town held their [Read more]