Crio’s Racing: Saturday 16/07/2011

With just 3 Saturdays left in this season, most of the Premierships are already decided.

NSW:   Nash Rawiller                       Chris Waller

VIC:      Luke Nolen                           P.G. Moody

QLD:    C. Munce                              R.L. Heathcote

WA:     W. Pike                                 N.D.Parnham

SA:       P. Gatt                                   J.Thompson, Kav and Jolly within 2 of each other!

Nationally Peter Snowden has trained the most winners, but Dean Yendall only leads Froggy Newitt by 1 ½ wins (as at 13/07) in the “have saddle, will travel” comp. Yendall looks in great form. I trailed him up as we went up Dandy Rd after Sandown on Wednesday and his judgement of pace and place was exceptional!

It’s another fairly low-key meeting at Caulfield this Saturday, overshadowed on our local landscape by the “blockbuster” at the ‘G.

The Quaddy opens with a fairly poor 1100m raffle (R5). Maybe 4 from 2 and 8.

The Listed Sir John Monash Stakes (R6, 1100m) has attracted a fairly small but highly competitive field. Many chances here. If you have to go skinny, I think Gold Trail (2) is the one to beat. The in form Second Effort (5) has been the early “plonk”, in from the opening $5.50 quote.

R7 (1400m) is also an open race. Here I’m a bit keen on Sorrell Miss at value to overcome a tricky gate and beat 3 and 2.

The last (R8, 1400m) is a very ordinary final leg. Mr Make Believe (5) keeps being served up short, yet wins. He loves it soft and may again be too good. Include Carnero (10).

Gradually the better horses will start to return, though many will take some time to get fit as their targets are further “down the track”. It is worth keeping an eye on results but not over-committing. This time next month we can start to formulate some strategies for the Spring.

Perhaps next week we can take a look at the horses vying for this season’s honours before turning our attention to the “new year”.

Meanwhile, good luck!



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