Crio’s Racing

There are still plenty of owners, trainers and jockeys for whom the weekly merry-go-round is vital, as well as punters clubs and Quaddy inveterates who enjoy their regular investment – but for a spruiker, it is hard yards! Let’s face it. This is the nadir.

In boom times the Hiskens and the Nationals would keep patrons flocking to courses in Melbourne’s winter but it will be a desolate HQ when I take to the stand this Saturday.

Nationally, the “premier” card is probably Ipswich, where RQ fixture a meeting once the Brisbane riches have been dealt. Even Cane Toads tell me to avoid the urban sprawl 40kms west of the capital, citing shocking traffic and boorish behaviour – unfortunate residuals of modern sports promotion! Any attempt at “Family Friendly” has been ditched – the Ipswich Cup meeting is designated an 18+ event…”Let’s Get The Party Started!” seems focused on marquees, gourmet finger food, beverages and a Pink/Katy Perry Tribute Band.

Given this abomination it would be easy to presume that the middle of 3 Listed events, (R6) The Eye Liner Stakes, is named for a cosmetics company or, at very least, some goggles promo. More delving, however, leads me to hope that it commemorates one of the really great Queensland performers, whose deeds, especially as a 2yo (so why is this a Quality H’cp?), were incredible.

Queensland History of Racing declares:-

“Regarded as the best two-year-old produced in Brisbane she won nine races in a row as a juvenile and won 12 of her first 13 starts. Later as an older mare she was dogged by wet tracks in major races or her record would read even better. Eye Liner was trained by Jack Wilson.” (uncle of the great caller, Wayne Wilson, who sadly lost his long battle with pancreatic cancer last week).

This was a freak juvenile, winning at Eagle Farm with 10 stone 12 pounds and only losing the once, at her first run back in the Sunshine State after a successful raid on Randwick’s Champagne Stakes (then 6 furlongs).

Old romantics like to reckon that it is great thoroughbreds like Eye Liner that get people wanting to come to the races – more fool me!

The Ipswich Cup itself (R7) is a competitive country cup standard – stalwart Ironstein will be hard to beat and Pat Carey’s Angola has travelled widely to find some more black type.

Of course, our Industry has peaks and troughs but never stops and always generates points for discussion, reflection or debate…amongst those at present are discussions to ensure “corporates” accept bets at advertised prices, reflection on the career of Canny Lad, who passed away this week, and discussion on why so many tracks are lacking durability and reliability.

Most racing people just scream out for a “fair go” – but in essence they’ll settle for some winners.

Can anyone help?


  1. …given the lack of zing in our fields this weekend, maybe it is time to cast an eye over the runners at Ascot for their magnificent Carnival next week – no excuses to doze off overnightmidweek with races and soccer of the highest order.
    The King’s Stand is on Tuesday and pundits seem to favour a return of last year’s Quinella, with Shea Shea a strong chance to reverse the placings. Hot Streak will complete the trifecta.
    This Carnival always provides fantastic theatre. The racing is great. The coverage excellent. A lack of Aussie runners should not be a deterrent for lovers of top notch sport.

  2. THE Bendigo Jockey Club will shout the bar if grand hurdler Gotta Take Care wins his third-straight Brendan Drechsler Hurdle on Sunday.
    Victory in the $100,000 feature event would also see Gotta Take Care break the $1million mark in prizemoney and BJC president Brendan Drechsler wants to celebrate the two milestones in style.

  3. As you well know I can lose money on the locals without dipping into overseas Crio. I will watch with interest the run of Windemere Road in AR 7 to see if it comes back from a few setbacks (Any horse that can win by at least 10 lengths at its first start must have some ability)

  4. Fair Dinkum, there’s virtually nothing catching the eye this weekend, the exception being Henwood @ Hedaquarters on Saturday. G Boss & Henwood pair up well. I might do some multi supers on the footy !


  5. cowshedend says

    Crio , was sure I would never hear the words Ironstein and ‘hard to beat’ in the same sentence, jeez he’s burnt me a few times.
    Also had no idea that Wayne Wilson died, a briiliant caller, who was unfairly bagged for 1 spring in Melbourne, loved his calls ‘ chief de beers’ ‘vo rogue’ etc, bought and sold Alan Thomas.

  6. I reckon Cowshedend is on the money, I doubt if Ironstien will ever win again, even allowing for the average field, I’ll have something on Gaurd…Moroney is pretty good up there.
    I assume it will get wet in Melb. tomorrow, it’s rained most of the day in Adel so I give both Eximius and Post D’France roughie chances in the 6th with Henwood hard to beat.
    Adel is pretty tough but the Parks track normally suits front runners so I’m a bit keen with On a dream in the 4th and Spirit of Endeavour in the last. If they aren’t running to that pattern, Bermondsey has a hope in the last as it was good first up and likes the track & wet.
    Had a look at the Ascot fields and the Gold Cup, has a few ex Melb Cup runners who didn’t do too much and Red Cadeaux at 25/1, maybe past its best but didn’t see too much to like about Brown Panther or Simenon here and wasn’t Tac De Boistron a wet tracker? Red C. seems good odds but certainly not my field of expertise.
    Go Blues

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