Crio’s Racing

Racing returns to Randwick this Saturday for a star-studded meeting. It’s the time-honoured Derby Day though the 3 yr olds’ big day has to be shared with the mouth-watering return of Atlantic Jewel in the Sapphire Stakes, All Too Hard’s battle with Slipper winner Pierro in the Sires’ Produce and the anticipated Rain Affair/Foxwedge showdown in the T.J. Smith.
Some of the fields are disappointingly small but it is a fascinating day’s racing and one to be relished.
What a pity Mosheen is not going to the Derby! It is the right call – she’s had a stellar campaign – but it would add further lustre to a pretty good inaugural ATC version of this Classic. A good colt (Laser Hawk) and a good filly (Silent Achiever) look like being popular elects, but Ocean Park, Rekindled Alliance and Strike the Stars (C.Williams) are sure to have supporters.
I’ll be at Flemington. For a near winter meet, the fields have plenty of depth and pose enough questions to ensure alluring divs. The track should be very firm and remember to follow horses with Flemington form and also to look for the “hot” trainers (A.Freedman, Moody again) and hoops (Froggy, maybe even Nikolic and Callow). Early (Wednesday!) Quaddy posers are 1,7,9,10/2*,3,4,11/1,4,5/1,8,16.
Good luck.


  1. Durics doing well since his return from Singapore. Will look out for his mounts
    Now the bowling season is done and dusted I can take an interest in the races
    How was Oakbank? Two hot water bottle day Monday.

  2. Rain Affair/ All Too Hard/ Atlantic Jewel multi for mine at around the $6 mark.

    Also keep an eye out for Mawingo in race six at Flemington on Saturday; big wraps on this German horse.

  3. Relatively small crowds and very cold at Oakbank, thanks David.

    Nick, good for racing if your treble lobs. What about Foxwedge?

  4. Cow Shed end says

    Crio,thought that was you on the tele dispensing ludicrous odds to the ill informed at Oakbank, did you then head straight to the Sydney sales to buy the Redoutes-Hellsinge filly with your ill-gotten gains?

  5. A fleeting glimpse, so I am told, of me “on the bag” at Oakbank as part of Mike Sexton’s “balanced” coverage of jumps racing.
    My best call was not to go straight to Moron Park after the last on Saturday, though the Pups were (Gia excepted) much keener than the previous week.
    Underbidder again for the Helsinge filly…fair to say the opening $1.5m bid did the trick and scared me off.

  6. Cow Shed end says

    In jumping parlance “Gina” refused when faced with a number of obstacles on Saturday night, and the selectors should”prefer others”!
    And if Will Minson is “not the worst” i’d like to know who is.

  7. Some claim that “the worst” has been promoted this week!?
    Back to the races…which of the Sydney shorties are worthy of laying on Betfair?

  8. Does Pierro remind anyone else of Manikato? Just gets himself into a winning position and gets the job done. No fanfare (other than Gai), no huge margins or sweeping runs but a really professional top class racehorse who knows how to win.

  9. So that that mean we lay All Too Hard?

  10. Not necessarily. Gai will run Pierro in everything and faces a huge task to back up a week after the Slipper but the favourite will still have to run him down.

  11. Watch out for old EFFICIENT tomorrow at Randwick. Just needs a bit of pace on and he will brain that lot now that he gets to a suitable distance.

  12. I think I’ll give the filly one more go in the Derby

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