Crio’s Racing: BT Cup 2011

Ever wish you could time travel to see the mighty Bernborough send hats flying, or their beloved Gunsynd bow to the parochial Queenslanders?

The closest they might get to such iconic moments is this winter when the Banana-benders reclaim local boy Peter Moody. His remarkable mare, Black Caviar, heads north of the Tweed on her East Coast Crusade and will ensure massive crowds and great excitement as she renews her rivalry with Haylist in the 1200m BTC Cup (Saturday,BR7).

Logically, Black Caviar will win. But it is exciting that John McNair’s happy to take his hulking Haylist in to battle again and to trumpet his chances. There are Gr1 winners rightly 100/1. Buffering’s trainer has said “It’s just an honour to be racing against her”! A grand occasion indeed. Watch and enjoy.

This meeting signifies the official shift to winter racing. Adelaide’s rejigged programme finally finished last Sunday, where gallant Crystal Lily managed to once again get a silver medal – this time falling to the Robert Smerdon/ Clare Lindop combo – in an outstanding Goodwood Handicap.

There are five consecutive feature race days in Brisbane (BTC Cup; Doomben Cup; Doomben 10,000; Oaks; Stradbroke) so it is worth getting a handle on the form and foibles. Look carefully, for example, at horses who’ve previously shown a liking for the northern winter. My early tip this Saturday is for Levi’s Choice (R6, No5) to bounce back at big odds.

As Brisbane gears up for its time in the sun, NSW Racing continues another tack, post-Easter, taking the Saturdays to Provincial features – this week it is the turn of Scone, in horse heartland, to promote its club with hefty prizemoney on offer to large and quality fields. Some real consolation opportunities here for Autumn misfortunes. Don’t disregard this formguide because of the less fashionable venue. You’ll be surprised at the meeting’s depth. A spec Quaddy?…7,12/1,2/1,2,4,10/2,4,7

In Melbourne it has rained relentlessly and, despite the Caulfield track now being a great “drainer”, expect a sodden track, lots of scratchings and dramatic flucs from early market postings – for example, The Winning Post’s $13 Jungle Ruler in the last looks way overs.

I’m not going to the races on Saturday but, like any real fan, I can’t wait to see Black Caviar go around again. We’ll sneak down to the closest pub from North Port Oval at half-time and cheer her home.


  1. If you find a paper and some pennies this (Friday) morning, peruse today’s Scone cup card. Again, fantastic prizemoney, huge fields and lots of good horses.NSW Racing is certainly challenging the old Friday stereotype of Quirindi and maidens. This concept of a 2 day Carnival of Friday/Saturday will become more widespread. Pureness (2) and Fanjura (3) look the main of many Cup chances.

  2. Peter Flynn says

    Looking forward to this one Crio.

    BC by 1.5 lengths.

  3. and then on to the Doomben 10,000

  4. Jungle Ruler $17 in to $7

  5. worth looking up webjet for Doomben 10,000

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