Crio’s Racing : Camperdown Cup Day

Home early from a very pleasant midweeker at Caulfield. Not many bookies, even less punters and very few favourites! – the MRC deserve better. With a 40+ stifler they started early and ran the races at reduced intervals. Very tough on horses and hoops but we are positioned in aircon comfort with carpeted floors and mod cons…..a far cry from anything the VRC would countenance.

As luck would have it, cooler weather is forecast to make the betting tip at Flemington at least temperate when we head back there for another lowkey meeting this Saturday.

From hereon, however, some good horses return as Autumn riches loom on the horizon. The Diamond Preludes are only a few weeks ahead and then we hit Group racing again. Melbourne Clubs will be anxiously monitoring the impact of Sydney’s massive Autumn investment on the Industry (read “wagering”) in Victoria.

The first whiff of an upturn in fields can be found in MR6, the (Listed) Kensington Stakes (1000m) in which First Command (1), fresh, will try for a “running treble” in this early feature. He’s a good chance too, though you’d want to put 8 and 4 with it in the MR Quaddy’s excellent second leg.

Other suggestions for the popular multi are:-

MR5- might be a result race. 1, perhaps 6 at 20/1

MR7- 3 and 9 look the obvious pair

MR8- might risk the shorty (12) here. 13, maybe even 6.

It is still too early for any hype and, besides, there are more appealing meetings to highlight this week – notably the Camperdown Cup Day, sponsored, naturally, by a Milk company given its position in rich dairy farmlands down in the Western Districts. Hometown of many sporting luminaries – we’ll highlight Fitzroy’s Ross Thornton this year after featuring Chester Manifold in last year’s preview – Camperdown first raced in 1867 and the Turf Club was formed formed in 1886. Saturday’s meeting is an annual highlight and doubles as an effort to preserve/restore the magnificent heritage grandstand and highlight the history of this grand old racing region. Get there if you can – or, at very least, look to this link which publicizes a magnificent photo-doc publication documenting 2013 Cup Day which is generating funds and enthusiasm for the restoration project…

Final fields should be published tomorrow (Thursday).

Form might be a little flukey this week – the horses are feeling the pinch of soaring temperatures and gusty winds. Might be a Saturday to be conservative – unless, of course, Oges chimes in with yet another golden fundraiser. Well done to the pride of Goolwa!

Good luck!


  1. The Camperdown ladies sing this song
    Do Dah Do Dah
    The Camperdown ladies sing this song
    Do Dah Do Dah Day

  2. After a week of severe heat I approach Saturday with caution and have no expectations like last week
    Moonlight Forest a local is engaged at Morphettville and will start fav after a good win at the Bridge – e/w
    Gordon Yorke a Coffs Harbour trainer is taking two to Brisbane with Pin the pick after his last efforts
    Right now its keep cool and get to the beach for another swim

  3. I suspect you are, as usual, correct. Horses may knock up after a searing week.
    That notwithstanding, Hawkes’ has been declared in the first at HQ tmrw.

  4. Nice push from EZ for Spellrocker, and I reckon they think Kaiser Sun is a bit of a lay at $2.80, concerned its a get back type and the track and small field may suit leaders.

  5. Crio, Camperdown also home to the bloke who could have been Daniel Day Lewis replacement in ‘my left foot’ Scott Lucas.

  6. Is it so wrong to love a horse?

    I think not.

    General Truce, je t’aime!!

  7. MOC, Is that love for the horse blended with love of a quid? Any Quaddy news?

  8. cowshedend says

    MOC, hope Cory Bernardi or his book burning mates don’t hear about your ‘horse love’

  9. treble to apprentice Aaron Mitchell at Camperdown, including in the Cup for trainer Shane Nichols.

  10. No blend about it, Crio. ALL about the quid!!

    Was playing cricket, so no time for quaddie analysis. Just had a wad on the snorer.

    He always seems to be over the odds.

  11. Weiry’s are flying but what about the “effort” of Pride Of Penzance yesterday – reminiscent of Hurdy Gurdy Man’s shocker last year. Like Hurdy Gurdy, I suspect the Pride is Tassie bound without a penalty. stewards must question…

  12. Well Crio, one Weir horse that didn’t fly on the weekend was Tooleybuc Kid. Backed into ridiculous odds, it got too far back, before flying home for second. What was Brad Rawiller thinking ???


  13. …forgot this post until after “Pride of Penzance” bolted in at Caulfield Feb1!!!

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