Crio’s racing: Early tips for Doomben

Someone’s going to have to provide “colour” for the Brissie Carnival. Remarkably, I’ve never made it to the races in Queensland, an omission that always strikes me at this time of the year as the “Winter Carnival” hits top gear with the running of the time-honoured Doomben 10,000.
This is a “good horse’s race”, won so often by crowd favs…Bernborough, Black Onyx, Maybe Mahal, Manikato…most recently Takeover Target, Apache Cat (x2) and Hot Danish. Nowadays it is raced at WFA over 1350m around what punters tell me can be a tricky track for back markers.

Many of these acceptors then progress to the other jewel in the northern crown, The Stradbroke, a handicap and raced in a fortnight at Eagle Farm. Likewise, many of the other races at Doomben this Saturday could be viewed as trials for future glories. Not surprisingly some of the fields do taper off a bit as, on the back of Adelaide, it is hard to keep finding enough good horses for all of the events but, nevertheless, it looks a really interesting day for punters willing to shade BR on to their tote cards.
Here are some early (Wednesday!) observations. Feel free to embellish or refute!
Their Quaddie kicks off with the Grand Prix Stakes (BR6, 3yo, set weights, 2200m, G3), a Derby prelude. Peter Moody presents three of the prominent hopes (2,3,5) which makes it especially tough. 1 and 14 look the best of the rest.
The Premier’s Cup (BR6, 2200m, G3) is the Brisbane Cup – now 2400m, G2, 9 June – pathway, making it especially difficult to decide which just “need the run”. Dance With Her (4) is flying, winning the Warrnambool Cup and then the Listed Centaurea at Morphettville in its last two outings. She goes in for sure. Add 6, 18 and anything else that takes your fancy!
Boom filly, Sea Siren (16), may well overtake local star Buffering (4) as the punters’ elect in the main race (BR7, WFA, 1350m, G1) on the back of some dazzling form under The Pumper’s persuasion. Tim Martin’s colt, Pampelonne (12) is the other main fancy after he has steamrolled through Rosehill, Gosford and Scone in recent weeks. As usual there are plenty of chances in this excellent race.
For those needing to take the doom out of Doomben, the last (BR8, 1100m, Listed), named after former local hero Chief De Beers, looks scarily straightforward. Back gun hoop James McDonald on Rob Heathcote’s Excellantes (5) and save on Lucky Larry Cassidy’s mount, Havatryst (8).
One final aside before I move on from Brisbane…BR3, No14. Caliente. Jumped off the page at me. Others raised in Adelaide will remember this as the name of the dual (72/73) Port Cup winner (by Natural Bid out of Rose of Kempton). More broadly, the name recalls the Agua Caliente Handicap in Mexico which became Phar Lap’s final race.
Racing here in Melbourne is at Caulfield – a track which has played very consistently recently. Last week’s Flemington meeting was clouded by the nasty fall of Katelyn Mallyon and, at the same part of the track, the unfortunate demise of two racehorses. It has led to some criticisms of the track and, by inference, the Manager, Mick Goodie. He has been supported by the Club and also by parts of the media which appreciate his accessibility, but there are rumblings of discontent down at HQ. From my post on the bag at The Heath I’ll be looking for plenty of advice.

The first notches on my multi card are for 1,6,10/ 1,2,4/ 3,4,5/ 1,4,6,7. Keep an eye on all of Froggy’s mounts as he pushes for a first Melbourne’s Jockeys’ Premiership. And keep me in the loop via this site.
Good luck!


  1. Skip of Skipton says

    Caliente. Now that’s a hot tip!

  2. lost me there Skip?!

  3. Skip of Skipton says

    I believe I made a pun, crio.

  4. Skip of Skipton says

    If the leaders go like cats who have had a bucket of agua caliente tipped on them, then Phelan Ready would be some chance at good odds. Woorim likewise.

  5. I thought Agua Caliente was a racetrack in Mexico where Phar Lap won his last race.
    And Caliente won a Port Adelaide Cup in late 60’s/early 70’s I reckon.

  6. Woops – I responded to Skip’s comments before reading Crio’s text!! As usual – disregard!

  7. What are you guys on?

  8. Oges, When Skip explains his pun we can move on! The inkling is that Woorim will be better suited at the Farm. Is that right? I reckon Phelan Ready is a muncher.

  9. Need winners in Brisbane. Weather foul in SA and looks like Vic will follow suit with heavy rain and shocking track. So I am on your tips Crio

  10. Not sure I’ll be able to find time for any form mate. Looking for leads. At the worst, we’ll scour this week’s runners for Straddy Day specials.
    We’ve had no rain here yet and Caulfield is pretty resilient. Unfortunately the fields are only fair.

    I should have mentioned that it is Casterton Cup Day on Sunday – a meeting I’d love to attend one day. They still jump the live hedges down there.

  11. Casterton is a great meet if you can stand the cold. Every time Ive been there its a three jumper or coat job but its a great course for viewing
    Mind you any racecourse in winter isnt always inviting
    Rain stopped in “sunny SA” but weve had buckets

  12. Bleak here now. Will be soft at Casterton!

    Maybe we should have tried the Tower Hill (QLD) picnics today and tomorrow – frost clearing, Sunny 20.
    Check this link

  13. This is Jungle Ruler weather!

  14. Yeah, Budge, I might have gone a smidge early with the “Caulfield can cope” call…check the radar over Melbourne – and maybe tune in to R1 at Geelong as it looks awful down there (but they race on synthetic).
    Are we going to punt on a Slow tmrw?

  15. Skip of Skipton says

    Geelong has been the epicentre of this system and had almost an inch since 9am. Can the synthetic handle that much agua?

  16. Skip, I watched the first there and they could be in strife. Lots of surface water and a pretty skinnt track so the bigger fields might force their hand.
    Check the Melbourne radar…extraordinary.

    Grab the list of wet track sires and wait for Budge to blow the Jungle Ruler bugle.

  17. Geelong synthetic abandoned!! “State of the track” after 2 races.

  18. Good luck tomorrow- three jumper weather and overcoat day at Caufield and a poor crowd I reckon . Glad its you. You wont be looking for advice but warmth.
    Now watch the longshots come in

  19. Skip of Skipton says

    I don’t think Caulfield will be heavy if they get the howling wind we’ve got here.

  20. Betting ring is inside – could be inside a phone box for the crowd we’ll have!
    Skip – might lay Geelong in case they shut roads out of Sleepy Hollow and give the dogs a chance!

  21. Skip, twitter reports 14mm @ Heath since 9am, down to a SLOW 6 now (1.45pm)
    Disregard duffers

  22. Skip of Skipton says

    The ‘scray are $5:50 head to head, crio! Chance to build a good bank for tomorrow.

  23. It will be a heavy 9 or 10 tomorrow. Not really a betting proposition at all unless you reckon you can identify some long odds wet trackers.

  24. Skip Budge and Crio- count me out on any bets this weekend. Heavy track- roughies -and form out the window in races and footy.
    I see its still raining in Melbourne.

  25. Skip of Skipton says

    I’ve ripped up the Caulfield form guide and put in the cat’s toilet. Still on for Doomben. Have been killing time watching some of Deep Impact’s races on Youtube. Deeeeep Impact-o!!!

  26. Skip – we must catch up with you one day. Love your enthusiasm for the track – not enough of it on this site.

  27. re Doomben….apparently the track is a road at the moment, anticipating some showers.

  28. Skip of Skipton says

    Will do Budge. Wait for the Spring now. I’m the moderate racing fan compared to some others in the family.

  29. OK some “form” done. ABSOLUTELY is the one to get on (Doomben Race 6, No 2. Class horse though not what you would call a prolific strike rate (1 win AJC Oaks – heavy track). Still ran OK last start in Doncaster and most of her opponents couldn’t spell it (they are horses after all). Anyways (no more beers for me) she wins.
    Gut feel for BEADED in the main race.
    happy punting!

  30. I’m a bit of as Lady’s Angel fan…E/W at the 40s

  31. David Downer says

    Another patented late response to Crio’s racing …again with my hobnobbing international update.

    So You Think resumes tonight (11:35) at the Curragh in the Group 1 Tattersalls gold Cup, a race he also won last year. Only five in the field. I think O’Brien still has a pacemaker in there for him too. Did he ever watch vision of those Cox Plates he won? He’s long odds on. He’ll move on to the Prince of Wales Stakes on day 2 of Royal Ascot next, can hopefully go one better than last year.

    The feature race tonight at the Curragh is the 2000 Guineas for the fillies.

    Not long after SYT’s race tonight, over the ditch at Longchamp is the group 1 Prix D´Ispahan (ooh-la-la). Odds-on pop Cirrus Des Aigles beat home So You Think on Champions day at Ascot in October last year, and won the Sheema Classic on Dubai World Cup night. Handy animal also gearing for Royal Ascot.

  32. Thanks for the tip-off DD.
    I see that So You Think had an easy win at 2/11. British critics rightly see him as good but far from proven at the top level.
    Cirrus Des Aigles went over, beaten by Golden Lilac. Cirrus is a fascinating story…not especially well bred and, as a gelding, ineligible for races like the Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe.

  33. there’s a story about this morning that Americain is to be taken off David Hayes – who is in wretched form – to be returned to his previous trainer in prep for 2012 Cup.

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