Crio’s Racing: Final Day

Finally home from Oaks and, with a working day tomorrow, there’s little time to prepare for Final Day – hopefully a couple of Friday night hours to check the form and exchange barbs.

Despite the relatively poor fields and, I’m guessing from my vantage point, a modest crowd number, it was a most enjoyable day today with the milder temperatures making it pleasant for work – the money was small but the patrons seemed to have a really good Oaks Day.

For me it was a rare 100% strike rate – one bet for one win – Dystopia.

The Oaks was exciting and I thought the fav was ridiculously short (paid 6/4 on the Tote) but it won. Guy Walter’s mare will be an Autumn star and Solicit was a huge run. Weiry’s horse looked just that.

From a really quick glance Saturday’s fixture looks to be too long in length and too short in class.

It starts with one of my Dad’s old favourites, The Maribyrnong Plate (2yo 1000m), which has seemed to drift across the Flemington timeframe and is now buried at the start of “Family Day”. It had some fabulously fast winners when I was a kid….Biscay, Vain, Baguette, Scamanda, Caboul, Blazing Saddles, Star Shower, Rancher, New Atlantis – anyone else feeling nostalgic? Since 2005 it has been demoted to G3 and suffered.

Fortunately the Acceptors for the G1 races are terrific.

The Sprint (MR6, 1200m) is a beauty. Lucky Nine (1). 11 the blowout.

The Mile is always a ripper race and a win for Boban (2) would enhance his credentials as our new superstar. Despite the gate the mail is that the Toydini camp is buoyant.

Even the Queen Elizabeth (MR8) is competitive this year – anyone else give Angola an E/W show at huge odds?

As I type (8.50pm Thursday) there’s still been no rain and the course must be like the WACA in its heyday. Obviously weather conditions will play a part in punting propositions for the (Grand) Final Day. We’ve just got our noses in front at ¾ time and are looking for a big final quarter. I’ve had very few dabbles but am also in the black. Any help to maintain that status would be greatly appreciated.

Good luck!


  1. Skip of Skipton says

    Dystopia all-up Boban!

    Pre-christmas 2yo racing shouldn’t exceed G3 level. Although I remember backing The Heavyweight to beat Clever Zoe in that race. It was a G2, first race on Derby Day I reckon. Clever Zoe came back in the autumn and ran second to Schillaci in the Lightning carrying 44kg. Probably the first and last time I remember a 2yo competing against open age.

  2. cowshedend says

    Crio, ripper of a race the Oaks, I had a good go Zanbagh and was weeping in the back straight as Boss was going silly in front on Solicit, and Zanbagh had to pull the field up to it. Massive runs both Zanbagh and Solicit, but hard to begrudge Nash the victory after the Fiorente saga.

  3. Thank you Crio for your entertaining posts during the Spring Carnival and particularly Cup Week . To back up each time with your thoughts take a lot of effort and I am sure the forum will agree
    Thanks to all the “usual suspects” for their contributions which make this entertaining yet informative and a must read
    News from the beach is to be regarded with caution as there are a few runners going into the unknown according to trainer
    AR 1 no 5 – found a way to get beaten at Strath with the race in its grasp yet backs up tomorrow
    AR2 no 4 – failed in city yet wins in bush (e/w ) and cheap meat for all at the local butcher if it wins- he part owns it)
    R4 no 6 – one at odds but hard race
    Good luck tomorrow for those left standing , with cash in their pockets, and with enough stamina to survive (especially you Crio)

  4. cowshedend says

    Well Crio, bit of rain about, but only enough to take the sting out of it.
    I’m with Skip, Boban the best of the day, been on him a while now and that Epsom form keeps delivering, love the Boban/Toydini quinella.
    In the 5th Kazanluk must be due for a change of fortune, after once again running up backsides at the Valley.
    As for Mull of Killough… please!!! If they stick around till Jan they might get a wildcard into the Aussie open, entered just about everything else.
    On the topic of lunacy, there is a thing in the last of Hayes at triple figures who ran a very tidy first up run in a showcase at Sale, Aashiq.
    Anyway, good luck to all having a dip

  5. Skip of Skipton says

    I’m keen on Epaulette in the sprint. Thinking back to his big run in Black Caviars last race.

  6. Crio,

    You rattling off previous Maribyrnong Plate winners sent a chill down my spine and transported me back to a past, infinitely better era of racing. Loved Scamanda growing up.

    Sacred Falls should have just about won at The Valley and will, I reckon, atone.

    Also like Epingle in the Mares race, and won’t forget to have something on Morgan’s in the same race. She missed the start by a couple at Moonee Valley and rounded them up pretty impressively.

  7. Elvis, spot on.
    I thought Sacred Falls should have won at the Valley and will be following up on it. I think Linton looks well weighted and Toydini not so and maybe Boban not so. I would have thought that a Straddy is a better race than an Epsom.

    I would be happy to be on Zurella in the 5th, I think its ready and is coming back from a group1 where they didn’t run on…anyone ready to take on M Payne in that at 3/1 ??? Budge??

    Re Maribyrnong Plate, New Atlantis’ year is my best memory, that was the first on Derby Day and the start of 6 straight winners for me and my best punting day ever, culminating with my biggest ever bet on Onmicorp. Looks like I’ve been off the boil for almost 30 years!

  8. I agree. Zurella looks very well placed.

  9. Jock, The phrase “Elvis, Spot on” is seldom used – and for good reason!

    Check out the run of Silent Whisper (R1 No9) at Moonee Valley. Amazing! Very hard to beat here. Boomwaa similarly was a top run in the same race. First starters will want to be pretty good to beat them.

    Barbed looks harshly treated to me with 58.5kgs in R3, Prefer something e/w on Burnro.

    R5 is probably the worst $300k race I have seen. Where is Oasis Bloom when you need her! If Lake Sententia had any other pilot I’d be on her but life is life! I’ll have something on Epingle in that though concede Zurella a big hope.
    S Arnold v M Payne mmm!

    Reckon Villa Verde is a big chance with no weight in the sprint. Liked ther way she hit the line last start v Zoustar and its rare these days that you get horses who have such a weight advantage, 7kg off the topweight (I think I recall Desirable might have won a Lightning as a 2YO (?) but she was pretty special). Platelet and Moment of Change the main dangers.

    Agree with all comments re Toydini, Sacred Fall, Boban in the Mile but Linton is the best weighted for mine and great value at the odds. A mile has always been his best distance to me. If a lightweight is to win (as is common in this race) it will be either Strike The Stars or Blackie- both getting back to career best form.

    Like Longport in the last at the odds. Looks a good race for her. Karacatis was huge last start and Henwood also hard to beat.

  10. I’ve been a Villa Verde fan but had been convinced that, like so many others, the form had tapered in the Spring prep. Last run was, though, really encouraging. I’m going to risk it.
    I seem to think Blackie is a MV horse – misconception?

    Rain has been sporadic. Track will wear from over-use but, it seems, not be slow.

  11. Budge,

    Your slight aside, I agree with you re Longport. Classy filly who has a good second up record, with a win at Warwick Farm and a 3rd to Dear Demi in the Surround. Very good first up run against a pretty good group of seasoned horses. $8.50 here certainly isn’t overs, but she goes close.

  12. Peter Flynn says

    G’day Budge,

    Desirable carried 43kg.

    Flaunting came 3rd with the same weight.

    Like the Longport call.



  13. Peter,

    I was at Flemington that day. Wasn’t it the Lightning?

  14. There tmrw PJF?

  15. Peter,

    Only pointed that out so as Budge could, begrudgingly say “Spot on Elvis”

  16. Elvis,
    How could they let such a great institution such as the Maribyrnong Plate decay?
    So many races are over-hyped and here’s one with a heritage of great sprinters and many good sires….go figure!

  17. Elvis,

    Very diplomatic re the Budge sledge.
    I hope Blackie doesn’t run a place. I’m guilty of backing it in ordinary handicaps this year and while he won one, I’ll do severe self harm if he ends up as a group 1 winner.

    I remember Desirable winning the Lightning, fancy finding a jockey at 43Kg these days.

  18. That with the claim?

  19. Jock,

    Throw away the rope and knives with confidence. Blackie won’t run in the first twenty seven. That imported horse Stipulate will finish in front of him and the only one behind Blackie in twenty eighth position will be Smokin Freakin Yourkiddin Joey.

  20. Elvis,
    I’m currently a last race disaster, beaten in the quaddie in the last on Friday, Sat and Tuesday and also the previous week with Smokin Freakin Yourkiddin Joey.
    Thank god for cut and paste, I don’t think i’m in condition to type that name out

  21. Guessing Elvis may have had a cool one as well!

  22. I couldn’t even find who rode Desirable on google or in Miller’s Guide. That’s pretty much the extent of my exhaustive investigation. Maybe Malcolm Johnston? The only one I can think of from that era who may have made that weight??

  23. Skip of Skipton says

    Malcolm Johnston rode Desirable, and survived a protest from Roy Higgins on Leica Show. The third horse Flaunting, also a 2yr old, was ridden by P.Clarke. First prize was $17,500.

  24. Peter Flynn says


    In the spelling paddock.

    Resuming first up in the Talindert.

  25. David Downer says

    From the banks of the Campaspe…

    Moment of Change for me today. Has never handled MV and relishes the straight – remember those astounding sectionals v B.Caviar in days of yore? If he repeats that, the others won’t get near him.

    Jockey change from L.Innes to G.Boss on Sacred Falls in the Cantala Stakes is significant.

    Me old mate O.O.Coober in the second. Electric Fusion a big show there too.

    Am doing my best to move on from Solicit’s amazingly brave front-running effort in the Oaks. Tough filly. Deserved better! Zanbagh was my other go #lament

  26. Anyone else at the desk?

    Unpretentious? And Temple of?

  27. Elvis
    Smokin Freakin Yourkiddin Joey. What a run!

  28. cowshedend says

    Apollo’s Choice incedibly unlucky in the 4th.
    Schofield as cool as a cucumber on Boban.
    C.Waller genius
    A carnival that produced a father/son group 1’s

  29. Peter Flynn says

    Anybody else get the Quaddie?


    The new Tony Bourke

  30. cowshedend says

    Great poker hand Peter, 4 2s, what percentage? Nice div, well done

  31. Skip of Skipton says

    Wez Hunter was Tony Noonan’s foreman/right hand man. If anyone is wondering.
    Huge effort Boban. I didn’t realise the extra weight he had. I thought he’d be even money.

  32. Tony Noonan not training many winners…..has he still got Mick (Rain Lover) Robins as a sidekick?
    Bel Thor seems to find one better but that race fell away badly
    VRC has to be pleased pldlyy northerners,d Buffering and Boban , winning the G1 races.
    Mankato/Patinack and Epsom/Emirates very impressive.
    Hope no one had wipeouts.

  33. Skip of Skipton says

    I met Mick Robins (pronounced Roe-bins) last year when the Melbourne Cup Tour stopped in Skipton (Mooramong Homestead). He had Jim Johnson in tow. Great to have a yarn with such men.

    I have a lapel pin in the Rain Lover colours (Yellow, white dots) which I showed them. They were wanting to know where I got it etc. I offered to give it to them but they wouldn’t take it. I got it at the ’93 Melbourne Cup. They had heaps printed from all years.

  34. And Happy Birthday to Elvis for today. Well done to align yourself with me on Longport. Very brave to align yourself with anything I tip on recent records!

  35. on a far more sombre note, distressing news of the death of Desiree Gill after a fall at Caloundra Saturday night. You go to work – you are meant to come home. As was noted over the driptray on Monday, in what other job does an Ambulance have to constantly follow you? She leaves a hubby and 2 children and a shaken Industry. RIP

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