Crio’s racing: Irrelevant?

Schools break up on Friday. Office Xmas parties go nuts. Hangovers and obligations dominate Saturday.

Racing is irrelevant.

We’ve got Valley Nights (probably some joie de vivre in the dining rooms) and then Flemington but, other than for the truly committed, this is about as obscure a race weekend as we get.

Unless you have an ownership connection or a really strong tip, save your coin – trust me, you’ll need it next week!

Some, of course, have Quaddy habits so here are early observations:

MR5- Track rating matters here. Include 7. 5 and 6 will be fancied.

MR6- Good race. 2,5, maybe 10, even 11 at odds (and we may have missed the winner!)

MR7- 3,4,10 (watch market)

MR8- 2 E/W. asterisk on 11 but maybe blackbook it for 2nd up 1200m.

There’s a glut of racing in the coming weeks so try to pick the eyes out of the fields rather than blaze away – a punter’s version of good shot selection – or you’ll end up cast when the VISA bill and the kids’ booklist/uniform invoices lob.

We’ll keep chipping away here at Knacker Central, happy to field any tips or anecdotes to ease the festive burden.

Tread water this weekend and you can have all Xmas arvo to set your traps for the Boxing Day extravaganza.

Good luck!


  1. Working at the Valley tonight Crio?.. if so keep Happy Highway nice and safe in the last or the boss might end the night with a wipeout, any money comes for the Weir/Oliver combo..head for the hills.
    The weight scales on Saturday, show a lot of ordinary horses getting a run on the minimum, looks like even some trainers have called for an early tea prior to Christmas.
    Oh to have a fit conveyance to run around in those 80k benefits at HQ Sat.

  2. Yea races Saturday. Nice track, lots of natural shade. Happy Punting,, and Nolllaig Shona Duit, to alll the almanackers.


  3. Cant get enthused and nothing to report from my neck of the woods

  4. What to follow tomorrow, jockeys, betting, trainers, any suggestions, any tips, all welcome. Thanks guys!

  5. Elvis
    are you out there?
    I’m just home from a long afternoon of “light refreshment”
    I’m sure you followed the same path so between us we should be able to find a few left field suggestions for tomorrow, or even tonight.
    At this point anything followed by the word lager or shiraz would be my favourite, maybe Beer Garden at the Valley at around 100’s.
    On a more serious note Bit of a Schiller may have a bit on them in the last tonight

  6. Jockster,

    I am here, Last day of work before 18 days off, The Eylandt has been a frenzy lately with the distribution of royalty money.

    Aside, I like 7,8 and 9 in the 7th at the “Valley Of Moons ” and back a horse called Rohan in the Cox Stake at Ascot tomorrow. $8. Nice horse that will be there at the pointy end.

    Other than that, at this point, Iv’e got nothing.

  7. Jock,

    Here’s a tip for you. Follow jockey D Lane. All the riding attributes of D Oliver, but smarter, not as horrifying ugly, not a lying shirt bird nut sack, and will ultimately be a positive ambassador for this great sport.

    Get on D Lane in anything, at any odds.

    That’s my Xmas New Year tip.

    Happy Yule to all.

  8. and, of course, Greetings to all contributors but especially you, Elvis, and also Jock – great memories

  9. We got to Yea, alwys a pleasant meeting. 6 race card, the primary race being the fifteen furlong Sister Olive Handicap, with Shirlaski saluting. Riding honours on the day to young Micheal Kent, and Reece Goodwin, who both rode a double. Special mention to Michael Kents winner in race ,3 Vixenite, who recorded her 14 th win in her 113th start. Next races at Yea, are on Cup Day January 25. Until then, Nollag Shona Dhuit, and Happy Punting !


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