Crio’s Racing: Look North or West this weekend

I am pleased that the VRC has named a race series after the great Taj Rossi – the 2014 version of which begins at Flemington on Saturday – but am perplexed that it is a 2yo prize. Bart’s remarkable colt, bought in Adelaide, gained fame by his extraordinary 3yo season (

Race names are a sometimes irrelevant, occasionally very reverent, topic….one for some more discussion at another time.

What is, I believe, important, is to protect some of the really good races and their names for posterity – seemingly nowadays a competitor with prosperity – such as the Doomben 10,000 in Brissie in a couple of weeks and, more immediately, the time-honoured though diary juggled Goodwood Handicap, the feature at Morphettville this week (AR7, 1200m, SWP, G1). It is this year the main race on a mishmash but very good card, supported by the R.A.Lee (another SA staple – a mile) as well as the old Port Cup for stayers (nostalgia for Cheltenham) and black type for the girls, the Proud Miss over 1200m and the Centaurea over 2006m. There’s even more on a day that punters should pay attention to the AR fixture.

The Goodwood must be protected as one of the great races on the SAJC’s roster. I’ve always reckoned I recall seeing Romantic Son beat Dual Choice – that may be true as Dad was probably working on the flat and, as a 10/11 yr old, I was possibly hanging around. Regardless, it has remained an important page in my Miller’s Guide and is still a highly regarded prize for owners and trainers.

Unfortunately for RacingSA there’s also a G1 1200m at Doomben – the BTC Cup (BR7, 1200m, WFA, G1) with the point of difference being H’cap v WFA. Not surprisingly the result is a capacity field with many question marks at Morphettville and a small, select, excellent race in Brisbane. Buffering will, rightly, go round as fav this year – he played his part in the Cup’s history by filling the 3rd pod in the dream 2011 Trifecta behind Black Caviar and Hay List. This year he is again opposing the best around but should prevail. Snitzerland was undone last outing by the “unfancied Boom” (Temple of) but it will again be Spirit Of Boom and this time another of Snitzel’s progeny, Hot Snitzel, who will be seen as the biggest challengers to Rob Heathcote’s stout hearted gelding.

Tiger Tees is the perennial smoky.

The heavy artillery is starting to roll in to Queensland, so if you want to follow the best horses over the coming month, look for BR on your formguide – and, take note, some horses just thrive in the climate, so give weighting to those who’ve been up there and done well in past winter campaigns.

Down here in Melbourne there are still a million meetings a week as the Industry tries to satisfy the wants of its stakeholders, but the interest and quality plummets. My boss is taking a couple of months off and replacement work is nearly non-existent, so I doubt I’ll venture down the street to despised Flemington. That’s not to say, however, that I’m immune from having a nibble if any tempters are presented!? The Quaddy legs are still pretty good – and rightly so as the stakes are $80k-$100k for each of the races.

MR5- very wide. Include 7 and 14. Good to see Nick Hall back riding in the city and his mount, Tenere (3) is better than the 40/1 quoted.

MR6- Really good heat of the Winter Sprint Series. Hard to ignore the Weir juggernaut (4) and better throw in the 7.

MR7- Stayers. Top two for sure. Maybe 5.

MR8- 9,17,14 with no confidence whatsoever.

For those with a broader interest in racing Glenn Brownstein last week posted his Kentucky Derby preview here :

and his newspaper’s coverage here :

Good luck!



  1. Crio,
    There’s not even that much of a point of difference now between the 2 big sprints. The Goodwood hasn’t been a handicap for a good few years now and is run under set weights and penalties. This is how they have managed to lure Takeover Target and Black Caviar recently.
    I also reckon I remember Romantic Son winning – ridden by Bill Pyers on a trip back from France though that might have been the Christmas Handicap??

  2. Cowshedend says

    Really big urge for Danger Close at HQ tomorrow by Jason Warren who gave the old ‘just wins’ line.
    Also, Vale Bob Hoysted part of racing royalty along with his dad brother Bon, who also trained the brilliant Manikato prior to his death, and very colourful brother Wally who once held a shotgun to the starter at Flemington to protest against the use of the whip.

  3. Just heard of Bob Hoysted’s passing – a great racing family and more lost connections to Epsom.

    On a lighter note, check thie field at Mackay, R2 on Tuesday…trainer confident!

  4. Sad to hear of the pasing of Bob Hoysted. A strong racing family, though since Lad of the Manor, they’ve been very quiet. Manikato was always a favourite of mine.
    Trying to work out who to put in my BTC Cup First 4/ Trifecta , with Buffering being my roving banker.
    I’ll be working Sunday, though i’ll make a small deposiit on Platinum Snip in the second of the jumping races at Sandown. Interesting horse, not having his first run until age 7, breaking his maiden status , winning his fourth run, when aged 8 . Now this is his fifth race. Hopefully a few more years left in this lightly raced jumper.


  5. It’s all happening in Adelaide with a couple of big races and some other good fielda plus a host of interstate jockeys riding. I will be having an e/w Streetcar Valour a most unlucky horse who has had many seconds and deserves a win. It’s rained on and off here so the track will need watching.

  6. Oges, I think it is a 7 already.
    Anyone give Stokes’ emergency a hope in the Goodwood?

  7. cowshedend says

    Mr Manzelmann would make you and Budge’s life a doddle with 1 phonecall.

  8. Not on my radar Crio but big odds fixed price. It’s a hard race -a lottery

  9. Crio,

    Bob Hoysted’s old man trained and young Bob strapped Rising Fast in the second half of his illustrious career. In the space of 12 odd months, he won the Caulfield Cup, Melb Cup, Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup and ran 2nd in the Melb Cup when the winning jockey got 2 months for causing interference to RF but Rising Fasts jockey didn’t protest. What a feat that might have been.

    I too rue the loss of Bob Hoysted and the fact that there aren’t any sons, grandsons giving life to the legacy. On a personal level,, I still struggle to separate Manikato and Kingston Town as the best horse I have seen race.

  10. I’ll second you regarding Hoysteds and horses on all the above Elvis.

    Bart’s grandson is not cutting the mustard.
    Snowden and son might be good.
    Wayne Hawkes rates (himself!).
    No comment re Tommy and daughter.

  11. Crio,

    Appreciate your seconding.

    Bart’s son – See Catwalk, not Bird Cage, Snowden’s son – dunno, seems like he might cry without his old man around. Wayne, well he’s just Hooksy, the media wag, that would struggle to juggle training horses and writing his own material. Last but no means least, Gai. A tough pill, but credit where credits due from my end.

  12. Ross McDonald married Bon Hoysted’s daughter and produced another trainer Clinton McDonald, so the bloodlines live on in the game.

  13. I’m freshly returned from the Holdy and still full of good ideas. It has rained all day in Adelaide, not heavily but never stopped and will be very damp tomorrow at Morphettville.
    Race 2 Helen of Rose is a good roughie
    Race 3 Miss Joolia ew -100K race for crap horses what a waste
    Race 5 Big watch Court Pastoral OS form will probably stack up against ordinary field
    Race 6 Starkiato is a nob in the wet and Saturday Affair also, both a chance not sure if Rhythm will handle the going
    The Goodwood: I really like Ready to Rip, Crio sorry Stokes emerg runner is no chance, trainer reported it doesn’t like wet anyway…if dry would struggle.
    Race 8..have a celebratory drink instead

    Budge I’m pretty sure Romantic Son did win a Goody but my best memory is Kings Helmet being the best thing beaten, I think I was under legal age at the time and Kings Helmet missed the start a couple of lengths only to be ridden up to get outside the lead by Lettsy on the turn but getting outlasted by Samist ( ridden by legendary Des Coleman, successful pilot of Allez Bien at Cheltenham) who had a soft run. I also don’t recall backing too many winners of the event over the years either.
    Elvis, interesting point re Manikato and the King. There is a most unusual connection between the two, The Budge has got them both beaten by taking odds on!, the winners were Galleon ( Futurity)and Belmura Lad respectively ( I cleaned up on Belmura Lad.. Mackinnon Stakes at 33’s, couldn’t back anything to beat the Man but it was in trouble when the Budge joined in..13/4 on if I remember correctly)

  14. Budge.

    Nice to to know there is a some candle carrying, albeit in blood, not necessarily name.

  15. Good memory Jock. I can still manage to get certainties beaten. Back very few shorties but have horrendous record.
    I do remember having good wins on Comaida Boy in both D C McKay and the Goodwood. Not much in the intervening 35 odd years.

  16. Jock,

    I vividly remember the Budge V Manikato episode. He backed it at massive odd on to see if he was going to have a good day on the punt, or not. Panned out to be a big NOT by all reports. Just love the bloke, and his ground breaking concept of a “Puntrometer”

  17. Bit tough on the younger generation, maybe give them a few years yet to prove themselves, Bob Hoysted may have been seen differently if he didn’t get Manikato when Bon died.

  18. Elvis
    Puntrometer is a close relation to the Stainvita meter, which may be in use at Morphettville tomorrow.

  19. The Stainvitameter was a multipurpose tool…hopefully useful in all its possibilities.
    What about Brissie….is Buffering just too good in a ripper race?

  20. Buffering, Field of 7, WFA, easy lead on what is normally a leaders track…should be 3’s on unless T Tees decides to try it out but there’s no reason that’s likely.
    Actually will have my scrambled mind too busy in Adel to make an extra effort for Brissy.

  21. I think they’d just opened a Manikato Bar at Caulfield so I felt it would be irreverent not to back him. Bloody Galleon of all horses! Black Caviar is lucky I left her alone.

  22. I see no reason why Eloping doesn’t win again. Going to be overs once again.

  23. Is this where we line up for Budge’s favourite sport – potting Elvis?
    First race I watched today was SR2…winner trained by Troy (son of Leon) Corstens, ridden by Taylor (son of John) Marshall! Both just one step, of course, from JB, with Corstens a long time foreman to Bart and Johnny Marshall a key hoop for the Cummings stable (Rogan Josh).

  24. plus Smokin Freakin your kiddin me Joey.. it’s an Elvisathon

  25. cowshedend says

    Had a quiet chuckle as I saw Smokin Joey storming home.
    fair day for young Taylor Marshall

  26. As someone who bets each way, i have had two nice place collects from my weekend outlay. Riziz, with a smart run not too far from the fence, claimed a third in the Goodwood. Though Riziz is an Adelaide horse, the Sweeney family have stables both in Morphetville and Jerilderie, and being a follower of Riverina horses i put a few $$ on. Similarily, i noticed the Rick Freyer trained Platinum Snip ran second in its hurdle race at Sandown. Being at work i did not see the race, but this lightly raced 8 year old has taken to the hurdling caper like a veteran.


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