Crio’s Racing: Mid-winter Flemington (aka VFL Park)

A typical mid-winter Flemington meeting confronts Melbourne’s punters this Saturday. Whilst few will bother to shiver on course where, off season, it is icily reminiscent of barren Tuesday nights at VFL Park 30 years ago, owners and trainers can be grateful for the continued excellent prizemoney ( 6 x 80k, 2 x 100k) and they’ve responded with big fields and the prospects of competitive racing.
November’s pot of gold has become a bedpan as Bookies have been gelded at their 3 previous visits to HQ. It is time to fight back.
Quaddy musings:-
MR5- 1,3
MR6- tough race. Value may be here. 10,9
MR7- 1,2,4
MR8- like to go skinny late but this is wide. Include 3 and 11 and possibly 12 despite the gate.
Elsewhere the pick of the weekend’s fields can be found in Brisbane where, finally, the season’s final Group One, the Tiara, headlines another day of strong fields.
Remember to follow the Royal Ascot link and our UK guru, DD, elsewhere on this site.
For Australian racing, comments welcomed here.
Good luck!


  1. You must have stamina in the winter standing in bleak Flemington on a cold wet day.DD has come to the fore with his blog on English racing and I am intrigued with his new rating system he will unvail later in the year (any help we can get is needed)
    Looks like wet tracks here again but Jollys Argee McLaren stands out at Morphettville (first up)
    Crio heard this week that David Balfour a most likeable astute trainer is quite ill.
    Balf was always around the mark especially if he took horses interstate

  2. cowshedend says

    Crio, don’t envy you being at HQ tomorrow,depressing place mid winter.The Tiara looks a beauty ,Peron looks likely to get the last crack at Streama and Yosei.
    Boy that Melb quaddy could be huge, i reckon 4 fields is not quite wide enough!

  3. Please help me out with some winners. My fridge is stuffed, temperature control has gone awry and my beers keep freezing so I have to win a grand this weekend to replace it.. The only positive is that it’s winter and I can easily transfer to the reds, if it was January I’d be buggered.

    I’m a bit keen on Counter Sign in the 3rd in Adelaide and also on Silent Stash in the 7th which did me a very good turn a few weeks ago.
    Other meetings are a bit of a nightmare but little bro who talked me into Linton a couple of weeks ago has taken the 100’s Whateverwhenever in the Tiara. I backed it last start and it was an OK run. If it’s looking for the 1600 it might run a race as it likes the wet, anyway it won’t cost much to find out.
    I’ve missed a lot of the Ascot races this year, must be getting old. I have a few reds and fall asleep in the chair so I go to bed. I need to go somehwhere warm for the winter I think.
    Bad news about Balf, I must admit he hasn’t really looked healthy for 20 years but obviously not too good.

    Good luck

  4. Jock,
    What is the SP on Balf – he was a patient sounding board for Dad in his last years?
    Flemington’s betting ring will be empty but pleasant tmrw with no breeze or rain apparent. Think I’ll stay off the punt unless someone offers a good lead.

  5. Yeah, Balf’s not well at all – jockeys always used smokes to curb the appetite.

    Red Tracer finally got the wet track for a G1 – the season’s last.

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