Crio’s Racing: No overcoat needed in the heat of the Warrnambool moment

Until this week I could probably cop being labelled a Global Warming skeptic. But when an overcoat is redundant at Warrnambool, it might be time to reassess.

There can be no skepticism, however, about the treasure that is the May races. When the Melbourne Cup field jumps I usually take a toilet break or have a snack. Bookies’ eyes dart from the TV screen to their ledger and back. But for the Grand Annual it seems even the crustiest make their way to the viewing lawns and again this week the reward was immense – and not to be measured in dollars. After Banna Strand’s win people piled back to their stations grinning – I found myself turning to adjacent strangers and just laughing with “How bloody good was that?”.

I’m home from another wonderful week at the ‘Bool and will struggle through a pretty lacklustre day in the vacuous Flemington main ring tomorrow.

For those committed to Melbourne Quaddy action, maybe these numbers can be considered:


Elsewhere it is Guineas Day as distinct from the Guinness that would be more appealing as winter finally descends on Melbourne.  The 3 major interstate meetings are at Morphettville (AR), Hawkesbury (SR) and the Gold Coast (BR). Unfortunately the collision of Guineas fixtures leaves a thinning of the talent pool, but the meetings still stack up pretty well for this time of the year.

The Hawkesbury Guineas (SR7) is one of several excellent races as Racing NSW allows provincial clubs to take a turn in the Saturday spotlight. A nightmare, high quality challenge for punters – maybe 3,1,and the 9 at value. The support card includes a mares race (SR5) featuring Miss Stellabelle (1) and Dystopia (2) as well as a quality mile (SR6) – maybe 2,3,7.

The Gold Coast Guineas (BR9- 1,4,2) is the weakest leg of a ripper Quaddy. Karuta Queen (BR6, No1) must surely be hardest to beat in the Silk Stocking and Hot Snitzel (BR7, No1), despite a bad gate, has to go on top in the Prime Minister’s Cup. In the other leg (BR8) you need to decide whether to plonk for Lights of Heaven (13) or, as I’d prefer, look for some value, such as Lamasery (6). A top class race.

The Adelaide Guineas (AR6) is a raffle – 4,5,12,1 looks the favoured way. In the SA Derby (AR7) all eyes will be on Hvaastan (1). The boom burst in Sydney and, after a “positive” from its MV triumph, a loss here would have his credentials questioned. Does anyone else give the filly (15) a show?

Apologies for an unavoidably late posting this week. Whilst it is a dull meeting at Flemington there is nevertheless much to discuss on the national agenda – from the thrilling Wagga Cup today to the diverse Guineas cards tomorrow and then, of course the Alice Springs Cup Day on Monday.

Wherever you are trying, good luck!


  1. Crio,

    I will be having exotic nibbles at Hawksbury, Flemington and Morphettville, but my focus will lie with the Gold Coast. Any number of races with 5’s the field. I like Force Command in the last. Is thus far a maiden, but ran good races against some quality and has been freshened up. First time he’s drawn an ally in a while.

    Thubiaan or Garud should take out the Quaddie first leg at Flemington, and there are plenty of options to go wide in the rest. Fuddle Dee Duddle has great 2nd up form (4:2.1.1) and 3 starts ago was beaten 2l by Luckygray and Mr Moet in the Kingston Town( Okay Budge, a Perth Group 1, but those 2 are pretty smart)

    Pentire can throw a good to great stayer (see Xcellent) and Prince of Penzance might be pretty smart. Lightly raced, and got home like a good horse last start, just missing.

  2. Thanks mate, I’ll keep an eye on those.
    Very interested in Hvaastan’s performance tomorrow and the implications for the Gelagotis boys.
    btw, I backed More Joyous at sparrows on Saturday figuring that 2/1 was way overs and expecting a patented singo 7/4 in to 5/4 before easing to 6/4. She just wins. Knew that I was hacked when she got to 5/2.

  3. Crio,

    Sadly you copped it in the neck, not unlike the good mare herself.

  4. swings and roundabouts

  5. badly rated, but I reckon Rock Vantage is given a real E/W show in MR6

  6. Crio,

    Further to The Fuddle in that same MR6, she ran Luckygray and Mr Moet to 2 lengths as a relatively early 3yo filly. Copped some kilos, but still a good effort.

    I’ll throw the RV into my Quads. Reckon your Sacred Falls form might hold up for a bit longer yet.

  7. Andrew Starkie says

    Crio, beautiful one day, perfect the next

  8. Peter Fuller says


    My reaction to the headline of Crio’s comment was that he must be mistaken. No overcoat suggested that contrary to his impression, he wasn’t in Warrnambool!

  9. Peter Flynn says

    No scarf required either.

    I backed the Strand.

    Good trial and in the Brierly and we know it can jump!

    When I saw Crio at the Bookie stand he had a grin like an ex-Contiki driver.

  10. Almost NQR, the beautiful weather out there Crio – but it made for a magnificently memorable day at the Bool. Flynny was clearly three sheets to the wind by the end of proceedings, well played Flynny.

    We backed the Strand as well – almost too obvious given the great lead-up run, and couldn’t believe we secured 7.50 about him. We watched this year from in front of the grandstand, was superb with the great finish.

    Best story of the day for us though was that we nailed the quaddie but halved the stake, so got a two-up game going out the back after the last. We went real good too for a while, before blowing it on consecutive heads calls. Great laugh, what a carnival.

  11. Andrew Starkie says

    Mum, went Tuesday as per usual. Beautiful day as well.

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