Crio’s Racing: Sandown & Canterbury…reality

TVN have this week been reduced to “breathlessly” promoting Saturday’s feature meetings to be covered from..…Betfair Park and Canterbury! These are both terrific tracks for punting and watching, but the impression is of mid-weekers now being the best on offer. Last Sunday I was at the Ballarat Cup meeting and it seems pretty obvious that the Victorian authorities need to take a look at scheduling some provincial features as “metro” Saturdays once the Spring Festival is all over.

It is worth trying. Sandown this week opens with a 900m, $70,000 sprint between 5 unraced 2 yr olds. The second has just six 3 yr old acceptors. And though I should concede that the rest of the meeting is OK, my point is that this is the right time of the year to give some of the country clubs a chance to shine. Why, if I wasn’t cricket tied (and the forecast bleak), I’d push for driving past the Princes Highway turnoff to Betfair Park and continuing on to the Woolamai meeting. I worked there once. Must be 20 years ago. It was wonderful. I knew it would be when we arrived, set up our stand and went looking for a feed. Rather than the bland, expensive (if even able to be located) city fayre, aproned matrons bid us to taste their freshly baked wares. Country hospitality. The forecast is turning sour and it can be a pretty exposed spot, but if conditions are benign, hop in the car and head down. Go on and stay at Phillip Island afterwards.

Either way you’ll need a bank so I guess the Quaddy need some inspection.

We’ll start with 4,5,8. The next looks the Field leg, a successful strategy of late. The Pussy (Miss Octo) does look to be the class in R7 but I’m wary at the shorts. Definitely include 6 and also 13 at bolter’s odds. If you need to go skinny in the last, try 1 and 8.

My racing weekend is at the Valley on Friday Night. They deserve some good weather as the lead up to Xmas and its sundry parties gets in to gear. I’ll be on the Lillis Kilmartin bag in the main ring, looking for any scraps of mail. Otherwise, respond via this site.

Good luck.


  1. Crio by the look of the responses so far its a case of “the Carnival is over” or “we are broke”
    I do share your love of country races though (and a fact I have come across is that there are more racecourses in NSW than the whole of the USA)

  2. Punters must be struggling. I’m just back from MV Night racing. “They” say there was a big crowd upstairs at all the function areas and Xmas parties are underway…could be true given the disgracefully long lines haplessly awaiting cabs 40 mins after the last! Very few of these people actually graced the betting ring – luckily for them as bookies came home on a giant wave of Quaddie bolters.
    Ascot might be worth a look tomorrow and the “cheats on seats” have some big features also if you like to torch your dough.

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