Crio’s Racing – Super for Superannuants

I don’t imagine that the old Duke Of Norfolk has been restlessly rolling in his vault since the formerly notable “other two-miler” was stripped of his name and, now in its relative irrelevance, rather appropriately rededicated to a VRC committeeman of more recent and less successful times. Enough, though, of my scurrilous whimsy – time enough for that from my Rails post at HQ Saturday from where I’ll ponder trivialities (for example, MR2 recalls a Sturt star – opposite wing to Hicks and pre-Burgan I reckon?!) during local betting time and, in keeping with the few punters and colleagues likely to be on course, rouse from my slumber for the Brisbane coverage.

Queensland’s Winter Carnival is the lone star in the next month and big money will be wagered and won, starting this Saturday with Doomben’s time-honoured “10,000”. Some lustre will be lost from the forthcoming weeks due to the unavailability of Eagle Farm which always offered a point of difference – especially in this pair of G1s where you’d go from the WFA 1350m to a 1400m Handicap on a tougher track in a fortnight. Nevertheless, the racing in Queensland is always exceptional at this time of the year and I’m sure that the June 6 Straddy will still be a highlight (though I’ll challenge the notion that they needed to stump up $2m!).

The other uncharacteristic trait for prepost pundits is the weather…usually an enviable constant in the Sunshine State from this period onwards. For the moment I’m cautioning punters looking for early value on Saturday as the rain has brought about a Soft 7 (today, Wednesday) with more showers about.

It’s a feature card all day for those lucky enough to be heading to Ascot station (is Adelaide the only city without an Ascot?), though, as is often my whinge, some of the categories appear overly generous. The first, for example, is rated a 2200m Quality G3 but is, not atypically for the venue, full of impending retirees looking for a super boost…Hvasstan, now with Tony Gollan, hasn’t won since the Bays yet is $5. Faust (4) is the most recent winner and most consistent performer so, with James McDonald up, I suppose Ladbrokes’ $4.2 it is the best ploy. Looking further in to the fixture, both the Sires (BR6) and Roses (BR7, 3yoF, SW, 2020m – obvious Oaks prelude) seem generously allotted Group 2 status.

No-one ever questions, however, The 10,000’s place in the racing calendar and, despite some of the toppies appearing to be way off form, there’s still enough quality and queries to make this a ripper race. The one that jumped out at me is the Kiwi G1 performer, Sacred Star (6), piloted by Zac Purton and quoted on Ladbrokes at a juicy $11.

The other bet tempting me at first glance (unintended pun) is Miss Cover Girl (BR9, No11), especially with the moist track and a change of rider ($8.50).

No doubt there’ll be some urgers posing propositions at Flemington also, as there are the usual big fields and terrific prizemoney for owners and trainers to chase.  As mentioned last year, the winter Championship and now, in recent times, series’ for a range of categories, has kept the local Industry at the nation’s forefront (this week it’s the Banjo Heat One as R5 for the stayers).

Whilst promoting the concept of a Championship Series, it would be remiss not to mention Saturday’s Hawker Cup meeting in SA which is the first leg of the Outback Cups Championship, a wonderful initiative in recent years which has been covered here in the past and, hopefully, I’ll get around to highlighting subsequent legs in the next couple of weeks – anyone heading up to Hawker welcome to contribute (and go up to bookie Vin Moriarty and ask for a special quote!). Fields finalised tomorrow (Thursday).

Busy here with unimportant matters, but always on the lookout for mail or memories.

Good luck!

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  1. Bob Shearman in the guts in those unbeatable Sturt teams. Yes, Clarke was pre Burgan.
    Remember when changed the Doomben 10,000 to the Rothmans 100,000. As the prize money has kept skyrocketing they reverted to the original name. Some great winners include Manikato, Bernborough, Apache Cat, Takeover Target, Baguette, Falvelon, Bel Esprit, Aquanita and Campaign King. Fair Honour Roll there!
    Sacred Star was an original nomination, missed the first acceptance and had to pay the $22k late fee to get back in. Presumably going well then.

  2. Interesting read there Crio and Budge, brought back some great racing memories. Some great horses indeed. As for the Sturt players, I don’t recall the ones you mentioned but I did spend some time in Adel as a kid as my father moved around a lot with work (which has resulted in me becoming a gypsy!) and I do remember being in awe of a player called Paul Bagshaw, he seemed to stand in the forward line, simply raise his knee and swallow anything that came his way. Was he a similar era?
    As for the 10,000 (as Budge mentioned, thankfully they have converted back to the original rather than having it called the XXXX Gold Joh Bjelke Petersen Golden Circle Beautiful One Day Perfect The Next $2 Million, in a few years time) I think it’s a given that you look for the WFA’s here. Although not all flying, I do think there are a few that stand out….Temple of Boom $34, like him or loathe him he is well in at the weights and his runs so far have been good (also has a male pilot namely M Rodd for the first time in 10 runs!), Boban $21, he is ridiculous odds with great trial form and although his 1st up form is nothing to frame, his only try 1st up beyond 1200 he won and he has 1350 here (great value!!), and I think Generalife (although probably only his right odds) is flying and Rock Sturdy well in. Great race to bet in for me, with value waiting to be picked up. Happy to risk the Rockhampton Rocket from the gate over 1350, although not a great deal of speed engaged you can be certain they won’t allow him to just slide across in front of them to a soft lead at Doomben!
    There’s also a horse in Syd race 3, Heavy, that has the Unfurl form which franked that by winning at Caulfield on Sat, also with Ciaron Maher traveling to Syd the horse must be doing well.
    Good luck to all.

  3. Shame on you Crio – Ascot Park is “Just down the Bray St side” from HQ in our home state.
    Paul Bagshaw an absolute gun Higgo – but a laconic, graceful midfielder and one of the last drop kick exponents – not a marking forward. Can’t recall him ever taking a hanger – but he could dodge 5 opponents standing still.
    Doomben – what about Chief De Beers – won 10,000 twice and 20 times “down the Nudgee Road side” – from 2yo to 7yo – but take him over the road to EF and he was a cat. Go figure. Raced at Eagle Farm, Gold Coast, Caulfield, Flemington and Moonee Valley without ever troubling the judge.
    I can’t recall any other horse so track-centric.
    Luthers Luck and Stainvita in the Sandown mud of my youth. Mums Pride (always opened 6/4 on the tote) at Moonee Valley.
    But I am sure they still won races elsewhere. Any other good horse only ever produce at one track?

  4. Crio- I don’t want to google it, but reckon Glenelg hasn’t won since I was home in Australia. Last July. Might be this July before they get the points. Very disappointing.

    On Bagshaw I found the entire 1976 SANFL grand final on youtube-


  5. Ah thanks Peter, was it Rick Davies I was thinking of then? Did he start as ruckman then finish in the forward line? As I remember him, he didn’t take hangers as such, but more stood there with one knee in the air and outmuscle them. And I went to a game once where a team (Glenelg from memory, kicked 49 goals with Fred Phillis kicking something 16 goals!) The crowd got bigger as the word got out and there were people hanging from trees at the school next door to witness history. I assume that team score has never been beaten in “1st class” footy? (Is SANFL considered 1st class??)

    Good find on Youtube Mickey!

  6. Rick Davies started as a footballer and he has now developed into a suburb.

    The Bays beat Port in the last game (minor round of course) of the year in 2014 and I reckon they’re on target for another win sometime in 2018 about when the former coach get’s parole.

    Bagshaw was a freak, liked watching Michael Graham with his speed through the midfield, here’s a link to plays of the day for 1976. look at about the 10 minutes mark where Graham takes 7 consecutive bounces at the Bay with poor old Hodgy trying to chase him down ( Hodgy gets taken out in a good shepherd)

  7. cowshedend says

    Duke of Norfolk should be the day everyone should get married…take note those bastards that have the nuptials on Cox Derby or Caulfield cup days!
    Was a hurdlers flat for years, callers for years used to talk it up by finishing with..”nice cup trial”…. yep!
    Will alwasy remember the 1980 Rothmans 10000, Hit It Benny was part of the most amazing day on the punt i reckon i’ve had, stood at Flemington and watched them come across the line in fog in the last, huge day and bigger night!

  8. No news from the beach as the locals are thin on the ground and only two are engaged at Strath Sunday. One of my mates is up at Hawker for the Cup and another is banned by his wife after he fell out of the car getting out when arriving home (apparently there are many pubs on the back roads)
    Mickey the Bays have been a basket case for a few years but my Roosters are going nowhere
    Baggy lives at McLaren Flat and is a very talented muso these days

  9. Dad was a Bagshaw fanatic. He was the footy equivalent of Mark Waugh. Everything looked so easy to him. Big Rick Davies was an excellent ruckman, had a stint with the Hawks, came back and (maybe playing for South) anchored himself in the goal square to help himself to over 150 goals one year near the end of his career.
    His nickname was “Jumbo Prince” and there is a horse of the same name going around at the moment. I see it is in the Grand Prix on Saturday at Doomben. I probably called Davies something similar back in those days.

  10. Hooray…I was waiting for that segue back to racing.
    Awaiting Friday morning track and weather and then get serious

  11. Looks like it will be a fair surface at Doomben.
    I’m going to have a go at Sacred Star in the 10,000

  12. Leaning to Rock Sturdy in the 10,000. I prefer horses near the lead at Doomben in the shorter races and he will take up an handy position ( not 3/4 deep like last run where he gave weight to many) and Srikandi providing she jumps OK. I will be looking at trifectas and pick 4’s by having these to quinella the event and throwing in plenty for the minor places. I also like Vilanova a bit in the first, current markets have it at around $13 and the munchers- Hvastaan, Balagari and Faust all around $4-$5
    Back to the mundane at Morphettville (inside track and slow so look for on pace runners). Beau’s My Boy looks to be well in Race 3, bit of a query on a soft but should lead and big class drop. Very interesting runner in race 4-Glacial Age, ran 3rd in a race at Chester with Contributor second, also ran in the French Derby so I guess “drop in class” is a major understatement. It’s second up and also entered in the last at Flemington so if it comes to Adelaide, you’d expect a good performance.
    Flemingotn Race 3 has Thermogentic over from Adel and it was backed and ran very well last start and will be hard to beat, I don’t think Magic Boy can give it 6Kg, also noticed Big Boy Jackie was punching the breeze 3/4 deep all the way last time and could go OK if getting an easier run.
    I’m having something on About Square- loves the straight- at big odds in the 5th in case Lumosity doesn’t re-produce the first up run, if it does it will win by 50 metres. Tips and Beers covered a lot of ground last time and is a good chance in the last, Pyrrolic was good last time but hasn’t put 2 runs together in the past.

  13. You’ve got me interested with Glacial Age. Still in for both states and jockeys listed. Will stay posted. Much prefer imports on big Flemington track rather than the Parks. Drawn the outside gate but does have C.Williams so if it races at HQ I’m with you (sorry!).
    Vilanova’s a chance but there are so many non-winners to consider in it’s over-rated race.

  14. Glacial Age scratched from Flemington…must’ve been notified of my punting intentions!

  15. One that I forgot to mention and probably should stay forgotten is Zabeelionaire in the Ransden. It was a very good run in Adelaide recently against pretty good in form horses and was 16’s to 10’s, with the prospect of a firm track at Flemington is a good chance as he should be on the way up at his 5th run in, also finished 2nd to Crafty Cruiser last prep and gets it 4.5kg better on that run. Now I’ll get back to therapy.

  16. All valid points Jock – it worries me that we’re contemplating committed non-winners. Spicer tried to talk up Zabeelionaire last week so they know it is going OK. But I can live without a bet on that race.

  17. cowshedend says

    Generalife should get a nice cart into the 10000

  18. Happy to be on Scissor Kick in the main race at Doomben. Quality 3YO in a top crop well suited in this for mine and it would be just like Bossy to salute on the weekend of his entry to the Hall Of Fame.
    Interesting runner in the last at Doomben is Lucky Tom. Trainer thought enough of him to bring him here for Caulfield Guineas. Reckon I remember write ups where he was talking him up for next season. Big odds possibility.

  19. Tom was never least on the punt

  20. Always a big odds possibility though Jock…

  21. Short odds possibility…..Malthouse is gawne!

  22. Monday morning, apparently – replaced by Laidley.

  23. Good mail Crio. Hope you saved on Barker.

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