Crios’ Racing: Warrnambool recovery

There’s neither time nor energy for a thorough preview of this week’s racing. We’ve just got home from Warrnambool, tired and elated after another magnificent pilgrimage. Tuesday’s biting wind and driving rain set a benchmark for “hardy souls” but the true believers were rewarded with a great carnival highlighted by a safe and thrilling Grand Annual Steeple.

Melbourne’s racing creeps in to semi-hibernation now – I can’t even score a gig tomorrow at Flemington (so will be able to go and see the Bulldogs!) where very few attendees will see a typically competitive winter card.

Our SA correspondents might be able to steer us in to some winners at Morphettville which holds their Derby, the Euclase and a batch of other good races – though next week will be even better.

At the footy I’ll head to the TVs to watch some of the action from Brisbane. Doomben hosts a couple of Group Ones as the action hots up for the Carnival. Again, as good as this meeting is, the weeks ahead will be even better.

The Doomben Cup is supposedly the main race but this mob leave me totally uninspired. The other G1, the BTC Cup, is better and offers a mouthwatering clash between Our Boy Malachi and Srikandi (providing C.Maher a shot at an extraordinary double), with plenty of others worthy of consideration. This is the meeting I’ll scour whilst watching the soccer tonight.

Unlike many other punters I kept the powder dry at the ‘Bool so still have bullets if urgers can find me a target.

Tips please.

Good luck!


  1. I’ve been down on Yorke Peninsula all week so I know what weather you had. Like you this is recovery night for this old bloke though I did see Yendall had some long priced winners so guess bookies cleaned up

  2. Oges, the cold and wet comes with the admittance to Warrnambool race week, but Tuesday’s wind was something else. It certainly keeps away the flogs and allows the committed to do what they always do – enjoy friends, races and reminiscences. As always, no “attitude” equals no problems…it is always a joy to work where people just want to have a good time. Rank and file punters, it seems, were skun. Money was uncharacteristically small yesterday (and Betfair was down). Yendall’s Country Racing royalty.

  3. cowshedend says

    Crio, hows the liver the bool, god knows it nearly killed me down there before.
    I know its short , but Flying Aurora is a moral in the 2nd tomorrow.
    came from 2nd last the inside at Geelong, and oliver had to hook 5 deep to get clear air, at them up and cantered to win by 4.
    gets 2kg claim and gets in at 54.5, will relish the extra distance and big track.
    will be joining you at the dome…go you scraggers!!!!!

  4. No comment on rail positions this week from me, I’ve been spooking myself.
    Good meeting tomorrow in Adel, I’ll be looking to get a bank early on Mandla in the first, got lost down the Flem straight which has translated into good odds tomorrow, bottom weight may be a danger as its been impressive and gets in 2Kg under the limit.
    I’m very keen on Get The Nod in the Euclase, first up was much better than it looked as he looked gone on straightening and held ground all the way up the straight and looks like he will improve big time with that run.
    In the derby I’m on All I Survey-could have won if he got to the outside at Caulfield and winner of that is on a Qld derby program and he will get the journey so looks the smart way to go at double figure odds. Clearly Elvis was out of punting range for Delicacy last week and she will still be hard to beat as this may even be an easier race, the main query is the prospect of a slow track.
    Roughie with a chance is Coachella in the last, 3 wide no cover last 3 runs from poor draws so may go OK with an easier run from barrier 5.
    I liked Foreteller last time out and it was a great run and will be following up again in Brissy Will follow up with Hot Snitzel in the next.
    Not keen on Flemington but could be talked into Rodway in the last if pushed.

  5. No push from me Jock. Happy to wait for Goodwood meeting.
    cowshedend, behaved at race week…young Tommy made his debut and is more sensible than my generation!

  6. theJudge says

    Looking forward to El Roca’s return. Have taken the early odds for the stradbroke, don’t think he can win tomorrow

  7. Would like to see a couple of races at Flem before firing in although London Stripe looks a bet at $31 in the last despite the bad alley. In Adel Awesome Rock looks good odds in the sprint. In the Derby the fav looks hard to beat on face value but the filly’s did run 1-2 in the WA Derby which does indicate there could be a query on the form through that race. That said, the fav short enough and October Date will clearly improve having come off a break last time and does look able to settle anywhere from an inside alley. Don’t think he’ll be coming from last today! Chu Chu Charlie looks big odds at $71, not the best luck last time and looks very dour. If the track is genuine soft
    At Doomben I’m very keen on Madotti in the Champagne at $15 (they did bet $34), think he could be a very good horse! Also thought Foreteller and Moriarty good value in the Cup.

  8. I’m prepared to try El Roca today. He obviously has leg issues so think they’ll have him wound up for a Group 1 win first up, in case he pulls up sore again. Clearly the best horse in the race.
    Will try Pago Rock at Flemington. Barrier 1 no help but has excellent stats at 1100m.

  9. Jock….. excellent work with Hot Snitzel at big odds!
    I was on 2nd horse but thankfully followed your advice and saved on the winner.
    Well done.

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