Crio’s Racing: Flemington, Randwick and Longchamp await

For race lovers this is as good as it gets.

Randwick and Flemington host iconic meetings with great races, horses and possibilities. The Epsom and the Turnbull are “essentials” for anyone who has thoroughbred racing running through their veins.

This is an important weekend for reasons way beyond our shores – Longchamp holds centre stage for the 2 days culminating in the magnificent Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe on Sunday. Arguably this is the most sought after prize on the calendar. As is becoming the trend, the Japanese “raiders” seem to have a high profile, though fields are far from finalised as I type on Wednesday. The “support” races are magnificent and special mention must go to the Arabian World Cup, the richest G1 for pure Arabian horses which features later on the card.

Most punters and pundits here, however, will be more focused on the form for the big meetings on the “Royal” courses of the eastern seaboard. I cringe at the moniker that the AJC and VRC sought, but have no qualms recommending the superb collection of features on Saturday.

The Epsom (SR7, 1600m, G1) leads a stellar list of rich races to be decided at Randwick. The Waller and Waterhouse stables dominate acceptors throughout the afternoon, but the Hawkes stable are working on the “quality over quantity” concept at the moment and will fancy Ninth Legion in what is traditionally a raffle (albeit historically having big fields on a spread weight scale – amazingly 3.5kgs separates all bar Boban this year). The unfortunate small field dilemma blights the ATC’s flagship day, but there’s a ripper Flight Stakes (SR8, 1600m, 3yoF, SW, G1) to look forward to… First Seal and Winx this week face new clallenger Thinking of You from Moody’s yard. The Metrop (SR9, 2400m, nowadays G1)looks one of the day’s better betting races. Let’s see if J.McDonald fares better with Spillway than Olly’s “effort” at the Heath.

The cards have fallen well for Flemington with terrific weather and strong fields guaranteeing a bumper crowd. I’ll endeavour, for once, to overlook the appalling administration/promotion of Vic racing and get excited about this great day. The Turnbull (MR7) itself is a beauty, with lots of chances and plenty of value if you can snag a prize. If you are forgiving, Silent Achiever might get to silly odds. Our dearth of quality sprinters is apparent in the Gilgai (MR5) but, despite the tricky pole, hopefully Chautauqua can repeat the dose from last start and become a Carnival star. The Blazer (MR8) is the start of a sequence of terrific races for Mares that will culminate with the prestigious Myer. There’s a groundswell of support for Politeness, which may be unders. Good race.

I’m looking forward to Saturday and, then, dissecting it’s repercussions for the month ahead.

Any help appreciated.

Good luck!


  1. Crio,

    Beautifully said, again, and yes, with the Turnbull, the Epsom, The Metrop, etc, etc, it’s Super Saturday on hormones.

    Get a quid early at The Mecca. Race 2 Atmosphere. Won’t bore subscribers with pedigree analysis, but suffice to say he’s got that on his side in spades. Great trainer(s) and Kennet’s favourite hoop on board.

  2. cowshedend says

    Yep, fair weekend Crio, surely Spillway can make amends for the Oliver slaughter in a mediocre Metrop.
    Like Kaizaen in the Oaks, was dog unlucky last start and should get away with the 2nd.
    I’m also on that unreliable conveyance Puissance in the Turnbull , and my God have mercy on my soul!

  3. subscribers!!…if only.

    all up another nemesis…G.Boss on thebarman R3?

  4. cowshedend,
    obviously we rate the Metrop differently. I reckon this is a pretty good edition of a terminally ordinary Handicap…questionable G1 but that’s not my call!

  5. cowshedend says

    I’m with you on Thebarman

  6. How come you are so early Elvis? Cowshedend and I vie for that.
    With bowls starting I will post later with tips-though I may wait for Monday at Strath when a lot of locals are engaged

  7. I don’t take any multis but if you do….include any Llloyd Williams runners.
    They are fit and prepared for Flemington.

    Good to hear from you Oges.
    Strath winners pay the same as Flemington or Longchamp

  8. cowshedend says

    Good on you Oges, if the cupboard isn’t bare after saturday, I’ll follow you in at Strath.

  9. Very keen on Ninth Legion and Spillway for the features in Sydney.

    Just looked at the race that Firehouse Rock won at Caulfield a couple of weeks ago as there are about 5 from that running in the 2nd at Flemington and Justaway was a huge run and will beat all those he raced against at Caulfield, where he would have won under a hold if it was 50 metres further.

    I notice that Chautauqua has drawn inside in the sprint, might have something on Limes with Blinkers on again I reckon you have to give Stipulate another chance in the Turnbull and maybe Sertorius for some value.

  10. Reckon Chautauqua is a big risk from the gate and at the weights. Boom is the one for me with the NZer Bounding the danger.
    Really like Super Cool in the Turnbull. Comes in well at the weights and finished off nicely last start
    Bit surprised that Suavito goes for her 3rd 1400m run this prep. But blinkers on and she is pretty good. Bonaria the danger.
    Elvis, against my (much) better judgement, I’m with you on Atmosphere. It’s been nominated for everything including Caulfield Guineas and Cox Plate so expect him to step up tomorrow.
    Forecast 27degrees means I’ll abandon the bag of fruit in favour of shorts and thongs and alternate between the lawn and the hill stand tomorrow. Happy punting to all.

  11. Budge,

    Glad you agree re Atmosphere. Means a lot. Just got blown out in the last at Death Valley by some grey suck. Anyway. One last declaration.

    Drum roll…………..Cadillac Mountain in the last at Flemington.

    So it’s Goodnight from me, goodnight from him, and Let’s be safe out there.

  12. David Downer says

    Always back a Boom down the straight.

    And always back Bonaria at HQ.

    Happy Trails to you.

    I’m back! Albeit, lacking in detailed form study thus far. Am heading out there today.

    Gunbower Cup today too. What a ripper day for that.


    ps: my video form guide of yore has been put to bed. The changes to the RV website put paid to that!

  13. Good to hear from you DD.
    I am on Stand 13 R
    Glen might send Gunbower update. He seems to relish those tracks near the Murray
    Murtoa Cup also today.
    Even G1 in NZ

    I have backed Brambles to win Turnbull

  14. Think I’ve just found the man to sing the national anthem before the melbourne cup , go to national anthem Argentinian singer!

  15. We get Argentine racing on Sky nowadays so it just might help to build another bridge!!
    I don’t see the need for an anthem at such events, but might as well be entertained as well – look at the publicity this fella has got amongst those of us who didn’t even know or care about Union Tests in Argentina.

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