Crio’s Racing : Flemington and International Week at the Hong Kong Jockey Club

Even an old-fashioned urger like myself struggles to make a case for a serious assault on the punt this Saturday – though, naturally, I’m prepared to be talked around.

It’s one of those rare times when racing authorities (probably accidentally) get the public vibe…there’s no interest and the fields justify that outlook (a $40k race as a Quaddy leg!).

As is the stupid custom (a December habit even in wider society) there are 9 races for those who at least recognise Flemington on a sunny afternoon as way better than carpark chaos in the Westfield wastelands.

Regrettably, I’m led to believe that most responsible parents and partners (working on hearsay here) are handcuffed this weekend for chores – minding kids/pretending to like neighbours/watching the credit card get burnt on Boxing Day’s breakages.

The best that a real horseracing fan could probably hope for would be the refuge of a cold ale in front of the Hong Kong gallops on Sunday. This is always a magnificent meeting regardless of Australian participation – and, let’s be honest, even if Aussie horses are not there, we have a significant expat training corp as well as jockeys who are up there with the best.

It’s International Week for the HKJC and those who’ve been rave about the experience. The tip is to get there by tonight (Wednesday) to enjoy Happy Valley’s “Jockeys” night and then prepare for the bonanza card on Sunday – the Group One Hong Kong Cup, Mile, Sprint and Vase.

Fields aren’t finalised yet but there is a rumour that Buffering, a contender in the Sprint, has missed a gallop and might be in doubt.

Coverage, as you’d expect, in first-class, in order with the racing.

Recommended.

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The other topic I’d vowed to mention this week is the new descriptors for tracks (as per RISA) :-

For Turf Tracks the following Track Rating Scale is effective 1 December 2014.

Firm 1 Dry hard track

Firm 2 Firm track with reasonable grass coverage

Good 3 Track with good grass coverage and cushion

Good 4 Track with some give in it

Soft 5 Track with a reasonable amount of give in it

Soft 6 Moist but not a badly affected track

Soft 7 More rain-affected track that will chop out

Heavy 8 Rain affected track that horses will get into

Heavy 9 Wet track getting into a squelchy area

Heavy 10 Heaviest category track, very wet, towards saturation

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As always there are races everywhere and good times and good wins to be enjoyed. If the weather’s good I might pop down to the Valley on Friday night and, for those who can, I’ll be on the back bag for Wayne Elliott on Flemington’s Rails Saturday looking for a chat.

Until then I’m always tuned in for a tip or a topic.

Good luck!

Comments

  1. G’day Crio, my form can only improve on last weekend.

    I plan to start tomorow night with one of my current favourites, the Jerilderie trained Sweet Emily. She’s won her last three starts , including two in a row at the Valley. She’s up in the weights, and winning runs don’t last for ever, but i’m sticking with her.

    Go Sweet Emily !

    Glen!

  2. Crio, great effort to come up for the local meetings, motivation at an all time high for most this time of year.
    Very strange the track conditions alterations, does not seem that long ago when they were changed to get rid of ‘dead’ as a reading. Listened to Sammy Hyland a couple of weeks ago, and he said that the Peno readings are done early morning, but the track reading is done on the presumption of what it will be at the start of the meeting, this time of year the lag time can be up to 8 or 9 hrs, an awful lot can happen weather wise in that time, surely they can come up with a better system than that.
    Also, was having a squiz at tonights meeting, and notice a 2040 maiden, Pat Carey has a 3yo having it’s 2nd start. Got to admire some of these trainers who have gone against traditional local training methods (gradual distance increases) and chuck them in at the deep end

  3. Tomorrow’s the big G2 Villiers day at Randwick. Interesting to note that c.Waller has just the 5 runners for the day – yes, the whole card, not just in the feature.
    Perhaps he’s still sneezing after being assaulted by a feather duster yesterday.
    His Metropolitan winner, Junoob, was found to be on Lasix. I remember the race well. Junoob was absolutely declared as past the post and won like Rain Lover. He subsequently finished down the track in the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups. Waller has been fined and the runner-up, Opinion (trained by Waller) has now been declared the winner and will receive the prizemoney.

  4. That one paced slug Ringo returns to HQ tomorrow,like his namesake mediocre and only capable of running a drum

  5. Waltzing to Win is entered in Adelaide and after a Carnival run or two in Melbourne should prove too good for these
    Crio the Bordertown Cup is run on Sunday with good fields all round but I’m afraid it’s not on the bucket list
    Its another tricky card in Adelaide and as usual I will be cheering the local hopes home

  6. Oges, you’ve got the hoof on the till,I’ll follow you in. Done the Bordertown thing a few times..don’t bother, not the prettiest track going around.
    Drove over from Melbourne once to watch a horse I had a bit of trained by a young Mark Kavanagh, went around 3s on, ran 8th of 9, got straight back in the car and drove home 12 hour round trip for a minute of mediocrity

  7. Good one Cowshedend.

  8. Oges,
    Tis the season to be Jolly….
    anything at Flemington?

  9. Now I’ve woken from my slumber after beers and bowls practice to see Qadir has been scratched from Adelaide to run at Flemington

  10. Good on you Oges, Qadir gets the chockies! Back in town mate

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