Crio’s Racing…Tancred Day

“I don’t know how you ever got zis job at KAOS”, screamed an exasperated Siegfried to dumbkopf Shtarker.

“Sorry Uncle Siegfried” was the contrite reply.



Life after TVN is different. There’s still, of course, plenty of racing and fluff as subscribers are diverted to another Sky Channel. Some of the product is pretty good, though there’s a Freedman who seems to appear everywhere and has an annoying screen presence (think Dermie-ish). And, going “around the grounds” last night, I found Suzanne Messara, continuing the lineage by getting an earn off others. She was assigned to breathlessly cover the food, fashion and fun which apparently overwhelms Sydney during The Championships. No mention here of a horse, of course. Seems there’s no time for that what with nibbling and air kissing. God help us!

Not that I can be critical of generational influences in racing. Most fans have a story of going to the track with a parent or grandparent as their introductory experience. Jockeys, trainers, owners, bookies all have a history of family ties. Now, as attendance plummets, you have to worry about where the next wave of racegoers will come from – as distinct from app punters and carnival carousers.

Speculation continues that a substitute for TVN will emerge but at the moment we’re left with lots of races but not enough quality “add-ons” – and sportsbet are boasting of streaming every Victorian race but that’s just a handy service for owners or “desperates” without actually growing the industry.

As usual, racing seems to have no real cohesive plan or market…other than self-interest. Breeders and bookmakers promote themselves and marketers fall back on the familiar “dress up and glamourously get pissed” gameplan used by most major events. No doubt fireworks will accompany a concert as soon as we can figure a way to dispense of the horses!

All this is a pity, as there are a few weeks left of great races before the long winter hiatus.

I was wrongly criticized last week: my comment that Australian racing lacked depth was interpreted as a slap at the meeting – rather, I’d included the clincher that it was Japanese and Kiwi visitors who were adding the class and intrigue to what would otherwise be a sub-par Slipper Day. This was proven true by results – and our selections bore riches (if I’d bothered to get on the punt!).

Rosehill completes its festival this Saturday, nowadays Tancred Day, with some good races but naturally lacking the vibe of Slipper Day and with a lot of focus already looking towards Randwick in subsequent weeks.

At any other time this would be a card to savour.

Try these:-


Always awkward when a race is formally a warmup! Leebazz and San Diego.


No bet for me. Catkins is the G2 SW F+M Queen. Madam Gangster heads up for a throw at the stumps.




Registered as the Storm Queen, this is the principal Oaks lead-in. Last year Lucia Valentina saluted. 2015 will be First Seal. Set Square looks the quinella.


Formerly the Tancred and raced on Slipper Day.

Japan’s form is best…To The World (7)

Imports are next…Hartnell (8)

As my old boss would say, “kiss your arse the rest!”

SR8 TULLOCH STAKES 2000m 3yoC+G SW 2000m G2

Conditions favour the higher rated horses though toppy seems out of sorts. Maybe Hauraki (3) with form behind Winx. A watch on Bart’s Ruling Dynasty which may be Derby bound.


I’ve sacked a heap of these so will totally ignore weights/ratings and tip one on the up, Hawkes’ Himalaya Dream.

Mornington hosts its Cup Day as the Saturday “stand alone”, an epic 10 race programme with plentiful acceptors and, doubtless, competitive racing at what is a really nice course. Betting turnover will be closely monitored if this trend is to continue. I’ll be down there spruiking.

Before that though we have a big finale to Valley Nights. Public attendance and interest has trickled for these fixtures, though Members’ numbers apparently are quite strong. A dodgy forecast will impact on this meeting which is a shame as there are some terrific races, notably these:-


Noble Protector (4) looks the goods in an excellent race. Would I weigh in to the 1/2 when untried here? No.


Very even. Angelic Light flies here. Rebel Dane’s a big show. Need some speed maps and the benefit of watching how the track plays.


As always there’s plenty else to keep racelovers entertained – Balnarring have the picnics; Streaky Bay its Cup.

A winner is a winner is a winner.

Let us know if you “find one”.

Good luck!


  1. Love the “I was wrongly criticized last week” quote.
    Naturally any criticism of you would be wrong!

  2. Budge
    You were interested in Bel Sprinter first up, what do you think about the 40’s tonight? It’s won 2 of 5 at the Valley and although not so great 2nd up normally, it looks a reasonable chance to me.

  3. Reckon 1200m sees him out but drawn out a tick and at the right odds to back him. His best would win it.

  4. extract from a stable email is below, I received this 5 mins ago so it is building a case so i’m now committed to have something on it:
    Bel Sprinter lines up in the Group 1 $400,000 William Reid Stakes. His days of Group 1 racing hinge on his performance tonight. We have changed his routine this week and have been schooling him over the jumps (see picture) for the first time to sharpen him up. Kieran McEvoy hasn’t ridden him since winning the Group 1 Galaxy and he jumps back aboard tonight so don’t be surprised to see a big improvement.

  5. Like Nite Rocker first up in Adel

  6. Jock, love it when they school them and would suit a horse like Bel Sprinter. I’ll have $5 on just in case. Prefer Famous Seamus. Probably should have won last time at the valley when Lankan Rupee won. He and Rebel Dane are pretty good in these Gr2 type races.

  7. cowshedend says

    You were flying last week Crio, thereabouts all day.
    What about the Mornington Cup? Although the Adelaide Cup wasn’t a stellar field, surely Renew has got to be in it up to it’s ears tomorrow, I’ll be having a dip.
    Huge go the Japaneses horse in the Tancred, any video Budge

  8. Cowshedend- ask and you shall receive

  9. cowshedend says

    Wow Budge, I’m impressed, great service. Very nice run, gee it’s stablemate was a huge run, was left a sitting duck after hitting the front, fought a few off and only caught in the shadows of the post.
    No wonder they go so well over here, they race tight and compact like ours

  10. CSE, you can’t drop off Fantasy Eight (think you were quoted with “future Group winner) in a 3Y fillies BM70 at Mornington.
    I think the Hareeba is a good race for Unpretentious who goes well fresh.

  11. cowshedend says

    Good onya Budge, that crow was never gunna haunt me eh? Thought you might have missed it tomorrow. The other ‘freak’ General Jackson goes around in the 2nd!

  12. Criio, any updates on the well being of young Jack Hill. He had a bad fall at Donald last Friday, but no news since then.


  13. Glen, it is not my business to speculate on such an awful occurrence, but authorities are staying tight lipped and hopeful that the early fears are not to be realised. Jack’s condition was revised to Serious this morning – an improvement.

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