Finals Week 3 – The Real Semi Finals: No Sympathy for the Devil’s number

Sal casts his discerning eye over the “real Semi Finals”, and a horse or two.

Crio’s Racing: Morphettville and Eagle Farm

The Singo/Gai tripe is disappointing because not only have we enjoyed a period of wonderful horses and races but an almost unparalleled run of “good news” stories whilst other sports floundered in controversy.

Crio’s Question: Singo and Gai

First, Mick and Eddie. Now, Singo and Gai. What other doting couples have publicly crumbled?

AFL Round 5 – Port Adelaide v West Coast: No Direction Home

Eagles fan Peter Baulderstone adopted the Mike Brearley theory of leadership heading into the Port game. John Worsfold appeared to as well. It didn’t work. Is Gai Waterhouse the answer?

Crio’s Racing: Pierro

It is a testament to his great talent – as hyperbolized by Gai – that Pierro, a 3yo with “9 stone”, can be served up at 5/4 in a crack edition of the $2m Doncaster at Randwick on Saturday.

Crio’s Racing: Magic Millions

This is Magic Millions week. The MM and the Gold Coast are a perfect fit… add Singo and Gai and the formerly “off peak” timeslot has become a favourite “busman’s holiday” for much of the Industry.

Cox Plate: “Here come the New Zealanders!”

As Bill Collins said back in 1986 when Bonecrusher and Our Waverley Star took off together in that year’s Cox Plate, “Here come the New Zealanders!”
Well they are here alright as yesterday’s results showed.

Caulfield Guineas Day: Gai is to blame!

Another great Guineas day – but not everything went to plan! Buffering showed why he is “the best of the rest” with a very soft win. Unfortunately there is not a lot of depth in the sprinting ranks at the moment so we have Buffering, Bel Sprinter, Golden Archer and the like being the mainstays. [Read more]

crio’s Q: Cattle or Trainer?

How good the trainer? or You gotta have the cattle. $3m for Malthouse. Lyon engineers Freo resurgence. Gai set to dominate Spring. Coaches/trainers/managers forge big reputations. They are big news and command big incomes. But how can you rate them? Alan Joyce (not Qantas’!) is a dual Premiership coach. Hirdy’s side missed the finals. Is [Read more]