Crio’s Racing: Let down again in 2012

It is terribly frustrating that, despite occasionally lucid instructions flung at the TV monitor, jockeys continued to “slaughter” Crio’s not-particularly-hard-earned and thus, justifiably, earn his derision.

Crio’s Racing: Guineas Day – as good as it gets

Guineas Day. This is as good as it gets. A beautifully balanced programme at the crossroads of the Carnival, it attracts enthusiasts and leaves a legacy for Spring and beyond.

At the races with Dad

My father always had superstitions with numbers. He always told me to take quinellas, 5 and 7 always. For what reasons, no one really knows, yet there are times now when I’m at the track when I hear his voice, ” 5 and 7″. I just say,” yeah, yeah, 5 and 7 dad, I know”.

Corowa races; Queens Birthday, Saturday

For the third time this year Maryanne and I headed up the Hume to attend the Corowa races. As we know this weekend coincides with a famous Queen’s birthday, so we were in a festive mood. How would we fare? On the January 28 meet I doubled my return, but on Cup day, during the [Read more]

Small steps in an industry built on four legs

On Saturday afternoon, I – as unassumingly as I could – entered the age-old ambiance of the TAB Sportsbar at a local pub. This is neither a first-time practice for me but nor is it a regular one. This is about family! With six minutes left before they jumped out of the barrier at Hamilton for [Read more]

Corowa Cup 2012

  by Glen Davis Saturday morning dawned bright and sunny , a good start to the Labour Day weekend. Maryanne and I headed up the Hume to Corowa, in expectation of a good day at the Cup. Our last day at Corowa races on Saturday January 28 was good all round, with me in particular [Read more]

The Bool and other festivities

I’m home and still euphoric from another ‘Bool week, now established as comfortably my favorite race experience. Unless you have joined the devoted throngs, you can’t possibly understand the wonder of this pilgrimage. It’s been disconcerting to hear and read on my return journey about the “carnage” of “a bad day” (The Age) at Warrnambool. [Read more]

Almanac Racing: Cox Plate 2010

The Cox Plate is always a Spring highlight and this year’s installment, with its dramatic build-up,  will produce a memorable race for the big crowd expected to pack the Moonee Ponds amphitheatre. Excitement has necessarily been tempered by news of the tragic death of jockey Stathi Katsidis, another wasted talent gone too soon. There’ll be [Read more]

Crio’s Racing: Flemington, Brisbane and Sydney Swimmers

Anyone working on the racecourse now is besieged by “responsible gambling” pamphleteers and a  determination to embrace a politically correct tide alerting any of the few wayward punters likely to visit our wind tunnel that they might lose. A lifetime in the betting ring has revealed many sad tales and it is a disease to [Read more]