Quaddie Racing Tips


Form stands up we’ve got this!

1st 6 No 1. YANKEE ROSE

Pretty sure only two
hopes in this.

2nd 7 No 2. HAURAKI

Top, tough race.
Watch the light


Open race with many 
Include them all.


Another big race with
many chances.
Don’t forget English. 


Saturday Racing Tip Sheet

Get the Crow’s top tips for Sydney’s Biggest Race Day of the Spring and more!

The Early Crows Racing Top Tips – 01/10/2016


Race Tip
Randwick Race 3 IT'S SOMEWHAT
Randwick Race 5 ASTERN
Randwick Race 6 YANKEE ROSE


Race Tip
Caulfield Race 1 CHAMPAGNE READY
Caulfield Race 3 I AM THE GENERAL
Caulfield Race 7 ARIAZ


Race Tip
Doomben Race 5 HI HARRY
Doomben Race 7 JOPA
Doomben Race 8 QUATRONIC

Saturday Racing Preview – Caulfield

Because of the AFL Grand Final, the main Victorian racing is on Sunday at Flemington. But there is a Caulfield meeting set down for Saturday for those wanting a Vic punt.

The rail is out 13m the entire course and the track rates a good 4.


Race 1 – Ridgeview Park Stud Hcp Bm 70 1600m

Date: 1/10
Time: 12:00pm
Location: Caulfield

CINNAMON CARTER was given a freshen up over unsuitable trip last start and only plodded home for 9th. Distance more to her liking here. Place. GINALI finished brilliantly to win this grade 3 starts back. Is better than her average 5th last start. CHAMPAGNE READY is lightly raced but has heaps of talent. Trip looks idea and she holds all the aces here.

The Early Crows Top Tip:  CHAMPAGNE READY


Race 2 – Dream Thoroughbreds BM 70 1200m

Date: 1/10
Time: 12:35pm
Location: Caulfield

Honest bush galloper SUPER FLYER can posy up just behind pace here and kick on in the straight. STRINGER BELL resumed last start with solid win slightly weaker grade. Looks on the improve so shapes up here while VALDERRAMA has the ideal draw and coming off a first up win at Geelong this grade makes him a danger. Better suited at the barriers than ihs arch rival Stringer Bell.

The Early Crows Top TipVALDERRAMA


Race 3 – Kurts and Barn 4th BM  Hcp 1200m

Date: 1/10
Time: 1:10pm
Location: Caulfield

BLACK VANQUISH ran a corker of a race when resuming last start and 4th. Drawn well here and weight relief is big help. I AM THE GENERAL is very honest this company placing three of past four starts. Top chance from the gate. JUST GOT LUCKY will always be a fan favourite with a name like that. And can run too.

The Early Crows Top Tip:  I AM THE GENERAL


Race 4 – Monty Samuel BM 70 1000m

Date: 1/10
Time: 1:45pm
Location: Caulfield

MISS VISTA is unbeaten and is lightning fast. She resumes here but is already a crowd favourite and has a  cult following because of her ability and white head. CHEEKY BABE has drawn awkwardly but has talent and if she gets cover will storm home here. AMERISTRALIA is very honest and two from two this time up means she’s really starting to improve. Chance.

The Early Crows Top TipMISS VISTA


Race 5 – dreamthoroughbreds.com.au BM 70 1200m

Date: 1/10
Time: 2:20pm
Location: Caulfield

GOLD BAR is honest this grade and last start win indicates that. But is drawn badly here and has a 3kg kid to steer. Will need luck. MAGNA ROSSA ran a cracker of a race when resuming this company last start finishing 2nd. Lot to like here too. MATERNAL has to be considered following three good placings this grade past three starts and great barrier draw here.

The Early Crows Top TipMAGNA ROSSA


Race 6 – Argyle BM 84 Hcp 1800m

Date: 1/10
Time: 3:00pm
Location: Caulfield

FRESHWATER STORM made a stunning return to form at $51 last start this track. Was it a fluke? He finished so fast that it looked like it wasn’t. WALES is a well-bred and at times talented stayer who can be right in the fray here 3rd up. TEARS OF JOY is better than disappointing first up 9th last start. Can improve here.



Race 7 – Blue Star BM 78 Fillies 1200m

Date: 1/10
Time: 3:40pm
Location: Caulfield

GRETNA has superior form to these but also has more weight. Drawn to get cover and should run on boldly. ARIAZ will appreciate this huge drop in class. Now 3rd up and drawn perfectly. Looks the one. CAPPADOCIA is unbeaten to date but major rise in grade here. No surprise to see her be in the finish though.

The Early Crows Top TipARIAZ


Race 8 – BM 84 Hcp 1440m

Date: 1/10
Time: 4:20pm
Location: Caulfield

LUCKY PADDY looks well placed here although first up. Been working well and with weight relief looks a big player. COOL CHAP had 7 runs last campaign in and around this grade and was placed in all of them. Bound to be handy again. SHILLELAGH is better than 5th when resuming last start. Just ran out of gas. Fitter now.

The Early Crows Top TipLUCKY PADDY


Race 9 – BM 70 M & D Dillon Plate 1600m

Date: 1/10
Time: 5:00pm
Location: Caulfield

BLACK SHEEP surprised with solid finishing burst to win 2nd up last start this grade. Harder here but is obviously fit and well. SHIKARPOUR is drawn to receive gun run just behind pace and has a touch of class for this grade. Looks hard to hold out. While TEMPERED is very honest and always finishes near the lead in races.

The Early Crows Top TipSHIKARPOUR

NFL Tips – Round 4

The Early Crow's NFL Top Tips – Week 4

Matches  Tips
Jaguars v Colts  Jacksonville +2.5 @ $1.96 
Ravens v Raiders  Under 46 @ $1.91
Falcons v Panthers  Over 50 @ $1.87
Texans v Titans Tennessee +4.5 @ $1.94
Buccaneers v Broncos  Denver/Denver @ $2.20
Cardinals v Rams Arizona -7.5 @ $1.92
Steelers v Chiefs Pittsburgh -5 @ $1.92
Vikings v Giants New York +5 @ $1.92
Bears v Lions Over 48 @ $1.92
Jets v Seahawks Seattle -2.5 @ $1.89 
Patriots v Bills New England -6 @ $1.89 
Redskins v Browns Under 46 @ $2.00
49ers v Cowboys San Francisco to win @ $2.09 
Chargers v Saints Under 53.5 @ $1.87

NFL Preview – Round 4

Jacksonville Jaguars v Indianapolis Colts

2.30am (AEST), Monday, October 3

The Teams: Jags TE Julius Thomas is racing the clock to overcome an elbow injury. Trent Cole was placed on the Colts’ IR, while Donte Moncrief and Jonotthan Harrison have been ruled out this week. 

History: The Colts lead their series against the Jaguars 21-9. Last season, the Colts got up in overtime at home, but the Jags romped to a 51-16 win in the return clash in Jacksonville. 

Form: The Jags are 0-3, copping a hiding from the Chargers either side of narrow losses to the Packers and Ravens. The Colts are 1-2, chalking up their first win of the season last week against the Chargers after losses to the Lions and Broncos. 

Stats: Indy have won six of the last seven between the teams. Only one of the last seven games have been decided by less than 17 points. The Colts have a 10-5 record in Jacksonville. The Colts have the worst defence in the AFC, but the third-best attack. 

Final Thoughts: This is a pivotal battle in the AFC South, with the Jags desperate for their first win of the season and the Colts going down in a heartbreaker last week. The home-ground advantage – and a couple of encouraging performances – render Jacksonville a handy option as underdogs. 

Recommended Bet: Jacksonville +2.5 @ $1.96


Baltimore Ravens v Oakland Raiders

6.00am (AEST), Monday, October 3

The Teams: Veteran pass rusher Elivs Dumervil will make his first appearance of the season for the Ravens. Raiders center Rodney Hudson and RB Taiwan Jones were both limited in practice, while safety Nate Allen (quad) did not participate.

History: The Ravens have won seven games to the Raiders’ two in nine previous meetings. Last season the Raiders prevailed 37-33 at Oakland. 

Form: The Ravens lead the AFC North at 3-0, downing the Bills, Browns and Jaguars. The Raiders are 2-1 and third in the AFC West, beating the Saints and Titans either side a loss to the Falcons. 

Stats: The teams’ last two matches both produced 70-plus points. The Ravens have won four of their last five against the Raiders. The Ravens have conceded the least points in the AFC (44), but have scored less points than any other team in the league with a 3-0 record (57). 

Final Thoughts: The Ravens will be ecstatic with their unbeaten start, but the quality of their opposition has been average – similar to what the 2-1 Raiders have faced so far. Baltimore’s stingy D should be enough to get them over the line at home. 

Recommended Bet: Under 46 @ $1.91


Atlanta Falcons v Carolina Panthers

6.00am (AEST), Monday, October 3

The Teams: Panthers DE Charles Johnson has been limited in practice and is a questionable starter this weekend, while Jonathan Stewart is still out and Chris Scott is on suspension. Julio Jones and Justin Hardy are battling minor injuries in the Falcons camp. 

History: The Falcons lead their series against the Panthers 25-17. Last season the Panthers won 38-0 in Charlotte, but the Falcons turned the tables 20-13 in Atlanta. 

Form: The Falcons lead the NFC South with a 2-1 record, recovering from a first-up loss to Tampa Bay with wins over the Raiders and Saints. The Panthers are third in the same division with a 1-2 record, losing to the Broncos and Vikings either side of a win over the 49ers. 

Stats: The Panthers have won five of their last seven against the Falcons. Three of the Panthers’ last four wins were by 24-plus points. The last seven matches have produced totals of 50 or less. The Falcons are the highest-scoring team in the league.

Final Thoughts: Pre-season Super Bowl favourites the Panthers have struggled thanks to a diabolical offensive line, and they desperately need a win to right the ship. The Falcons have started the year solidly and their offense is running hot, so they could be a good option at home with the start. Overs might be the best play, though. 

Recommended Bet: Over 50 @ $1.87


Houston Texans v Tennessee Titans

6.00am (AEST), Monday, October 3

The Teams: A cracked fibula has ruled Texans RB Jonathan Grimes out for a month, while JJ Watt is on the IR list in a huge blow to Houston. Safety Da'Norris Searcy is out for Tennessee. 

History: The Titans lead the tally with 15 wins to the Texans’ 13. The Texans won both games last year, however, 20-6 at home and 34-6 away. 

Form: The Texans lead the AFC South at 2-1, beating the Bears and Chiefs before going down to the Patriots 27-0 in Week 3. The Titans are second in the same division with a 1-2 tally so far, banking a Week 2 win over the Lions while losing to the Vikings and Raiders. 

Stats: The Texans have won their last four – and seven of their last eight – against the Titans. Six of the Texans’ last seven wins were by 14-plus. The Titans are 7-7 in Houston. The Texans and Titans have scored the equal-least points in the league. The Titans have the best defence of any team with a losing record. 

Final Thoughts: Houston would have been feeling pretty good about themselves heading into Week 3 – until they received an old-fashioned thrashing from the injury-hit Patriots. How they react to that loss and the Watt injury will say plenty about the Texans’ prospects, and the unfancied Titans could be worth a nudge with the start. 

Recommended Bet: Tennessee +4.5 @ $1.94


Tampa Bay Buccaneers v Denver Broncos

9.05am (AEST), Monday, October 3

The Teams: Tampa RB Doug Martin is out, while DE Robert Ayers and TE Luke Stocker are in doubt. DeMarcus Ware is still out for the Broncos, while TE Virgil Green did not practice on Wednesday. 

History: The Broncos have won six of their eight games against the Buccaneers. The Broncos won 31-23 at Mile High Stadium in 2012, the teams’ last meeting. 

Form: The 1-2 Bucs are second in the NFC South, backing up a Week 1 win over the Falcons with disappointing losses to the Cardinals and Rams. The Broncos are riding in high in the AFC West at 3-0, beating the Panthers, Colts and Bengals. 

Stats: The margin in the last six games has been eight or less – including four or less in four games. The Broncos have won two of three clashes staged in Tampa. The Bucs are the only team in the league to concede over 100 points so far. 

Final Thoughts: After three home wins, the Broncos put their unbeaten record on the line against Tampa Bay, who have had a woeful fortnight. The Broncos should do it comfortably against a Bucs D that has been haemorrhaging points. 

Recommended Bet: Denver/Denver @ $2.20


Arizona Cardinals v Los Angeles Rams

9.25am (AEST), Monday, October 3

The Teams: Cardinals linebacker Daryl Washington is suspended, while TE Troy Niklas was placed on injured reserve. Rams WR Tavon Austin was a limited participant at Wednesday’s training. 

History: The Cardinals lead their series against the Rams 37-36-2. St Louis beat Arizona 24-22 in Phoenix last season, before the Cards turned the tables on the Rams 27-3 in St Louis.  

Form: Arizona are last in the NFC West at 1-2, with a 40-7 rout of Tampa Bay bookended by losses to the Patriots and Bills. After a heavy Week 1 loss to the 49ers, the Rams have rallied with upsets of the Seahawks and Buccaneers.  

Stats: The Cardinals have won four of their last five against the Rams. The Cardinals have the best points differential (+16) of any team with a losing record. The Rams have the worst points differential of any team with a winning record. 

Final Thoughts: The Rams are the shock of the league at 2-1 – especially after their pitiful Week 1 effort. This shapes as a true test of their quality, however, and the Cardinals are desperate to not slip further behind in the NFC after crashing against the Bills last week. The Rams are still subpar on both sides of the ball and will be brought back to reality. 

Recommended Bet: Arizona -7.5 @ $1.92


Pittsburgh Steelers v Kansas City Chiefs

1.30pm (AEST), Monday, October 3

The Teams: Senquez Golson is out for the Steelers, while Sean Davis, Ryan Shazier and Eli Rogers are also questionable this weekend. For the Chiefs, Jamaal Charles, Marcus Peters and Phillip Gaines have been limited participants at training. 

History: The Steelers lead their series against the Chiefs 20-11. The Chiefs won 23-13 at home last season, however. 

Form: The Steelers are No.2 in the AFC North with a 2-1 record, beating the Redskins and Bengals before getting whipped by the Eagles. The 2-1 Chiefs are second behind the Broncos in the AFC West, losing to the Texans in Week 2 but defeating the Chargers and Jets.

Stats: The Steelers have won three of their last four against the Chiefs. The Steelers have won their last five at home against the Chiefs, whose last win in Pittsburgh was way back in 1986. 

Final Thoughts: These 2-1 teams can take a giant stride forward with a win this weekend, but the Steelers are at home and boast far more all-round quality than KC. Pittsburgh will prove last week’s heavy loss to be merely an aberration by comfortably putting away the Chiefs. 

Recommended Bet: Pittsburgh -5 @ $1.92


Minnesota Vikings v New York Giants

1.30pm (AEST), Tuesday, October 4

The Teams: Giants RB Rashad Jennings was limited in practice but DE Olivier Vernon practiced in full. Alex Boone is likely to be fit for the Vikes, but Sharrif Floyd has been ruled out. 

History: The Vikings have won 15 games to the Giants’ 12. Last season the Vikings powered to a 49-17 home win. 

Form: The Vikings sit atop the NFC North standings at 3-0, accounting for the Titans, Panthers and Packers. The 2-1 Giants are second in the NFC East, with narrow opening wins over the Cowboys and Saints countered by a two-point loss to the Redskins in Week 3. 

Stats: The Giants have a 4-7 record in Minnesota. The Viking have won five of their last seven against the Giants. Five of the last six games were decided by 16 points or more. The Giants’ three games this season have been decided by three points or less. 

Final Thoughts: What QB crisis? The Vikings have stunned most pundits by putting the Teddy Bridgewater injury behind them to rack up an unbeaten start. But the Giants will test that record strenuously this weekend – the New York side is unlucky to not be 3-0 as well, and are worth the punt with a generous start. 

Recommended Bet: New York +5 @ $1.92

Top 5 Shocking AFL Grand Final Moments

5. State of shock after tied result (2010)

For just the second time in AFL grand final history, the 2010 decider between Collingwood and St Kilda finished in a draw. Travis Cloak kicked a goal to put the Magpies one point in front with less than four minutes left, before a long Lenny Hayes kick with a minute and a half to go took a wicked bounce – eluding Saints teammate Steven Milne – and went through for a score-levelling behind. The nerve-shredding final 90 seconds failed to produce a scoring opportunity for either side, and the combatants staggered around the MCG in a mix of disbelief and exhaustion after the final siren. Collingwood prevailed by 56 points when the teams came together again a week later in the replay.

Catch the dramatic closing stages of the 2010 grand final Volume I HERE.


4. Harmes’ punch leads to crucial, contentious goal (1979)

The decisive moment of the epic ’79 grand final between Carlton and Collingwood came late in the fourth quarter, when Blues tyro Wayne Harmes chased his own kick into the right forward pocket. He miraculously punched the ball back infield, which allowed teammate Ken Sheldon to kick a vital goal that gave Carlton a 10-point buffer. Magpies fans to this day swear the ball was out of bounds when Harmes batted it back in, an incident that cruelled the black-and-whites in a five-point thriller.

Did Harmes punch the ball back in fair and square? Watch HERE.


3. Bombers and Hawks go all-in (1985)

The 1985 decider between Essendon and Hawthorn is best remembered for a bench-clearing brawl in the opening stages, which carried on for more than a minute. Aggressive Hawks star Dermot Brereton, who was outstanding with eight goals in a losing effort, was reported three times during the match and was suspended for four games for rough conduct and striking. 

Find footage of the ’85 GF biffo HERE.


2. Daniher rubbed out after vicious brawl (1990)

Arguably the most out-of-hand fight in AFL grand final history, Essendon and Collingwood went hammer and tongs during the closing stages of the first quarter in the 1990 decider. Bombers stalwart Terry Daniher flattened Magpies enforcer Gavin Brown in retaliation for Brown felling Kieran Sporn, sparking a wild brawl that required the umpires, police and stadium security to restore order. Ten players and officials were reported for 17 offences emanating from the melee, with Daniher copping the harshest punishment courtesy of a 12-match ban, while Collingwood managers Graeme Allan and Eddie Hillgrove were suspended for six games and fined heavily for assaulting Essendon staff.

Watch the GF brawl to end all GF brawls HERE.


1. Brereton shirtfronted in opening seconds (1989)

One of the toughest and most brutal grand finals of all time, Geelong’s Mark Yeates set the tone early by poleaxing Hawthorn star Dermot Brereton just after the opening centre bounce. Winded and concussed, Brereton vomited as his was assisted by the Hawks’ trainers, but he went on to play an inspirational role in a six-point win – including kicking three goals – despite carrying what was later revealed to be broken ribs.

Relive the brutal moment and Dermot’s courage HERE.

Saturday Racing Preview – Randwick

Sydney’s biggest race day of the spring is headlined by the Group 1 Epsom and Metropolitan Handicaps. Currently, the track is a good 4, with the rail in the rail out 3 metres the entire course. 



Date: 1/10
Time: 12:20pm
Location: Randwick

As always with two-year-old races featuring a lot of first starters, look to the market to be the best guide in this. Chain of Fools raced away to score a huge seven-length win in her only trial to date. While the time wasn’t great, it’s hard to ignore a run like that. Jorda not only won her trial by two lengths without looking too pressured, she also put in a great time. Looks to be the one to beat. Madame Moustache has had two trials for a second and a win. This could give her a slight fitness edge, and come with the advantage of Bowman on board. 

The Early Crows Top Tip: Jorda



Date: 1/10
Time: 12:55pm
Location: Randwick

The first two-year-old race for the boys this season looks to be an open affair. Despite not running a flash time, Bowerman worked home very well to win his only trial. Drawn well to lead again and could take some catching. A lot to like about Condor Heroes’ one and only trial where he blitzed the field of more than nine lengths. That was also in a blistering time, so could be unstoppable if he turns up. Piracy worked home well in his trial when urged along at the 200m to win in a nice time. The barrier could be a challenge, but he looks a winner. 

The Early Crows Top Tip: Condor Heroes


Date: 1/10
Time: 1:30pm
Location: Randwick

Quite a disappointing field for a Group 3 race on such a big day. It’s Somewhat is easily the most in-form and talented runner in the field. Given a shot at the Queen Elizabeth in the autumn, he finished that campaign with a third in the Doomben Cup. He comes in here third-up after good runs behind Hauraki and Winx. Expect him to peak here over the more suitable 2000m. Raw Impulse comes north after a huge win in a Listed race in Adelaide over this trip. This is a step up in class, but you have to respect the stable and the fact they have travelled. 

The Early Crows Top Tip: It’s Somewhat



Date: 1/10
Time: 2:05pm
Location: Randwick

A race better-suited mid-week let alone in black type. Calabasas comes into this fourth-up after three runs at provincial level, all for second placings by narrow margins. You would think she is due to break through, and the mile should suit her down to the ground. Earth broke through for his first win last start at Warwick Farm over 1300m. He was taken to the Brisbane Carnival over the winter so the stable obviously has an opinion. Octavian Augustus chased home well last start at Warwick Farm after only getting a late split. That looks a very nice run, and he should only improve second-up. 

The Early Crows Top Tip: Calabasas



Date: 1/10
Time: 2:40pm
Location: Randwick

A high-quality field which looks to have two outstanding chances at the top of the field. Astern has been scintillating since returning this campaign, impressing in the Run to the Rose, before annihilating a quality field in the Golden Rose. A three-week freshen up since should have him nicely prepared to drop back in distance to the 1200m. The one to beat. Capitalist continued the Slipper winner’s curse when struggling as favourite in the San Domenico first-up. He has been given a freshen up and trial since so should be spot-on for this. With a drier track don’t be surprised to see big improvement. 

The Early Crows Top Tip: Astern



Date: 1/10
Time: 3:20pm
Location: Randwick

A great race with a number of very good fillies preparing to head south for the carnival. Yankee Rose was arguably the best two-year-old in the autumn, but was disappointing on return in the Golden Rose after leading. That was a huge ask first-up, so she should improve here up in distance. Awoke should be peaking perfectly for this. Ignore her two runs this preparation, she can win this. 

The Early Crows Top TipYankee Rose



Date: 1/10
Time: 4:00pm
Location: Randwick

Palentino enters the race as the top weight after winning the Makybe Diva Stakes in Melbourne over this trip last start. The winner of the Australian Guineas earlier in the year, there is no doubt that he loves the mile, and has form around the flying Black Heart Bart. Hauraki enters the race third-up and in outstanding form, only having been beaten by Winx this preparation. He has been threatening to win a race like this for some time and today could be the day. Le Romain was the winner of the Randwick Guineas here in the autumn, and has three second placings from three starts this preparation. Looks to be crying out for the mile. Happy Clapper should be well in the market third-up. He was second only to Winx in the Doncaster in the autumn, so has the talent and gets a nice weight. Dibayani is another with great mile form at Randwick around Winx. Yet to win at a mile, but a huge
chance at odds. 

The Early Crows Top Tip: Hauraki



Date: 1/10
Time: 4:40pm
Location: Randwick

An interesting mix of proven quality stayers and those stepping up in grade but in outstanding form. Who Shot Thebarman needs little introduction and is one of the best stayers in the country. Impossible to fault his preparation for this, and he will eat up the 2400m. Hard to say if we have seen the best of Sir John Hawkwood who finished a very narrow second in the Brisbane Cup in June. He was given a freshen up after that and looked very sharp in the Kingston Town returning. Old stager Junoob continues to tick over and looks very well placed here after a great preparation. He was beaten by Allergic last start, who looks well placed here with only 51.5kgs. 

The Early Crows Top Tip: Who Shot Thebarman



Date: 1/10
Time: 5:20pm
Location: Randwick

What a cracking sprint to end the day! Under the Louvre is a class runner and winner of this years’ Stradbroke. Is third-up and ticking over very nicely in Melbourne. Our Boy Malachi returns on the back of two trials. Has a phenomenal record both first-up and at this trip. Takedown was very good first-up in The Shorts, and is a winner at this distance including the Gold Coast Guineas. Kapernick only just missed out to Takedown last start and looks the improver. Could be very hard to hold out. English was very disappointing first-up as very strong favourite. You have to respect her record, but willing to risk. 

The Early Crows Top Tip: Under the Louvre