Thursday, January 22, 2009

Autumn 2009 Racing Carnival & Rodney Crowell Australian Tour

As usual it seems hardly any time has passed since the end of the Spring racing carnival than the 2009 Autumn carnival is upon us. Well, not really straightaway, but it’s getting close.

The first group one race of the season, the Lightning Stakes, a sprint over 1000 metres, is only a little over a week away and will star Weekend Hussler vs Apache Cat.

But before then, some of my favourite Aussie racehorses will be resuming in the next few weeks, Light Fantastic and El Segundo, both returning from injury forced spells, are scheduled to run in the Group 2 Carlyon Stakes tomorrow evening at Moonee Valley.

And of course there are all the emerging two year olds who will be vying for inclusion in the Golden Slipper the richest two year old race in the world.

So far a few have caught the eye. There’s Phelan Ready who won the Magic Millions 2yo Classic a couple of weeks back and the Gai Waterhouse trained filly, More Joyous who is currently favourite for the Slipper after a stunning win in her debut race at Rosehill last Saturday. Gai has a good record in the Slipper, so it’s quite probable that one of her youngsters will win or at least place in the race.

As well as the new generation two year olds there are some very smart three year old colts and fillies that will be back shortly. I’m eagerly anticipating the return of Sebring, Samantha Miss, Time Thief, Whobegotyou, Northern Meteor to name a few. And let’s not forget the older generation. Tuesday Joy, Viewed, Mentality, Forensics, Zarita. are a few that spring to mind.

So bring it on!

Music News

In music news – Rodney Crowell is to tour in April. I don’t know if he’s ever toured here before, but he will be very worth seeing. He’s an excellent songwriter with an idiosyncratic style. He was a long time member of Emmylou Harris’ band and also was once married to Johnny Cash’s daughter Roseanne, herself a stunning singer/songwriter.

There goes the budget again!

Tickets on sale January 30th through Ticketek

Fri Apr 10 / Sat Apr 11 - Byron Bay, East Coast Blues & Roots Festival
Sun Apr 12 / Mon Apr 13 - Canberra, National Folk Festival
Wed Apr 15 - Sydney, The Factory
Thu Apr 16 - St Kilda, The Prince
Fri Apr 17 - Kyneton, Harmony Row Winery
Sat Apr 18 - Fremantle, West Coast Blues & Roots Festival


Francis Xavier Holden said...

I'm fairly sure Rodney Crowell has been here before but I have no way of checking just now. Is that winery one of Andrew Pattison's ventures? I think he might have had Rodney out before.

Anne S said...

According to Dave Dawson, and Shock (who are promoting him) this is his first tour ever.

I know nothing about the winery - could be a good gig, better than the Prince, which even though I do like as a venue, is standing only, which is a bit hard on the feet these days.

I'm hoping the Basement Discs can secure him for an In Store - will ask them next week.

Amanda said...

Definately going to Rodney. The Factory is an interesting venue, the Enmore's little brother. Pretty small, which is good.