Horse Racing

The Gabster Backing Guide Review: 23rd March

“Use the ******* whip!”

Rosehill Race 2 No.14 – Classique Legend in the Darby Munro- THIRD

Even writing this makes me want to vomit… One of the sickest watches on a favourite I’ve seen.

CL jumped well and went forward with the leaders on the rails, who he had beaten for speed, but for some reason, McEvoy didn’t bother fighting for the lead and got himself caught 4-wide, citing the strong tempo and the heavy ground (Pig’s arse).

Despite the fatal position, Classique showed his huge ability and battled it out with Wild Planet as they spaced the other plodders, but looming up like Jaws was none other than D.Oliver on Krone, and he nailed them both on the line- Wild Planet beat CL for 2nd, who in all circumstances, gave one of the performances of the day.

McEvoy copped it from the stewards after race (And probably a few angry punters), asking why he didn’t cross when he had the chance:

If John ‘The Sheriff’ Schreck was still Chief Steward, lord knows what punishment McEvoy could’ve copped.

Rosehill Race 3 (SR3) No.11 Shraaoh- THIRD

Realising that the track was favouring front-runners, McEvoy took Shraaoh forward to sit closer to the leaders in the run, which was the right move.

Out in front, the former Empress of South Australia, Jamie Kah, controlled the race on Lloyd Williams’ runner Midterm, and turned the screws at the 600, while McEvoy once again had the gelding under hard riding at the turn to give chase, but he just lacked the turn of foot of last start, and Midterm led all the way to beat Big Duke, with Shraaoh in for third.

Had every chance, but all honours to the Southerners!

What is another sign of the half-decent hoop that Kerrin is, he buttered up by winning the Rosehill Guineas on The Autumn Sun, and then the Ranvet Stakes on Avilius.

I must be vaccinated, because I just can’t catch him.

Rosehill Race 5 – Winx in the George Ryder- WIN

A final visit to her stomping ground of Rosehill for win 32, and another win in the George Ryder, giving me a cheap uncontested tip in the guide.


Ascot Race 2, No.8 Double Bubble – SIXTH

Why bother betting at Ascot when Pike isn’t there… is what was said at the Waterford TAB after Double Bubble died in the arse from the lead and ended up unplaced.

It didn’t help that I got her confused with the stablemate Plutocracy, who was on the outside in the run.

Golden Slipper Review- Loving Gaby a gallant FOURTH

It didn’t surprise me that Godolphin won the Slipper after the training performances this season of James Cummings and Anthony Freedman, and it didn’t surprise me that they got the Trifecta, but what did shock me was that the winner ended up being the outsider of the Super Six- KIAMICHI, ridden by the boy from Bunbury, Damian ‘Frosty’ Lane!

Punters are used to the phenomenon of backing the wrong Weir runner in Victoria, but today, as had been somewhat of a theme with the 2YO races, they backed the wrong Godolphin runner.

As for our hero Loving Gaby, I thought his chances of victory were smoked when he got hung out to dry 4-wide for most the race, and I’m sure that wherever he was (Probably at Ascot) The Gabster was abusing Oisin Murphy.

But to his credit, the Maher-trained colt just kept on finding and found himself on a good part of the bog, only just finding himself out of the placings behind Microphone and Lyre.

I’m absolutely sure The Gabster will be at the TAB tomorrow, and we will find out for a fact what he thought of Murphy’s ride.

Crazy Craig’s Lay Of The Day

Redzel in The Galaxy- LAY SUCCESSFUL

This is a truly momentous day in the history of JT’s Sporting Reviews- CRAZY CRAIG HAS SUCCESSFULLY LAID A HORSE!

It seemed that the Crazy Craig Army were on board- In the hours before the jump, The Red Rocket drifted from a low of $3.60 to $4.80, as Nature Strip and Graff were the preferred options.

And what frightened me the most about CC was that his prediction was absolutely spot on- Nature Strip (Despite the lies of Chris Waller) used his enormous gate speed and went straight to the front, with Baller out wide and Jungle Edge joining him on the rail, forcing McEvoy and Redzel into a speed battle they had no hope of winning.

As Nature Strip went on his merry way at the turn, Redzel was smoked the moment Easy Eddie cruised past him, and he dropped out to finish with the tired brigade.

Nature Strip had 3 length lead, but died in the arse at the 200, while flashing home from the back was Pierata, who savaged the line and looked for all money like he’d nailed NS- Similar to the Viewed-Bauer Melbourne Cup in 2008.

Source: Sky Racing/Racing NSW Stewards

The verdict went to Nature Strip (His nose is slightly shortened by the line), giving him the Group 1 he was going to fall in for at some point.

Redzel may have even clipped heels with Baller in the run, but nothing abnormal showed up in the post-race inspection.

Crazy Craig- Successful!

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