Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 6th April

Noble Boy wins the Country Championships Final! (Still: Racing NSW)

It started well, and then it all went downhill in a matter of SECONDS.

Set to Sparkle in Race 2 at Morphetville- WINNER

“This is like picking low-hanging fruit!”- Terry McAuliffe

Too right Tezza, and if there was ever a line that best described my Favourite Backing Guide, it was this pearler.

Sat one-off the leader, went straight past them to take the lead, the second favourite Miss Iano tried hard, but it was score one for the Chalk Eaters.

Noble Boy in Race 4 at Randwick- Country Championships Final- WINNER

It wasn’t the smoothest entry into the Country Championships for Noble Boy- Having to qualify as a wildcard, a mid-week vet check, and then on the way to the barriers Noble Boy cast a shoe, which in punting circles is like being marked for death.

While all this was happening, Noble Boy had drifted out from close to even money to $3.10!

Then to add more drama, one of the race fancies Al Mah Haha lunged in the gates and was scratched.

How annoying must that be for Tash Burleigh, driving all the way from Goulburn for the biggest race of your life, and then (one of) your horses gets scratched.

Yet when the whips were cracking in the straight, Hugh Bowman showed everyone why he’s Hughie Bowman, sticking closer to the inside rail, and once he was out in the straight, Noble Boy did the rest and powered clear to score a stirring victory, sending this edition of the Country Championships back down to Queanbeyan, proving himself the finest export from the town since Mark Webber.

What a moment for trainer Todd Blowes, who hasn’t even been training for 2 years!

Mr Quickie in Race 4 at Caulfield- SECOND

By gee by jingo by crikey I feel sick even thinking about this.

3-wide the trip, jockey Ethan Brown getting a bit of the old smart arse parkeroon in the straight when he hit the lead, leading to Grinzinger Star nutting him on the line, ending his 6-race winning streak, and causing a great disturbance in the force.

Magic Empire in Race 1 at Ascot- SECOND

I said if Magic Empire didn’t win his maiden today that I’ll say in hindsight that non-winners don’t win, so here it is:

Non-winners don’t win.

Pike actually gave him every chance of winning, sitting just outside the leader in the run, and actually took the lead, but further back was the second favourite Divine Quest for Jordy Turner, who drew wide and sat off the speed, before winding up and leaving Magic Empire eating his dust, winning well in the end, with the Pike/Durrant combo in for second.

The Wizard hath once again forsaken me!


Ringerdingding in Race 2 at Randwick- Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes- WON

Crazy Craig’s ability to pluck out a horse and turn their form around is without peer, and he did so again by getting Ringerdingding to win his first race for Chris Waller.

In Crazy Craig’s craaaaazy universe, he’s using reverse psychology to get horses over the line, but in our world, he’s just a crap tipster.

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