Horse Racing

The ‘Harley’ Chalk Eaters Guide: 13th April


THE RUNNING SCORE: 33 runners, 15 wins, 10 seconds, 6 thirds

CRAZY CRAIG’S LAY: 6 Runners, 5 that have won, and hahahaha, Redzel.

The fictional ‘Big Gaz’ is back after a decent effort last weekend, kicking off with 2 winners before being cruelly robbed of a perfect round by a pair of 2nds.. some jockeys had hell to pay!

And after he had that photo where he looked shocked, it’s time Gaz had a new look, so here he is out at Scone with his Sky Thoroughbred Central partner in crime, Gavin Carmody!

Dominating northern New South Wales (Sky Racing/Tabcorp)

This weekend, for the last time, it’s all about one mare, with one burlesque related name- WINX, as she bows out going for win number 37 in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, which would draw her level with the most famous racehorse in Australian history- PHAR LAP.

In the extremely unforeseen event that Hughie can’t ride her, I hope Chris, Peter, Debbie or Richard get James Winks to Sydney on stand-by, just so we can have Winks on Winx at least once to complete a life’s ambition.

Chris Waller to shed a few tears after Winx (No.7) wins the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick, 3:05pm AEST.

Tears from: Chris Waller, Caused by: James Hugh Bowman on Winx

This is an absolute sure thing, but to be honest, I think Chris will be joined by tens of thousands of grown human beings in shedding a tear at Randwick at approximately 3:08pm on a Saturday afternoon, when the greatest era of Australian racing has its last performance.

If Verry Elleegant wins the Oaks the race prior to the Queen Elizabeth, then it seems absolutely fitting that the mighty mare can deliver Waller his 100th Group One win as a trainer.

Amazing to think, considering his first G1 was only in 2008, when Triple Honour won the Doncaster.

Dubhe (No.10) in Race 8 at Randwick- Group 1 3200m Sydney Cup, 3:50pm AEST

Trainer: Charlie Appleby, Hoop: Kerrin McEvoy

Normally you wouldn’t touch a horse at $3.50 in a staying race, especially in Australia, but I’m running a chalk eating guide and not a value guide, so here we go.

The international raider Dubhe is the only Blue Army representative in the Sydney Cup, and he’s trained by Charlie Appleby, who’s proven himself a Zen master at bringing horses from the UK to Down Under, based on his successes with Qewy, Polarisation (Won this race in 2017), Jungle Cat, and of course, Cross Counter in the Melbourne Cup.

Much like Cross Counter, Dubhe comes to Australia as a lightly raced 4YO (7 starts for 3 wins), and his last start in Dubai back in early February was at the 3200m, winning by 4 lengths, so he’s got no worries with the staying distance.

Appleby says Dubhe will have to step up going to a Group 1, but he does have a relatively good weight of 52.5kg and can go anywhere from Barrier 4, and our stayers wouldn’t cut it in a Tuesday meeting at Chester, so he could win this by default.

Eduardo (No.3) in Race 8 at Caulfield, Listed 1100m Bel Esprit Stakes, 4:50pm AEST

Trainer: Sarah Zschoke, Hoop: Brian Park

In many years time we’ll be wondering how Eduardo nearly started favourite in the 2019 Newmarket ahead of Osborne Bulls, but a late drift proved telling as he was never a chance in the run, finishing 16th as Sunlight upended everyone.

While that was the first time Eduardo missed a place in 7 starts, the 5YO ran a very nice first-up 3rd  behind Booker in the G1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m), in what was also his previous appearance at The Heath.

He trialled very well at Cranbourne on Monday, and he should be more than good enough to win this.

Cup Night (No.1) in Race 5 at Ascot, Listed 1500m Raconteur Stakes, 2:34pm AWST (4:34)

Trainer: Bernie Miller, Hoop: Patrick Carbery

We’ve got the Night vs the Knight, as Cup Night takes on Rebel Knight in the Raconteur… plus Darren Mcauliffe’s other runner Altani.

There is plenty of interest in the filly Altani, coming off a crushing win in a dodgy maiden at Albany, primarily for the fact that Pike has hopped aboard. Normally going from Maiden to Listed grade would raise question marks, but this is WA.

Bernie Miller’s Cup Night has looked very nice in his 2 runs back, winning both with Pat Carbery aboard, and in his last start on the 30th of March at Ascot, he recorded the fastest final 200m and 400m splits of the day, highlighting his more than decent finishing speed, and with even luck, he should be there again with the elbows out as he goes out to 1500m for the first time.

Between the Raconteur and the WATC Derby, it’s another sleep inducing card in Perth.

🤪🤪Crazy Craig’s Lay Of The Day🤪🤪

A.K.A Crazy Craig’s Reverse Psychology Clinic

Kiamichi (No.4) in Race 4 at Randwick in the Group 2 1200m Percy Sykes Stakes, 1:15pm AEST

Trainer: James Cummings, Hoop: Hugh Bowman

Dr Percy Sykes was the famed vet who saved Tulloch from death and got him back to the racetrack against all odds, while my name is Crazy Craig, and I too, can turn around a horse against all short odds!

And to prove how Craaaaaazy I am, I’m taking on a Golden Slipper winner, and I think that as per usual in this season’s 2YO races, a James Cummings horse can lose to a James Cummings horse… or something else not trained by James Cummings!

There’s other Godolphin threats- Pin Sec, Athiri, Flit, while the big threat, coming in fresh from her ball-tearing win in the St Albans the night before the Slipper is the Snowden’s Cheer Leader, and highlighting Damien ‘Frosty’ Lane’s opinion of the horse, he’s jumped off the GOLDEN SLIPPER TO RIDE HER!

Kiamichi may be dropping the 1400m in last week’s sire to 1200m on Saturday, but she’s being plopped in the CRAZY CRAIG CANNON, and is my lay of the day!

I’m Crazy Craig, and that’s why they call me, Craaaaaaaazy Craig!

Congratulations in advance James on yet another 2YO Group victory!

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