Horse Racing

The ‘Harley’ Chalk Eaters Guide: 27th April

Bringing the tomato sauce odds week after week.

Running Score: 40 runners: 17 winners, 11 seconds, 7 thirds

Crazy Craig: 8 runners, 6 that won, 2 managed to lose.

Gav and Gaz honour the diggers at Gosford (Still: Sky Racing & TabCorp)

We’re heading up the river for the annual Hawkesbury Gold Cup and assorted races like the Guineas, the Hawkesbury Rush and the Hawkesbury Crown!

And then there’s the first running of ‘The Showdown’ at Caulfield, which apparently does not involve either Adelaide or Port Adelaide, so it’s probably an infringement of copyright on the SANFL from those mongrel Vics.

Meanwhile, there’s stuff at Eagle Farm like the Victory Stakes, where Redzel attempts to flat track his way over his Queensland opposition, throw in the Gunsynd Classic as well, and over at Morphetville, it’s just one week away until the Adelaide Carnival roars into life!

So, stuff that, let’s try and find some short priced rubbish!

Irithea (No.3) in Race 4 at Hawkesbury, 1:45pm AEST

1300m Group 3 Hawkesbury Crown

Trainer: Bjorn Baker, Hoop: Josh Parr

This looks like one of the most even races of the day at Hawkesbury, and there’s nine of them on the card- That’s a lot.

Irithea, Multaja, Pecans (Last year’s winner) and Manicure to name a few.

Bjorn Baker, son of Murray, prepared Irithea beautifully first-up for the G2 Sapphire Stakes a fortnight ago at Woyal Wandwick, sitting just off a hot speed, and it was ultimately the race fitness of White Moss that denied her a victory.

She’s got a nice looking draw (Barrier 4) in a tough race, and like Crazy Craig was last week with Castelvecchio, I’m going far with Joshy Parr!

Just one concern- Has never won in 10 attempts at the 1300m (10:0-3-2).

Mr Quickie (No.8) in Race 7 at Caulfield, 3:50pm AEST

2000m VOIBIS Gold Heath

Trainer: Phil Stokes, Hoop: Ben Allen

I threw Mr Quickie in this guide some three weeks ago, and the only ‘threw’ after the race was myself throwing up after he lost by a nose carrying the 60kgs against Grinzinger Star, who has since gone on to win again.

Still, like the classic mug I am, I’m backing up at whatever hideously short odds Mr Quickie starts tomorrow- If he wants to go to SA for the Derby as the market elect, he’s gotta win tomorrow!

Do I really need to say any more?

Declarationofheart (No.1) at Morphetville, 4:50pm ACST (5:20pm AEST)

2000m Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes

Trainer: Anthony Freedman, Hoop: Clayton Douglas

Anthony Freedman has more important things to worry about than some crummy Group 3 in Adelaide- Specifically Santa Ana Lane running in Hong Kong on Sunday- But Honkers can wait.

DOH was well supported in the ATC Derby, but ultimately the step up to 2400m and the Randwick swamp meant he was never in it.

Prior to that, he was only just beaten in the Alister Clark at Death Valley by the favourite Global Exchange at the 2000m.

Back on the dry track, 2000m, a good barrier to jump from, I’m foolish enough to say, “I’m taking the toppie!”

Then again, DOH is what I’ll be crying out if/when he loses.

New Age (No.1) in Race 7 at Ascot, 4:45pm AWST (6:45pm)

1600m 64+ Rating Handicap

Trainer: Adam Durrant, Hoop: William Pike

Only 7 races at Ascot on Saturday, highlighting the fact that watching a corpse decay is more entertaining than the Perth races.

I only need to say that it’s Pike In The Last, and now that I’ve tipped this 5YO Mare, she’s a certainty to run nowhere.

🤪🤪Crazy Craig’s Craaaazy Tip🤪🤪

Mandela Effect (No.1) in Race 2 at Caulfield, 12:40pm AEST

1400m Benchmark 84 Handicap

Trainer: Scott Brunton, Jockey: Lachlan King (2kg Apprentice)

That’s right, it’s Crazy Craig from the Macedon Ranges, and I’m riiiiiding high on my tip of Castelvecchio, which means I’m ready to plonk the stone cold cash on some plodder this week!

I’m not confident that Nelson Mandela will be having an effect on Mandela Effect on Saturday, but that shouldn’t matter, since I think he died 5 years ago, and he preferred Springboks instead of horses.

The Tasmanian raider in the old South Melbourne colours has racked up a hat-trick of victories, including winning at Bendigo at the end of March, when he stormed from the back to defeat Indian Thunder.

He’s been freshened up by Scotty Brunton, and young Lachy King, son of the fantastic hoop that is Steven King, stays aboard for his latest effort with the 2 kilo claim, and I’m sure that the King will rule over this race!

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

He gets Crazier by the week.

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