Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide: 4th May

May the Favourite in the 4th Be With You… Always.

Did you know the Kentucky Derby is on Sunday morning?

Big Gaz is watching me (Still: Sky Racing/TabCorp)

RUNNING SCORE: 44 runners, 20 winners, 11 seconds, 7 thirds

CRAZY CRAIG: 9 runners, 6 that won, 2 successful lays, and 1 loser

What a superb week it’s been for the regional carnivals- The three days at The ‘Bool, highlighted by Ric McIntosh going off his face calling the Grand Annual, and capped off with the Wagga Carnival and the Wagga Town Plate + Gold Cup over the past two days.

Santa Ana Lane won the Town Plate back in 2017, which means that this year’s winner, Ghostly, has a promising future ahead of him, winning Group Ones and then falling short in Hong Kong.

Speaking of Group Ones, Saturday is a day out for the ladies at Morphetville, with the Australasian Oaks and the Bob Sangster Stakes dominating the first day of the May Carnival, and wasn’t it fantastic to see the State Government support the local industry, by slashing the prize money for major races.

And then there’s the Hollindale Stakes meeting on the Gold Coast, featuring the epic 900m BAT OUT OF HELL in Race 5, and also Living Legends Day at Flemington, with races named after heroes like Apache Cat, Rogan Josh, Zipping, Efficient, Who Shot Thebarman, Brew and MIGHT AND POWER.

All quality runners… and Brew.

Anyway… where are my tomato sauce runners?

Haunted (No.2) in Race 3 at Morphetville, 1:26pm ACST (1:56pm)

1100m Group 3 D C McKay Stakes

Trainer: James Cummings, Hoop: Dwayne Dunn

More than a few people jumped aboard the Royal Blue flyer when he resumed at Caulfield on Easter Saturday, and he didn’t disappoint, racing three-wide without cover and still managing to win, dragging his career record to a positive 6 wins and 5 placings from 12 starts.

The weather in Adelaide from now until tomorrow is forecast to be ordinary with a few showers, which might just sit in Haunted’s ballpark- The gelding has raced 4 times on Soft tracks for 3 wins and a 3rd, and twice on the Heavy for a win and a 3rd.

On paper this is a battle between Haunted and another proven winner with one name, Tony McEvoy’s Despatch, ridden by the South African from Singapore, Barend Vorster.

We’ll see if Sheikh Mohammed can win another fabled race… like the D C McKay Stakes.

Grinzinger Star (No.1) in Race 5 at Flemington, 2:15pm AEST

2000m Zipping Handicap

Trainer: Danny O’Brien, Hoop: Ethan Brown (A 1.5kg)

Just on a month ago, Grinzinger Star managed to beat SA Derby favourite Mr Quickie at Caulfield thanks a massive weight swing his way.

Now the farrier has put the shoe on the other foot, and Grinzinger is giving at least 4kg to the rest of the field tomorrow, after Ethan Brown’s 1.5kg claim is factored in.

Does this bother me? Yes.

Am I going to learn from past mistakes? No.

Regardless, ‘Grinz’ has won his past 2 starts, beating Mr Quickie and then stepping up to Open Grade to beat Divanation- Mr Quickie won again last week, while Divanation went to yesterday’s Warrnambool Cup and ran out a gallant 3rd.

Assuming that Danny O’Brien is sending the gelding over the border for next week’s SA Derby for another battle with Mr Quickie, a win against an inferior bunch in his own age bracket should be the best way to keep the winning streak going.

Freddie Fox Trot (No.12) in Race 6 at the Gold Coast, 2:30pm AEST

1400m Listed Australian Turf Club Trophy

Trainer: Les Kelly, Hoop: Dan Griffin

Another great Freddie struts his stuff

After coming in to 2019 with 6 wins from 10 starts, Freddie has come back with two solid placings- A 3rd on the Goldie back in March, and then local trainer Les Kelly ramped things up last week, as Freddie ran home into 2nd behind the impressive winner Chapter and Verse at Eagle Farm, lumping 59kg at the set weights and missing the start as well.

It’s worth noting that he drops 5kg on last week, and retains the services of the King of the Coast, Dan Griffin, as he jumps the extra 200m and into Open Grade.

I heard Hugh Bowman, who was due to ride Music Magnate, decided not to ride in Queensland after he found out that Daniel was still the ruling monarch- That’s the power of the man.

Les Kelly has earmarked this race and hopefully an appearance in the Stradbroke for Fred, so do the job for your people, King Daniel.

Little Fish (No.5) in Race 8 at Ascot, 4:55pm AWST (6:55)

1400m 64+ Rating Handicap

Trainer: Peter Fernie, Hoop: Brodie Kirby (A 1.5kg)

While the punters at the ‘Bool were getting a taste of what it’s like to watch Pikey fall short in the last, I’m back scrounging for a winner at Ascot with the Wizard over in SA for the Oaks & Sangster.

Little Fish is one of the many shorties that litter an Ascot Saturday card, and for very good reason- From 10 starts, he’s won 6 times and never run outside of the placings.

Last start he was trapped so wide he was racing in the Swan River, which appropriately worked to the advantage of a Little Fish, who swam down the outside to just miss Settlers Creek.

Forget Pike in the Last, tomorrow, I’ll be onboard with Kirby in the Last.


Kapajack (No.9) in Race 5 on the Randwick Kensington, 2:05pm AEST

1100m Benchmark 78 Handicap

Trainer: Team Hawkes, Jockey: Tommy Berry

Sit down and listen up kiddies, because the Macedon Madman is BACK, and I’m bringing you another Saturday tip, and my mind is so Craaaaazy, I can’t tell If i’m backing it or laying it!

I think I’m backing it.

Kapajack has raced a mere 3 times, with only run fresh being his only win, a barnstormer at Rosehill at the start of December, in which he ran the final 200m in 11 seconds, before winding up with a 5th and 3rd to finish off the year.

Returned with a trial on the 23rd of April and came in 4th behind his stablemate Heart Conquered, who won by 2 lengths and starts favourite for Race 2!

Hit the road Kapajack, and don’t you come back… Actually, come back, because I need you to win, and if Johnny Hawkes has you anywhere near right, you might just about win it!

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

That tip still isn’t as craaaazy as Carlton trading their first round pick to Adelaide!

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