Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide: 18th May


Big Gaz once picked a 2nd favourite to beat a favourite. He won. (Still: Sky Racing)

Running Score: 52 Runners: 22 winners, 12 seconds, 8 thirds.

Crazy Craig: 10 Runners: 6 wins, 1 place win, 2 lays, and 2 losers

While all kinds of tomato sauce favourites roll in across the polling booths of Australia, all kinds of four legged favourites will be rolled across the country, after I throw them in this week’s Chalk Eaters Guide!

Anyway, the Queensland carnival rolls back to Doomben for the Doomben Cup, the Adelaide Carnival is mercifully smothered with a pillow with the running of the Goodwood, in Perth it’s Italian Day as Ascot shuts down for the Winter with the Roma Cup, and they’re honouring this year’s Hall of Fame inductees at Flemington and Rosehill.. which also has the Lord Mayor’s Cup.

Good lord, just look at that Goodwood field….

A few of those own condos on Struggle Street, just across the street from me.

Zoustyle in Race 4 at Doomben, 1pm AEST

1200m JRA 3YO Plate

Trainer: Tony Gollan, Hoop: Brad Stewart

It’s very rare that I touch Queensland racing with a 400 foot pole, but there’s a 3YO fight tomorrow which could prove more entertaining than the Doomben Cup, and Tony Abbott vs GetUp.

The unbeaten Zoustyle, with the regular partnership of Gollan & Stewart, who looks the best 3YO in the Sunshine State right now, returns to the track without a trial in a battle with Godolphin’s Plague Stone, who won the Mick Dittman a month ago.

Chances are now that I’m onboard, it’ll be the classic case of the 2nd Favourite beating the Favourite, and the bubble exploding on a promising 3YO.

I’m sorry in advance Tony.

Big Night Out (No.3) in Race 4 at Flemington, 1:40pm AEST

1400m 3YO Hcp Hall Mark Hall Of Fame Trophy

Trainer: John Sadler, Hoop: Mick Dee

Robert James Lee Hawke liked a Big Night Out, and apparently, so do I.

Big Night Out has had a decent prep, with a 3rd and a Win at Sandown, and then rocked up at Headquarters at Anzac Day and ran home strongly, only beaten by a certain Zoutori- Who came out and won again with 60kg last week.

He’s drawn the rail, right alongside his main rival in Seberate, which will require a touch of luck to get clear running in the straight, but if it does come, I’m hoping he’s rock hard fit and in the finish 4th Up.

Deprive (No.6) in Race 8 at Rosehill, 3:55pm AEST

1200m BM88 So You Think Hall Of Fame Handicap

Trainer: James Cummings, Hoop: Glyn Schofield

Deprive was last seen in the Summer with two wins in the Christmas/New Year period, and his win on December 29 (In BM76 grade) was a deadset ball-tearing, improving his record to 7:4-1-1.

James Cummings warmed him up with a trial win at Randwick a fortnight back, and from Barrier 3, will probably follow his usual pattern of sitting just off the speed and unleashing in the straight.

How well he fares will probably depend on which Glyn Schofield turns up- Good Glyn, or Bad Glyn.

That, or Newsfan (Who’s never missed a place) or Desert Lord light up and rush home 1st Up.

Galaxy Star (No.8) in Race 7 at Ascot, 4:20pm AEST (6:20)

1200m Group 3 Roma Cup

Trainer: Grant & Alana Williams, Hoop: William Pike

The last feature of the Ascot season is the Roma Cup and we’ve got a barn-burner between the Railway Stakes winner Galaxy Star, and the two-time defending race winner, the ageless wonder, Rock Magic, who came back from injury and won the Northam Sprint a fortnight ago, which was superb, as he got caught wide and still proved too good.

It’s an understatement to say that Pikey has been going as well as a busted arse lately, going to The ‘Bool and scoring duck eggs, and then going to Adelaide twice and scoring duck eggs.

And throw in the fact that I’ve thrown him in this guide multiple times, and he’s failed every time, questioning why I even put that shrine of him on this website.

The 1200m does swing the balance back the way of Rock Magic, but am I going to break character and go his way?

Nope, since the Peters-Williams-Pike trinity is drawing me in like Gollum towards the Ring.


LAYING Reelem In Ruby (No.9) in Race 6 at Rosehill, 2:35pm AEST

1400m F&M JB Cummings Hall of Fame Handicap

Trainer: Peter & Paul Snowden, Jockey: Tommy Berry

G’day once again folks, Crazy Craig here back doing what I have no idea how to do, and that’s provide you with a tip!

And I’m back to doing what I’ve only done twice before, and that’s LAYING a horse!

Craaaaaazy stuff!

Of course, one of the two horses I successfully layed was also trained by the Snowdens and also carried the Triple Crown silks- You may have heard of him, his name is Redzel.

Ruby is a nice young filly, who’s never missed a place in 5 starts (2-2-1), and scored a good win at Warwick Farm last start in a BM66 3YO race at the $1.45 odds.

But, she’s come in to this race with $2.20 odds against some more experienced gallopers, and based on her 1st up loss a few weeks ago, she appears to have a flaw- Slow speeds, and based on the useless metrics I’ve read, there’s as much speed in this race as a Renault F1 car.

To a Craaazy bugger like me, that says “Sitting Duck For Crazy Craig’s Lay Of The Day!”- As a result, she’s in the gun-sights.

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


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