Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide: 1st June


Gav unsure why Gaz has put the 4th favourite on top (Still: Sky Racing)

RUNNING SCORE: 59 Runners: 25 winners, 14 seconds, 8 thirds

CRAZY CRAIG: 13 runners: 6 ‘Wins’, 1 Place Win, 4 Lays of the Day

Here’s a random factoid- The Derby at Epsom is on Saturday night.

Anyway, we now press on into the second least interesting month for Australian racing- June- And this weekend we’ve got another tough edition of the G1 Queensland Oaks, a support card headed by the PJ O’Shea Stakes, meanwhile across the land, there’s the McKell Cup at Rosehill, and to round out the day, we’ve got the Group 3 Belmont Sprint, probably at Belmont and featuring Galaxy Star, who will inevitably lose when Pike gets caught on the rail.

Yada Yada Yada, here’s the Most Likely To Win Of The Day (MLTWOTD).

Winter Bride (No.6) in Race 4 at Doomben, 12:55pm AEST

1200m G2 Moreton Cup

Trainer: Toby Edmonds, Hoop: Blake Shinn

What a quality field for the Moreton Fig Cup, headlined by the New South Wales flyers, Godolphin’s Viridine, The Snowden’s Brave Song, and David Pfieffer’s I Am Excited, while the local charge is headed by Toby Edmonds’ Winter Bride.

Given my record, Viridine could be the only thing in Blue to get a win in Brisbane over the next few days.

But for some unknown reason, I’m staying with the previously performed Winter Bride, because her record at Doomben holds up nicely; 4 starts for 3 wins and a second, and the track/distance is 3 starts for 2 wins and a second.

She’s had a break since being beaten 3L by I Am Excited in the G2 Victory at the end of April, although with the services of one B.Shinn, I’ll give her every chance of turning things around.

Reelem In Ruby (No.9) in Race 5 at Rosehill, 1:50pm AEST

1400m F&M Benchmark 78 Handicap

Trainers: Peter & Paul Snowden, Hoop: Tommy Berry

It’s rare including a former victim of Crazy Craig in this pisstake, but that’s exactly what this is- A pisstake.

Reelem In Ruby was bloody unlucky to lose to Strome last start at Rosehill when she ended up as the Lay of the Day, getting a bump on a corner (As Berry claims), before winding up and ultimately going under by a hairy lip.

And if you don’t believe me, here’s the proof.

You’d swear she’d won on the outside.

But I’ll skip the hairy details- Same track, same distance, same grade, and same hoop, surely she can’t waste this chance at a reprieve, or else it’s dishes time.

Propelle (No.3) in Race 6 At Caulfield, 2:45pm AEST

1100m 3YO Fillies Handicap

Trainers: Matt Ellerton & Simon Zahra, Hoop: Craig Williams

Apparently Propelle is a fancy French word to describe the word Propel, which is described as “Drive or push something forwards”, which if put into a sentence, would be “Craig Williams used the whip to propel Propelle to a victory on the 27th of April at Caulfield”.

Aside from that win, Propelle had to lug 60kg a fortnight later, and very nearly pulled it off again, driving down the outside and only just being denied by Bam’s On Fire, who returns for the rematch.

Propelle now goes down to the 55.5kg (Getting 4kg back on Bam’s on Fire), Barrier 11 probably becomes irrelevant considering she will go back anyway, and with any sort of luck, she’ll be in the finish again.

Live And Free (No.9) in Race 9 at Caulfield, 4:40pm AEST

2000m Open Handicap

Trainer: John O’Shea, Hoop: Brett Prebble

John O’Shea sends Live And Free down from Sin City to contest the last at Caulfield, and he comes in with two solid performances, the latest being a jump to the 2000 metres at Rosehill a fortnight ago in the Lord Mayor’s Cup, and it was an inspired move, as he come home from the rear and ran 3rd behind the in-form Grey Lion.

Now fourth up, in a much more ‘winnable’ race than a Lord Mayor’s Cup, on goes the former Warlord of Hong Kong in Brett Prebble, and this is the chance to strike while the iron is white hot.

Only one question for me though, given he has none of it, and considering the forecast- WET TRACK ABILITY.


California Zimbol to WIN Race 2 at Doomben, 11:45am AEST

Trainer: The Snowdens, Jockey: James McDonald

G’day folks, Crazy Craig, the Boy from Bairnsdale here, and after back to back lays of the day, this time I’m going completely off the boil yet again, and tipping a nag to WIN!

Yes! WIN! It’s one crazy surprise after another from yours truly!

Anyway, I’m taking the big step down to the babies, and this California Zimbol, obviously not good enough to be called a Symbol, got drawn the proverbial car park in the Bill Carter on Election Day, and from Barrier 15, she was caught in the wilderness, but put in a big effort to run 5th, just 2 lengths off Perudo, who had the rail and comes back for the rematch tomorrow.

She’s got it much easier in Barrier 6 on Saturday, and I’m confident that one of Australia’s Top 100,000 Kiwis can get it done… JAMES MCDONALD.

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

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