Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide: 22nd June


May Gav & Gaz watch over us (Still: Sky Racing/TabCorp)

The Pathetic Record- 69 runners: 28 winners, 17 seconds, 9 thirds

Crazy Craig- 16 runners; 6 ‘wins’, 1 place win, 5 successful Lays

Between some ‘local’ representation from James McDonald + Kerrin McEvoy & Houtzen at Royal Ascot, I thought it was great to see some Western Australian representation, in the form of Aidan O’Brien’s Western Australia in the Queen’s Vase.

Spoiler Alert: He went like WA’s economy.

Anyway, it’s the height of Winter tomorrow- The illustrious Belmont Guineas, and up at Eagle Farm, it’s the Battle of the Bush Final, and the last Group One of the 2018-19 season- The Tatt’s Tiara, as Chris Waller has five chances at winning his 18th Group One of the season, to surpass TJ Smith’s record of 17 from 1979-80.

Even in the likely event that Chris can’t get the job done against the Godolphin trio at the head of the market, I’m sure he can console himself with the record $41 million in prize money he’s earned.

Irish Songs (No.5) in Race 2 at Randwick, 12pm AEST

1200m Class 3 Highway Handicap

Trainer: Kurt Goldman, Hoop: Sam Clipperton

Here’s a traditional Irish song about the punt, courtesy of someone called ‘Paul Hewson’ and his band, because it’s not Saturday that kills you, it’s Sunday.

“I can’t believe the news today, oh I can’t close my eyes and make it go away!”– Describing me every time Willy Pike manages to get rolled on a hot pot.

As for the horse, he’s 3rd-Up on the back of a pair of 3rd placings- Including the last Highway at Randwick a fortnight- And as per usual, he’ll need a touch of luck to be right in the finish on the swampy bog of a track, in yet another tough Highway.

Vega One (No.1) in Race 4 at Eagle Farm, 12:55pm AEST

1400m Stella Artois 3YO Plate

Trainer: Tony Gollan, Hoop: Blake Shinn

Vega One is just about the shortest priced runner at The Farm on Saturday, on account of his massive drop from Group 3 company to 3YO Set Weights.

Vega has been in some very ‘decent’ form of late, running 2nd to Plague Stone in the Mick Dittman at Doomben in April, before donkey licking Multaja on May 11th at Doomben, but ultimately did too much work to get the lead in the Fred Best, leading to a freshen-up.

For reference, Multaja is now knees deep in the market for the Tiara, and to me, it comes down to a mathematical equation:

Form + Drop in class + Blake Shinn hopping aboard= Prime Chalk Eating Material.

Also, look out for No.2 Cyber Attack, because he’s listed as having a very familiar set of silks.

The cream & brown of Bonecrusher.

Last Week (No.6) in Race 4 at Flemington, 1:25pm AEST

2520m Great Ocean Road Handicap

Trainers: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, Hoop: Jye McNeil

Amazing, I haven’t seen Jye McNeil appear in the Chalk Eaters since Crazy Craig tried killing him at Rosehill in March.

Anyway, it’s the classic battle of the favourite in Chouxting The Mob vs the second favourite Last Week, and I’m pulling the classic ‘Second favourite to beat the favourite’, at the mega price of $2.90.

Which is quite a shock from me, considering Last Week’s last win wasn’t last week, it was back in January 2018, funnily enough, over the 2500m at Headquarters.

He’s placed in all three runs prior to this, and last start at the same track & distance, he ran 2nd after being held up behind the fading Boom Time, allowing Chouxting The Mob to fly down the outside and win again.

Now, with another run at 2500m, he’s ready to turn the tables with Chouxting The Mob.

🤪🤪Crazy Craig’s Tip Of The Day 🤪🤪

LAYING Jungle Edge in Race 4 at Randwick, 1:10pm AEST

1200m Winter Dash

Trainer: Mick Bell, Hoop: Lucinda Doodt (a3)

G’day folks, Crazy Craig reporting in from Bairnsdale, where I’m currently missing three fingers thanks to the Macedon Winter!

This weekend I’m casting my eye at the bottomless Heavy hellhole that is Royal Randwick, and I’m preparing to lay a Byron Pickett shirtfront with my 14th bank loan on the people’s mudlark, JUNGLE EDGE!


YES! I know!

But that was at SANDOWN, and this is RANDWICK, where he’s only won ONCE FROM 12 ATTEMPTS!

And somehow with a Heavy 10 forecast, and having to lug 59.5kg after Doodt’s claim, he’s come up a $4 favourite!

In a half decent field, you know what that spells?


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

Alright, as for the Tatt’s Tiara…. uhhhhhh…. I’ll have a ping at the stumps and say Savatiano.

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