Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide: 20th July


Whenever Big Gaz has the floor, Gav just sits back and enjoys

After last night’s premature posting, I’ll be asking Crazy Craig to lay the WordPress app.

Useless piece of crap.

Anyway, another snout in the trough Saturday coming up- The Queensland Cup at The Farm over the fabled 3200m (Plus the Tatt’s Mile), The Belmont Oaks, The Rising Stars Final and the 2YO Byerley at Flemington, Blake Shinn’s last Metro meeting before he goes bonkers in Honkers… and look at Morphetville, sitting there in the corner eating glue.


Anyway, time to get stuck in!

Sir Elton (No.3) in Race 3 at Randwick, 12:45pm AEST

1200m Handicap

Trainer: Adam Duggan, Hoop: Hugh Bowman, 60kg

Sir Elton claimed that Saturday Night’s Alright for Fighting, but when it comes to The Chalk Eaters, Saturday Afternoon’s Alright for Fighting.

Hughie stays aboard after rousing win last start, with the unbeaten gelding now facing another tough challenge in the form of Monseuir Waller’s Haut Brion Her, in what will be his final start for the winter, regardless of the result.

But in spite of that, I’ll stick with Sir Elton, as long as he’s still standing, and feeling like a true survivor and a little kid.

Lord Beldevere in Race 4 at Flemington, 1:35pm AEST

2500m BM90 Harry White Handicap

Trainer: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, Hoop: Ben Melham, 56.5kg

The English import Lord Beldevere isn’t an actual Lord, in much the same way that St Kilda isn’t an actual saint, yet he still managed to get a suburb named after him.

The 5YO won his first start in Australia on May 24th, before he went up to Sydney and finished 4th over 1800m at Rosehill on June 15th.

Crazy Ciaron reckons he’s ready to step up to the staying distances, and he does have the runs on the board back in Old Blighty, racking up a 2400m win at Haydock Park last year.

Benny Melham is back fit and firing from injury, and I’m on board with absolutely no confidence that Lord Beldevere can win ‘The Handbrake’.

Sylvia’s Mother (No.1) in Race 7 at Flemington, 3:35pm AEST

1200m 3YO TAB/ATA Trainers Trust Handicap

Trainers: Team Hawkes, Hoop: Michael Poy (a2), 56kg (After claim)

Keeping up with this musical Chalk Eaters, Sylvia’s Mother says that Sylvia’s packing and she’s leaving today, but according to Sylvia’s Trainer, she’s all set to go again after a failure at the $1.50 quote in her last Chalk Eaters appearance back on June 15, having won a Hawkesbury trial on Monday with absolute ease.

Obviously the big difference between that day at Rosehill and tomorrow is the trip south, and facing the dreaded Straight Six at Flemington for the first time.

Going aboard with his 2-kilo claim is young rising star Michael Poy, son of former Hayes stable rider Michael Clarke, who rode the likes of At Talaq (Melbourne Cup) and Better Loosen Up (Cox Plate & Japan Cup) to great success, and Michael The Younger finds himself with history against him- An apprentice has never ridden a winner for The Chalk Eaters (This may or may not be correct.)

Get it done Michael- Your disciples know you can.

Zaratite (No.13) in Race 5 at Belmont, 3:15pm AWST (5:15)

2000m 3YO & Up Graduation Handicap

Trainer: Grant & Alana Williams, Hoop: William Pike, 55kg

After a long spell due to poor performances, The Wizard is back in the Chalk Eaters, and he could conceivably ride the winner of at least 3 or 4 of the opening 5 races on the Belmont card, including the Classic with Mystery Miss.

The Wizard had the choice of riding the cerise and white of Uncle Bob with Zaratite, or sticking with another Williams winner in Sugar Cain, who comes in searching for a hat-trick of Belmont wins thanks in no small part to The Wizard riding him to victory on both occasions.

He went for Uncle Bob, and it’s no surprise, given Zaratite is the archetypal rising 3YO taking on the older runners, having gone from 1700m 2nd at Belmont to the 2000m at Pinjarra, which resulted in a superb over the top win after being held up on the turn.

Can Pikey break his Chalk Eaters duck and retake his spot on the Wall of Fame from the Kirbster?

Probably yes to the first part, no to the second part.


LAYING Greyworm (No.4) in Race 9 at Randwick, 4:35pm AEST

1000m Benchmark 78 Handicap

Trainer: Team Hawkes, Jockey: Brock Ryan (a3), 60kg

G’day folks, it’s your mad mate Crazy Craig, back for another Sloppy Saturday where as per usual, I’m the only cobber focusing on losing rather than winning!

How Crazy is that! I could get a job at the Melbourne Footy Club at this rate!

Anyway, I’m sitting on my hands until the lucky last at Randwick, to take on a horse named after a Game Of Thrones character, who happens to be a eunuch!

Well guess what! So is this one!

Now usually the classic punting theory is back the greys in the wet, but Greyworm has never raced over the 1000 metres in his career, meaning he’s still well short of her best distance, and he’s got the 3 kilo apprentice aboard… and yet he’s come up a $2.80 favourite!

That’s craaaaaazy short odds for me, especially with the likes of Natalia going in fit as a trout!

Anyway, I’ll cut the usual jib- Short Distance + Apprentice + Other Runners= Crazy Craig’s LAY. OF. THE. DAY.

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

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