Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 31st August

Welp, I do believe Gavin Carmody has at least seen a link to the Chalk Eaters, which will probably mean that I can expect a cease and desist letter from a Sydney law firm, or a visit from some colourful characters…. or both.

My Pendant in Race 3 at Caulfield- WON

A classic D.Oliver ride, as the decades of experience really came to the fore when My Pendant dropped to last near the turn.

He simply sat patiently, didn’t scrub the ears off her, and got a tow into the straight from Camelle (Who ran 2nd), then found clear running and kicked the tyres as she rocketed to the line, in what was almost a dead ringer for her win at Flemington.

The tactics were spot on from Olly, and as long as it stays dry she’ll be winning more races.

Of course, it was all downhill from there.

Vega Magic in Race 6 at Caulfield- LAST

If Vega Magic doesn’t get a one way ticket to a retirement farm in the Northwest of Victoria, I’ll bloody well ride him there myself.

If Lindsay Park dare race him again after that pissant effort, I’ll hunt Mr Hayes down and tell him to go and wash the dishes.

And then thank him for Fanatic in that Adelaide Cup a few years ago.

Alizee in the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield- 3rd

Whereas the My Pendant ride was well executed by Oliver, Alizee…. copped a crap one.

I’d argue it wasn’t getting back itself that cost Alizee a shot at a win (Given the margin was barely a length), it was HOW FAR she got back.

Giving a proven galloper in Scales of Justice that big of a start was always a risk, and Dean ‘Raging Horn’ Yendall made Olly pay with a far better ride in the race.

And of course, she flashed home, and only just missed So Si Bon.

Anyway, 3 out of the last 4 Memsie winners have been Sandgropers- Black Heart Bart (2016), Vega Magic (2017), and now Scales Of Justice.

Zaratite in Race 7 at Belmont- 2nd

I should note before I get into this, that it was a very nice touch to see all the apprentices wearing black armbands for Mikaela Claridge.

Now on to Zaratite, and as soon as I saw the late drift from $2.40 out to $3, I thought to myself, “Yep, he’s toast.”

And then of course, he was sweating bullets behind the barriers, which filled me with a further sense of dread.

And then he got caught 3 wide the entire damn trip in a great Veandercross impersonation, and much like that memorable 1992 Caulfield Cup, he lost by a head to Noir De Rue, who saved ground.

I think it’s time to start questioning why I still have your photo on the header, Brodie.

Crazy Craig’s Tip Of The Day

Laying Age of Chivalry in Race 9 at Caulfield- FAILED

I think it’s fair to say we can throw Crazy Craig in the “Jump off” bin, along with Vega Magic and Essendon’s VFL team, who blew a 40 point lead in the final quarter.

Age Of Chivalry found the front pretty comfortably, and had more than enough ability to hold off Iconoclasm and Qafila, who being a Hayes horse, will be put straight into many people’s Blackbooks, and then give them SFA 2nd Up.

Despite the Macedon Madman’s best efforts, The Age Of Chivalry is alive and well!

As for the day’s events, I think this scene from That ’70s Show perfectly applies to me trying to punt.

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