Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 21st September

I just found out Taylor Swift won’t be appearing at the Melbourne Cup, despite a few guarantees.

I have come to the conclusion that she is nothing more than a welching flog.


Long Jack in Race 2 at Caulfield-5th

Good to see Frosty Lane had every intention of giving Long Jack a chance to win…. by dragging him back 8 lengths second last, and subsequently having no hope of placing, let alone winning.

It basically turned into something resembling a barrier trial.

Come on Frosty, I’d like to think you’re better than that ride, and you probably are… but then again, outside of Adam Hunter, not much good comes out of Bunbury.

Pippie in Race 5 at Caulfield- 11th

To my utter amazement, Pippie was absolutely shot on the turn, and just didn’t let down at all, in a run that was just too bad to be true.

Ben Melham’s post-race comments did seem to provide a valid reason, mentioning he felt something wrong with Pippie’s off-front leg as they went around the corner, and had to ease off.

She’s off to Queensland for a holiday.


Avilius in Race 7 (G1 George Main) at Randwick – WINNER

Now that’s the Avilius we’ve come to know.

McEvoy plotted him last, yet unlike his two previous defeats to Samadoubt, he kept the Godolphin charger motoring along in clear air, then peeled out on the turn, and one of the best wet trackers in Australia did the rest and absolutely smacked Dreamforce and Happy Clapper with a dazzling turn of foot.

It looked like the wet track proved the difference, because Samadoubt once again got a soft lead, and yet unlike those two previous wins in the dry, he was comfortably beaten.

I’m now suddenly excited to see what the big boy will do at 2000m!


Spillinova in Race 8 at Belmont-5th

I didn’t see the race live, so I’m assuming that Jimmy and Jason didn’t learn a thing and strangled Spillinova at the start, not letting him settle down and freewheel into the lead.

Ah, now I see, he missed the start by a half length.

As you were, Cup Night just too good.


Crazy Craig’s Tip Of The Day


Laying Redzel in Race 6 at Randwick (The Shorts) – LAY SUCCESSFUL

Pierata won’t deny Redzel a third Everest.

Crazy Craig will.

The Madman and his disciples appeared to be out in force, as Redzel drifted from favourite to $4.40 behind both Pierata and Classique Legend in the market.

It was apparently justified, as Redzel still got a soft lead from Home Of The Brave in the 5 horse field, yet despite being a Snitzel on a soft track, he just didn’t have the turn of foot to go with Pierata, who had an easier run just in behind the speed with clear room, unlike Classique Legend, who lost momentum having to peel off heels.

Funnily enough, the race ended in market order- Pierata 1st, Classique Legend 2nd, and Redzel 3rd, although in fairness, it wasn’t a belting, with the first four (Graff charged home well for 4th) being covered by 1.5 lengths.

Another victim for Crazy Craig, and that’s why they call him Craaaaaazy Craig!

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