Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide: 5th October


Mid-30 degree temps in the Hunter on Monday- Good luck gents!

With Daylight Savings about to kick in and ruin your sleep for the next 6 months, the first Saturday of October is the fork in the road moment for the Spring…. and it looks like a deadset barn burner… and a wallet burner, with all the roughies primed to get up.

Epsom Handicap Day at Randwick features Funstar vs Probabeel in the Flight, the ever crap Metropolitan, and 20 horses juking it out over the Randwick mile in the feature, while further south it’s the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington, supported by the Gilgai and the Bart Cummings, one of the two remaining golden tickets into the Melbourne Cup, the Spring Cup will bore you at Eagle Farm, and more locally for ‘me’ is the Kalgoorlie Cup, where the winner is the first to dig up a gold nugget with their bare hands, hop back in the saddle, and cross the post first.

And then you’ve got fabled races like the Gunbower Gold Cup, but it will all pale in comparison to Sunday night, when Enable goes for a hat-trick of wins in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe.

Scallopini (No.2, Barrier 2) in Race 3 at Eagle Farm, 1:03pm AEST

1200m Handicap

Trainer: Steve O’Dea, Hoop: Matthew McGillivray

No.2, Barrier 2… Marvellous effort that.

Race 3 at the ol’ Farm is an interesting battle between Sunny Coast Guineas winner Baccarat Baby (1st Up for Vandyke), Gerald Ryan’s Deploy, who hasn’t won in about 400 years, and gets top weight after dropping back from Group level to what is a conceivably more suitable grade, and the sectional-sational Scallopini, who has won 7 out of 15 starts, and a month ago, managed to come from off speed in a slowly run race at Eagle Farm, and cut down the field to win.. not by much, but he won.

Matty McGillivray sticks aboard, Steve O’Dea has kept him fresh with the month between runs to try and get a repeat effort out of the 5YO, who does have to deal with the question of how will he go rising 2 kilos up to 57.5kg.

Ah yes, and apparently, if Wikipedia is to be trusted, a Scallopini is an Italian dish that “consists of thinly sliced meat, most often beef, veal, or chicken, that is dredged in wheat flour and sautéed in one of a variety of redux sauces.”


So I suppose if he does win, it’s winner winner, Italian chicken-based dinner.

Probabeel (No.2, Barrier 6) in Race 4 at Randwick, 2:05pm AEST

1600m Group 1 Flight Stakes (Fillies SW)

Trainer: Jamie Richards, Hoop: Kerrin McEvoy, 56kg

The quinella from that thrilling edition of the Tea Rose Stakes have absolutely cleaned out the market for the Flight ($1.85 vs $2.20), and although the winner Funstar has come out the favourite (Deservedly), for some unknown reason, I’m going back to the ‘2nd Favourite to beat the Favourite’ trick that seems to work when the market gets narrowed down to 2, and taking the Kiwi Probabeel to beat a pair of Kiwis in Waller and McDonald.

It’s going to be confusing to see this much Kiwi on Kiwi action, without the final words being “Baaaaah.”

After conceding a start to Funstar (Who had the gun run) in that Tea Rose, Probabeel ran the final 600m in a race-best 34.86, and if the race was 1410m, she’d almost certainly have won.

Then again, if my Aunty had a John Thomas, yada yada.

A run like that screamed that she was ready for the mile, and at $2.2 in a race where she’ll probably run at least 2nd, I’m happy to take that.

So just watch Funstar win, Foxborough run 2nd, and Probabeel run 3rd.

Angelic Ruler (No.6, Barrier 6) in Race 4 at Flemington, 2:25pm AEST

Group 2 Blazer Stakes (Mares SW)

Trainer(s): Dan & Ben Pearce, Hoop: Ollie, 56kg

A horse named Angelic Ruler, with saddlecloth 6 in barrier 6?

Damn, I was one 6 short of blaring out Iron Maiden.

Speaking of Satanic things, the all Sandgroper combination of Pearce/Pearce/Oliver combined to continue this crazy run of horses coming from the West and winning in Melbourne, when Pushin’ Shapes won at 61-1 at Caulfield last Sunday, which was only the second-biggest upset by a Sandgroper that day.

Black Heart Bart… How in crap did that happen.

Angelic Ruler ran first up in the How Now at Caulfield, and was example No.987,453 of an unlucky runner at that hole, getting held up to the 400m, having her momentum checked twice in the straight, before getting clear air at the 150, by which point Manicure was off and gone to the winners lounge, and the mare could only flash home for 2nd, 1.5 lengths behind.

She’s on the wide open expanses of Flemington in what is a seriously competitive mares race, she’s won 2nd Up before, has the services of Oliver, so just wait and see Fidelia fly down the outside and win as expected, as Angelic Ruler flashes home for a solid 3rd.

Surprise Baby (No.3, Barrier 6) in Race 7 at Flemington, 5:05pm AEST

2520m Quality Group 3 The Bart Cummings

Trainer: Paul Preusker, Hoop: Jordan Childs, 57kg

Ah, James Bartholomew Cummings, the man who loved one-liners as much as he loved winning Melbourne Cups.

My favourite Bart one-liner was delivered to Roy Higgins, who told him (Before Viewed won in 2008) that if it weren’t for ‘The Professor’, Bart would only have won 9 Cups.

Bart replied that if it weren’t for him, Roy would have none.

On to the race, and the Adelaide Cup winner Surprise Baby very nearly qualified for ‘The Cup’ in the shortened Andrew Ramsden back in May, but he came out on the wrong side of a fantastic two-way battle with Steel Prince after getting caught 3 wide the trip.

He was very solid 1st Up in the Feehan, having settled next to last on the fence, before flashing home for 4th, and to describe it, it was the sort of run that said “I’m going to suck a few dickheads in to backing me this prep.”

Obviously, I’m one of dozens.

Oddly, he does rise sharply from the mile up to the 2500m, but Paul Preusker wouldn’t do that unless he’d done some extra curricular activity during trackwork over the past month, so that should hold him in good stead.

In a welcome change this week, Crazy Colin will be filling in for Crazy Craig, who apparently severed all connection to the outside world last weekend.

Osborne Bulls to WIN the Premiere Stakes at Randwick (Race 5), 2:45pm AEST

1200m WFA Group 2

Trainer: James Cummings, Jockey: Hugh Bowman 58.5kg

G’day knackers, my name’s ‘Crazy’ Colin, filling in for my weird mate Crazy Craig, who unfortunately forgot to take his pills this week, threw his phone away, and has gone bush!

That’s what happens when you’re craaaazy!

Just a little bit about me- My name was Colin until I came to Bairnsdale and met Craig- Now I’m a crazy bastard who has been banned from every establishment in town except the Bowls Club!

And even then, I can only get in when Craig is with me!

Now, because I’m not Crazy Craig, I’m going to do the exact opposite of what he does every Friday, and back someone to WIN.

While everyone’s going on about a Shark in the Epsom, I’m focusing on the Big Blue Bull running for the Iron Sheikh in the Premiere against Everest contender Classique Legend and this rather small field.

If Ozzy wasn’t a gelding, he’d be the perfect stallion, because he’s always coming second, having finished runner-up in 5 consecutive Group Ones during the Autumn, getting beaten by top liners like In Her Time, Sunlight, Santa Ana Lane and Pierata.

None of them are lining up in the Premiere, and they’ll all be in the Everest in a fortnight.

He’s trialled well, he’ll do the usual go back to last while Classique Legend takes up the lead, he won’t have the Group 1 mental hurdle to deal with, so come on Mr Bulls, get it done for your good mate Colin!

This has been Crazy Colin, and apparently people call me Crazy Colin!

On that note- The Bairnsdale Cup is this Sunday!

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