Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 26th October

After last week’s massacre, I’ve hit back with 3 winners, and Crazy Craig did his thing as well.

There’s only one piece of music I can possibly use as tribute for the majesty of Lys Gracieux, and this past fortnight of the Spring Carnival.

Greyworm in Race 4 at Randwick- WINNER

As if riding to the imaginary script that I provided on Friday evening, Brenton Avdulla went straight to the lead on the grey, controlled the speed of the race, and produced a really nice turn of foot to put 3 lengths on the stragglers with 200 to go, which proved to be enough to beat the charging Luvaluva, whose performance was probably the standout of the race, as she heads towards The Gong at Kembla.

Thanks to the leading Sydney jockeys who went down to Moonee Valley, Brenton was able to take full advantage and lead all jockeys at Randwick with a treble, including the feature Bondi Stakes.

Good on him, he pulled the finger out big time today.

Lys Gracieux in the Cox Plate at Moonee Valley- WINNER

Being the 5th best horse in Japan, Lys Gracieux looked the class of the field, and thanks to Frosty’s precise timing on the run, the latest outstanding Japanese raider to hit our shores absolutely confirmed that theory.

To win the toughest WFA race in the Southern Hemisphere, after sitting close enough to the rear, at a place notorious for being a backmarker’s graveyard- Only champions can pull that off.

The 3YO Castelvecchio looked the winner on the turn with the featherweight, but with an almighty turn of foot, Lys Gracieux made him, and every other horse in the race, look like Shetlands.

It was utterly majestic to see and enjoy.

And with that, in the year 2019, Damian ‘Frosty’ Lane has now ridden the Golden Slipper winner, the Caulfield Cup winner, and now the Cox Plate winner.

He’ll come back from a suspension on Cup Day, with a chance at a place in immortality, I assume aboard Mer De Glace.

Amangiri in Race 9 (G3 Tesio) at Moonee Valley- WINNER

I saw Amangiri got backed from $3.20 to $2.40, in a massive show of confidence from my fellow mug punters.

Naturally, I didn’t back her.

Anyway, she was fantastic, as the Dunny Brush sent her into the lead from the gate, and then stopping for what resembled a breather at the wrong moment, putting her under a volcanic amount of pressure on the turn, but that breather may have helped her, because when Seewhatshebrings levelled up and looked set to win, she had the energy to kick back and pull out a tough fighting win.

As revealed by Wayne Hawkes, it was a sentimental win, beause Amangiri is the only horse that the Hawkes family train that still runs in the original ‘pink’ and green silks that John first picked up in 1971.

Black Ducati in Race 9 at Ascot- Nowhere

I completely misread the distance… it was 1500m, not 1200m.

No wonder the Ducati had a misfire.

Crazy Craig’s Tip Of The Day

LAYING Just Thinkin’ in the Bondi Stakes at Randwick- LAY SUCCESSFUL

After jumping a slight $3.70 favourite, Just Thinkin’ ended up getting beaten for speed by Colada, and decided to settle one back behind the leader.

Despite getting a clean run, he offered absolutely nothing, and dropping back from 2000m to 1600, he managed to do what nobody should do in the racing caper, and that’s prove Crazy Craig right.

Avdulla hugged the rail on Kubrick, and looked for most of the way like he was going to be a classic hard luck story with Colada tiring and pinning him in.

He got the split and subsequently exploded, while Just Thinkin’ slowly went backwards, and became the latest victim of the Bastard of Bairnsdale.


This must make it about half a dozen times since then that I’ve got 3 tips correct and missed one.

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