All in all, I’d say Derby Day- punting wise- was like batting at The WACA.
If you got in early, you probably went alright.
True story- I had Melody Belle all written out for the guide, which was mainly about how the Kiwis believed her to be clearly better than Te Akau Shark (Hint: They were more than correct.)
But, with no proper thought, I decided to switch her out, because I figured I had too many Flemington performers, and I included Pierata instead.
Donning my Captain Hindsight cape, I should have taken out Zoutori instead.
Zoutori in Race 1 at Flemington- 3rd
I suppose the writing was on the wall the second he jumped poorly and didn’t handle the ground in the pissing rain, and subsequently didn’t get going until it was too late.
I also blame the fact it was the first race of the day (Which is usually the Carbine Club), and the track hadn’t been chopped up yet.
On the bright side, everyone appeared to have tipped Zoutori as their best of the day, and possibly even the week, so I suppose right now I feel like one of the many deck chairs that resided on the Titanic.
Shadow Hero in the VRC Derby at Flemington- 5th
At first glance, based on the way the race panned out, I can only think of one conclusion.
Shadow Hero simply got too far back and was under pressure as early as 600m out, especially when you see where Olly was on Warning.
Subsequently, Parr decided to peel 30 wide (Which he copped a suspension for) in the straight looking for the fresh ground, and was subsequently missing from the camera shot until the 200m mark, but he picked off a lot of tiring horses to finish 5th, and a mile off the Top 4.
There was also another problem which was discovered post-race, which may explain more to the story- Shadow Hero had bled.
But on another note, I’d like to comment on how shit Thought Of That went, as Brae Sokolski is currently in hospital, recovering from a serious collision from the karma bus.
Get well soon Brae, and congratulations on your boneheaded business decision.
Pierata in Race 8 at Rosehill- WINNER
3 Wide the trip- No bloody worries.
Tommy Berry knew he had the best horse in the race, and despite getting stuck wide, he didn’t panic, took his time to wind up in the straight, and quite simply put, he beat Trekking fair and square with an honest tough win, atoning for his tough Everest run.
The inaugural winner of the inaugural Winners Stakes, and Pierata once again proved he’s a beautiful conveyance.
Regal Power in the Asian Beau at Ascot- 2nd
As I touched on earlier, hindsight is an easy thing to apply, so to be honest, given how close RP and Samizdat were in the market, I probably should have gone for Samizdat.
Looking at the market, I think he actually started favourite… At least based on the way my neighbours reacted when he won.
Regardless, a good return to racing for Regal Power, but quite simply put, he was beaten by the more rock hard fit runner.
Crazy Craig’s Tip Of The Day
LAYING Bivouac in the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington- LAY SUCCESSFUL
As soon as the rains opened, the money came for Exceedance, who did of course comfortably beat Bivouac back in August on a deadset bog at Rosehill, before the Godolphin colt beat him twice in September, including the Golden Rose.
Fast forward to Derby Day, and Exceedance, having been kept fresh for the race (Along with Libertini), absolutely thrived on the slop, and thanks a very nice ride from Dwayne Dunn, was the fresh horse on the scene, and grabbed the tiring Bivouac with 100 to go and secured a lifetime of free equine sex with Vinery Stud.
Another really nice performance from Bivouac, who comfortably spaced every other 3YO aside from Libertini, but like so many horses, he just couldn’t avoid the wrath of the Boy From Bairnsdale.
So after the Spring 3YO battles, Bivouac and Exceedance finished 2-2.
Bivouac was 2-0 on dry tracks.
Exceedance was 2-0 on wet tracks.
If Sydney turns into the wet shitheap it usually becomes in the Autumn, then I reckon we’ll see quite a few more great battles between the colts.
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