Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 22nd February

Well, Caulfield was consistent today.


If you were no more than 2 wide from the fence, you were running in quicksand painted like grass.

For a major meeting with 3 Group 1s, that track was, as the Germans would say, shizenhouzen.

Take a look at Tim Clark’s ride on Hanseatic in the Blue Diamond – Absolutely perfect ride under the circumstances (Replacing Luke Currie who had a fall at the Valley last night) – And yet, thanks to the quicksand that was disguised as the outside lanes, he couldn’t pass a very determined Tagaloa.

A better track, and a $2.70 shot probably wins like one.

Anyway, the form from Melbourne will have a big fat question mark, the quaddie payed $17,473, and in other news, they got 4,000 to Kangaroo Island – What a turnout!

White Moss in The Millie Fox Stakes at Rosehill – 2nd

In the end, that race went pretty much as expected – Savatiano was the best backed runner, and despite concerns about the ground, quite simply gave everyone an arse-whipping.

White Moss gave herself every possible hope on the speed, but Savatiano was just too good with an uninterrupted run.

Turns out the greys did eventually thrive on the wet track, but it was in Race 5, when Grey Worm beat home Spending To Win, and Grey Shadow completed the seldom seen grey trifecta.

Greys in the wet – Sometimes it’s correct.

Bivouac in the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield – 6th

As soon as I saw Willow having to go 8 back and 8 wide, Bivouac was about to suffer the same fate as so many Caulfield hotpots today.

The Oakleigh followed the pattern of the day – Pippie easily got the lead, and with Meech as happy as a pig in shit in that kind of situation, streaked away to hand John Meagher a Group 1 win he probably hasn’t had since What A Nuisance won the 1985 Melbourne Cup.

Would you like to know what the First 4 payed on TABTouch?


Emerald Kingdom in Race 9 at Eagle Farm – WINNER

Really nice to watch – Shalwa kicked up underneath him at the jump, then he got eyeballed the entire way by second-favourite Boomtown Lass, but The Fraddster knew exactly what he had underneath him, and beat her off like a professional in the last 200.

For a 6 year old, he’s only raced 11 times for 6 wins – 5 of them in a row.

The picket fence continues to grow longer, and he’s more than earned a shot at a Listed race – Rob Heathcote probably agrees.

Tommy Blue in Race 8 at Ascot – WINNER

Bloody oath, Smokin’ Joe smoked the crap out of everyone with that ride.

Smashed in the betting, and then made a really positive move to take the lead after pinging the lids, and quite simply thumped that lot of plodders with sustained speed.

The track may have helped, but this time around, I couldn’t give two hoots.

The only mistake I ended up making with the pick was that ‘he’ is a a filly.

Tommy was the best maiden in WA.

Not anymore.

Crazy Craig’s Tip Of The Day

LAYING Cradle Mountain in Race 8 at Rosehill – SUCCESSFUL

Well, Crazy Craig ended up being very very correct – Cradle Mountain hit the drift big time, meaning Ken’s Dream started favourite, and as soon as they hit the turn for home – The Mountain collapsed.

The stayer Master Of Wine, who had been extremely well supported on the day (12-1 into 6-1) coasted straight past him, and claimed a very easy (And impressive) win, which bodes extremely well for the Autumn.

The alcoholics of Australia have a horse to rally behind.

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