As the least enjoyable Slipper day in history ran on, we received some devastating news – The Gambler himself, Kenny Rogers, has carked it.
Kenny always knew when to walk away and when to run, and clearly, the 20th of March, 2020, was that time.
It felt like a fairly stock standard Golden Slipper, and it certainly followed the pattern of the past 3 years – The winner goes to the lead, and gives nothing else a hope.
It really hasn’t been a great Autumn for fair tracks.
Farnan and Hughie Bowman were the smart buggers this year, becoming the first Colt to win the race since Capitalist in 2016, and there was a piece of history, as Gai Waterhouse finally overtook her old man TJ Smith to claim the outright record of 7 Slipper victories.
I imagine that record will be good for another 10-20 years at the very least.
Mugatoo in Race 2 at Rosehill – 2nd
Not much else McEvoy could do there – He gave Mugatoo every chance, but like everyone who didn’t back Young Rascal, he got a fair old taste of Tommy Marquand and William Haggas, who had been sitting at Canterbury plugging away for weeks, waiting for the perfect time to strike with his imports.
He picked a great day to do it – 2 runners and he picked up 2 Group wins.
Fortunately for me, that wasn’t the only winner Tom rode today!
Addeybb in the G1 Ranvet Stakes at Rosehill – WINNER
I talked up Tom ‘The Pom’ Marquand up in the Chalk Eaters, and he delivered immensely.
That win managed to keep me afloat today – Apparently I was one of a few.
It was a tense race – A fight between the Soap Dodgers and the Sheep Shaggers (James McDonald & Chris Waller with Verry Elleegant), and the Kiwi mare actually got a head in front and looked set to deadset cruise past the Soap Dodger, but in a superb display of strength, Marquand eeked every bloody bit of ability out of Addeybb, and if you ask me, the staying blood shone through.
In the process, the pair of them absolutely brained 3rd placed Avilius by 5L.
That was also Tom’s first career Group 1 win – It’ll be a shame to see him go back to the UK in the future, because in two stints in Australia in 2019 & 20, he’s turned riding double figure winner into an artform.
Apparently Addeybb’s ‘Grand Final’ is the Sydney Cup – If this a warm-up, then bloody oath, it was a good one.
Te Akau Shark in The George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill – 3rd
Talk about hilarious – I pick Dreamforce in the Chipping Norton, and Te Akau Shark wins.
Now I pick the Shark in the George Ryder, and Dreamforce wins.
The pair of bloody eunuchs.
No idea what was going through Opie’s head – One minute he was travelling easily one off the fence midfield, and then he was 3 wide under hard riding, and realising the race was bordering on toast thanks to Dreamforce reducing things to a crawl.
What can you do.
Regal Counsel in Race 8 at Ascot – 4th
That’s amazing – Sitting in the Top 3 the entire race, well ridden all the way by Pateman, eyeballing Sophie’s Song for the minors as Red Can Man flew to victory…. and then Pym’s Royale managed to nut the stablemate out of the placings on the post in a 3 way go.
I know a certain character at the Waterford TAB (Abbreviated name FFA) who’d have seen that race and shouted “****ing fourth again!” at the top of his lungs at they hit the line.
Anyway, I regret nothing.
Crazy Craig’s Tip of the Day
LAYING Pierata in The Galaxy at Rosehill – CORRECT
The big weight told in the end – Pierata never looked a chance in the straight, and ultimately made up late ground for 5th.
Neither did Cosmic Force for that matter, even with the light weight – Despite getting backed into a $3.40 favourite, something went badly wrong, and he finished 2nd last.
In the wash-up, the race turned into another Rosehill blowout – The lightweights came charging through in a driving finish, and it was I Am Excited on the inside who gave Warwick Farm trainer David Pfieffer (No relation to Michelle) his first Group 1 win.
The First 4 paid $126,891.60… If you don’t mind umpire.
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