Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 11th April

Bossy – Best afield today at Randwick

I learned a new phrase today, courtesy of Brett Moody calling Race 4 at Charleville, clearly relishing getting on Sky 1 for the first time in an age.

“He’s going up and down like an Olivetti typewriter.”

Well, 5 ml of rain was enough to turn Randwick into the tradition autumn quagmire (It was a Heavy 8), and thanks to near blinding rain, Caulfield once again favoured the frontrunners, causing many a blowout.

The tracks at The Heath have been so biased that they quite literally made me pine for Death Valley.

Anyway, it was a reasonably good Easter Saturday, and if Greg Radley is to be believed, the Queen Elizabeth was broadcast to 60 countries, most notably Japan, where they apparently backed Danon Premium into $1.60 on the JRA Tote.

That means 60 countries potentially had to experience the horrors of the Sky Thoroughbred Central coverage.

We’re sorry.

In places not named Sydney, Tuscan Queen delivered another Peters romp in the WATC Derby (That’s an Oaks-Derby double), and the race records for the Cerise and White Trinity pretty much sum up WA racing.

Willy Pike now leads everyone with 9 WA Derby wins, Grant Williams (With Alana) now has 8 wins – 6 of them with Pikey – And Bob & Sandra Peters have owned 8 of the last 10 winners.

That must be one hell of a retirement fund.


Colette in the Australian Oaks at Randwick – WINNER

Here’s another crazy coincidence:

The Trifecta of the Tulloch backed up a week later and ran the Trifecta in the Derby, in the same order.

The Trifecta of the Adrian Knox backed up a week later and ran the Trifecta in the Oaks…. in the same order.

Hindsight tells us year’s form references for the staying classics were not in either of the Rosehill G1s – It was the horses with the run in the legs.

Anyway, that was superb stuff from Bossy – Used the barrier to sit forward, sat as quiet as a church mouse as Stick ‘Em Up took off mid-race, and then just demolished everyone in the straight.

It was the highlight on a huge day for Bossy – A Group 2 win in the Percy Sykes, and he took out a pair of Group 1s – First it was the Oaks, and then Etah James in the camel race known as the Sydney Cup, which gave him the coveted Nathan Berry Medal as the best rider of The Championships.

Go get ’em tonight, Bossy.


Profit in Race 7 at Doomben – 2nd

Profit on the outside in the Tan Chin Nam silks

It looked for so long like Profit would be able to cut down the runaway leader Shalwa.

He did eventually pass the runaway leader – All of 100m past the post.

Based on the head on, it appears Profit only has himself to blame – First he laid in for what looked like 100m, then he spent the final 150m laying out racing alongside Red Chase.

That said, it appears all of the Trifecta horses laid out in the last furlong, so it was no wonder none of them changed positions.

Anyway, if you took Profit, you’ve experienced a Deficit.


Danon Premium in the Queen Elizabeth at Randwick – 3rd

All in all, I thought it was a very good run from the Japanese gun, but the Heavy 8 really proved the difference between him (and every other horse) and Addeybb.

His trainer Willy Haggas and assistant Harry Eustace (Brother of David) wanted at least at least a Soft 7 for the Soap Dodger, and after they came up with a Heavy 8 in the morning, the confidence showed when the stream of mug money came flying in and propelled him above Danon in the market.

As we know, that was spot on.

If anything, Danon’s class got him 3rd (Despite being out of his ground), only getting beaten by 2 proven Heavy trackers (Verry Elleegant ran 2nd), but there was no stopping Addeybb.


Celebrity Queen in Race 10 at AscotWINNER

Turns out it was a good day for the Queens at Ascot – Tuscan Queen romps away with another Peters Derby, and Celebrity Queen provides everyone with some vintage ‘Pike In The Last’ material.

It was just like the Tuscan Queen ride – She was was the best horse in the race, and Pike did pretty well to get 3 back off the fence to keep her in clear air, and after they hit the turn, it was straight to 7th gear.

Turns out, the market was spot on – Favourite 1st, and 2nd Favourite Cryptic Love was in for an easy 2nd.

Nice, Garry.


LAYING Untamed in Race 1 at Randwick – FAIL

For 1599m, Crazy Craig was correct.

And then they hit the line.

You could sum up Craig’s mood with an Australian Crawl line.

“Not a very happy way to start the day.”

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