Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 18th April

And after the blowout in the last, let’s take a look at the Caulfield Quaddie:

A lazy $202,402.30 on Super TAB.

The bookmakers have given society another paddling today – Caulfield was a massacre, Love From Lucy won at 101/1 in Adelaide, Outback Snow won on debut at 100/1 at glorious Coonabarabran (Over the evn-money favourite)… Other than that, it was business as usual.

For me, what summed up how wild this afternoon panned out was that So Si Bon, who hadn’t won in some 10 runs, ended up starting favourite, and won, joining the great Jumbo Ozaki is one of only two favourites to win at The Heath.


Rubisaki in the JHB Carr Stakes at Randwick – WINNER

Rubisaki gave weight to everyone except La Tene (Who is a camel), she also had to carry the weight of hundreds of thousands of multi tickets (Which were promptly burned when Pippie lost), and yet…

She still GOT. IT. DONE.

A perfect preparation as the picket fence grows to 6 wins, and I believe the filly now qualifies to enter the coveted Chalk Eaters Hall of Fame as a ‘Legend’, for repeated great performances as a betting favourite.

In fact, she’ll be an inaugural inductee, alongside Patrick Payne, and by gee by jingo by cricket, she’s earned it.


Shared Ambition in the JRA Plate at Randwick – 3rd

It’s fair to say that the barriers have made the difference when you look at the placings.

Greysful Glamour and Shared Ambition both jumped from the extreme outside barriers, but they were still good enough put in huge efforts (In completely opposite manners) to run 2nd and 3rd, but the winner Life Less Ordinary drew the fence, saved ground and ultimately used it to full advantage.

Still, a huge beaten effort from Shared Ambition after spotting the grey a solid 15 lengths, rattling off the final furlong in 11.65 (Easily the best of the race), to go with running the fastest final 600m of the race in 34.61.

Chris Waller’s comments seem to provide a fair summary

“We set him an impossible task.”

“Some days it works, some days it doesn’t… When you see the leader kicking like it did, it showed there was no speed in the race and it has just been narrowly beaten.”  

And that’s all we have to say about that.


Wings Of Pastrami in the Schweppervescence Stakes at Morphetville – 4th

Not an awful run by any stretch from Wings, who won’t be renamed Winx Of Pastrami anytime soon, but of course I back a horse to get a place… And it runs 4th.

To quote the man known as ‘Fourth’ at the Waterford TAB..

****ing 4th AGAIN!

And, to don my Post Race Expert hat, I should’ve waited for One More Jack to extend the picket fence to 6 wins in the last.

Things are so much easier in hindsight.


Ocean’s Fifteen in Race 10 at Ascot – 7th

I haven’t felt that miffed watching an Ocean’s since Ocean’s Eight.

That sums up the day for me – Ocean’s Fifteen gets backed into a well-supported $2.40 favourite, Noske randomly decides to go hammer and tongs for the lead, leaving us all to see the marvellous sight of a favourite under hard riding at the halfway mark.

Of a 1400m race.

Well, that’s racing.


Crazy Craig’s Tip Of The Day


LAYING Quick Tinker in the Frank Packer Plate at Randwick – SUCCESS

The Crazy Craig army seemed to strike with a venegance, as Quick Thinker got the blows from $2.50 to $4.60 as the track dried to a Good 4, which spelled DOOM in block letters for Quick Thinker, who was hoping for another quagmire.

After settling behind stereotypical Waterhouse-trained leader Entente, Quick Thinker overraced at stages, and was swallowed accordingly, but finished a semi-respectable 5th, having never looked a threat.

So that said, Crazy Craig’s judgement was correct – The Kiwi had one run too many, and Murray Baker showed judgement on a par with Bill Brownless.

As for the winner Kinane, who went from a maiden win straight to a Group 3 romp, well, that’s the best win by Kinane in Australia since Mick Kinane rode Vintage Crop in the 1993 Melbourne Cup.

From what we’ve seen, both Kinanes aren’t too bad at staying.

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