Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 16th May

Apparently it was $215 on Betfair

Just before I begin, I best send out a happy birthday to Reg, aka Sunny, my former FootyTips colleague and regular reader of the Chalk Eaters, hope you had a good day.

Well, after last week’s spectacular failure, I’ve hit back as only a Chalk Eater can.

With a $1.80 winner.

I was half-tempted to include King Of Leogrance as the Flemington tip, considering every mug and their dog was on him.

He still got rolled, but it would’ve gone slightly better than picking Rupture.

The definition of horses for courses – Oceanex at Flemington.

Another thing I had in mind was picking Ranier (Who ended up easily winning the Luskin Star) and making an edited version of the Garnier logo to say “Take Care – Ranier”, which never really got past the drawing board, thanks to that leaf.

Fituese in The Denise’s Joy Stakes at Rosehill – WINNER

The filly with the same ownership as Rubisaki was absolutely hammered as if she was Rubisaki, and it turned out she could very well have been Rubisaki, because she won like a deadset jet.

A ride like that is precisely why Rachel King was inducted into the Chalk Eaters Hall Of Fame – Great services to favourite backers nationwide.

The barriers probably did the trick – Fituese jumped from 3 and did absolutely no work to land one-off the fence, whereas Aquatine was drawn out in 12 and did a bit of work to reach the front, which probably told in the end, despite Aquatine fighting on pretty well for 2nd.

But, a very nice win, and Fituese has definitely got half a hope for the future.

Rupture in Race 7 at Flemington *BUZZER SOUND* (8th)

You know why Rupture got rolled?

Because I wrote WINNER in the draft for this segment.

The early crow struck again, although I didn’t actually realise I’d done it until I went to write up this segment after Rupture suddenly did the equivalent of suffering a puncture at the 300m.

It appears the post-race vet inspection on Rupture could provide us with a plausible explanation as to how the shortie could get dropped in such a sudden manner.

Harbour Views in the R.A. Lee Stakes at Morphetville – 3rd

Let’s take a look back at my comment in the Chalk Eaters:

If thatโ€™s the level of competition Harbour Views is facing tomorrow, well, I thoroughly look forward to a 70-1 shot beating everyone.

I was only slightly off on that one.

It was actually a 135-1 shot.

Harbour Views wasn’t awful, but he probably doesn’t have an excuse – Allen kept him out of trouble, then it genuinely looked like he was motoring at the 300m, but after hitting top gear, he probably peaked on the run at the 200m and was run out of 3rd by bloody Chapel City.

South Australia really has turned into the home of the despised outsider.

This is John Allen’s comments:

“He ran well… I would have liked to settle a pair closer, but he moved up to win turning for home but just peaked on his run.”

Speaking of Seabrook, that is the most Seabrook performance I’ve ever seen.

Still winless for 2 years, gets in at 53kg, beats off her main rival, and has nothing but daylight between her and the post…



Well, that might be my last visit to South Australia for a small period of time.

Festival Miss in Race 9 at Ascot – 2nd (Technically correct)

Now I do believe that I mentioned I was picking Festival Miss each way at the mighty quote of $4.20/1.60.

Considering she ran on for 2nd, that technically counts as a tick.

Still, no regrets or excuses – Festival Miss had every chance of winning, but Laverrod just had the better run behind that white hot speed, and rather emphatically added the exclamation mark to a grand day out for the Caseys.

Vega Magic’s return to WA was a tear-jerking win in Roma Cup, and half-an-hour later, the little Rockhampton Rocket wins Ascot Horse of the Year at the last gasp, overtaking Derby winner Tuscan Queen.

The criteria was simply whoever took out the most wins at Ascot, and his 4 was apparently enough.

Pretty good effort for a 3YO that was still a maiden 4 days before Christmas.

Crazy Craig’s Tip of the Day

LAYING Santa Ana Lane in The Goodwood at Morphetville – CORRECT (6th)

Santa underwent a vet check after being fractious in the barriers, which didn’t stop him from his usual teasing effort, in this case, flying home for 6th.

Not exactly your most daring lay Craig, but correct nonetheless.

Aside from Santa, Sunlight also gave nothing again – She really is racing like a mare ready for the barn.

Still, that was a cracking finish to the race – Gytrash looked like he was going to absolutely sail to victory when he struck the front 200m out, but with the aid of a cushy run on the rail, Trekking’s Group 1 ability shone through with a well-timed ride from Johnny Allen.

John Allen had a fair old time in SA – He won the Sires Produce, Adelaide Guineas, the SA Derby, and the Goodwood.

Couldn’t win Race 7 though.

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