Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 6th June

Rothfire – The only one in the frame for the JJ Atkins

Well, my decision to Classique Legend to Opacity did pay dividends…..

Although, it would’ve worked out better if I’d tipped them both!

An extremely successful day out – 2 winners + the easiest quinella of the year with Kay Cee and Laverrod, and he only blemish was Masaff, who wasn’t disgraced in running 2nd by a length…

To a horse who hadn’t won for 20 months.

Meanwhile, Rothfire pulled Crazy Craig’s pants down in the JJ Atkins, despite spending most of the race under a blowtorch, further underlining his serious quality, and the Stradbroke has a reputation for throwing up a crazy result, and the Edmonds-trained Tyzone, who narrowly lost to Trekking in 2019, went one better this year and ran over the top of Madame Rouge in a superb ending.

The first Queenslander to win the biggest race in the Sunshine State since River Lad in 2014, and to cap it off, Tyzone smashed the Eagle Farm 1400m record with a 1.20.43.

All they needed was a pandemic to buck the trend.


Masaff in Race 6 at Flemington – 2nd

You know, I’m glad my only defeat happened at the first attempt, because I’ve had Saturdays where I’ve gone 3/4 and run 2nd in the last leg.

It’s like watching your dreams get tear gassed.

In a race that changed complexion about 3 times by the 400m, Masaff seemed to struggle to find a run after getting shuffled back, and eventually settled behind Chapada, who had already built up a head of steam and sailed in to the lead at the 300m, which was the difference between the horses, as Craig Williams (Who made the right move) simply couldn’t reel in the gap that the one-time VRC Derby favourite had built.

If you needed more proof the world is ending, Chapada winning for the first time since his maiden win at Wangaratta in October 2018 is another example.

I would note something funny – Despite the fact that Chapada and Masaff have similar silks (Purple with stars), they have totally separate ownership groups.

Star Thoroughbred-owned horses (Masaff being one) have a white cap, and Chapada races in Mike Moroney’s Ballymore/Gee Gee Equine silks, who always carry a purple cap.


Opacity in Race 9 at Randwick – WINNER

On a Randwick track that stayed a Soft 7, despite the jockeys all declaring it was a genuine heavy, the swoopers were all flying down the outside rail, a time-honoured tactic at Headquarters, and in this case, the wide gate for Opacity played perfectly into the hands of Hughie Bowman.

He sat next to last, giving himself enough room to peel wide on the turn + get a cart into the race, and the race-winning move came by following Word for Word out wide, and without breaking stride, the favourite managed to split the eventual runner-up and Orcein at the 200m, powering home over the top of the Waller-trained runners.

He payed $4.40 in the end… When you consider this guide is all about backing runners at tomato sauce odds, that’s the equivalent of a $20 winner.


Kay Cee and Laverrod Quinella in the Raconteur at Belmont – CORRECT (Kay Cee defeated Laverrod)

It looked a cracking two-horse race, and despite a big run from roughie Karijini Aurora in 3rd, it bloody well was.

As expected, Laverrod strolled to the lead and look ominous, but the first-up Kingston Town winner was always lurking in the shadows, having been kept out of danger by Steve Parnham, who for so long was abused by the degenerates of the Waterford TAB as the adopted Parnham child.

Based on today, the adopted Parnham brother was Brad.

Anyway, Laverrod gave one heck of a fight, which you’d expect from a $1.60 favourite, but even he couldn’t stop the irresistible 1st Up run of the filly, who will absolutely start favourite for the Belmont Guineas.

A $1.70 quinella and a $3.30 exacta.

What value!

There’s absolutely no shame in getting beaten a nose by a Group 1 winner.


Western Pride in Race 9 at Belmont – WINNER

FOR THE SECOND WEEK RUNNING, HOIST THE IMAGE OF VICTORY!

Great return to the races, although of all the Peters runners today, it appears Showmanship may have showed a bit of that in his Race 8 romp.


Crazy Craig’s Tip of the Day


LAYING Rothfire in the JJ Atkins – Went as well as the Joh For PM Campaign

It’s been coming for some time, but Crazy Craig will be going on for a well-earned break after being up for 5 months, and into his place comes a very willing associate of ours from the Gold Coast, known simply as…

The Cheetah.

I have a feeling a Chris Waller horse will be going down.

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