Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 20th June

Another Patrick Payne winner… with a Cherry Tortoni on top.

Bloody oath, what a day.

My wild selections netted 2 winners in the morning, the Warriors knifed Stephen Kearney a month into the NRL restart (Turns out losing to Souths was the catalyst), then Connor McKenna became the first Bomber to test positive to something since 2013, almost destroying the AFL season.

So 2 out of 4 today, and if there was one thing I buggered up, it was dropping Milk Man (Who won at Doomben) to go for another laughable quinella attempt at Belmont for Kay Cee and Laverrod… Which failed at the final hurdle.

On another note, if you want to see the daily eye-popping result, here’s the dividends from Race 7 (The feature Creswick Stakes) at Flemington.

Front Page won at $10/3.20, Hi Stranger was 2nd at $41/7.50, Merited 3rd at $41/7.50, and Alburq ran 4th at $18/4.50


Cherry Tortoni in Race 2 at Flemington – WINNER

WITH A CHERRY ON TOP.

Forget about Freedman-Oliver, is Billy Egan & Patrick Payne the greatest combination in the history of Australian sport, let alone Australian racing?

What an absolute cruise for Egan – Stuck to the outside, you could see he was absolutely motoring at the 400m in clear running, and then he just said ‘Goodbye’ as they passed the Clock Tower.

Another winner for Chalk Eaters Hall of Famer P.Payne, and that was Egan’s second winner from the first 2 races at Headquarters, putting him on 96 Victorian winners for 2019/20, which he’ll stay on for at least a week, because he had a backdated suspension for breaching whip rules last week.


Mount Popa in Race 4 at Randwick – WINNER

Darren Flindell said it best.

MOUNT POPA IS ERUPTING.

A semi-decent European stayer against Winter horses.

Apparently the punters saw that one coming.

The other enjoyable part was Mount Popa keeping Elaborate 3-wide most of the race, and then using him to get an outside run in the straight, just to rub it in to the only horse who stood a hope of beating the favourite.

That was part two of a cracking day for Tommy Berry, who booted home a lazy four winners, including getting the previously useless Agassi home in Race 8.

Bravo Tommy, you gave the favourite the ride it deserved.


Kay Cee and Laverrod to QUINELLA the Belmont Guineas – 1st and 3rd

Where the hell did Cambist come from?

She hasn’t run since winning over 2200m on bloody Anzac Day, she was well short of her best distance, and yet, was still good enough to split (And almost beat) the two horses who were the only logical chances of winning.

Anyway, my fears on Friday were confirmed.

Laverrod couldn’t quite run the 1600m at his first go at the trip, which may have been down to the fact that he’s probably ready for a winter in the barn.

But, on the other hand, Kay Cee did get the job done, so here’s another performance from her, accompanied by the Sunshine Band, and I think you’ll find it’s more than appropriate.


Western Pride in Race 8 at Belmont – PRICE IS RIGHT LOSERS HORN.

The perfect sound for any shattering loss

That, uh….

That did not work out well for anyone.

The only two runners within single figures (Gates Of Babylon was the other) simply didn’t run things out, and Power Of St George, who I backed at Ascot during March and watched him be a moral beaten, ended up kicking back in a tough fought to defeat Proconsent, as the previously unbeaten Western Pride had her bubble thumped with a sledgehammer, weakening out to finish stone motherless.

Certainly not a race I’ll be remembering anytime soon.


The Cheetah’s Tip Of The Day


“Order of Command can’t win with 62kg” – Correct, ran 3rd in Race 9 at Flemington

Fancy that, The Cheetah actually got some mail that wasn’t fraudulent.

Still, if you ask me, the weight wasn’t an issue for Order Of Command.

The issue was he got squeezed for room at vital stages in the finish, and it proved the difference as Prezado and eventual winner I Am Someone were in clear running either side of the favourite, and were able to establish enough of a break to Danny O’Brien’s gelding, who finished a length behind the winner for Paul Preusker.

Once again, to the shock the world, a warning from The Cheetah was correct.

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