Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide: 11th July

Not Banned From Entering New South Wales

This guy obviously fled across the border

As a sign of how serious things have become in Victoria, not only can Victorian horses not enter NSW for at least 6 weeks, RV had to move the Sunday Ballarat meeting to Moonee Valley.

Forcibly locking down Melbourne residents for their own safety is one thing, but then making everyone else punt at Caulfield, followed by a very wet Valley the next day?

It’s one of the worst human rights breaches ever seen.

In other news, 81 Aquanita horses are up for disqualification, including 2015 Group 1 winner Politeness, David Hayes officially handed in his Victorian training license ahead of the Hong Kong move, Sixties Groove carried 61 kilos to win the Grafton Cup – The most weight to win the race in 86 years – and Richie Callander was appointed head of the New South Wales Trainers Association, and like many people, I think he’ll be a great appointment, especially helping trainers when they have to sell horses to Honkers.

As for the action on Saturday, it’s black type action galore – The Winter Stakes at Rosehill, the Group 3 John Monash Stakes at Coronafield, and at Corbould Park, it’s the inaugural renamed Winx Guineas, formerly the Sunshine Coast Guineas, and the obvious reason is that the 2015 edition was the first of her 33 consecutive victories…. And she did it from stone motherless.

There’s something about the Cassidy boys riding winners from over the top.


North Pacific (No.2, Barrier 1) in Race 1 at Rosehill, 11:35am WEST

1100m Darley 2YO Handicap

Trainer(s): John, Michael & Wayne Hawkes, Hoop: Koby Jennings, 57kg

The sequel to Rodgers and Hammerstein’s acclaimed musical South Pacific, comes the well-backed Hawkes 2-year-old:

Flawless MS Paint work.

It feels like so long ago, but South North Pacific debuted in the Silver Slipper back in February, and in the biggest example of throwing something in the deep end since the Titanic went down, he ran a credible 3rd to Farnan, who later went one better than a Silver Slipper by winning the Golden Slipper a month later.

That Silver Slipper the Colt’s only run to date, and I’d contend that it’s the A1 formline for the race, for the simple presence of the eventual Golden Slipper winner.

It was also on a Soft track, which is pretty much the default setting for Sydney tracks, and it will be for the next several weeks, judging by the BOM forecasts.

The Hawkes camp apparently rate him, his recent trial ahead of the comeback looked very good, so once again, what could go wrong.


Kisukano (No.1, Barrier 8) in Race 1 at the Sunny Coast, 12:18pm AEST

1000m Bruce McLachlan Classic (2YO Handicap)

Trainer: Michael Nolan, Hoop: Mark ‘Faf’ du Plessis, 60.5kg

Another 2-year-old bet?

Yep – I’m BRAZEN!

Before we begin, I should clear up that Mick Nolan was not named in tribute to the late Galloping Gasometer from North Melbourne… He’s just the nephew of the late Basil Nolan.

Sellers not bothering to look out for the Galloping Gasometer

Back in March at the Gold Coast, in the feature QTIS Jewel, Kisukano did what no other horse has done in human history.

She knocked off a certain Rothfire, who subsequently pissed in every other 2YO race during the Brisbane Autumn, culminating in his effortless Group 1 JJ Atkins win.

And it wasn’t just the shock of Rothfire getting rolled…. the filly won it pulling away by 2 lengths.

Now THAT is another A1 form reference.

On class alone, and based on a Toowoomba trial, the favourite should be winning, but there are the obvious concerns – She does have to contend with 60 kilos 1st Up, and it is a 2-year-old race, so, as I love stating before imminent disaster..

WHAT COULD GO WRONG?


Aberdeen Queen (No.1, Barrier 12) in Race 3 at Belmont, 1:22pm AWST (3:22)

1600m Tabtouch Westspeed Platinum Handicap

Trainer: Lindsey Smith, Hoop: Jarrad Noske, 59.5kg

Like most people concerned for their well-being, I’ll be staying well clear of Caulfield tomorrow… not because it’s full of disease, but because it’s Caulfield.

So there’s your answer as to why I once again didn’t tip in Melbourne.

Meantime, I believe there’s only one possible answer as to who could be the Aberdeen Queen.

Annie Lennox.

Thorn In My Side – A tribute to Caulfield Racecourse.

Moving from Eurythmics to a filly with 4 wins from 6 starts, Abderdeen Queen is well and truly on the up, rattling off 4 wins from her last 5 starts, and high weights are seemingly water off a duck’s back, given she won last start carrying the very same 59.5kg (By an easy 3.5L), and her previous 2 wins saw her carry 58.5 and 59.5.

Still, if weight can bring down Phar Lap, it can bring down anyone.

Having gone out to the mile last start, the filly stays there again, Noske stays on, but if weight isn’t an issue, then the barrier may very well be, given she’s drawn 13, which is no better than starting from the banks of the Swan at Belmont, but if she can get cover, then I’d expect nothing less than a Top 3 finish.


The Random Late Afternoon Perth Section

Book-ending the day of feature racing across Australia is the Listed Beaufine Stakes for the sprinters…. although there’s also the random appearance of the former Perth Cup winner Material Man in the 2200m Swan River Vase, a race worth absolutely nothing in the grand scheme of things, and Windstorm will have a crack at going to 5 wins from 6 starts in Race 5.

Fair to say we’re all low flying over here.


Essential Spice (No.8, Barrier 4) in the Beaufine Stakes, 4:20pm AWST (6:20)

1000m Listed Handicap (90+ Rating)

Trainers: Dan & Ben Pearce, Hoop: William Pike, 54kg


Posh Spice.

Sporty Spice.

Scary Spice.

Baby Spice.

Ginger Spice.

Old Spice.

Essential Spice.


Crazy Craig’s Tip Of The Day

Crazy’s musical hint: Farewell Ennio Morricone


LAYING Varda (No.5, Barrier 10) in Race 5 at Rosehill, 1:55pm AEST

1100m Ranvet Handicap (Fillies & Mares BM78)

Trainer: James Cummings, Jockey: Jason Collett, 56kg

Greetings once again mates and sheilas, it’s Crazy Craig, the Boy From Bairnsdale, and you don’t need me to tell you that it’s been an EVEN CRAZIER week than the last, but I’m seeing a positive, because now Crazy Colin can’t steal my beer!

As they say knackers, WHEN LIFE GIVES YOU LEMONS!

With all this outbreak across Victoria, I was straight on the phone to my Perth contact Mr Alfonse, trying to see if I could smuggle myself across the Nullarbor in search of a better life, but I reckon that McGowan bloke was phone tapping me, because he said NO!

So with that in mind, I was straight in the truck to Sydney as a diseased riddled political refugee, and my eyeballs are firmly planted on Rosehill this Saturday, because guess what – I’m taking on another favourite!

Varda did score a very big win at the Canterbury midweek a fortnight ago, but I HAVE MY DOUBTS HERE!

She led all the way on that occasion, but it was a Heavy Canterbury track that was playing very favourably to leaders, and tomorrow, it’s obviously a tougher race going up in class, and she gets a wider gate, meaning there’s a good chance she won’t get everything her own way!

$3.20 is short for a midweek champion, but I’ve turned being wrong into an art form for several decades, so to Jim Cummings and the Blue Team – YOU’RE ON!

VARDA – My LAY. OF. THE. DAY.

I’m Crazy Craig, and that’s why they call me Craaaaaaazy Craig!

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