The 15th Best Favourite Backing Guide in Australia
In another weird week in the great game, the Warwick Farm midweek meeting was cancelled due to the COVID situation in south-west Sydney, the first Australian meeting lost due to COVID-19 in some 4 months, Jungle Edge returned a positive sample from his weekend win at Caulfield, and we had the sad news about the passing of two fantastic multiple Group 1 winning horses:
Reigning Memsie Stakes winner, and 2016 Railway winner Scales Of Justice died on Thursday morning, after a heart attack during an exercise at Warrnambool beach, and today, the great cult hero CHIEF DE BEERS, THE KING OF DOOMBEN passed away after a great knock, aged 28.
Another great Queensland cult hero in the same company of Vo Rogue – All 20 of Chief’s wins came at Doomben, he won the coveted Doomben 10,000 twice, and after retirement, served in the Queensland Police for well over a decade, helping slightly restore their shattered reputation after Fitzgerald did his work.
I recall reading Melbourne Cup winner Black Knight following a similar career path post-racing, albeit with the Victorian Police.
Anyway, this weekend is a big one up in North Queensland, with it being Rockhampton Cup weekend, with the Cup run this afternoon and won by favourite Absolut Artie and the Rocky Newmarket to come tomorrow, further south in Ipswich its the Eye Liner and the Gai Waterhouse Classic, and in Wait Awhile, it’s the Belmont Classic.
You probably didn’t even know that existed until just then.
South Pacific (No.5, Barrier 8) in Race 5 at Flemington, 2:20pm AEST
2800m Flemington 1849 (Quality Handicap)
Trainers: Maher & Eustace, Hoop: D.Oliver, 59kg
Yes, I’m all set to once again start punting at Flemington, and doesn’t my snazzy new suit for the races look tremendous.
I’m considering going for a pair of red gloves in the future.
Considering I included North Pacific last week and had success, it’s only fitting that I complete this rare opportunity for a comedic double act by going for South Pacific, made famous by the Thunderbirds, and Rodgers and Hammerstein.
Apparently the money is on for South Pacific, having gone from $6.50 into $4, on the basis that he’ll improve by at least 6 lengths off running 9th in his first Australian run.
I sense a nice old milkshaking to use to my advantage.
Handspun (No.4, Barrier 7) in Race 6 at Randwick (Kenso), 2:40pm AEST
1400m Sky Racing Active Handicap
Trainer: James Cummings, Hoop: Tommy Berry, 55.5kg
In a week where Wayne Hawkes had a go about Sydney tracks being perennial bogs, we’re back on the Randwick Kensington track on a Heavy 9, which wasn’t an issue for Handspun a fortnight ago, when the mare jumped awkwardly, but in a very nice piece of riding, Tommy Berry sent her straight up the guts, got clear with a fair old hip and shoulder, and she had Crystal Breeze on toast with 100m to go, and won very well.
It was so emphatic that Crystal Breeze got scratched for this, out of what I can only assume was fear of getting thumped again.
Prior to that, Handspun ran 2nd to the in-form Adelong at Rosehill in her first run, then never had a chance 2nd Up when she got held up for a furlong and ran 3rd, which was followed by the aforementioned win.
This is a step-up from 78 to 88, but I would give her every chance of handling the rise in class based on that win, and if I could name an obvious danger, it’s Man Of Peace with the 3-kilo claim, who is the obvious class runner of the field.
The Piss Poor Perth Punting Part
Damn sad to hear about what happened to Scales Of Justice… Lindsey Smith has had some fine horses win Group 1s – Old Comrade won 3, Plastered demolished Savabeel in a VRC Derby, but for consistency, ‘Chopper’ was probably the best of them.
And, he should’ve been a 3x Group 1 winner himself, only for Douglas Whyte to forget where the Ascot finishing post was in the 2016 Kingston Town.
Still, racing is a strange game – Smith had 4 winners at Northam yesterday, and he’s got Chantrea as a dominant favourite in the Belmont Classic going for a perfect 6 from 6 starts.
Not To Be Mist (No.5, Barrier 9) in Race 7 at Belmont, 3:15pm AWST (5:35)
1600m 78+ Rating Handicap
Trainer: Adam Durrant, Hoop: William Pike 56.5kg
If the ever consistent grey Not To Be Mist is going to sniff a win this Winter, it’s this Saturday, 3rd Up at the mile.
I included him on this very website just on a month ago when he was 1st Up, and the lack of race fitness probably did him in during a tough battle with Mankind, while a fortnight ago, he went up against a red hot Showmanship with Pike on his back, and while Showmanship put daylight on the field, the grey fought on well for a clear 2nd, despite casting his off-fore plate.
Even with Pike now able to get back aboard the grey in the Oakland Park/Northerly silks, he’ll probably go back to last again, and just to keep reeling us back in, he’ll run an eye-catching 2nd while Fred Dag wins.
I can feel it in my loins.
Long Beach (No.9, Barrier 14) in Race 10 at Belmont, 4:55pm AWST (6:55)
1000m Crown Perth Handicap
Trainers: Grant & Alana Williams, Hoop: William Pike, 56kg
Always good for a laugh.
With the weather we’ve had in Perth, I’d expect there to be horses peeling out 3 and 4 wide in the straight on the wet track, which might work out for Long Beach, given he’s a certainty to get dragged back to the rear.
Crazy Craig’s Tip Of The Day
LAYING Sircconi (No.1, Barrier 11) in Race 7 at Flemington, 3:40pm AEST
1600m James Dunbar’s Flemington Inn (Handicap)
Trainer: Nick Ryan, Jockey: Daniel Stackhouse, 62kg
Hello hello again friends, it’s Crazy Craig, the Boy from Bairnsdale, and after I successfully crossed into New South Wales before the border closure, I had to rush STRAIGHT BACK TO BAIRNSDALE due to personal circumstances….
Crazy Colin had smuggled his way into my fridge!
He claimed it was because he was thirsty!
It goes to show that Victoria isn’t in a state of disarray, it’s THE State Of Disarray!
So with that in mind, I’ve been forced back to Phlegmington, where I’m not confident about the Winter Championship winner Sircconi.
Yes, he won that race in style, but he got plenty of favours his way that Saturday, and this time around, he jumps 6 kilos on the run to lump 62 over the mile, and that spells DANGER!
I may be wrong every week, but you can’t break my spirit!
SIRCCONI – My LAY. OF. THE. DAY.
I’m Crazy Craig, and that’s why they call me Craaaaazy Craig!
Finally this week… only in Queensland.
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