Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 18th July

Pike In The Last – It works every time it doesn’t

Fun Fact: Yesterday was my 600th post.

What a way to celebrate by running 3rd and 4th for most of the afternoon, then along comes Sir William with a bag of 5 winners.

Just when it looked like I was going to go home winless, he booted home Long Beach.

Another weird day out – Bandipur won the Eye Liner and Solar Star won the Gai Waterhouse at Ipswich, and North Melbourne premiership coach Denis Pagan was back at Flemington with Johnny Get Angry in the Brierly, fresh off running 3rd at 126/1, and in a show of respect, he started a 6/1 2nd elect behind the clear favourite Alcyone.

I would assume Denis’ instruction to Lachlan King were to park him one out in the goalsquare.

Obviously King didn’t listen to him, because he ended up on the fence, but was good enough to get out and run 2nd to Alycone, who won and won well.

On another note, that Kensington track at Randwick… what an utter disgrace.

Here’s how it went – The first three winners all lead, Le Lude won Race 4 after settling 3rd in the run, Paths Of Glory was parked on the speed in Race 5, Man Of Peace also led and won Race 6, Spaceboy and Madam Legend both led and won Races 7 and 8 respectively, then Zourhea became the only off the speed winner by coming from last to win Race 9, and even them, he only won by a nose.

Do the math – That’s 6 out of 9 outright leaders who won.

If you were any worse 4th in the run, you were better off easing up before the corner.

South Pacific in Race 5 at Flemington – 3rd

Here’s a wild piece of history I failed to mention in the Chalk Eaters – The history behind the Flemington Cup, and the original trophy, crafted by Charles Brentani, which is the oldest known surviving racing trophy awarded in Victoria.

Funnily enough, it was actually created when Victoria was still in New South Wales.

The VRC revived the race for 2020, the 180th anniversary of racing at the site of Flemington, and the Flemington Cup was first run over 2 heats on January 15, 1849, with both being won by Belzoni for his owner James Crook, however it wasn’t actually run at what was then Melbourne Race Course, despite it being inscribed on the trophy.

It was run by Scotsman James Dunbar on open land located 2 kilometres away from current Flemington, adjacent to Dunbar’s Flemington Inn on Mount Alexander Road, opposite to present-day Debney’s Park.

Honouring the history, the 7th race today was James Dunbar’s Flemington Inn.

It was a staying test back then, and it was a staying test at the 2800m today, and as I predicted, a Maher-Eustace horse won the race.

It just wasn’t South Pacific.

Funnily enough, that bumping duel with Sin To Win in the straight probably meant nothing for South Pacific’s chances of winning, because he never really got close enough to challenge for victory, but I’m dead certain it cost Sin To Win the race, considering the way he picked up and absolutely rocketed late to miss Exemplar by a nose.

Another minor placing, but on that effort, I’d think South Pacific will be good enough to win a race at some point.

Hardspun in Race 6 at Randwick Kensington – 4th

Jebus, if I’d realised how biased that track was going to be, I’d have had more guts to pick Man of Peace, who got the lead easily and always looked comfortable as he went on to an earned victory.

But, I didn’t, and Handspun drifted in betting due to the fear about the bias, and promptly ran 4th, having had no hope of making up ground to the leader.

What can you do.

If you want to have a laugh, here was the Kenington track update from Micky Wood ahead of the meeting.

“I think the track will race well, it will race fairly.”

To quote a certain orange world leader, WROOOOOONG.

Not To Be Mist in Race 7 at Belmont – 3rd

Sat last, peeled out in the straight, loomed up to take on the pair of Parnham horses in Jeraft and Wrinkly, but bloody hell, wouldn’t you know it, that bloody grey teased EVERYONE again and didn’t go on with it, and ran 3rd.

I did butter up and go on the Durrant stablemate Massimo in Race 8, who finally cracked it for a win, although I did notice that Darren McAullay was calling Massimo home as if Pike was aboard, when it was Clint Johnston-Porter who got him home.


Long Beach in Race 10 at Belmont – WINNER



A lazy 5 for the day for the Wiz, including the Belmont Classic with Chantrea…. thankfully I ended up on the right side of one of them before time ran out!

Crazy Craig’s Tip Of The Day

LAYING Sircconi in Race 8 at Flemington – CORRECT

Never in doubt for Crazy Craig, and it was proven beyond all doubt that Sircconi should’ve gone to the paddock after his Winter Championship win, because he did not handle the 62 kilos.

It was also proven beyond all doubt that Crazy Craig is Crazy, but we already knew that.

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