Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 25th July

Better start off with the main point of the day, and it wasn’t Queensland getting flooded or Pikey scoring winner 235….

Hugh Bowman, who by every yardstick is one of the greatest and most respected jockeys in modern Australian racing, committing one of the most blatantly careless/dangerous pieces of riding anyone has ever seen on an Australian racecourse.

Insufficient room when he could’ve gone to the inside, never bothered trying to stop the horse from laying out & kept going for a run that was never on, used his mount as a battering ram, and the sad & tragic result for Danny Williams and the owners is that Hot ‘N’ Hazy is dead and Andrew Adkins is in hospital with a fractured clavicle + a fractured left tibia and fibula.

Come on Hughie, that was frikkin’ ordinary.

Williams had said Hot ‘N’ Hazy was the best horse he’d trained in a decade, and he went to town for the first time off the back of a 14-length trial win, with the hopes of building for a spot in The Kosciuszko…. All gone in the blink of an eye.

Adding a touch of awkwardness to the situation, Bowman had a ride for Danny Williams in Race 3.

What were those instructions like – “Yeah, just don’t kill it thanks.”

Still, the big positive is that Adkins is alive, but bloody hell, he could not have had a more luckless 18 months.


Cracksman in Race 2 at Morphetville – 3rd

Time to churn out some bullshit and say I absolutely knew that result would happen, and Cracksman would somehow run 3rd, but I committed to putting him in anyway, because I’m a loveless knave.

Anyway, the run was fine – Pannell took off at the 600 and strolled up to the leaders, it was just in the process, Manzala and Hasta La Fiorente got a cart into the race and used it against the favourite.

On another note, I’m developing a mightily impressive run of outs in South Australia…. I don’t think I’ve backed a winner there in the Chalk Eaters since February.


Roheryn in Race 4 at Rosehill – 2nd

Ride was fine, horse fine, the race was just 100m too short.


Mystery Shot in Race 9 at Caulfield – WINNER

The nation had a collective bowel movement at 5pm AEST, as Mystery Shot, backed into somewhere in the region of $2.40 into $1.65, was given almighty mid-race challenge from Wicklow Town, and I think that was a fantastic move from Oliver, who actually made the shortie earn it instead of bending over and kissing his arse like most would’ve expected him to.

And instead of simply trying to get the favourite beaten, he actually gave his own mount every possible hope.

But, good horses can find ways to win when the heat gets poured on them, and Mystery Shot copped it for 300m, and every single time, lifted and lifted, and Micky Rodd got him over the line to make it 5 from 5.

Look at me, celebrating a $1.65 winner.


Inspirational Girl in Race 8 at Belmont – WINNER

The script was perfect – After booting home Truly Great in Race 5 to equal his own Australian record of 234 wins, it was all set up for the Wizard to power home Inspirational Girl in the Peters silks, and set a new benchmark for winners in a season.

And bringing the dream scenario into reality, Pike raised the bar for winners with a superb ride, hugging the inside as everyone fanned wide, and with the nation roaring for a hero, the Wizard was the Inspirational person for Inspirational Girl, getting her over the top of Massimo.

DREAMS DO COME TRUEEEEEE


Crazy Craig’s Tip Of The Day


LAYING Jungle Edge in the Bletchingly Stakes at Caulfield – CORRECT

No wet track, noooooo chance for Jungle Edge, who drifted accordingly with the track upgrade to a Good 4, and he ran near enough to last, having been thoroughly beaten by Viridine.

The fact that he needs it bordering on a Heavy 8 JUST TO BE COMPETITIVE at Group level was a sign he should’ve started closer to 15/1….

Anyway, well done Crazy Craig on managing to achieve the swimming in a kid’s pool.

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