Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 1st August

A familiar sight for a Death Valley favourite

Another season begins, and it was a continuation of a familiar theme in Sydney racing….

The annoying bias towards being on pace and on the rail.

The ATC can blame the apparent above-average rainfall as much as they want, but it’s turning into a tired excuse for some the tracks we’ve all had to endure for at least the last month.

You know you’re in trouble when the backmarkers at Moonee Valley have a more realistic chance of winning than the ones at Randwick do.

Anyway, it was a funny afternoon – I was already reeling early in the morning and had to cut my losses, then, in another classic Waterford TAB moment, old Paddy gave myself and Mr Alfonse $9 to find something late in the afternoon, and we doubled our money by getting 83% of the exacta in the last at Randwick….

Which payed all of $23.40.

Kordia in Race 3 at Randwick – 2nd

The absolute peak of the track bias at Randwick.

There was absolutely nothing wrong with that ride on Kordia, and yet, despite not even being 4 lengths behind on the turn, he had no chance of hunting down Man Of Peace, who may just be that good, but it still didn’t make it any less annoying.

It was like watching an AFL game this year and your team trails at 3-Quarter Time… You may think you’ve got a hope, but do you really?

Wilmot Pass in Race 6 at Moonee Valley – 5th

Willmot Pass?

More like Will Not Pass.

The stewards report tells the story: “Fractious in the barrier and was slow to begin. Held up for clear running from the 400 metres until passing the 200 metres.”

And once he got out, he flashed home to run 5th.

It was worth noting that in Race 4, Brooklyn Hustle had the same run as Wilmot Pass, but the obvious difference is Wilmot pass is not Brooklyn Hustle, because Brooklyn Hustle got the run and won spectacularly.

Fulmina in Race 8 at Randwick – WINNER

Something I hadn’t even considered yesterday – This was Tom Sherry’s first metropolitan win, and what a way for the young Irishman from Ireland to bring it up, by dry licking the field on a favourite.

Mark Newnham was singing Tom’s praises in the style of Steve Perry.

Ohhhh Sherry, our love, holds on, holds on.

Silkinize in Race 8 at Belmont – WINNER

And that is just vintage W.Pike.

Sure, dropping back to last on the rail in a 1000m race is a recipe for tears, but is it really riding for luck when he knows exactly what he’s doing and where he’s going?

Crazy Craig’s Tip Of The Day

LAYING Victoria Star in Race 1 at Moonee Valley – CORRECT

Our crazy friend from Bairnsdale was on the marker with his latest assessment, as the once well supportered Victoria Star blew out like a tropical cyclone in the market, and weakened considerably from the 200m onwards.

“When questioned, rider Craig Newitt explained that he was instructed, if he began well, to settle forward behind the leading horses. He added that after attempting to do so, he was caught wide passing the 1400 metres and therefore elected to press forward and lead. Newitt further advised that he had to use the gelding to cross the field in the early stages but then had a comfortable run mid-race and was disappointing.”

“Trainer Greg Eurell advised that he had instructed Craig Newitt to be slightly more forward today with the view of settling behind the leading horses and not to get held-up behind runners in a slow run race. He added, that whilst he was surprised to see Victoria Star lead, he was content with Newitt’s explanation given the circumstances of the race in the early stages. A post-race veterinary examination failed to reveal any obvious abnormality.”

I think there’s a simple answer for why he went like a busted.


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