Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide: 8th August

Victorians are welcome here

Quick hint: This did not end well for Sunlight

Another great week of Regional Cups – Ihtsahymn, one time winner of the Group 1 Kingston Town Classic in Perth, went back-to-back in the Darwin Cup at the ripe old age of 10 while carrying the top weight, and yesterday at Coffs Harbour, former Hayes horse Sikandarabad, once Group 1 placed, won the Coffs Harbour Cup for Sam Kavanagh.

Still, neither of them compared to the entertainment Gary Harley gave us with his ill-fated prediction declaration about $1.20 pop Virtuous Miss at Scone on Tuesday.

From Sky Racing

Long story short, Gazza is still making the long walk back to Maitland, because $34 shot Rockness Angel won by a nose.

The Round Mound of Sound has delivered again… last I heard, he’s just stopped off at Muswelbrook.

Looking ahead, and Group 2 racing is back for 2020/21, in the form of the Missile Stakes at Rosehill (I reckon Savatiano has a realistic hope), there’s the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Handicap up the Straight Six at ‘Phlegmington’, in yet another Saturday full of quagmires for racecourses.

South Pacific (No.4, Barrier 5) in Race 1 at Flemington, 12:05pm AEST

2530m TAB Handicap

Trainers: Maher & Eustace, Hoop: D.Oliver, 57.5kg

Back for another run in cinemas, which you won’t be allowed to attend, it’s the classic of musical film:

With the overnight rain expected to hit Melbourne, the expectation for Headquarters is in the range of a Soft 7, I can only think if Lord Belvedere hadn’t been scratched, I’d have put him straight on top, because he is the archetype of the Flemington staying horse – 3/3 at the track.

After running on for 3rd last time out, South Pacific goes from 2800m back to 2500m for his 3rd Up run in pursuit of that first Australian win, and deadset, if he doesn’t come out firing rockets out of his arse in the straight, I’ll be behaving like a faceless keyboard warrior online and giving it to Olly.

Anders (No.5, Barrier 3) in Race 6 at Rosehill, 2:55pm AEST

1100m Listed Schweppes Rosebud

Trainers: Maher & Eustace, Hoop: Jason Collett, 54kg

The 3-year-old race of the day, and what a sight it will be seeing Anders Jarryd patrol the net again, while John Fitzgerald controls the baseline.

Crap, wrong sport.

With absolutely no thought or reason, I’m picking Anders to pick up where he left off from his 2-year-old season, despite the fact that this field is full of horses who had more than reasonable records as juveniles, including Ole Kirk, possibly named after the guy who created Lego, who ran 3rd in the Champagne Stakes.

One thing we know for an absolute fact is that Anders will handle the heavy ground, considering both of his wins were on either Soft or Heavy tracks, the confidence in the horse (Whatever the heck that means) appears to be reflected in him being backed in to about $3.40, so consider me sucked in as well.

Maddi Rocks (No.12, Barrier 2) in Race 9 at Doomben, 4:23pm AEST

1200m Benchmark 80 Handicap

Trainer: Chris Waller, Hoop: Ryan Maloney, 56kg

I received a surprise message from my former acquaintance The Cheetah up in Queensland on Wednesday, and he said that his associate, who can’t be named for legal reasons, had been on the phone to Chris, who apparently told him that the mare “Can win.”

I’ve got no idea what he was talking about, because usually Chris gives him a simple “Can’t win” when talking about his runners, but Maddi Rocks is $2.30 on the basis of winning a 78 Grade at Ipswich, so consider me sucked right in!


The Piss Poor Perth Punting Section

What a thrill to see Peter Hall and Ihtsahymn, with a combined age to match Danny Miller, do us Sandgropers proud at Darwin again….It’s amazing to remember the old grey won his Kingston Town as a 3-year-old for Fred Kersley (Who remains in the ownership) in 2013.

That was almost 7 years ago…. If you want perspective, Winx was still 7 months away from her debut.

In more devastating news, William Pike is suspended, and it’s unsurprising to see consumer confidence in Perth racing has plummeted for this Belmont meeting.

Queen Takes King (No.3, Barrier 5) in Race 9 at Belmont, 4:50pm AWST (6:50)

2100m Graduation Handicap

Trainer: Lindsey Smith, Hoop: Jarrad Noske, 58.5kg

It’s quite fitting that Queen Takes King is a chess-related name, because when it comes to jockey race tactics, most Perth races are like chess matches.

In that the players are moving the pieces by thumping the board with their faces.

Going all the way to the last on the card, the first 4 horses in the market as of this post are Queen Takes King, Axel ‘R’ Eight, Sowar and Bonneville Black, who all come in off a midweek 2100m Class 3 at Belmont on July 29, which was won by Queen Takes King, which was her second staying win from 3 attempts.

That July 29 race would be the apparent form reference for this race, with Queen Takes King narrowly on top thanks to the win, with the apparent watch on Sowar, who has gone very well this prep, only to somehow find a way to lose, be it crap barriers or mis-striding in the straight when he’s charging home.

Some think he will win at some point, and I don’t doubt them, but it appears right now Queen Takes King has the upside.

So now that I’ve said all that, just watch her run 3rd or 4th.

Crazy Craig’s BIRTHDAY Tip Of The Day

Musical hint: Yet another Birthday song

LAYING Melody Belle (No.4, Barrier 10) in the Missile Stakes at Rosehill, 3:35pm AEST

1200m Group 2 SW+P

Trainer: Jamie Richards, Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy, 57kg

Hello hello hello friends, it’s Crazy Craig, the BIRTHDAY BOY FROM BAIRNSDALE, and on my big day, I’ve got a bulletproof way to determine who my friends really are….

I’ve put my phone on message bank!

How CRAZY is that!

Yes, I’ll love seeing well-wishers (And Crazy Colin) send me their birthday messages all day, and rest assured, I’ll take a note of anyone who doesn’t call, because they’ll be confirmed as a FLOG, and I’ll be giving them a SERVE!

As my Perth contact Mr Alfonse will tell you, DON’T YOU WORRY ABOUT THAT!

Anyway folks, I’m going straight to the feature race of the day nationwide, to pick out a runner who I think has Nathan Buckley’s, and believe it or not, it’s the current best horse trained in Sydney via New Zealand, Melody Belle!

She has won about 10 Group 1s in her career, but I’m thinking that she’ll need the run here, given 1200m is well short of her best distance, and the fact she’s drawn wide in Barrier 11 off a so-so trial, and needed to pass a Vet examination this week.

She might pull off a win this prep….

BUT IT WON’T BE SATURDAY, because Melody Belle is my LAY. OF. THE. DAY.

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

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