Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 8th August

I reckon my first 4 bets of the day went like this:

South Pacific drowns in the South Pacific, Royal Banquet copped an awful steer and got caught 3-wide, Galactic Fury just got run down, and Robbie Fradd did a Robbie Fradd on Reus, managing to get him caught 3-wide from Barrier 2 and destroy any hope a $1.65 chance had of winning.

And then everything at short odds started winning willy nilly nationwide, and things picked up from there, especially after Wandabaa got up in Sydney.

South Pacific in Race 1 at Flemington – 6th out of 7

What. A. Camel.

In fact, South Pacific was such a camel that Camel cigarettes want to use him on their packaging because they can’t use Joe Camel anymore.

Despite a bit of an arse-up at the start when the attendant seemed to hold on for slightly too long, South Pacific had every possible chance to take on Exemplar in the run, but when the pace went up, the short-priced favourite just offered nothing and sank like a bloody pebble in the South Pacific.

Wasn’t it just fantastic for Damien Oliver to rub it in to me by winning the next 2 races, and later winning the feature Aurie’s Star.


Anders in The Rosebud at Rosehill – WINNER

Deadset fantastic win, and right alongside Eduardo in The Missile for the best win of the day.

The money kept flooding in for Anders, apparently to such a degree that he was the best-supported runner at Rosehill for the day, and to the absolute delight of everyone who isn’t a bookmaker, he never looked losing.

Straight to the front, and alongside him was The Face, who was well-supported to give Anders a good match race, but in the straight, The Face never cracked a smile, because he simply couldn’t match the turn of foot of Anders.

The official margin was 4.8L to Ole Kirk, which should tell you all you need to know – It was a pasting.

Maddi Rocks in Race 9 at Doomben – LATE SCRATCHING

What a trip that was.

First, Doomben had all races pushed back one after Race 4, because of one of Matty Dunn’s strappers breached COVID-19 protocols by travelling to Brisbane from Dunn’s base in Murwillumbah, and while border towns did have exemptions to travel into Queensland, they apparently weren’t allowed to travel any further north than the Gold Coast.

So after waiting an extra 35 minutes….

Ryan Maloney got dislodged in a mounting yard mishap with Maddi Rocks, and to the distress of the people who went one out in the quaddie, the hot favourite was scratched.

Which means I technically didn’t lose here, so huzzah.

Queen Takes King in Race 9 at Belmont – 6th out of 14

Queen may take King….

But not if the Queen gets taken first.

Hang on, I don’t think that made any sense.

If you look at it, the form from the staying race on the 29th last month held up perfectly, because Bonneville Black won the race, and like a good milk drinker, Sowar has loomed ominously in the straight and run 3rd.

We won’t mention the big dumb grey mare who I backed, because she was pretty average in the run, getting hemmed in on the fence, and even when Jarrad Noske got her out with plenty of time to spare, she only really threatened the minor placings, and battled on to run 6th.

Probably might just wait for Pikey to come back next week.

LAYING Melody Belle in the Missile Stakes – CORRECT (Last)

A spot on assessment from the Birthday Boy From Bairnsdale, because Melody Belle was absolutely nowhere near it at any point in the run, a combination of 1st Up rustiness, getting blown away by the speed, being well short of her best distance, and just looking plain average.

As far as long term prospects go, there would be a few beads of sweat appearing on Jamie Richards’ brow across the Tasman, and with the weather in New Zealand at this time of year, that’s saying something.

Eduardo dominated the race from in front, thanks to some extremely aggressive tactics from Nash Rawiller, which were so aggressive that he was suspended for 3 weeks for his 6th whip infringement in the past 12 months, and for careless riding against Imaging, which was his 8th careless riding suspension in 12 months.

Crazy Craig also gave myself and Mr Alfonse some confident support for Flit, so we took her for the place at the even money, even with No Third Dividend, which worked out well for everyone thanks to Nash’s trail of destruction, because she put in a big one.

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