Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 15th August

North Pacific makes the bookies quiver in their loafers

The major talking point of the day, aside from North Pacific kicking the crap of out of the Up & Coming field….

THAT WHIP PROTEST in Race 2 at Adelaide.

Todd Pannell on Andrea Mantegna against Jeffery Maund on the winner Classy Joe.

Originally tweeted by Racing.com (@Racing) on August 15, 2020.

So despite all the bluster from the state authorities about cracking down on excessive whip breaches (No more than 5 times before the 100m) in the recent months, when the time comes that a jockey who follows the rules protests against another for blatantly overusing the whip in order to win, the stewards don’t bother upholding it.

For goodness sake, if the threat of a suspension and a fine isn’t working as a deterrent for jockeys, and protests are also useless, then why do we even have whip rules in the first place?

Either way, it’s still a big pisstake.

Anyway, wasn’t it great to see Pikey go over to Melbourne and bring a bit of cheer to the locals by giving them a Melbourne edition of Pike In The Last thanks to Showmanship.

Originally tweeted by Racing.com (@Racing) on August 15, 2020.

Of course, we won’t mention Regal power in the PB Lawrence.


Parlophone in Race 6 at Caulfield – 6th

Originally tweeted by Racing.com (@Racing) on August 15, 2020.

After a shoddy start, possibly caused by a poorly-timed buck jump in the barrier, Parlophone was always playing a different tune, and no matter what Oliver did, the filly was pushing crap up hill, and battled on to run 6th.

Fancy that – She jumped from Barrier 6 in Race 6, and ran 6th!

THE NUMBER OF THE BEAST.

Ultimately, the race was won by a bloody maiden in Nipotina, who admittedly wasn’t terrible, given she had placed at Group level and won just over $500,000, and the First 4 payed a lazy $61,964, thanks mainly to River Night and Agreeable both running drums at long odds.

I liked how in the Racing.com runners comments, it mentions (Among many things) under Parlophone, “Doesn’t like Ollie?”, considering it was the third time Ollie’s ridden the filly and she’s played up at the jump.

Let me tell you, there’d be a few people at the Waterford TAB who didn’t like Ollie, either.


North Pacific in The Up & Coming Stakes at Randwick – WINNER

@mcacajamez @HawkesRacing

Originally tweeted by Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) on August 15, 2020.

‘Winner’ is a light way of putting that performance from North Pacific, because he deadset ate up that field, digested them, and crapped them back out the other side.

Darren Flindell thought it was 4 Lengths the winning margin…. Turned out he’d sold the colt short, because it was officially 5.3L.

And of course, I made the mistake of thinking Tommy Berry had the ride for the Hawkes (I blame muscle memory), and what a great performance it was from Tommy, under the disguise of the great James McDonald.

What a great bit of riding it was from JMac – He was on the fence at the turn, and by the 300m, he was angling for the outside fence, and pretty much off and gone.

Top notch win, so much so he’s now the Golden Rose favourite, and he’s also firmed ‘significantly’ in Everest and Cox Plate betting.

It’s a very good early marker for this season’s 3-year-olds.


Behemoth in the Spring Stakes at Morphetville – WINNER

Originally tweeted by 🅼🅶 (@WorldRacing1) on August 15, 2020.

I HAVE CRACKED IT FOR A WINNER IN ADELAIDE.

All thanks to David Jolly’s big bad Behemoth.

Outside of a slow start, things worked out perfectly for the favourite, who got a gun run thanks to Todd Pannell, keeping him one off the fence and clear of trouble, putting him in the race at the turn, and with clear galloping room, the big boy did the rest, even as Dalasan loomed behind him at every stage ready to make the race interesting.

What a week for Behemoth and his owners – They’ve racked up 2 Group 3 wins in the span of 2 days!


Cliffs Of Comfort in Race 8 at Belmont – WINNER

Originally tweeted by Perth Racing (@PerthRacing) on August 15, 2020.

Out to 1200m, down in weight, and the favourite did the rest on the speed for Smokin’ Joe, fighting off Mia Dolce and the looming threat of Double Bubble with sheer power to make it 4 wins from 5 starts.

Ultimately, despite looking the danger on paper, Silkinize never really looked close to challenging Cliffs Of Comfort, who really did look like she was on the Cliffs Of Comfort.


Crazy Craig’s Tip Of The Day


Throw at the stumps on Varda in Race 3 at Randwick – WINNER

Originally tweeted by Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) on August 15, 2020.

You know what got the job done for Crazy Craig today?

THOSE LUCKY LIPS.

I think we’ve figured out Craig’s good luck charm – just play Sir Cliff Richard.

A fine tipping performance from the Boy From Bairnsdale, and while he doesn’t back horses to win too often, he’s had some spectacular performances – Castelvecchio in that Champagne Stakes, Regal Power in the All Star Mile at 10/1, and now I can add Varda beating Masked Crusader to that list.

Of course, I am slightly embellishing this win – Varda apparently more financial support on the TAB than Masked Crusader, who bottomed out at $1.55 before starting closer to $1.95, while Varda started at $2.90.

Still, that support was well-founded, because McDonald used Varda’s fitness edge, her love of the slop and her position in running to knock off the favourite, who jumped poorly and took an age to get going, but was far from disgraced 1st Up and racing on a Heavy track for the first time, only going down by 0.4L.

That’s why they call him Craaaazy Craig!

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