Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 22nd August

Pictured: The only creatures who made up ground at Moonee Valley

Well, Group 1 racing is officially underway for the Spring, but all I can talk about is The Valley getting abandoned 5 races in due to surface water on the track, before they’d even run the feature races.

Can I just say, good on the stewards and the jockeys, for making that decision after the punters had only been skewered by front runners in 4 out of 5 races.

Obviously, I don’t count Tailleur, considering she was $1.55.

Anyway, a cracking performance by Verry Elleegant to win the feature Winx Stakes, looping the entire field before JMac picked her up off the canvas to win a thriller from Star Of The Seas in a Chris Waller quinella, only being denied the trifecta by the flying Fierce Impact.

From the Sky Racing Twitter

On another note, I’m going to give myself an unearned pat on the back for picking out another solid bag of 3 winners and a 2nd, and bloody hell, I think Crazy Craig’s lucky lips are here to stay, after Roheryn pulled out a cracking win in the Show County.

It’s Me In Race 2 at Randwick – WINNER

Originally tweeted by Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU)



Talk about getting the market spot on – It’s Me was backed into favouritism over Cavanough stablemate Pinnacle Prince, and shock horror, the only two horses to start in single figures put a gap job to 3rd.

I reckon that was a mirror of her maiden win at Scone – Sat off the speed (This time she was 5th last on the fence), got off heels in the straight, and as soon as she found clear running, it was like watching a rocket launch at Cape Canaveral.

Jason Collett’s whip serving as the fuse.

You know what I also liked?

There was a horse in that raced named Toto, which was by Manhattan Rain out of Africa.

Now that is some top notch work.

Tailleur in Race 2 at Moonee Valley – WINNER

Like a Tailleur you’d find at a tailor’s shop, this bonny mare looked very smart.

Zahra sent her straight to the front, the blowtorch went on her rivals at the turn, and she put a lazy 6 lengths on them, giving you every indication she’ll be featuring in a Listed or Group race in a couple of weeks time.

A win like that ended being the story of the Valley meeting, which is always a recurring theme at the Valley – If you weren’t one of the First 2 horses in running, you may as well have thrown your arms up and gone back to the tie-up stalls.

Leading Girl in Race 5 at Belmont – 2nd

Originally tweeted by Perth Racing (@PerthRacing)

Getting sent to Sky 2 and split-screened with bloody Seoul is what this race deserved.

Who’d have thought on a day where I had 2 runners around the 5/1 mark (Before they were backed in), it was the $1.55 favourite who went down and denied myself and Crazy Craig a perfect afternoon’s work.

Still, I have no regrets – She was given every chance to run down Lonsdale Lady in that final 200m, but the horse just wasn’t good enough.

Thank goodness this wasn’t the final leg.

Money Matters in Race 8 at Belmont – WINNER

From Perth Racing

It was a bit arduous, but the favourite got home like a good thing should, and well done to The Hyphenator, formerly known as Clint Johnston-Porter, who brought up a winning treble thanks to Money Matters, reeling them all off in Races 6, 7 and 8, and in the process, he brought up his 300th career winner.

Well done Hyphenator, you weren’t wrong when you travelled through time and beckoned “Come with me if you want to win.”

Crazy Craig’s Tip Of The Day

Roheryn Each Way in the Show County Quality at Randwick – WINNER

Originally tweeted by Sky Racing


From what I saw, plenty of people agreed with Crazy Craig – He was $6 in to $4.60, and even caller Darren Flindell agreed with the Boy From Bairnsdale and put him on top.

Once again, super bit of riding by Jason Collett – He seriously had to get Roheryn going on the turn after hitting a flat spot (James Cummings described it as the mother of all flat spots), and the end result of that was he got the gelding exactly where he needed to be, and pumped away in the straight to produce a career-best run in a very good field.

On another note, trainer Jamie Richards had absolutely no expectations for his mare Probabeel 1st Up, and yet, if you look at the replay, she was an extra 50m away from winning the race, and despite bypassing the Winx Stakes to run in an apparently inferior race, favourite Funstar never really figured in the finish and made up late ground for 6th.

That’s why call him Craaaazy Craig, The Boy with Lucky Lips From Bairnsdale.

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