Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 29th August

Sad news friends – Subzero has been promoted to glory

Graham & Subby – Together forever

The 1992 Melbourne Cup winner made it to 32 years of age – What an innings for a thoroughbred.

They said Subby was humanely euthanised due to heart failure, but I think he simply had a broken heart after his best mate for life in Graham Salisbury passed away in June.

If spirituality is your kind of thing, well, I guess they’re back together in spirit from now until the end of time.

As for today, overall we did snag a few winners and left plenty on the table – I ended up backing Persan in Race 1 at Caulfield, while Tagaloa fell 20m short of winning, and I could easily have plucked out 2 winners at Rosehill if I’d trusted Anders on running well on a dry track.

Turns out it’s just as good as his wet track form.

Originally tweeted by Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) on August 29, 2020.

After that, along came the big bad Behemoth across the SA border to clean everyone up (Minus Arcadia Queen and Savatiano) in the Memsie, yet another horse that I didn’t follow up on tipping after running and winning for the Chalk Eaters:

And for the second time in 3 weekends, Pikey saluted in the last at Caulfield:

I didn’t even consider putting Rubisaki in this week’s Chalk Eaters, and that was why.

One For Betty in Race 2 at Eagle Farm – 3rd

The race was won by Flying Machine.

Originally tweeted by Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) on August 29, 2020.

There was a slight drop of sweat on my brow when One For Betty drifted like a chunk of Antarctica, and as it turned out, with some justification, because she kept getting shuffled back in running, to the point of being last on the turn, and despite the fact that she did pick pretty well under Thornton’s persuasion, the thought of a win was never really on for the mare.

That said, the race ended up being one for the swoopers – Flying Machine was alongside Betty in bringing up the rear at the 800m, and Barachiel was only just ahead of Flying Machine in 9th.

Not much else to say.

Tagaloa in the McNeil Stakes at Caulfield – 3rd

Originally tweeted by (@Racing) on August 29, 2020.

Now THAT is a way to get beaten.

‘They’ said Tagaloa was going to go forward, he did, and he looked shot from the 600m, but Cuzzy Bro Walker just kept pumping the crap out of the Blue Diamond winner, and he just kept finding and headed Extra Time, and it seriously looked like he might pull off a huge 1st Up effort on the path to a Caulfield Guineas.

Buuuuuuut, the race had been perfectly set up for the swoopers, and after leading with 20m to go, the favourite was mown down by an airborne Immortal Love, and just to cap it off, the appropriately named Flying Award flew home and nabbed him into 2nd place, in one of the finishes of the day anywhere in the nation.

All I can say is thank crap I didn’t take the Money Back Run 2nd option at the WA TAB.

Mugatoo in the Premiers Cup at Rosehill – WINNER

Originally tweeted by Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) on August 29, 2020.

One of the great compliments you can give a jockey & horse:

Never ever looked like losing.

Perfectly positioned by Kerrin McEvoy, the gelding was absolutely strolling at the 600m, and such was McEvoy’s confidence that he rode him hands and heels for most of the straight, even as Sikandarabad stuck on to run 2nd.

Kris Lees says everything is on the table after that win – I have to agree.

SIlkinize in Race 8 at Belmont – 2nd

Originally tweeted by Perth Racing (@PerthRacing) on August 29, 2020.

As I predicted, Silkinize had Cliffs Of Comfort covered going back to the 5 furlongs – The only problem was Nerodio was going that little bit better than he was, and continued his utterly random love of Belmont, where he’s now won 6 times from 8 runs.

More than satisfied with that run by Silkinize – Parnham hugged the fence and saved ground, he did have to wait until the 200m to get a clean run, but he seriously picked up after that, and the ultimate difference was Nerodio had the whole straight to build up momentum.

The final margin was about 0.7L, and both horses jumped on the second line at $4, which suggests the market was right around the mark.

If you ask me, that win is made more impressive by the fact that Nerodio got the dreaded farrier work behind the barriers, which is usually a kiss of death, as is getting a vet check.

Crazy Craig’s Tip Of The Day

Express Pass E/W in Race 2 at Caulfield – WINNER

From Twitter



The way Crazy Craig is going, Sir Cliff Richard is going to get a sudden surge in royalties after Lucky Lips ends up re-entering the ARIA Charts.

Superb win by Express Pass, who looked like he was going ordinarily up to the corner sitting 7 lengths off the leaders, but once Rhys McLeod got him out and straightened him up, things just worked out superbly, and with Crazy Craig’s Lucky Lips willing him on, Nick Ryan’s gelding ran all over some genuine bluebloods to bring up another 1100m win.

Since this change to the Lucky Lips, I’ve noticed there’s this crazy coincidence where Crazy Craig’s selection will be well supported, and the favourite gets the blows on raceday.

It happened again today – Windstorm ended up jumping at $4.20 after being $2.50 on Friday, while Express Pass was sitting at about $6, before the financial cavalry arrived and he jumped at a healthy $4.80, which is the longest-priced of Craig’s 3 winners.

Could it be that a crazy Bairnsdale resident is making a difference?

Probably not, even I’m not that hopeful.

Final note – The Candy Man returns at Eagle Farm…. and he makes the world taste good

Originally tweeted by Sky Racing (@SkyRacingAU) on August 29, 2020.

The Candy Man Can.

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