Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 12th September

Yes you are, Ms King.

When you look at it, myself and Crazy Colin plucked out a pair of $4 winners today.

I did suggest Fierce Impact in the Makybe Diva, and he powered home, which may or may not count as my only successful pick of the day with the way I wrote that segment in the Chalk Eaters, while Colin randomly plucked out Fituese from thin air, which had everyone who got her at 4/1 doing the Hucklebuck when the photo went up in Race 4 in Sydney.

The other sad facet to the Makybe Diva was 2019 winner Gatting fatally breaking down…

The race that brought him his greatest triumph was also the race that ended his life.

Absolutely tragic…. if anyone deserved 15 years in a rolling green paddock back home in WA, it was Gatting.

What a shocking year for some top-quality WA horses…. I suppose it is 2020 after all.

Schabau in Race 1 at Flemington – 3rd

Schabau…. more like Scha-ba-bow.

To be honest, I don’t know why Pike just didn’t let him roll and sit in the first pair after he pinged the lids, because watching it live, the gelding looked to be throwing his head and overracing in the early stages.

Although, I doubt it would’ve made a lick of difference, because Persan had his back the entire way and would’ve kept latching on, and Lord Belvedere probably still would’ve come from the rear and beaten them both.

Sure, he only lost by a length and kept finding when challenged, and according to Rob Hickmott, he didn’t like how firm the track was, but I didn’t see anything resounding to suggest he could even threaten to be a Cups horse.

Farnan in the Run To The Rose at Rosehill – Hahahahahahahahahaha

Farnan was running to the Rose alright…….

And he got the biggest stitch the world has ever seen.

Gentleman Jim Byrne could be heard pissing himself laughing seeing Farnan running at 88mph through the opening 600m, because he probably couldn’t believe his luck seeing the race pretty much fall into Rothfire’s lap, while Rob Heathcote called Bowman’s tactics “Insanity”.

That makes me think that if the winning trainer is talking smack about your tactics, they were probably shithouse.

This is all the funnier because Gai quite literally declared that Farnan would not be beaten after his trial last month.

6 out of the last 7 Golden Slipper winners never won again after winning the Golden Slipper.

I think we can make it 7 out of 8 if Farnan keeps copping shocking tactics like that.

Anyway, Rothfire – GET HIM IN THE EVEREST.

Random Makybe Diva Stakes Tip

E/W on Fierce Impact – WINNER

Two fantastic runs from the quinella runners – Fierce Impact getting his third Group 1 win at the mile with another bombproof run, and Russian Camelot, after getting a vet check behind the barriers, then getting caught 3 and 4 wide the entire race, only went down by a long neck to one of the country’s best milers.

That is the sign of a quality animal, and that is why Russian Camelot is a Cox Plate favourite… In what will probably be a very ordinary year for the WFA championship.

I imagine the Japanese punters were all over Fierce Impact, given he is a progeny of Deep Impact, who is quite possibly the greatest horse to ever grace Nippon, and I imagine the people of Japan were raising their Asahiis to the sky this evening in celebration.

Anyway, I’m being very greedy counting this as a win for me, but I’m desperate, so let’s all laugh.

Nerodio in Race 6 at Belmont – 2nd

3-wide no cover from a middle barrier and he goes down by a goddamn lip.

There are times in life where you question the point of your existence.

I’ll chose to believe that race was one of those times.

Crazy Colin’s Hucklebuck Tip Of The Day

Fituese in Race 4 at Rosehill – WINNER


Fair dinkum, Crazy Colin has produced the greatest wildcard appearance since Troy Bayliss came back to MotoGP in 2006 and won the Valencian Grand Prix for Ducati.

Colin claimed he was getting dropped for Crazy Craig next week, but after this, I might have to give The Hucklebuck another chance on form alone.

The difference in rides decided the race – Rachel King on Fituese jumps poorly, but gets one off the fence with cover (Diamonds from dung if you ask me), while James McDonald has to go back and ride for luck on Hilo, which he ultimately got through his own good work, while Tommy Berry on Masked Crusader gets caught three-wide, which absolutely showed when he just didn’t have the energy to stave off Hilo and Fituese.

Yet, despite racing with the equal top weight, and having to go against her preferred pattern, Fituese showed she’s nothing short of a winner by gunning down Hilo in the shadows of the post, giving John Thompson a win in the race named after his mate Rick Worthington.

What a moment.

If you want to know why Rachel King will be one of the first jockeys inducted to my Chalk Eaters Hall of Fame…. this was exhibit #36.

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