Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 16th January

As you can imagine, I picked the middle horse

Another Magic Millions Day done, and this year it was only two 34/1 shots giving the middle finger to everyone at the Gold Coast, including Aim in the 3YO Guineas, and the other being Krone coming from nowhere to win the ladies race, as you can see above….

A result that made me convulse multiple times, as I picked Athiri.

Deadset, I don’t think I’ve actually picked a winner at the Magic Millions since Viddora won the old Sprint in 2018.

Anyway, overall, I think we performed very well off the freshen up – A win, a pair of 2nds by a combined margin of about a half length, and capping it off..

Crazy Craig saluted with Fabergino.

That homeless person will be getting their $1000 in no time with a result like that.


Athiri in Race 5 at the Gold Coast – 2nd

From the Sky Racing Twitter

If you’ll excuse me for one moment:

You want to talk about irony – Athiri won so well at Eagle Farm by saving ground on the inside….. This time around Nash Rawiller fanned her wide and she lost by a nose, despite looking home and hosed at the 100m

Krone draws the carpark, he opts to go back to the middle on the turn, and look what happens.


Forbidden Love in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas at the Gold Coast – 9th

What a bloody write off that entire race was, all the way up to Aim sprouting through from nowhere to win at massive odds, a year after doing absolutely nothing as favourite in the 2YO Classic.

I don’t think I noticed Forbidden Love doing anything else besides losing position in running, which seems to add to the idea I’ve formed in my head that she needs a deadset quagmire to run well, as was proven at Wyong.

Still, at least I didn’t pick Isotope – Backed into $2.15 with about 60% of the market in her corner, and after getting too close to the heels of Away Game as she was getting ready to launch, she suffered a similar fate to Naturalism in the 1992 Cox Plate and threw the rider.

One of the great pains of the game – Doing your money after a fall, but at least both the horse and Ryan Maloney are alive and kicking.


Private Eye in Race 9 at Rosehill – WINNER

5 wins on the bounce for Private Eye, and that was easily the best of the handful, given he made the jump into open grade as a 3 year old against tougher opposition on paper, and still absolutely flew over the top and put them away like a professional.

That race was sponsored by the Rosehill Bowling Club, and let me tell you, if that run was a bowls shot, Private Eye would be sitting right on the jack and holding.

Another No.8 gets up, and if The Gabster didn’t back it after I followed his No.8 backing criteria, we’ll open a Royal Commission.


Naughty By Nature in Race 9 at Ascot – 2nd

Well, I have no regrets – Naughty By Nature was given every possible chance in the run after getting a far better speed than a fortnight ago, but she just couldn’t head Ration Aly in the straight, and had to settle for a close 2nd in a tight finish, with Aberdeen Queen only a head behind in 3rd.

I certainly won’t be singing Hip Hop Hooray tonight.


Crazy Craig’s Tip Of The Day


Fabergino in Race 7 (Kensington Stakes) at Flemington – WINNER

Originally tweeted by Aushorse

SOUND THE VICTORY TUNE!

Bloody oath, what a top mare Ab Fab is – 11 wins from 17 starts, and this time she never put a hoof wrong right from the jump, and had the field by the place where their knackers used to be, and quite simply ran the likes of Prezado and Pandemic into the ground with sheer consistency, all while lugging 60 kilograms.

I have to say, it was funny hearing the Racing.com crew mention Fabergino’s pre-race antics, which came about after Jordan Childs was unseated from the mare on the way to the barriers, because they compared hers to those of 2-time Cox Plate winner Sunline, who didn’t mind being a prima donna when she wanted to be.

Of course, the connection to the two horses is the Childs family, considering Sunline had a storied partnership with Jordy’s dad Greg Childs, and I suppose another common theme with the two is that they’re both mares who do/did their best work from the lead.

So in short, the Liverpool Grey from WA gave them a Liverpool Kiss, and she’ll have a live hope in the Lightning Stakes next month.

And of course, that’s why they call him CRAAAAAAAAZY CRAIG!

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