Horse Racing

The Chalk Eaters Guide Review: 6th February

Wouldn’t you know it, I did it to myself again in the CF Orr Stakes

Well, I was wrong about it being a Good 4, considering Caulfield was upgraded to a Good 3, but Streets Of Avalon didn’t just run a place, he kept kicking and won the damn thing after being a sitting duck for Imaging and Crosshaven for the final 600m:

Naturally I stayed the heck away and just enjoyed the race, losing an easy 2/1 collect.

Anyway, what a solid day of racing it was, and I think it was a good day all round for the Chalk Eaters, as the pain of seeing Crazy Craig’s winning streak come to an end was somewhat eased by tipping 3 out of 4 winners, with the only letdown being North Pacific running 4th in the Eskimo Prince at Randwick.

Still, I think the funniest moment of the day was the race prior, when hot pot Profiteer drifted out from $1.55 to $1.80 just prior to the Inglis Millennium at Randwick.

$1.80…. Some people probably recouped their mortgages and then some, as Profiteer only won by 5.5 lengths after leading uncontested the entire race.

The Golden Slipper gets more interesting by the Saturday.


Regardsmaree in Race 1 at Caulfield – WINNER

In a pre-race moment that harked back to the days of ‘The Professor’ Roy Higgins, Rhys McLeod (A high weight jockey) couldn’t make the 56 kilo weight for Regardsmaree, so Luke Currie was subbed in, but thankfully for everyone, an experienced jockey like Luke Currie knows exactly what he’s doing, and Regardsmaree sent her regards to the bookies with a 3 length win eased down, in what was a sign of things to come at The Heath, as 6 of the first 7 favourites ended up winning.

It was the better part of Currie’s day, as he was thrown off Highly Discreet behind the barriers before Race 5 in what was almost a very nasty incident, but he was obviously fit enough to keep riding.

Anyway, Regardsmaree doing it for the people.


La Mexicana in the Kevin Hayes Stakes at Caulfield – WINNER

A WIN FOR LA MEXICANA – THIS CALLS FOR A FIESTA

As I expected, La Mexicana got the better of second starter Pinkham in both the run and the betting, thanks mainly to jumping from Barrier 1 (Versus 8) after Sense Of Honour was withdrawn, and La Mexicana got the gun run and a gap the size of the Panama Canal to run through in the straight, and Jamie Kah just did the rest in her usual consummate style.

More importantly, thank crap it was a 1200m race, because judging by the official photo, another 10m (Maybe even 5m) and the determined Malicorne gets the nod at 16/1, and Kah would have only ridden a lousy double instead of a treble at The Heath.

Still, she got the job done for us degenerate favourite backers, and that’s now a damn fine record of 5 wins and 2 placings from 7 starts for La Mexicana, with a Group 3 win and a pair of Listed wins.


North Pacific in the Eskimo Prince Stakes at Randwick – 4th

It was never on for North Pacific, who hit the line hard to salvage 4th with a run that suggested he was ready to have a crack at 1400m 2nd Up…

That, and Peltzer is a damn good Randwick horse, having 5 starts at the track for a perfect 5 wins.


Gemma’s Son in Race 9 at Pinjarra – WINNER

With most of WA watching the Scorchers, Gemma’s Son delivered in spades, and became the first horse in history to win the Pinjarra Magic Millions 2YO and 3YO Classics, and watching it live, I knew it was all over the moment The Pontiff muscled him past Iseered Iseered at the 200m and shot away to an emphatic win.

So on a day at Pinjarra where it rained double figure winners and actual rain, the absolute best bet of the day lived up to expectations and saluted.

In fact, of the 10 races on the Pinjarra card, only 4 winners were under $12 – Bogart in Race 3 ($7.50), Resortman in Race 7 ($3.40), Ex Sport Man in Race 8 (The 2YO Classic), and Gemma’s Son started $2.10.


Crazy Craig’s Tip Of The Day


Another One in Race 2 at Randwick – ANOTHER ONE BITES THE DUST

The streak is over – Another One bit the dust.

Thanks to a relay from Mr Alfonse, I did receive a message from Crazy Craig this afternoon in light of this failure:

“I’m telling you now, we’re gonna win it back on Blue Diamond Day, don’t you worry about that!”

“It’ll be like Let’s Get Physical in the San Domenico!”

Yes Craig, but the Blue Diamond Stakes is in two weeks, and we’ve got the small issue of trying to pick something NEXT WEEK.

Anyway, there was no Fourpeat.

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