Celebrity Queen E/W in the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield – DEAD HEAT WINNER (Started $9/$3)
Deadset, what a fantastic day of racing that was at Caulfield, and given Crazy Craig recorded a dead heat victory, it’s only fitting that I only play HALF of Lucky Lips:
So many top notch finishes at The Heath – Yes Baby Yes and Malicorne split by a lip in the Angus Armanasco Stakes, Rich Hips and Perfect Jewel in the Mannerism, Probabeel and Arcadia Queen warming up for the All Star Mile in the Futurity Stakes, Artorious coming from the clouds in the feature Group 1 Blue Diamond after Mark Zahra sank Enthaar to the bottom of Port Phillip Bay gunning for the lead, and of course, the Portland Sky-Celebrity Queen dead heat in the Oakleigh Plate, the first dead-heat in an Australian Group 1 for some 20 years (If the records are accurate), and the first dead heat in the Oakleigh Plate since Blematic and Umbertana in 1932.
After using the inside barrier to save ground on the fence, it looked like Celebrity Queen would run a pretty good 2nd to the colt Portland Sky, at least fulfilling the place bet side of Crazy Craig’s each way tip, the WA mare sprouted wings in the final furlong as William Pike waved his wand, and I genuinely thought she’d nailed Portland Sky on the post, as did most of the folks in the Waterford TAB watching Sky’s imaginary line, but the reverse photo shown by Channel 7 does seem to back up the dead heat call…. Much to my bitter disappointment.
Prior to the Oakleigh, Pikey had run 2nd in the Mannerism Stakes on Perfect Jewel, he then ran 2nd on Arcadia Queen in the Group 1 Futurity, and he ran 2nd on Ingratiating in the Blue Diamond, with the ironic part being that all of those horses were given rides good enough to win, so a dead heat Group 1 win was more than acceptable, and the other facet to the dead heat was that Portland Sky’s trainer Matt Laurie recorded his first Group 1 win in some 8 years, and young Teo Nugent, riding in his first Group 1 race, can already say he’s a Group 1 winner.
The other amazing part of that ball buster of a finish, in which 7th placed Zoutori was only 1.1 lengths off the winners, was the margin for 3rd between Kemalpasa and Brooklyn Hustle out wide, which went to Kemalpasa ($34/$8) on the inside by no more than a runny nose.
You don’t get many Group 1 sprints that competitive.
At the end of the day, he goaded me to give him an exclusive post on Blue Diamond day, and it may have been a dead heat, but it’s a winner nonetheless, and that’s why we call him CRAAAAAAAAAZY CRAIG!
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