Horse Racing

Crazy Craig’s Picks of the Day Review: 1st May

Instant Celebrity hugging the rails to win the TAB Classic as Rubisaki bolts home for 3rd as Crazy Craig’s place bet

Well folks, after two weeks of duck eggs, the fabled Lucky Lips Each Way place bet has struck back to kick off the month of May thanks to a very good run from Rubisaki in the feature event at Morphetville, and in our fantasy world, a successful place bet means it’s time to sound the fabled VICTORY TUNE!

$15/$4.50 the place for Rubisaki when Crazy Craig got on, and I think she pretty much held that quote for the next 24 hours, because she jumped at $14 and paid $4.25 the place, which is as good as a win by my low standards.

Still, none of today’s feature winners – Instant Celebrity in that TAB Classic, Private Eye in the Queensland Guineas, Niccanova in the Victory Stakes, Archedemus at Hawkesbury – Could hold a flicker of a candle to Media Award in the Australasian Oaks, as the little known Chris Calthorpe, based in Geelong, saddling up his maiden Group 1 runner, joined the Group 1 winners list at the lazy odds of 71-1:

From the 7 Horse Racing Twitter

Not since Denis Pagan turned Pagan’s Paddock into a stable and won the VRC Derby 7 months ago have I been so startled by a Group 1 result.

Rubisaki E/W in the Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphetville – 3rd (Place bet pays $4.50)

From the 7 Horse Racing Twitter

After a horrible Spring and a rotten 1st Up run, Rubisaki showed she’s still capable of replicating the winning form she showed as a 3-Year-Old filly, producing a big run home after being caught up arses on the turn, and looking like she absolute Nathan Buckley’s chance of winning.

However, Billy Egan made sure a repeat of Caulfield wasn’t on as he punched his way out of a roadblock at the 300m, and I’m biased, but I reckon a few more metres and she may very well have taken 2nd from Subpoenaed.

Either way, she wasn’t running down Instant Celebrity, and what a sensational decision it was by Craig Williams to hug the rail and save ground – A Group 1 winning piece of decision making I should add, and sure there’s luck involved given the horses in front, but he made the most of it.

You’ll notice that IC was alongside Rubisaki on the corner, but unfortunately Egan didn’t have the luxury of trying to get an inside run like Williams did.

On another note, how the hell did Mizzy jump at bloody $4.40 when she’d never done a bloody thing starting shorter than 25-1 in those two Sydney Group 1s a month back.

Has the poor bugger even finished the race yet?

Watch Me Dance in Race 6 at Ascot – 2nd

Unfortunately RWWA haven’t been able to upload a race replay for any of the events today at Ascot, so I can’t show the heartbreak for favourite backers, so I’ll keep it to a brief paragraph description:

It was looking pretty good in the run for Watch Me Dance, who was plonked perfectly in the old one out one back by Shooter McGruddy, then she was being stoked up nicely and peeled out wide for clean running (Which was probably the plan regardless), but the only thing that did her in was that the bloody saloon door on the rail opened up for Not To Be Mist as if he was a VIP at a nightclub, and it was that ground saved by the grey that seemed to be the difference between himself and a very game Watch Me Dance, as Not To Be Mist won by a long neck from the favourite, his first win since just before Christmas Day in 2019.

Friaresque 3rd, and daylight 4th

That’s the second time in 3 weeks that Crazy Craig’s Pick of the Day has run 2nd by a neck…. At least the place bet saved our arses!

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