Horse Racing

Crazy Colin’s Picks of the Day: 26th June

Based on a series of plausible events in a regional Victorian town

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ONE MAJOR LATE PIECE OF NEWS BEFORE I MAKE YOUR EYES WATER – Because of Randwick being one of the LGAs affected by the stay at home orders for Sydney this weekend, the Randwick meeting tomorrow has been moved to Rosehill.

Now, to begin this week, have a look at the run of King Of Hearts in the red silks at Canterbury…. If he’d been given any more of a chance of winning than Buckley’s, who knows what could’ve happened:

From Sky Racing

Perhaps the more sickening part was that he ended up finishing a length off the winner, yet there was no 3rd Place dividend.

Moving on, you don’t need me to remind you that it’s the last weekend of June, and in addition to a State of Origin weekend, it’s also the weekend for the 898th and final Group 1 of the 2020/21 season, the weight-for-age Tatt’s Tiara at Eagle Farm for the fillies and mares, which will not feature Nash Rawiller on Sweet Deal, after he went to get his annual medical check-up to maintain his riding license, with the only problem being that his doctor happened to be in Bondi, which is in the hotspot of Waverley.

Good news Nash, you’re still fit and healthy, bad news is you can’t pinch a living from Queenslanders.

Now, getting straight down to business, here’s Crazy Colin and his sound thoughts, and this week CC has asked for me to stick to last week’s winning formula of Wings, so once again, here’s Band On The Run!

(Please note – Colin sent me this before Racing NSW moved the Randwick meeting to Rosehill)

Great House (No.10, Barrier 6) in Race 7 at Randwick Rosehill, 3:10pm AEST

1800m Keith Free OAM Handicap

Trainer: Chris Waller, Jockey: Brenton Avdulla, 55.5kg

Ahoy there strangers, it’s Crazy Colin, Crazy By Association to Crazy Craig, travelling better than an infected limo driver around Sydney, because Crazy Craig had to go and buy me a case of Carlton Draught from the bottle shop, just so I’d stop stealing his!

It goes to show that theft does pay off in the end!

Looking ahead to this weekend, and like most Maroons supporters after Game I, I personally want absolutely nothing to do with Queensland this weekend, because that Tatt’s Tiara looks like one hell of a thorny crown, so instead, I’m willingly going to a boring crap-house Randwick Rosehill winter meeting, and let me tell you, I AM PREPARED TO DO 14 DAYS QUARANTINE JUST TO DO SO!

That’s right – I am CRAZY FOR A REASON!

Moving on, the main reason I want to have a play in disease-riddled Sydney is because of Chris Waller’s apparently promising Irish import from Ireland, Great House, who narrowly won 1st Up at Rosehill, and also sounds something that Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young used to sing!

Greeeeeeat House, is a very very very fine horse, with 2 wins 2nd Up, life used to be so hard, now everything is easy ’cause of you!!

That Rosehill win was the first time Great House has won 1st Up, and as Graham Nash said, he’s 2 wins from 2 starts 2nd Up, although this time around will be different, as he’s never started on a Heavy track (Randwick is currently a Heavy 8), although given he is from the Emerald Isle and is by the immortal Galileo, I expect Great House will like it just as much as he likes Soft tracks!

So all that said, Great House goes back up to 1800m, which seems a logical progression after the successes of his first Australian prep, he’s got some upside to come, has a reasonable weight tomorrow, and he has the support of every member CSNY except Neil Young, so I can’t say no to him being my PICK OF THE DAY.

Ruban Bleu (No.7, Barrier 3) E/W in Race 9 at Caulfield, 4:38pm AEST

1200m Benchmark 84 Handicap

Trainers: Ben & JD Hayes, Jockey: Lachlan King (a1.5), 58kg

First of all knackers, if you’re wondering who the hell JD Hayes is, let me tell you that you’ve been living under a rock and missed everything that happened at Lindsay Park!

First of all, David Hayes’ son Ben is the latest trainer in charge of the Hayes dynasty, after his cousin Tom Dabernig decided way back in March that he preferred the frozen hellhole that is Warrnambool, with Ben now training alongside his younger brother JD, and if this brotherly partnership doesn’t work out, I think everyone will agree with absolute certainty that JD is the adopted Hayes child, given Ben was able to win several Group 1s with Tom and David.

Anyway, it’s barely a week into the new set-up, but the Hayes boys are both training like they’re adopted, because they still haven’t saddled a winner yet, and if you ask your old mate Colin, THAT’S NOT GOOD ENOUGH!

Peter Hayes would’ve trained 10 winners by now!

Anyway, veering violently back on topic, I like a roughie trained by the Hayes brothers in the last at The Heath, for no reason other than I need to pick something at odds, because being a chalk eater all your life just isn’t the way to go.

Ruban Bleu resumed 1st Up over the 1000m at Sandown a fortnight ago and worked home well to run 3rd against the pattern of the day, and he only finished 0.2L behind Express Pass in 2nd, who atoned for that narrow defeat and won at Flemington last weekend, which suggests that the form is there!

Up to 1200m 2nd Up, where he’s got a record of a win and 2 placings from 4 attempts, the 6 furlongs seems to be his best distance, given 3 out of his 4 wins have been at the distance, the state of the track probably won’t matter, and I expect the horse named after a French dairy product will give a good honest account of himself once again, or else I’ll get Crazy Craig to declare that he has a heart as big as a pea!

So all that said, Ruban Bleu is my EACH-WAY PICK OF THE DAY, although watch out for THE GAUCH, who will probably start the punters’ elect…. and about 12 other horses, because it’s anyone’s race!

Anyway folks, enjoy your Saturday as best you can, especially you poor bastards up in Sydney, this has been CRAZY COLIN, saying SAYONARA!

On the subject of The Gauch, watch out for Darren Gauci in this ad featuring Bill Collins banging on about Ansett’s racing holidays!

What a simple time it was.

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