Based on a series of plausible events in a regional Victorian town
If you want an omen bet for Saturday… Miss Barty in Race 3 at Doomben
So despite my guarantee that Jamie Kah would ride her milestone 100th Melbourne winner for the season at Sandown on Wednesday, Jamie Kah didn’t ride her milestone 100th Melbourne winner at Sandown on Wednesday, but not to worry, she’s still got at least 3 more Wednesdays and 4 more Saturdays this month to still fail to bring up the ton.
I sat through that entire Wednesday card, mainly because the Ramornie was on at Grafton, and to be honest, I haven’t seen that many people devastated at someone fail to bring up a century since Warnie was on 99 and got caught off a no ball at the WACA in 2001.
Moving on to other events, 2008 Cox Plate winner Maldivian passed away this week, and we also can’t forget that in addition to his Cox Plate win, Maldivian was robbed of an almost certain Caulfield Cup win in 2007, thanks to rearing up in his barrier and lacerating his neck on a sharp camera mounting that the numb nuts at Channel 7 and the MRC managed to stick in there, which led to him bleeding like Joel Selwood and being a late scratching along with second favourite Eskimo Queen, as every bookie at The Heath that day also bled profusely when the deductions came in.
So this weekend it’s more of the same winter action, with the highlight up north being the Rockhampton carnival, of which William Pike would’ve been the guest of honour if he was even able to enter Queensland, the Sir John Monash Stakes at Caulfield, the Winter Stakes at Randwick, which for some majorly unknown reason was moved from Rosehill, and the Beaufine Stakes at Belmont, which is in Burswood.
So enough of my junk, it’s time for Crazy Colin’s useless Picks and his weekly theme song choice, and this past Wednesday was Ringo Starr’s 81st birthday, and I know straight off the bat there’s a Ringo song to describe punting on a Saturday afternoon….
It Don’t Come Easy.
Each-Way Pick of the Day: Zakat (No.15, Barrier 4) in Race 9 at Randwick, 3:55pm AEST
1400m BM88 Heineken Handicap
Trainer: James Cummings, Jockey: Rachel King, 55.5kg
Hello everyone, it’s Crazy Colin, Crazy By Association, jusy sitting back and taking a watching brief from the Crazy Cave in Bairnsdale as our degenerate neighbours to the New South led by Miss Binchicken are consumed by disease and famine, and I’ll kick off my first pick of the week by asking you a question.
What is the favourite pet of French families?
I mean, it could be Zadog, but who cares, because I’ve chosen Zakat as my Each Way Pick of the Day, as he returns from a 4 month break off the back some decent trial performances, and some people will look at his record of 19:3-8-3 and think he’s the kind of horse that doesn’t have the faintest clue of how to salute the judges, but if you ask me, that’s also the record of a horse that knows how to perform consistently well, and it should be noted that he’s gone up against Autumn and Spring carnival horses for most of his career, so this is something of a downgrade!
In fact, once upon a time Zakat knocked off Icebath on a Soft track at Randwick in August last year, and Icebath went on to run a narrow 2nd in the Golden Eagle at Rosehill, which suggests to me that the give in the track could play into his favour, given he’s got a record of 2 wins and 2 placings from 6 starts on Soft tracks, and ran placings in both his Heavy track starts, and looking at the weather for Sydney, there’s every chance Randwick could be a Heavy by the end of the afternoon.
So all that said, down in the weights against the likes of Frosty Rocks, I Am Power and Madam Legend, I’m not one to pick favourites all the time, so I’m happy to chance the arm and take the value in this one, but like my mate Crazy Craig says…
What would I know, after all, I am CRAZY!
Pick of the Day: Grinzinger Allee (No.13, Barrier 13) in Race 9 at Caulfield, 4:42pm AEST
1400m BM84 Les Taggart “Bar’s Closed” Handicap
Trainer: Danny O’Brien, Jockey: Jamie Kah, 57kg
Moving on to my least favourite racecourse in Australia, because I refuse to make two picks at the same track, I’m waiting until the last race of the day in Melbourne, and I’m picking the horse named after the lord of all trash talking boxers…
Grinzinger ‘Muhammad’ Allee!
Wait a minute, Craig told me it was spelled Ali…..
Well, in his defense, he is a lunatic.
Actually, sticking to the topic of spelled, that’s exactly what Danny O’Brien did to Grinzinger ‘Muhammad’ Allee after he got on a roll to start the New Year, finishing 2nd at Caulfield 1st Up on the 2nd of January, followed by a tough win at Sandown 3 weeks later, a race that also counted as one of Jamie Kah’s 99 winners for the season!
O’Brien has warmed up the New Zealander from New Zealand with a few trials in which he was apparently untouched, and I say untouched because it appears Racing Victoria didn’t even bother recording them for the record and putting them on Racing.com or any online form guide whatsoever, but what would you expect from a governing body that would have you think trials out in the country are like myself and Crazy Craig…
People doubt we exist, but trust me, WE BLOODY WELL DO!
Going back on topic, Grinzinger Allee has a decent 1st Up record, with a win, a second and a third from 3 starts, he does give away race fitness to Mr Tipla and the stablemate Jumbo Ozaki, he does have the awkward cursed combination of Saddlecloth 13 and Barrier 13, but that may be overcome by Jamie Kah doing the steering, and to paraphrase the great Yakov Smirnoff….
IN SOVIET VICTORIA, KAH STEERS YOU!
So stuff all the other horses with their hearts as big as a pea, GRINZINGER ALLEE is my PICK OF THE DAY.
Enjoy your weekend as best you can strangers, this has been Crazy Colin, and remember, if you see Crazy Craig, pinch one his beers, he won’t mind!
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