Horse Racing

Crazy Craig’s Picks of the Day: 4th September

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

After a few pissy winter Group 1s to stoke the fire, the Spring has officially begun, and the horses we think are good are slowly trickling their way back onto racecourses of Australia.

At the same, the jockeys we think are good are slowly trickling their way out as they pay the price for attending a wild party at a Mornington Airbnb.

Just on that, I think Mark Zahra should’ve just done what he did back when he was caught in the Smoking Aces saga…. Flown home to Perth, waited for the whole thing to blow over, come back, and eventually we’ll forget the whole thing ever happened.

So as the Wyong Cup goes ahead on Friday, this weekend it’s all going on in the lockdown capitals of Australia, with the Chelmsford Stakes meeting at Randwick containing the Concorde Stakes, featuring the return of noted 1st Up headcase Nature Strip, who will find a way to lose at $1.60, Zaaki is back in the Group 2 Tramway, and at Moonee ‘Death’ Valley it’s the Group 2 Feehan Stakes, the only race with automatic entry into the Cox Plate, and if you want to feel old, this year marks 20 years since Sunline was looking well on course to win her third consecutive Cox Plate as she shot away to lead the Feehan with 400m to go…..

Then Northerly came along.

The other interesting facet of the day at the Valley is the ‘Inaugural’ running of the renamed Chautauqua Stakes, and I believe that as a tribute to The Grey Flash, the winner will be the horse that stays in the barriers the longest.

So on that note, it’s on to ‘Crazy’ Craig for his Picks of the Day, and accompanying him as always, it’s the familiar sound of Cliff Richard not singing something about Christianity, because he’s got LUCKY LIPS!

Ruth Brown would be turning in her grave.


Pick of the Day: Portland Sky (No.3, Barrier 9) in the McKewen Stakes at Moonee Valley (MR5), 2:15pm AEST

1600m Group 2 SWFA

Trainer: Matt Laurie, Jockey: Luke Currie, 58.5kg

Look, it’s the Portland Sky!

Hello hello everyone, it’s Crazy Craig, The Boy From Bairnsdale, and my goodness, it’s hard to tell who’s better at going downhill…

Those European alpine skiers at the Winter Olympics, or South East Australia!

Fair dinkum, we’re getting more cases than Crazy Colin when he visits the cool room at the Bottle-O, and unlike Colin, we’re actually paying for it!

So kicking off with the Pick of the Day at good old Death Valley, and Portland Sky resumes 1st Up in a 1000m barrier trial that they’ve given Group 2 status and named the McKewen, after a highly successful Autumn that saw the son of Deep Field dead heat in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate alongside Celebrity Queen, then he ran a big 2nd in the Group 1 William Reid Plate at The Valley, beating everyone bar Masked Crusader!

Remind me – Who came from last to win at Caulfield last weekend?

MASKED CRUSADER.

It shows to me that the form is there and that Portland Sky is a quality creature, as he showed in a trial at Cranbourne last month, although that was before Ben Melham went down to Mornington for a good night out!

Now you’re probably thinking, “Crazy Craig, why are you picking a horse in a 1000m race, let alone a horse starting from BARRIER 9 in a 1000m race, and on a very wet day at The Valley?”

Well, after all, I’m not all there, don’t you worry about that, and I should point out once again that Portland Sky is by Deep Field, and he is starting from DEEP in the FIELD!

Obviously it is a risk backing against a horse called September Run while he’s running in the month he was named after, which should conceivably give him an extra length, but I saw September Run in the Newmarket and he had a HEART AS BIG AS A PEA, so I have to stick fat with my brain, and declare that Portland Sky is my PICK OF THE DAY.


Each-Way Pick of the Day: She’s Ideel (No.13, Barrier 1) the Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick, 3:50pm AEST

1600m Group 2 SWFA

Trainer: Bjorn Baker, Jockey: Jason Collett, 57kg

On to the Each-Way Pick of the Day at Royal Randwick, better known as Woyal Wandwick, and after witnessing the events of the Winx Stakes, I’m all for the headcase that is She’s Ideel in the feature Chelmsford, with the combination of two New Zealanders from New Zealand in Baker and Collett, although apparently Col Hodges thought Bjorn Baker was a champion Swedish tennis player famed for his rivalry with John McEnroe!

There’s another Crazy Col if I ever saw one!

Anyway, Mo’unga may have won that Winx Stakes, but anyone who watched the race would know She’s Ideel was absolutely enormous, coming from last with a huge burst to finish 3rd, only 0.3L off the winner, at $51, AHEAD of current Chelmsford race favourite Cascadian!

Enormous run knackers, enormous!

Now 2nd Up on some kind of a Melbourne Cup path, Bjorn Borg’s Baker’s mare goes the extra furlong up to the mile, which may prove beneficial with her usual get back and run on style of racing, the inside draw might be a hurdle to overcome, and if it does piss down in Sydney like it’s forecast to do, then I’ll be greatly intrigued, because She’s Ideel’s record on Soft tracks is 5 starts for 3 wins and 2 minor placings!

As for the runners in the race, they’ve probably all got hearts as big as peas like Clan O’Sullivan, and as for the favourite Cascadian, well, personally I prefer James Boag’s!

I don’t know if She’s Ideel or not, but what I do know is that she’s my EACH-WAY PICK OF THE DAY.


Enjoy your Saturday folks, make sure to remember that Ivermectin is for HORSES ONLY, and as per usual, I’m Crazy Craig, and that’s why they call me CRAAAAAAZY CRAIG!

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