Horse Racing

Crazy Craig’s Picks of the Day: 25th September

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

Hello once again assorted strangers and people who clicked on a link to this post and now want to sock me, it’s time for the biggest annual weekend of Australian sport, although it’ll go down like a fart in an elevator this year with half the country locked down, experiencing earthquakes, battling militant tradies, or all of the above.

Still, what a series of sensational sporting events there is on offer, with the mighty Coleraine Cup, the Friday night Moir Stakes meeting at Moonee Valley, both NRL Preliminary Finals, including the Storm-Panthers Grand Final rematch, the Underwood Stakes, the Golden Rose, and the AFL Grand Final….

So naturally you can expect the biggest winner this weekend will be Tabcorp’s share price.

If you want a history lesson, the Underwood Stakes will be the first Group 1 to be staged at Sandown Racecourse since at least February 24 of 1996, when the Caulfield track was being rebuilt, which meant the ’96 Futurity Stakes was held at Sandown, and haven’t they really lapped up the MRC lapped up historic occasion….

With a 5 horse field, because Zaaki has obviously scared the shit out of everyone hoping to nominate.

The Golden Rose will also be the first meeting at Rosehill since at least July 24, obviously because the track became the site of a leper colony and Racing NSW declared it a no-go zone, meanwhile, after a year’s hiatus, the Ewan races were back in Stockyard Creek in North Queensland today, and for those of you who don’t know, the Ewan Amateur Turf Club was actually named after the second-best Obi Wan Kenobi in history, Ewan McGregor.

Apparently the North Queenslanders are big fans of Trainspotting, it’s the 25th anniversary this year… It just makes sense.

Finally, it’s the last Belmont meeting of the season over here in Grand Finalville, formerly the City of Perth, and with the game starting at 5:15, the meeting has to start at the ungodly time of 10:34 and shut up shop by 3:30 so everyone can piss off over the bridge to watch the footy.

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 covering Ruth Brown, because he’s got LUCKY LIPS!

Each-Way Pick of the Day: Jaguar Grey (No.3, Barrier 1) in Race 3 at Belmont, 11:44am AWST (1:44pm)

1300m 58+ Rating TabTouch Westspeed Platinum Handicap

Trainer: Bruce Watkins, Jockey: Jason Whiting, 57kg

Hello hello hello everyone it’s Crazy Craig, The Boy From Bairnsdale, and bloody hell, what the shit happened on Wednesday morning!

One minute I’m sitting there reading the form guide and trying to figure out where I can throw the phone away, and Crazy Colin comes in and drops a fart so big it made all of Bairnsdale shudder!

You know what it was knackers?


So anyway, on this the day of the Grand Final, I’ve got a tough choice to make, because I can pick at Sandown for the first Group 1 meeting there since Clan O’Sullivan had a heart as big as a pea….

Or I can have a pick at Perth for what will be their only Grand Final for the next thousand bloody years…

So screw Sandown, I’m doing a James Blundell and going WAY OUT WEST, WHERE THE RAIN DON’T FALL, and I don’t quite have a job with a company drilling for oil, but I do have a pick for Race 3, and it’s Jaguar Grey!

Loose Bruce Watkins’ mare with the name of the 1980s Sportscar powerhouse comes into this off the back of a good win 2nd Up when pretty much everything went right, like getting Barrier 1 and the cutaway, which did help her hold off the charge of the Light Brigade, and guess what?


Sure, the cutaway won’t be there, but I don’t think it’s going stop the grey Jag from running another good honest race stepping up in grade from the 1200 to the 1300m, and if she gets a fair old suck of the sav in the run, then I don’t there’s any reason why she can’t finish in the placings, because I do think Ginger Flyer and Bedouin Belle, who will be the only thing in yellow & black performing on Grand Final day this year, might just fill the quinella…

And if Jaguar Grey doesn’t finish in the placings, well, what do I care, I am crazy!


Pick of the Day: Anamoe (No.1, Barrier 8) in the Golden Rose at Rosehill (SR8), 4:05pm AEST

1400m 3YO Set Weights Group 1

Trainer: James Cummings, Jockey: James McDonald, 56.5kg

There’s probably one horse who will be the standout Pick of the Day nationwide on the last Saturday in September, and it’s not Max Gawn at Belmont, it’s Anamoe in the Golden Rose, because he quite simply looks like the best horse in the race on exposed form, and it’s at the set weights, so he’s only got 56.5kg despite being the highest rated horse in the race!

As you may recall, Bivouac won this race in the royal blue silks two years ago and completed the Run To The Rose/Golden Rose double, something Anamoe will be aiming to replicate on Saturday, and if you look at Anamoe’s Group 1 performances as a 2-year-old, and in his lone run as a 3-year-old in the Run To The Rose, he might be even better than Bivouac, and that’s not me forgetting my medication, it’s a genuine argument!

So in the lead up to the Golden Rose, Anamoe made his long-awaited return to racing in the Run To The Rose at Kembla Grange after a slight setback, and it was pretty much a textbook return, as James McDonald planted him just shy of midfield, peeled out on the turn, and ran over the top of In The Congo in the final 50 metres to win.

You’d assume that there was the old fashioned natural improvement to come out of that run, and I think we know for a fact that barring any mishaps, he will run a good 1400m, because he won the bloody Sires Produce by a minute at the distance back in April, and it’ll take just about the best training performance of the Spring to deny the Jameses Cummings and McDonald another Group 1 victory together!

So there go you folks, Anamoe is the PICK OF THE DAY for yours truly, plus about 5 million other degenerates, and we may as well rename the race THE BATCHELOR, because we all know he’s going to accept this Rose!

So stay safe on Grand Final day everyone, don’t talk to any tradies on the streets of the CBD, and remember, I’m Crazy Craig, and that’s why they call me CRAAAAAAZY CRAIG!

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