The most mundane Group 1 win of the entire season… Zaaki in the 5 horse Underwood, becoming the shortest priced winner of the race since Ajax pulled off the hat-trick at 6-1 odds on in 1940:
Talk about a flat Sandown quaddie – Floating Artist in the opening leg wins at $2.30, into Zaaki at $1.20, Chaillot at $3.40, and Thought of That at $6.50 to add a bit of value to a quaddie that paid all of $94.90.
So on that note, it’s another busy afternoon of racing and sport done and dusted, and now we can kick back and relax for what will be a stress free evening for everyone in Melbourne, especially now that the Storm have been killed off from the NRL season by a herculean bunch of Pink Panthers.
Looking at the Pick of the Day results, it was so nearly a double dividend for Crazy Craig, because Jaguar Grey ran a good honest 3rd as the Each-Way pick at Belmont, but the putrid Rosehill track bias cruelled Anamoe in the Golden Rose and allowed In The Congo to hug the rail and lead all the way.
Fancy that, the first race meeting at Rosehill in 2 months and they turn out a track that rivalled a bad on pace day at Moonee Valley.
But the good news is THERE WAS A DIVIDEND, SO I CAN SOUND THE LUCKY LIPS, AGAIN:
Each-Way Pick of the Day: Jaguar Grey in Race 3 at Belmont – 3rd ($2.10 the place)
You can tell it was a boring race because the first 3 in running (Safety Bay, Ginger Flyer and Jaguar Grey) were the first 3 home in the race, and thankfully Jason Whiting used the barrier to get Jaguar Grey one back behind the leader and eventual winner Safety Bay, and somehow neither Bedouin Belle and the favourite Pepper Assault could get past the big grey mare, despite pretty much eyeballing her the entire straight.
Good ordinary performance if you ask me, and when you look further, in Race 3, No.3 finished 3rd, making Jaguar Grey halfway to the antichrist.
It was also the first race that William Pike didn’t win at Belmont today… Oh well, he only won 6 out of 9.
Pick of the Day: Anamoe in the Golden Rose at Rosehill – 2nd ($1.20 the place)
I felt there was nothing wrong with JMac’s ride on Anamoe, because that midfield run in clean air was exactly how he rode him in the Run To The Rose and it paid dividends that day at Kembla…
But it was just the Rosehill track conditions (You had to be on pace and riding the rail) suited In The Congo perfectly with his customary Gai Waterhouse on-pace, make your own luck style of running, and Tim Clark has ridden horses like that for Gai a million times over, and the end result was In The Congo ultimately had just enough in hand to hold off the charging Godolphin colt, who was praying for another 20 metres to appear out of thin air, because he was absolutely airborne in that final furlong.
A good run but not quite a win, despite being the unbackable favourite, and if you ask me, Godolphin shouldn’t slot Anamoe into The Everest, because that run by Anamoe was the run of a horse that’s crying out for the mile 3rd Up, and the obvious race is the Caulfield Guineas.
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