Horse Racing

Crazy Craig’s Picks of the Day: 9th October

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

Aren’t the locals keen to see the return of Cranbourne night racing

Hello everyone, I’m currently watching a replay at Cloncurry in Queensland, and if this is a Good 4 at Cloncurry, then lord help us all if they ever get a bit of rain up there:

Looking ahead to Saturday, which will be the last time we get Group 1s on the same day in different cities this year, the Caulfield Cup Carnival has arrived with Caulfield Guineas day, and there’s two big changes this year, the first being that the Caulfield Stakes is now The Might and Power Stakes, in honour of the late great Mighty, who won the race in 1998, and after 7 years of racing on the same day as the Caulfield Guineas, the Thousand Guineas has been restored to the middle Wednesday, where it resided from 1988 to 2013, so now that the Blue Sapphire isn’t the feature race of the day, it should be a bit more interesting.

Now there’s a useless fact; The Thousand Guineas will once again be the only Group 1 in Australia to be run on a Wednesday, whereas the Melbourne Cup is the only Group 1 on a Tuesday, and the VRC Oaks is the only Group 1 on a Thursday.

Moving on, the Spring Champion Stakes is the last Group 1 of the calendar year in Sydney, before we get all the races that sound like Seinfeld episode titles, like The Everest, The Invitation and The Golden Eagle, the Queensland Cup at Eagle Farm, the Hill Stakes at Morphetville, and a Hill will probably be the closest thing South Australia ever gets to jumps racing again, and finally here in Wait Awhile, now 3 hours and 500,000 vaccines behind the rest of the country, it’s the return of Ascot, where at least 7 horses will start under $3, and about 2 of them will win.

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

Although if you saw him last week, you’d say “Bullshit!” to that.


Each-Way Pick of the Day: Vangelic (No.14, Barrier 5) in the Silver Eagle at Randwick (SR7), 4:10pm AEST

1300m 4YOs Set Weights + Penalties

Trainers: Gai Waterhouse & Adrian ‘Ro’ Bott, Jockey: Tim Clark, 55.5kg

Hello hello everyone, it’s Craaaaaazy Craig, The Boy from Bairnsdale, and by this point in the Spring, if I was a four-legged nag, I’d be 8th Up, off the bit and chasing at the 1000 metre mark, and that’s just a rough estimate!

And we haven’t even had the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate or Melbourne Cup yet!

So as you struggle to comprehend the fact that a man of questionable mind is still offering you tips on horses, it’s time to look at Spring Champion Stakes Day at Randwick, and specifically the first leg of the Randwick quaddie, The SILVER EAGLE, the race before the Golden Eagle at Rosehill on Derby Day, and based on process of elimination, the Silver Eagle must be the race after the Bronze Eagle.

Is there such a species as a Bronze Eagle?

I definitely know there’s a Baked Eagle, because West Coast had a dozen of them playing in their team every week back in the 2000s, but I’ve never seen a Bronze Eagle.

Looking at the market for the race, it’s as wide open as the Panama Canal…. 6-1 the field, and 10 horses within 20-1, which should tell you it’s an old-fashioned arse-ache to punt in….

Which is exactly why I’ve settled on Vangelic!

Yep, off the back of a 4th placing 1st Up in the Sheraco, when she didn’t lead, the now 4-year-old mare Vangelic came out in the Golden Pendant at Rosehill and achieved what 99% of Gai Waterhouse’s horses do, but only about 10% actually pull off – Go straight to the front from the jump and win after leading all the way!

In fact, Tim Clark did that quite a few times that day at Rosehill as you may recall, most notably in the Golden Rose!

Ironically, despite being trained at Tulloch Lodge, which is at bloody Randwick, Vangelic has never won at the track from 7 attempts, managing just the 4 placings in that time, and to be honest, a placing is all we’ll need if Vangelic shows plenty of arse out in front, because after all, she is my EACH-WAY PICK OF THE DAY.

That said, it’ll be an old-fashioned King of the Ring style contest; Ellsberg, Count De Rupee, Amish Boy, Equation, High Supremacy – Anyone and anything with four legs and a head could win it, but go Vangelic, who is definitely not Vangelis, the guy that performed the theme to Chariots of Fire!


Pick of the Day: Delphi (No.5, Barrier 5) in the Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield (MR10), 5:45pm AEDT

2400m Group 2 Quality

Trainers: Anthony & Sam Freedman, Jockey: Damien Oliver, 57kg

Delphi in Greece still looks better than Delphi in Australia (From Greekboston.com)

On to the Pick of the Day, and I could’ve had a go at Anamoe or Artorious or anything starting with the letter A, but quite frankly I’ve had enough of the Caulfield Guineas and the many bullshit results it throws up, and I’ll be frank, that wide barrier has put yours truly off Anamoe after I picked him in the Golden

So instead, the left side of my brain has me looking at the time-honoured Herbert Power Stakes, now the second race at Caulfield on Saturday with the name ‘Power’ in it, and one of only two remaining ballot exemption races for the Caulfield Cup next Saturday, the other being the Coongy Cup on Wednesday, and let’s be honest, there’s a better chance of Elvis Presley, John Denver, Willie Nelson and Conway Twitty forming a supergroup than any of the nags in those two races have of running a place in the Caulfield Cup behind Incentivise!

Now in this Herbert Power it’s looking like a two-horse fight between the expats from the mother country: Floating Artist, the British horse who loves painting picket fences as much he loves building them every time he races (4 wins on the bounce), and Delphi, the Irish horse from Ireland in search of his first victory in the land of Oz, after coming oh-so close in the Naturalism, and as for the rest, who gives a rat’s tossbag!

After a nothing run in Queensland, Delphi came back to Melbourne ran 4th 1st Up over the 1700m, then he went up to the 2000, something the Victorian Government will be doing in the next few days, and he produced the best finish of any horse in the race to lose by a neck to Nonconformist.

Now rock hard fit 3rd Up at the 12 furlongs, the distance should be absolutely no worries for a son of Galileo, given he did win the Nijinsky Stakes at the 2423m of Leopardstown Last year (By 4.3L to boot), and he won the Irish St Ledger Trial at the Curragh over 2816m last year, beating a certain horse called Master of Reality, the horse best remembered by us Australians for what Frankie Dettori did on him during the 2019 Melbourne Cup!

I’ll give you a hint, he cost Il Paradiso the race and got demoted to 4th as a consequence.

As for the other extras, the Irish horse has Barrier 5 and can settle a bit further forward, and after John Allen couldn’t boot him home, the Freedmans have done what they did back in the 1990s and plonked Damien Oliver aboard, the man who my Spanish friend Mr Alfonse back in Perth has heard referred to as THE THIEF.

Well if Oliver is THE THIEF, he’d better bloody well steal this race for us!

Oh yeah, and did I even mention Floating Artist was in this race?

Well, not that I give a crap about him, because DELPHI is my PICK OF THE DAY.

Anyway friends, stay safe, keep your eyes on the road, don’t be a stranger, or throw your phone in the river, and remember, I’m Crazy Craig, and that’s why they call me Craaaaaazy Craig!

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