What a bog ordinary day in every corner of the universe, starting with dominant favourite Zaaki getting taken out of the Cox Plate after feeling sick on race morning, which would have to be the most high profile from a Melbourne Spring feature since Maldivian cut his head in the barrier minutes before the 2007 Caulfield Cup.
Still, an 8 horse Cox Plate field was saved by the greatest finish to the Weight For Age classic since the Fields of Omagh vs El Segundo finish of 2006, followed by a protest to rival Northerly vs Sunline vs Viscount in 2001, as State Of Rest and Anamoe went at it, with Verry Elleegant only a half length away, followed by a protest from Craig Williams on Anamoe that took some 35 minutes to resolve, although at least 25 minutes was just Craig issuing his opening statement before the stewards had to figure out what the Irishman representing State Of Rest were saying.
Ultimately, I thought it was the right decision to stick with the original result, and State Of Rest, the only European horse in the field, ridden by and trained by an Irishman from Ireland, would win the race, joining Adelaide in 2014 as the only European trained winners of the Cox Plate in the 99-year history of the race.
If you ask me for my worthless bit of two cents, Joseph O’Brien has arguably surpassed his dad Aidan, plus Godolphin’s Charlie Appleby, and the one and only Dermot Weld, as the best International trainer to hit the Melbourne Spring in modern history.
That’s now 2 Melbourne Cups and a Cox Plate, and he’s only 28 years old.
A quality trainer that absolutely nobody understands because of his thick Irish accent, and I suppose it’s fitting that Joseph has such a superb record in major races Down Under, considering he rode the brilliant colt Australia for his dad in 2013 & ’14.
Anyway, did anything else happen?
I dunno, other than Wilchino winning for the one and only Glen ‘Buck’ Rogers’, I was too busy playing a scratch game of bowls, where we ended up with the most cursed score of all.
Pick of the Day: Elephant in the Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley – 3rd (No Third Dividend)
Once again, Crazy Craig makes a Pick of the Day, and what do you know, the second favourite Buffalo River gets scratched, although it was more likely The Buffalo was picked off by poachers, which left his selection at tomato sauce odds, but this time around it didn’t quite work out for the Macedon madman, because Elephant ran like the proverbial Donkey, and he couldn’t run down Just Folk or Beegood Toya Mother, despite starting somewhere in the region of $1.90.
Nothing wrong with it, we’ll just keep reminding him incessantly if Elephant dares set foot in this bloody country ever again.
HEART AS BIG AS A PEA.
Tricky Gal in The Invitation at Randwick – 7th
Alysha Collett (Tricky Gal, 7th, 2.98L): “Just needed luck in running. She went well.”
Hang on, Tricky Gal actually went?
Because other than Icebath, I don’t think any of them actually went.
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