Horse Racing

Crazy Craig’s Pick of the Day: 18th December

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

So here we are, there’s only 8 days to go until Boxing Day, Christmas might be a few hours before that, and after trying to get over the horror of watching the fall in the Hong Kong Spring live on my TV, followed by that tragic news of the Primary School bouncy castle yesterday afternoon, I found myself going back to this Tweet on Wednesday evening from Perth jockey Jason Brown, regarding the name of a race at Ascot on Saturday:

Come on Brownie…. What have you got against the Westspeed Platinum Sires Stakes?

In the meantime, I haven’t got time to dawdle, so here’s the one only Lucky Lips kid Crazy Craig with his traditional p(r)ick for the day’s racing, and I reckon the Madman from Macedon has got half a chance at going back to back after last week’s success with Lighthouse at Flemington….

So take it away, Sir Cliff Richard!

Pick of the Day: Bigboyroy (No.9, Barrier 1) in Race 8 at Randwick, 4:40pm AEDT

1400m ACY Securities Handicap

Trainer: Chris Waller, Jockey: James McDonald, 54kg

G’day everyone, it’s Crazy Craig, TBFB, and can you believe it, it’s only a week until Christmas, because I sure as hell can’t believe it, although that’s because I’ve been giving out scratchies to folks who I reckon look down on their luck…

Because the look on their face is worth the cost alone!

Anyway, while I do my best to spread a bit of Christmas cheer, there’s a bit of four legged foreplay horseplay awaiting us on Saturday, and I’ve decided to go to the Leper Colony known as Sydney to make my pick of the day, because with the Ashes raging on, I reckon there’s a horse named after an Australian cricketing cult hero….

BIGBOYROY, aka Andrew Symonds!

Casually ripping out leg stump on a long range run out

You talk about nags that are as HONEST as the day is LONG, he’s just about the picture next to the phrase in the dictionary, because in his last 10 starts, he’s finished no lower than 4th, and 1st Up this prep he loomed up and took the lead in the straight, but unfortunately Katalin stalked him all the way and only just got over the top in a driving finish, but I reckon there’s 3 big notes out of that run….

A) Roy gave Katalin 4 kilos that day at Rosehill (58kg vs 54 for Katalin), and tomorrow, Roy drops a handy 4 kilos himself, which can be attributed to the rise in grade from a BM88 to an open December handicap.

B) Ahead of this run, Chris Waller’s made more gear changes than Daniel Ricciardo; Cross-over nose band off first time, lugging bit off first time, and the Norton Bit goes off first time!

C) A certain horse named Brutality finished 3rd in that race, well over a length and a half BEHIND Bigboyroy…..

Remind yourself, what did Brutality do last week?

He won the bloody Group 2 Villiers!

Think about it knackers, that’s a decent form reference for a boring arse summer Saturday race!

Of course, the other big bonuses are that he’s got that run in the legs, James McDonald sticks aboard for his eternal master in C.Waller, and Roy has drawn the Dulux in Barrier 1, which is perfect for a horse that likes to sit up on the speed!

Naturally, it won’t be easy with the likes of Frosty Rocks (Josh Parr is 4/4 riding him and he sticks aboard), Bottega and Purple Sector coming in 1st Up, having previously been exposed to Black Type races, but stuff ’em, I haven’t picked em, so they’ve all got HEARTS AS BIG AS PEAS.

So on that note, go Bigboyroy, run another big honest race, because you’re my PICK OF THE DAY.

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

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