Horse Racing

Crazy Craig’s Picks of the Day: 5th February

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

So it’s February, the Autumn unofficially starts next week, the Winter Olympics are getting underway, and among the dredges of the training news:

The King of the Kiwi Raiders Murray Baker is pulling up stumps at the end of April, meaning he’s got a bit of time to add another ATC Derby win to his retirement fund.

Fresh off William Pike fleeing to Sydney, WA’s leading trainers Grant & Alana Williams had their training partnership dissolved because one of them (Allegedly) won’t get jabbed out of sympathy, followed by one of their horses returning a positive swab for Codeine last September.

And Bryce Stanaway was disqualified for 3 years for misconduct during an incident in Bendigo last October, because you can always trust the VRT to deliver a decision that’ll be completely detached from reality, as 38 horses now need rehoming.

So this weekend it’s just about starting to heat up, with the Inglis Millennium/Eskimo Prince meeting at Randwick, the Chairmans and Manfred Stakes at Caulfield, and over here in the Republic of Wait Awhile, the Pinjarra Magic Millions was rather sensibly postponed until Sunday, seeing as it’s going to hit 40 frikkin’ degrees again in the South West on Saturday.

It’s rid-onculous I tell you.

Alright, enough of my crap, it’s on to Crazy Craig, fresh off a very whelming win for his Pick of the Day, set to the tunes of Sir Cliff Richard singing about a prominent feature of the face, because he’s got LUCKY LIPS!

Pick of the Day: Renosu (No.4, Barrier 3) in Race 4 at Caulfield (MR4), 2:25pm AEDT

1000m Group 3 2YO Chairmans Stakes

Trainer: James Cummings, Jockey: Damien Oliver, 57kg

Hello hello everyone, it’s Craaaazy Craig, TBFB, back for another Saturday, and did you know we’ve got our own tomato supply in Bairnsdale, and the best part is, they’re free!

Yeah, apparently they’re being grown by this bloke called Colin, and yesterday I just walked into his garden and took two handfuls of them when he wasn’t there!

Hang on, that could be my mate Crazy Colin….

Alright then, before I get a threatening phone call, it’s time to dish out my Pick of the Day, and this week I’m going a bit more local with a dreaded trip to The Heath, and to up the stakes, I’m going with the favourite in a TWO YEAR OLD RACE, over the 1000 metres!


People I’m bloody well CRAZY, that’s why!

Yesss, the blue chip Godolphin colt Renosu will get the chance to let the entire country down 1st Up in the Chairman’s Stakes, as he returns after making 2 starts as a Spring 2-year-old, in which he finished 3rd and 2nd by a collective 0.7 of a length, the latter of which was a very narrow defeat in a bobbing finish with Brereton in the Maribyrnong Plate on Cup Day.

You’d have to assume the Sheikh wants James Cummings to set him for the Blue Diamond and the Golden Slipper, and in preparation for this, he popped up with a tune-up jumpout at Flemington to end the month of January, and assuming one D.Oliver does get to ride after his nasty incident at The ‘Bool on Thursday, then he’ll probably pop him on speed, give him every chance, and it is a 2YO race, so what could go wrong, besides everything!

Renosu, my Pick of the Day.

Value Pick of the Day: Lancaster Bomber (No.1, Barrier 11) in Race 9 at Randwick (SR9), 5:25pm AEDT

1200m TAB Benchmark 78 Handicap

Trainer: Richard Litt, Jockey: Tyler Schiller (a2), 61kg

On to the Value Pick of the Day, and you could say I’m following in the spirit of the Dam Busters, because I’m going in armed with a bouncing bomb on LANCASTER BOMBER!

Fun fact – Dambusters was the inspiration for the trench run in Star Wars

Ah yes, Lancaster Bomber, another one of those good ordinary horses who is nothing short of honest every time he runs, and it’s ironic I say this given he’s never won at Randwick, but in 8 visits to HQ, he’s run in the minors on six occasions, which means he’s either a win bet nightmare, or an each/way legend!

I’m a positive thinker, so I have to say he’s the latter!

Of course, one of those 6 minor placings was his 1st Up run a fortnight ago, when he was comfortably the best of the rest against Shadow Crush in the final race on the card, and now he comes in 2nd Up with the run in the legs, which is seemingly the way Richard Litt gets the best of out him, because his 2nd Up record is 3 wins and a 2nd from 6 starts!

That might just be the key to another good honest run on Saturday, as Tyler Schiller sticks aboard with the 2 kilo claim to get him down from topweight to 59 kilos in a very tough field, and I’m not expecting big things, but as previously stated at least 3 times over, I think the big Lancaster Bomber can fly in and run another good honest race, because he’s my VALUE PICK OF THE DAY.

As for the others like Silent Impact and Maotai, I couldn’t give a rat’s arse, because I haven’t picked them!

Random Go West Pick: Witchfulthinking (No.6, Barrier 10) E/W in Race 6 at Caulfield (MR6), 3:45pm AEDT

1400m F&M Benchmark 78 Herald Sun Handicap

Trainer: Andrew Noblet, Jockey: Patrick Moloney, 58kg

I’ll get over you, I know I will
I’ll pretend my ship’s not sinking!
And I’ll tell myself, I’m over you
‘Cause I’m the King of Witchfulthinking!

I am the King of Witchfulthinking!

Enjoy your Saturday folks, stay safe, stay negative, KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE ROAD, and remember, I’m Crazy Craig, and that’s why they call me Craaaaaazy Craig!

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