Horse Racing

Crazy Craig’s Picks of the Day: 12th February

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

Well friends, strangers and weirdos, the weekend is here, Damion Flower is going to be acquainted with a bloke called Bubba for the next couple of decades, while Racing New South Wales continue bombarding their Mexican cousins to the south with with even prize money, and in amidst the changes to the Sydney Spring Carnival, I noticed old mate Pistol Pete named a few races after Johnny Tapp, Ian Craig, Max Presnell, and the Wizard of Odds, Kenny Callander.

I can only think, if they’ve named a race after Kenny Callander, does that mean every trainer and horse hoping to nominate has to have an S in their name?

If so, that’d be ‘Shuper’.

So with that out of the way, it’s time for the first Group 1 of the New Year, the semi-traditional CF Orr Stakes over the 1400m at Caulfield, plus the Group 2 Apollo Stakes at Randwick, featuring the return of the Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant, and heaven knows how much longer we’ll be seeing VE at the races, the old Birthday Cup at Morphetville, and for those of you who don’t give a rat’s arse, the Cyril Flower Stakes is on at Ascot.

Alright, enough of my crap, it’s on to Crazy Craig’s Pick of the Day, fresh off a couple of duck eggs last week, set to the tunes of Sir Cliff Richard singing about a prominent feature of the face, because he’s got LUCKY LIPS!


Value Pick of the Day: Mirra Vision (No.5, Barrier 13) in the Triscay Stakes at Randwick, 5:25pm AEDT

1200m Group 3 Quality

Trainers: Peter & Paul Snowden, Jockey: Sam Clipperton, 54kg

Hello hello everyone, it’s Craaaaazy Craig, the Boy From Bairnsdale, and you wouldn’t believe it, this week I was cleaning out my ear with a cotton stick, and the bloody cotton got STUCK in my ear!

I had to walk over to Crazy Colin’s house with a pair of tweezers in my hand, and I said “Colin, pull this ****in’ thing out, wouldya!”

Luckily enough he did, then I asked if I could grab a couple of his tomatoes…. That was when he finally told me to piss off.

So this weekend it’s a big one all around, with the first Group 1 of the Autumn Carnival, but I’m not going to Caulfield right now, because I’m off to the eternally boggy Royal Randwick, because I’m of the opinion that one particular horse can put in a good run, and it’s the horse with eyes out the back of her head, Mirra Vision!

Yes, in what is a fairly open $3.70 the field, Mirra Vision is at $7.50, as she runs 1st Up in her first appearance at a racecourse since running in the Group 1 Empire Rose at Flemington on Derby Day, where she finished a game 6th at 51/1.

Despite the wide draw being an apparent disadvantage, history shows that Mirra Vision is a run on kind of horse, and I reckon she has a more few things in her favour

  1. Her 1st Up record is 3 wins from 4 starts
  2. She is a bonafide Soft tracker, recording 5 wins and a 2nd placing from 8 goes on Soft tracks, and just have a guess at what the weather’s going to be like in Sydney over the next 24 hours

And finally…

3. I’m not all there, don’t you worry about that!

Of course, Value picks are prone to putting in shithouse runs, but I do think in a fairly moderate race, Mirra Vision can run a very honest race 1st Up, because she’s my VALUE PICK OF THE DAY.


Pick of the Day: Triple Missile (No.11, Barrier 6) in the Cyril Flower Stakes at Ascot (PR8), 4:57pm AWST

1200m Listed Race

Trainer: Lindsey Smith, Jockey: Brad Parnham, 54kg

Instead of going somewhere sensible to find the Pick of the Day, I’m going to Ascot, which is in Belmont for some reason, where I reckon we’ve got a very good chance at landing the POTD with the return of Triple Missile stepping up to black type racing, in his first run since he rocketed over the top of them on Winterbottom Stakes Day!

Randomly enough, I had to look up who Cyril Flower was, and apparently he wasn’t related to Robbie Flower, but he was some kind of a British politician who was an alleged homosexual in 1902…

I can empathise with him, plenty of people think myself and Crazy Colin have the hots for each other!

Anyway, much like Mirra Vision, Triple Missile does his best word FRESH, with a 1st Up record of 3 wins from 3 attempts, while his Ascot record is a sound 4 wins and a 2nd from 6 attempts, he absolutely loves the 1200m, and quite frankly, I don’t give a rat’s coight about the other runners, because they aren’t Triple Missile!

Another thing that Triple Missile has in common with Mirra Vision is that he does like to get back in the run and wind up for the big finish, which is exactly what he did in fine style in his last run, and I reckon it’s exactly what he CAN do tomorrow with the light weight on his back, because he’s my PICK OF THE DAY.


Yet Another Random AC/DC Pick: I’m Thunderstruck (No.1, Barrier 11) E/W in the CF Orr Stakes at Caulfield (MR8), 5:05pm AEDT

1400m WFA Group 1

Trainers: Mick Price & Mick Kent Jnr, Jockey: Jye McNeil, 59kg

Hang on Craig, didn’t you just do an AC/DC Pick last week?

Sound of the drums!
Beatin’ in my heart!
The thunder of guns!
Tore me apart!

YOU’VE BEEN…. I’M THUNDERSTRUCK!


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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