Horse Racing

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

Tofane, a 4-time Group 1 winner…. admittedly 2 of them are in Queensland, so they are slightly dodgy

So that’s another Saturday done, and as we stay up late at night to salute Jaclyn Narracott’s performance in the Skeleton, I can only help but think what Peter Moody would have to say about that Beijing course, given he gave whipped out the Twitter machine gun and gave the Caulfield curators a drive by after Race 7:

And that was before Lightsaber ran like a crab in the CF Orr.

Speaking of which, it was a great win to Tofane in the Group 1 feature, and she’s now a 4-time Group 1 winning mare, which feels strange saying, given 90% of the country has no clue who she is, simply for the fact she’s trained by a highly successful Kiwi who isn’t named Chris Waller.

In fact, did you know Mike Moroney trained a Melbourne Cup winner 21 frikkin’ years before Chris Waller did?

Brew, in 2000.

In fact, 2000 was the year Chris Waller arrived in Australia, seeking food and potential employment.

Yes, so it was a funny old day for results, because among many things, the Weight For Age wizard Think It Over convincingly outperformed the likes of Colette and Verry Elleegant in the Apollo Stakes (Which isn’t that surprising), and in the result of the day, Espiona’s brief unbeaten career was brought to an end at the last gasp in the Light Fingers by Waller stablemate Fangirl, and that result should prove once again why nobody should ever compare hype horses to Winx or Black Caviar without asking for trouble.

$1.55 down the drain

Fair dinkum, comparing a horse that had won a mere 2 starts against her own age to someone like Winx, who won 33 races on end…. It’s a bigger disaster than when several people in the mid 1970s predicted the Bay City Rollers would be bigger than The Beatles.

It was so jinxed that 5 of the Rollers are now dead.


Random AC/DC Pick: I’m Thunderstruck in the C.F. Orr Stakes at Caulfield = 5th

Wouldn’t you know it, the Random AC/DC Pick goes as well as the last Random AC/DC Pick in Dirty Deeds…

They were both done dirt cheap.


Value Pick of the Day: Mirra Vision in the Triscay Stakes at Randwick = 5th

The race was already a tragic disaster before they’d even opened the barriers, because Moonshine Lady became fractious in the structure, reared up, became cast, and as a consequence suffered a catastrophic, fatal injury to her upper right forelimb, resulting in all runners being backed out and the race being pushed back by well over 20 minutes, while Vangelic was also scratched after being hit by Moonshine Lady in the incident.

Yeah, it’s pleasant to think about, but we try and rationalise this stuff as worse as we can.

After that, I lost my appetite for analysing for the result, which wasn’t helped by Mirra Vision being ridden much closer than I’d expected, which in hindsight was probably the right move, because next to nothing else was making up any ground from the back with the rain coming down, as Snapdancer led the entire race and reaffirmed an old Gary Harley saying, that the favourite is the favourite for a reason.

Why the hell couldn’t it have come down an hour before the race…. MIRRA VISION MIGHT’VE HAD A CHANCE, DAMMIT.


Pick of the Day: Triple Missile in the Cyril Flower Stakes at Ascot = 6th

TRIPLE MISSILE: “When taken outwards from heels rounding the home turn, over-reacted and veered outwards sharply and raced extremely wide thereafter. A post-race veterinary examination revealed no abnormalities.”

That’s one way of putting it for Triple Missile.

This is a more accurate way of putting it:

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