Horse Racing

Crazy Craig’s Picks of the Day Review: 26th February

It’s not take care Garnier, it’s Take Care, DAUMIER

From the 7 Horse Racing Twitter

So that’s the last Saturday of Summer done and dusted, and early on it looked like another red hot rail kind of a day at Caulfield, so much so that a Heavy 28 track at Randwick played better than a Caulfield track in perfect conditions.

Two weeks ago Peter Moody described the Caulfield track as being “Rooted” due to over-watering… I would’ve loved to have seen a Tweet from Moods 4 races in when the first 4 leaders won.

So looking at the overall results, there were plenty of good news stories around, namely Verry Elleegant winning her 11th Group 1 and defending her Chipping Norton crown in the process, also denying She’s Ideel the chance to give bookmakers a 12 course dinner every day for the next 6 weeks:

Another good story was Sierra Sue turning into Runaround Sue and winning the Futurity Stakes, and I’d point out this fact as being nothing more than a quirk, but none of the trainers that featured in the trifecta were born in Australia:

Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young (Sierra Sue) are both Kiwis, and to cap it off, jockey Johnny Allen is an Irishman from Ireland

Annabel Neasham (Mo’unga) is a British expat

And Mike Moroney (Tofane) is also a Kiwi

So while those foreigners pilfer our Weight For Age stocks and our prize money, the best story of the day was Marabi handling the hype and winning the Oakleigh Plate to go to 7 wins from 7 attempts, which also gave Ben Allen his maiden Group 1 win as a jockey after several years in the game:

Last year Teo Nugent got his maiden Group 1 win in the Oakleigh, albeit it was a dead-heat with Celebrity Queen, and this year Ben joins the coveted Group 1 club, which is just as exclusive as the Mile High Club, and all we can give him is a well done and a golf clap.

Moving on, I think Crazy Craig brought a bit of good karma onto himself, because he told me, plus everyone else, that he gave a few Powerball lotto tickets to a downtrodden-looking old bloke in the newsagent, and look what happened today:

He picked his first winner since Rafael Nadal only had 20 Grand Slam titles.

See, it pays to be an altruist.

Pick of the Day: Ellsberg in Race 5 at Randwick = WINNER ($2.60/$1.40p)

Like shelling bloody peas I tell ya…

Last night I decided to join Crazy Craig and jump on Ellsberg when he was $4.40 behind Quantico, then I woke up Saturday morning and half the field had been scratched because of the track, including Quanitco, Alligator Blood and Riodini, so that meant Ellsberg started close to odds-on, and he was going to get the lead uncontested and potentially have to hold off the well-backed Atishu…

As it turned out, Ellsberg drifted to $2.60, Atishu came in to $4, then she must’ve felt the rain on her back and left a fair bit of excrement on the way to the gates, because she refused to jump on her own accord, meaning an arseload of punters did their money cold, while Ellsberg ventured in to dreamland as he went straight to the front and was in a race of his own, winning by 3 lengths, and that was close as any of the other four horses that actually raced got to him.

What a way to live.

Atishu, Atishu, they all fall down.

Random Tracy Chapman Pick: Revolutionary Miss in the Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield = 2nd ($1.90p)

Oh for goodness sake, I was a long nose away from another performance of Tracy Chapman saluting Talkin’ About A Revolution-ary Miss, and the most annoying part was the Snowden filly was coming home like a Fast Car late in a race, even after she got caught wide from the barrier the entire race, only to fall short by this much:

Actually, given Jamie Kah was riding the filly, she wasn’t coming home like a Fast Car, she was coming home like a Fast Kah.

So instead of anything to do with Revolution, we’ll lament this harrowing defeat with one of the other four Tracy Chapman songs I actually know, and it’s not Give Me One Reason:

Actually, I can’t complain too much, I did have a place bet on Revolutionary Miss, so well done to Jamie Kah, and hopefully we’ll see her fighting for The Golden Slipper.

Value Pick: Allez Allez in Race 5 at Ascot = 8th

Hang on, he actually ran?

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