Shelby Sixtysix, the cult hero of the Autumn, confirming last week’s performance in the Challenge against Nature Strip and Eduardo was no fluke:
Can’t even win a Class 2 race on the Sapphire Coast, which means his rating was too low to even qualify for the Country Championship.
Wins a Class 2 Highway on a bog at Rosehill at the end of February to get his rating up to 66.
Then, in the the space of 7 days, Danny Williams’ Shelbster from Goulburn goes from being a 66-rating plodder, to beating home Nature Strip and just missing Eduardo at level weights, and eventually a Group 3 winner.
Speaking of scenes, there were plenty of them, because Roch ‘N’ Horse delivered every bookmaker’s wet dream by winning a Group 1 at 100/1 in the Newmarket Handicap, making the most of the turkeys going to the outside fence to give Patty Moloney his first Group 1 victory.
With The Astrologist running 2nd at 61/1, September Run finishing 3rd at 26/1, and Levante finishing 4th at 18/1, the trifecta paid $44,694, and the First 4 paid $205,657.
What on earth.
I’ll be honest, I backed Artorious in the race, and in hindsight, the call to make Craig Newitt go to the outside pack from Barrier 2 was one of the biggest tactical blunders of the entire day’s racing….
So looking through the other major results, the expat American grey Lighthouse finally got her Group 1 win in the Coolmore Classic after a pair of runner-up placings, and despite only being in Australia for barely 6 months, I would say she now ranks right up there amongst the great American-born females to hit Australian shores, alongside Terri Irwin, Marcia Hines and Nicole Kidman.
8 starts in Australia: 5 wins, and a worst finishing position of 2nd.
Finally, Duais didn’t get a clean run in the Chipping Norton, but she did this time on a dry deck at Flemington, and the final 400m of the Australian Cup told the story as the Edward Cummings mare swept down the outside and smacked Think It Over in the process, as Edward Cummings won a Group 1 at Flemington while his grandad’s statue watched on:
Fancy that, there’s yet another horse I backed for a place that went on to win…. Oh well, $2.45 sure beats losing.
Fancy that, Edward Cummings, the youngest of the Cummings training dynasty, won an Australian Cup before his dad and his older brother.
Unfortunately for Ed, he’s got to win another 12 editions of the race to match Bart’s tally.
Still, Crazy Craig would love to have just 1 victory right now, but as someone once said, they don’t put tow bars on hearses.
Random Pilot Pick: Magic in the Pago Pago Stakes at Rosehill = 3rd
Woah woah it’s Magic, you know….
And that’s about it for him, because he’s Magic in name and a wet fart by nature, and he ain’t going to be featuring in the Golden Slipper.
And just to rub it in our collective faces, Pikey rode Mr Mozart in the Phar Lap Stakes about 2 years later, and he promptly won like Phar Lap at 12/1.
Pick of the Day: Argentia in the Kewney Stakes at Flemington = 2nd
We’ll cry for you, Argentia
Mr Alfonse was going to ask me an important question before the race….
Can Argentina win in Australia?
I had to tell him the horse was called Argentina….
Either way, the answer was no…. By a bee’s dick.
Value Pick: Benaud in Race 10 at Rosehill = 5th
Sure, Benaud finished ahead of the favourite, and Rousseau was well and truly too good for them, if you get absolutely positively belted by three emergencies in the run home, you’re almost on the same dreaded level as Clan O’Sullivan….
HEART AS BIG AS A PEA.
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