Nash Rawiller with the greatest big brain ride in a Group 1 this century on Think It Over to win the Queen Elizabeth at 35/1
At first I thought Nash had pulled the wrong rein and Think It Over was off to the bar, but it turned out the elder Rawiller sibling had pulled off a blinder to upstage Zaaki, even if it did cost him 2 weeks for excessive whip use, and I can imagine that somewhere in the world, Shane Dye is wondering how Veandercross didn’t win the 1992 Caulfield Cup when he attempted the same thing.
So that was the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, in which the two least-regarded Heavy trackers in the field absolutely spaced a field full of frauds like Verry Elleegant and Anamoe, and it was part of a huge day for the great So You Think, who amazingly sired 3 Group One winners in the space of 90 minutes; Knights Order in the Sydney Cup, Think It Over in the Queen Elizabeth and Nimalee in the Queen of the Turf.
His standing fee was $38,500… Coolmore probably shot their load the longer the afternoon went on, because that fee is going up by a couple of thousand.
So that QE result kind of summed up the day, because El Patroness won the Australian Oaks at 26/1, the Randwick Quaddie payed $58,639 thanks to Think It Over and Nimalee winning the Queen of the Turf, while north of Tweed Heads, the Doomben Quaddie payed $138,613 and had a partial carryover of $65,773, although that’s actually below par given some of the monkey business that goes on up there.
The other historical note of the day, from the aforementioned Queen of the Turf, is that Damien Oliver has now absolutely and unequivocally passed George Moore for the most Group 1 wins by a jockey in Australian history (127), although that stat is very rubbery, considering George Moore rode most of his career before the introduction of Group 1 racing, but nevertheless, Ollie is now absolutely the most successful jockey in Australian history.
But, the most important part of the day is that Crazy Craig’s Value Pick ran 2nd for the third time in four weeks at very good odds, which means that WE CAN SOUND THE LUCKY LIPS VICTORY TUNE, BECAUSE WE HAD A BLOODY COLLECT!
Outside of that, there was bugger all to be happy about.
Value Pick: Sheraz in the Sydney Cup at Randwick = 2nd ($3.50 place)
Fantastic run by Sheraz, only being beaten home by the best-performed horse in the race (Knight’s Order) while putting a couple of lightyears between himself and the rest of the field, which to me shows that Crazy Craig’s assessment of the race was very nearly spot on, especially when he said Listed European races were at least Group 2 quality Down Under.
In fact, half the bloody horses in that Sydney Cup field wouldn’t even cut it in a Class 3 at Chantilly.
In the context of the afternoon, I think it did help having a quality jockey like Craig Williams aboard, because the little madman always makes an effort to religiously understand how a track is playing, and the story at Randwick on Saturday was that anything short of midfield had no hope in hell of winning or placing, so anyone who says the track played terribly is telling lies, because the track was nothing short of consistent…
Consistently favouring front runners.
So to that point, Williams used the inside barrier and settled 3rd on the rail with Sheraz, and with Chris Waller having prepared yet another runner for their Grand Final, Sheraz wound up producing his best run since being imported from the land of Gérard Depardieu.
Very well done, and I believe Sheraz is now the best-performed Frenchman in Australia, surpassing Manu Feildel after his performance on SAS Australia.
Pick of the Day: Trix of the Trade in the WATC Derby at Ascot = Arse end of nowhere
Bloody hell, someone I’ve known for a while in Mr Glen ‘Buck’ Rogers is a Group 2 winning owner, and it’s in the form of an Alaskan God who isn’t even from Alaska.
Finally, something to topple the “Group 1 Last Place” owner’s trophy that he got thanks to Wilchino in last year’s Winterbottom Stakes.
Random Deal Or No Deal Pick: Ain’tnodeeldun in Race 8 at Caulfield = ****in’ 4th Again
Fancy that, the winner of this race Think ‘N’ Fly was also sired by So You Think….
2 out of 3 races Crazy Craig has been beaten by his progeny.
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