Horse Racing

Crazy Craig’s Picks of the Day: 23rd April

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

So the Autumn Carnival as we know it is finished, and now it’s time to see what was the highlight of the Carnival, from the perspective of us battlers over here in Western Australia:

Yeah, just like everyone in Perth, I loved seeing Ascot get punted to the side for some crap race at Glen Innes.

So we’re on to the ANZAC Day weekend, and all of the attention for this upcoming Sloppy Saturday of Racing is going to the two states that RM Williams used to call home, because the Adelaide autumn carnival is just about to launch, and there’s a bunch of Listed races in Brisbane, including the Mick Dittman Plate, named after The Enforcer himself, and you can only think if the whip rule had been in place in the 1980s and ’90s, Mick would’ve spent more time on the sidelines than Jim Cassidy.

On top of those races, it’s also the VOIBIS Gold meeting at Caulfield, and there’s a race called The Showdown, which is a terrible name for a race, because when you tell someone “Hey, the Showdown is on!”, they’re going to think the Crows are playing the Power at the Adelaide Oval.

In short, you’re probably better off waiting for the ANZAC Day races on Monday, plus a couple of games of LEGALISED Two Up.

So it’s on to Crazy Craig, and once again it’s been a massive Autumn for the Boy From Bairnsdale, as shown last week when his Pick of the Day in Ayrton proved a class above, and for the 4th time in 5 weeks, his Value Pick ran 2nd at good odds, in this case Tofane in the All-Aged, who just didn’t have enough in reserve to hold off Cascadian.

So let’s see how he goes this week, because like Sir Cliff Richard, he’s got Lucky Lips!

Value Pick: Street Power (No.10, Barrier 6) in Race 5 at Randwick (SR6), 1:40pm AEST

1200m BM72 Grainshaker Vodka Handicap

Trainer: Brett Cavanough, Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy, 56kg

Hello hello everyone, it’s Craaazy Craig TBFB, back after a busy week donating scratchies and Easter eggs to those who look down on their luck, and I tell you what, karma is a strange concept, but based on the way my picks have been performing, it might just be real!

Anyway, the Group 1 racing is done for a couple of weeks as we wait for the inferior states to get their carnivals underway, so in the meantime we’ll pay our respects to the thousands of servicepeople who took a bullet for the British Empire, and I’ll attempt to keep pulling out 2nd placed Value Picks out of my arse, so let’s stay at boggy Randwick, and in Race 5 I’ve spotted a horse from the Thoroughbred Capital of the Galaxy in Scone….

Street Power!

Yes, he’s on the fifth line of betting right now, but it’s worth noting that last Spring in a Highway race at Newcastle, Street Power knocked off a certain horse called Shelbysixtysix!

Now, what did Shelbysixtysix do this Autumn?


It’s Crazy knackers, Crazy!

I can’t tell if that’s the greatest form reference since the Germans and Japanese ran 2nd to the Allies, or if the fact that Shelbysixtysix is a Group 1 winner indicates how shithouse our equine talent pool is!

Anyway, in two runs since knocking off the Shelbster, Street Power hasn’t done much, running 9th over the 1400m on a Heavy Tamworth track, then he ran in the Country Championship Wildcard at his home track at Scone, and despite making his own luck, he just couldn’t run out the 1400m, which would suggest he should be kept over the sprinting distances…

So on that note, Brett Cavanough has dropped him back to the 1200m, where he’s run just the once for a victory at Port Macquarie, on the jockey scene, the little South Australian from Streaky Bay in Kerrin McEvoy climbs aboard first time, there’s absolutely no doubt he can run well on a bog track given he’s racked up wins on Soft on Heavy….

And as always with my Value picks, I don’t expect them to win, especially up against a heap of city trained horses, but if they get given every possible chance in the run, then that’s all I can ask for knackers, so on that note, go Street Power, my VALUE PICK OF THE DAY.

And for the second time in 3 weeks…

Random Deal or No Deal Pick of the Day: Ain’tnodeeldun (No.6, Barrier 8) in Race 8 at Caulfield (MR8), 4:50pm AEST

2000m SWP Surewise VOIBIS Gold Heath

Trainer: Anthony & Sam Freedman, Jockey: Damian Lane, 57kg

It’s ironic to think Andrew O’Keefe has done more time in the slammer than The Dealer…

Some of those bank offers were bordering on financial fraud.

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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