Horse Racing

Crazy Craig’s Picks of the Day: 10th September

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

So the Spring Carnival rolls on to the double-digit mark of September, and at this present moment we’re all comprehending the enormous loss of one of racing’s longest-serving fanatics, as Her Majesty hit the bell lap on Thursday afternoon, before deciding I’m Thunderstruck was such a moral in the Makybe Diva that she didn’t even need to see him win.

So as we now say God Save The King and the UK turns into a revamp of Charles In Charge, the highlight of the weekend is the aforementioned Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington, oddly enough run over the Flemington mile, a distance that The Diva was famously proficient at running…

If you add another mile on top of that mile, that is.

Completely ignoring the other Group 2 support races, Flemington also sees a very rare racing moment in Race 6 (2500m Quality), with a contest between 3 full siblings, all by Galileo out of Remember When:

5-year-old King Of The Castle, 6-year-old Serpentine, and 7-year-old Team Captain.

There’s also another Galileo in the race in Interpretation, who must be the red-headed bastard stepchild of the family.

The other semi-important races of note tomorrow include the Run To The Rose and the Theo Marks at Rosehill, with the Golden Rose only 2 weeks away, although who knows what condition the track will be in, the Cairns Amateurs are on up in North Queensland, although everyone will be waiting for the Cowboys game to start, and with nobody watching, the Farnley Stakes are on at Belmont, which is actually in Burswood.

So it’s on to Crazy Craig, and never mind being unable to hit water if he fell out of a boat, if Craig fell out of a boat, he’d be half a chance of hitting concrete, so for god’s sake man, USE YOUR LUCKY LIPS TO FIND US SOMETHING.

Pick of the Day: Ellsberg (No.3, Barrier 5) in the Theo Marks at Rosehill (SR8), 3:55pm AEST

1300m Group 2 Quality

Trainers: Gerald Ryan & Sterling Alexiou, Jockey: Chad Schofield, 57.5kg

Hello hello everyone, it’s Craaaazy Craig TBFB, Scratchie King of Bairnsdale, and after hearing that our dearly beloved Elizabeth had died, any form of legal tender with her face on it is now totally WORTHLESS, so this morning I went to the newsagent quick smart and exchanged all my money for a heap of scratchies, which will be going straight to the down on their luck to get me a few karma points!

I swear, that used to get me the luck I needed to back winners knackers, now it can’t even get me a can of tinned sardines!

Anyway, this week I’m off to Rosehill in my futile quest to land a Pick of the Day, and I do like one in the feature Theo Marks, who could be related to the thing that sank the Titanic…

That was Iceberg, this is ELLSBERG!

Yessss, in what promises to be a gripping edition of the Theo Marks, I’m taking Ellsberg for one simple reason:




That’s all I need to see, because Mr Mozart won’t be able to compose a Sonata good enough to defeat Ellsberg if the balance of probabilities proves true, but then again, I’m going so shithouse I could stop a train with my arsecheeks right now, but do you think that’s going to stop me?



Random AC/DC Pick: I’m Thunderstruck (No.1, Barrier 1) in the Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington (MR5), 2:55pm AWST

1600m WFA Group 1

Trainers: Mick Price & Mick Kent Jnr, Jockey: Mark Zahra, 59kg

I backed him in the Memsie knackers and came within a head of glory, AND NOW IT’S TIME FOR ROUND 2!


Value Pick: Teewaters (No.7, Barrier 1) in Race 6 at Flemington (MR6), 3:35pm AEST

2500m Quality The Sally Churnside

Trainer: Archie Alexander, Jockey: Declan Bates, 54kg



Alright, off the back of that crap joke I’ll give an explanation – on Derby Day last year, I put Teewaters as my Value Pick of the Day at somewhere in the region of 20/1 in the Victoria Derby, and you wouldn’t believe it, he stuck on well to run 3rd!

Now, two starts back at Caulfield (So long ago he was still a 3-year-old), Teewaters got a hot speed and sat just off the leader, which proved to be the key to victory as he shat it in by 3 lengths…

Contrast that with last start at Flemington, where he sat in the trotting staple of one out one back on a slow tempo, and what happened?

He dropped out and ran 6th, beaten 7 lengths!

Now, I saw Teewaters popped up at $19 as of sending this through to JT, but let me tell you, UNLIKE YOURS TRULY, HE IS BETTER THAN THAT, and with a bigger field and a bit more speed in the race, I think he’ll be fighting it out for 4th spot as the likes of Point Nepean win on breeding alone, and if he isn’t fighting it out for 4th place…

Well, what do I care if he isn’t there, I am a lunatic!

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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