Horse Racing

Crazy Craig’s Picks of the Day Review: 15th October

With 46,000 at Randwick, it was a day for the value punters

Giga Kick, the unbeaten 3-year-old trained by Clayton Douglas and ridden by ‘Mr Pearly Whites’ Craig Williams, sticks one up the rich pricks of the world and mows down Private Eye and Nature Strip (Plus Mazu) to score an upset win in The Everest at 20-1 in only his 5th start, having been a maiden in February:

And to think Jamie Kah effectively dumped Clayton Douglas for Ben Melham in an Air BNB… It’s like trading an R32 Nissan Skyline GT-R for an AU Falcon.

Meanwhile at Caulfield, Durston cut down Gold Trip to win the Caulfield Cup, giving Chris Waller another Caulfield Cup on a day where he expected to win an Everest:

Aside from Chris Waller, another noteworthy performance today was that of Murray Baker’s former deputy Andrew Forsman.

He trained the winner of the the Group 1 Livamol Classic in his native New Zealand (Mustang Valley), and trained 3 winners at Caulfield; Saint Bathans in Race 2, Mr Maestro in Race 3, and Aegon in Race 10, after Aegon’s racing career looked utterly destroyed at the end of 2021, after finishing no better than 10th in 4 runs during the Spring and Summer.

Fantastic effort to even get Aegon to run in the Top 5 today, let alone win.

Turning to the most important matter of the day, it would be fair to say it was frustrating day out for Crazy Craig, because his three picks were all around the mark, but alas:

2nd with the Omen Pick of the Day.

2nd with the Musical Pick of the Day.

And 3rd with the Value Pick of the Day….

And that doesn’t even include his random Everest and Caulfield Cup picks of Masked Crusader and Benaud, which went worse than I did today in a trial game out at Thornlie…

If you must know we were 32-5 down with 4 ends to go after bowling in a 40 km/h westerly gust, but thanks to some rare displays of competency we cut it back to 33-12, and we picked up 2 wins in the meat raffle.

So as I prepare to get dumped back down to Division 5, those placings today mean CC definitely positively absolutely had a collect today, so it’s time to PLAY THE THEME TUNE:

We ran Cliff Richard into the ground, and we’re well on the way to grinding down Elvis Presley more thoroughly than Colonel Tom Parker did.

Omen Pick of the Day: Angry Skies in Race 5 at Caulfield = 2nd ($1.90p)


If a horse named Angry Skies can’t win as an omen bet in a week in which Melbourne gets hit by several month’s rainfall, and the Maribyrnong River floods every suburb except the Great Wall of Flemington Racecourse, what hope have we got?

Musical Pick: Mr Mozart in the Silver Eagle (Race 7) at Randwick = 2nd ($1.90p)

Probably would’ve preferred the track to be a Heavy instead of glorious sunshine, but regardless it was a good run by Mr Mozart, the winner just happened to take an old-fashioned crap on everyone.

Which meant for the second time on Saturday, Crazy Craig was gazumped by a Godolphin-owned horse.

Value Pick: Nerodio E/W in Race 7 at Ascot = 3rd ($3.50p)

Fancy that – The winner turned out to be Miss Conteki, who won superbly as one of Crazy Craig’s Picks of the Day back in January.

Anyway, Nerodio followed the winner through on the rail and ran a good 3rd, and $3.50 for the place?

As good as a favourite winning if you ask me.

Just finally, I loved Craig Newitt’s comment after No Compromise ran last in the Caulfield Cup:

“You can’t win a 2400m race running two miles.”

Isn’t that what Veandercross did in 1992?

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