Horse Racing

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

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

After another rancid week in the Great Game, we plough on through into Week 2 of December, with just 2 weeks remaining until the great occasion that is Festivus (Because Christmas is boring now), and with Group 1 racing done until February we have this set of races to look forward to:

– The Group 2 Ingham at Randwick, the former Villiers Stakes that was renamed in honour of chicken giants Bob and Jack Ingham for their decades long contributions to Australian racing, among them ownership of Carbine Lodge and Woodlands Stud that bred the likes of Octagonal and Lonhro, with the winner of the race guaranteed a spot in the Doncaster Handicap.

Another major race is some boring listed race in Queensland, where there’s always something going on, over here in Wait Awhile we have something called the Gold Rush, some kind of new Group 3 feature race worth $1.5m, making it the richest Group 3 in Australian history, to slot in between the Group 1 races and the Perth Cup.

From the outside looking in, the plan to get the Gold Rush in operation appears to have worked, because they’ve attracted some Eastern states horses & jockeys, e.g. Vilana backing up after missing the Winterbottom, Kissonallforcheeks is there, Kementari, The Astrologist, and accompanying them are jockeys like Jamie Kah, Ben Melham, Todd Pannell, and notorious thief Damien Oliver.

Still, it is called the Gold Rush, a phrase hasn’t been relevant in Western Australia since C.Y. O’Connor designed a pipeline to Kalgoorlie, had his reputation driven into the earth by the newspapers as a result, so rode a horse out to sea, and shot himself.

They still built the pipeline.

Anyway, here’s the unannounced return of Crazy Craig, after 6 weeks of donating scratchies to the less fortunate, apparently to see through to the New Year, or until he disconnects his landline and tells everyone to get effed, and he’s told me wants some Christmas music around about his level of maturity…

So here’s Kevin Bloody Wilson!

Value Pick: Kementari (No.1, Barrier 11) E/W in the Gold Rush at Ascot (PR9), 4:57pm AWST

1400m Group 3 WFA

Trainer: James Cummings, Jockey: Jamie Kah, 59kg

Hello hello everyone, it’s Craaaaazy Craig TBFB, Scratchie King of Bairnsdale, and I am BACK after a good break following the Spring Carnival, and in that time I see Crazy Colin has gone absolutely ratshit useless, and I wouldn’t expect anything less from the most useless tipster in Bairnsdale, a title he took from me 4 years ago!

Anyway, this weekend I’ve got bugger all going for me (As per usual), and I see there’s a race called the Gold Rush in Perth, so without even looking at the form I’ve taken the milk drinking master Kementari, and on another note, If I were a sane man, I’d be getting straight on the phone to Perth Racing and telling them to book some dickhead to play some post-race music after the Gold Rush…

And you know who just happened to have a song + album called After The Gold Rush?




The Lunatic Special: Huetor (No.1, Barrier 8) E/W in The Ingham at Randwick (SR8), 4:40pm AEDT

1600m Group 2 Quality

Trainers: Peter & Paul Snowden, Jockey: Kerrin McEvoy, 59kg

On to what I’d call the Lunatic Special, which you can only find from a resident Lunatic like yours truly, and I notice with tomorrow’s feature at Randwick that the Coalfields galloper Nugget is the favourite for The Ingham, ahead of Huetor, which sounds like Hank Hill talking about a ‘Waiter’, but there’s one obvious problem with that little fact about Nugget….


In fact, by the time you read this, there’s half a chance he’ll have failed to gain a start and been scratched from the race!

Now THAT is Crazy!

Anyway, I still have no idea what the hell a Huetor is, but I’ve picked it, so it’d better win or else I’ll describe him as having a HEART AS BIG AS A PEA.

Pick of the Day: Alaskan God (No.5, Barrier 11) in Race 8 at Ascot (PR8), 4:20pm AWST

2200m Listed G.A. Towton Cup

Trainer: Daniel Morton, Jockey: Chris Parnham, 55kg

I’d say if you want to find a horse that absolutely stands at least a 95% chance of winning, you’d have to take Alaskan God…

On another note, was Alaskan God named after Sarah Palin?

Speaking of Sarah Palin, I wonder how many Americans still think Sarah Palin was in Monty Python, because I heard the Lumberjack sketch is very popular over in Alaska.

Enjoy your Saturday folks, STAY DRY, 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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