Horse Racing

The Cheetah’s New Year’s Day Picks of the Day

Me rushing into 2023


Morning everybody, Happy New Year, today is Perth Cup Day here in Wait Awhile, and it is nice to see the race back its traditional slot of January 1 for this year, while there’s the usual New Year’s races at Flemington (The Chester Manifold), the Burrumbeet Cup, the Inverell Cup, plus the Longford Cup in Tassie, with a history dating back to 1845, pre-dating the VRC Derby and the Melbourne Cup by at least a decade.

Now, with three semi-decent meetings and the Canterbury Sprint, we can fit in a special presentation of picks, so that said, today I went straight on the landline to Crazy Craig, but typical lunatic, he’s disconnected his phone ever since Matron Bullwinkel got absolutely slaughtered at Moonee Valley in Race 4 yesterday….

Crikey, what a shithouse ride that was.

So I’ve gone to Plan C and dialled up the number of a bloke who paid myself and Senor Alfonse a visit at the Waterford TAB many years ago, who is known only by an alias, who would be very willing to share his thoughts on a day’s racing…

Direct from the Coolangatta TAB, THE CHEETAH.


Pal D’Oro (No.8, Barrier 10) in Race 6 at Flemington (MR6), 4:20pm AEDT

1400m Listed Chester Manifold Stakes

Trainers: Ciaron Maher & David Eustace, Jockey: Jamie Kah, 54kg

G’day folks, Cheetah here, very willing participant on the punt, saying Happy New Year to you all.

I was watching the Canberra races on Friday at the local Coolangatta TAB, and FMD, I noticed there was the Clan O’Sullivan Handicap, and I thought back to 1992 and what a PISSWEAK horse he was in that Golden Slipper… he couldn’t even hold out Burst!

Anyway, after going to make a Christmas visit to my mate in the big house, who will be out on good behaviour very soon, I got to looking at the Flemington races for NYD, and I saw another run coming up for a good horse trained by Ciaron Maher and that other bloke, Pal D’Oro, which is an interesting name considering he isn’t anyone’s pal, so I got on the phone to my mate down in country Victoria who has horses with Ciaron Maher, and I asked him:

“What did Ciaron say?”

He replied:

“Can win.”

There you go, if that doesn’t get your confidence up, then you must not be VERY WILLING.


Spaceboy (No.9, Barrier 2) E/W in Race 6 at Canterbury (SR6), 6:30pm AEDT

1200m Listed Quality KIA Canterbury Sprint

Trainer: Gary Portelli, Jockey: Zac Lloyd (a), 53.5kg

I Am Me would be very easy to put on top at $1.75, and to be honest he’ll probably drop a wet fart on them, but at those prices I’d honestly much rather donate $200,000 to an undeserving associate of mine, so instead I’ll be putting several pineapples on Spaceboy at $7.50, for a few reasons:

Zac Lloyd is in form, as evidence by him lighting up a firecracker on NYE at Randwick yesterday with 3 winners.

He’s got the inside barrier, so with a clean jump he’s going to do what he does best and go straight to front and lead up to the turn, which he did with great success 2 starts back at this same track with Lloyd aboard.

Race 6 Number 9, it’d be great to start the year with a 6-9er….

And, in my view, not only is he WILLING to lead and give himself every hope of victory, he is VERY WILLING, and that’s what I like to see!


Buster Bash (No.2, Barrier 5) E/W in the Perth Cup at Ascot (PR8), 4:50pm AWST

2400m Group 2 TABTouch Perth Cup

Trainer: David Harrison, Jockey: Joseph ‘Can’t Ride’ Azzopardi, 56kg

On to the Perth Cup, and with the form in the field looking as rancid as my mate Tony wearing a wig, I like the look of Buster Bash to run in the Top 3, so much so I’ve put him to place as part of a multi, and I’ve taken it twice.

Still, it won’t be like my mate who knows Chris Waller up here in Coolangatta, who was so confident on Blue Diamond Stakes Day 2019 that he took a multi twice, then plonked $1,000 on it at 43/1 twice.

He won.

Twice.

And you know why he won?

Because he was VERY WILLING to back his instincts….

Which is exactly what Smokin’ Joe Azzopardi is going to do late on Sunday afternoon, despite some old bloke in Perth once claiming to me that he couldn’t ride.


Enjoy your New Year folks, Cheetah signing off, and good punting to you all in 2023.

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