Crio’s racing

The John F. Feehan Stakes was always a chance to see how WFA middle distance horses handled the nuances of the Moonee Valley track and thus became a point of reference en route to the W. S. Cox Plate. Historically this timeline also fitted. “Feehan’s Farm”, on which the first race meetings were held in Moonee Ponds, was subsequently purchased by William Samuel Cox for the purposes of a designated course (hence MV, unlike the others, is a freehold property). The Feehan name remained (from 1949- 2004) a symbolic remnant of early Irish origins and their role in settlement and betting until, perhaps appropriately for contemporary economics and geography, the name was changed to the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes in recognition of the billionaire Malaysian businessman and thoroughbred owner. It is a shame, though – I reckon we should draw up some race names for Heritage listing.
Feehan and then Cox certainly created a unique venue, now famed as an amphitheatre and with a rectangular shape that, as with all our city tracks, some horses thrive on whilst others flounder. One which did handle it admirably was Mark Kavanagh’s mysteriously named and hugely popular galloper, Whobegotyou, retired after this meeting last year and sadly passing away on his owner’s property this morning (Wednesday). Whobe’s record was pretty impressive and he certainly raced in the best company. Though his G1 wins were at the Heath (Guineas and Stakes!), many associate him with the Valley where a Stutt Stakes, AAMI Vase and two Feehans (all then G2s) had him inked as a Cox Plate horse. Alas this was never to be realized, twice running behind the great So You Think.
He’ll be well remembered by the crowds who journey out Mt Alexander Rd this Saturday to a meeting which, to be honest, looks a little disappointing for the excellent black-type on offer. Whilst it is a good card there’s little doubt the national racing interest will be more focused on Rosehill where the season’s first G1, the Golden Rose, takes place.
With neither Pierro nor the out of sorts All Too Hard as acceptors, the 3yo Classic (Sr6, G1, 1400m) is, itself, not “the cream”. Nechita (10), though, may well be top notch. Gai has spruiked Kabayan(4) since an eyecatching run at Caulfield and it will be second pick. Epaulette(1) has only raced against the best and looks the double figure E/W value to me.
The time honoured Theo Marks (SR4, G2, 1400m) has fallen away a bit but is often a strong Epsom guide. Unremarkably, Gai’s duo Fast Chip (2) and Fat Al (5) are fancied! The prolific Chris Waller has Dystopia (4) solid in the market. With just the 8 runners, I’m interested in Leon Corsten’s Waterford Hill (8), unbeaten since being gelded, at 25/1 E/W.
As usual, Gai Waterhouse will hold the media spotlight at the Sydney races and she has the hot favs and key runners in the other major events, The Kingston Town (SR7,G3, 2000m) and The Sheraco (SR5,Listed, F+M, 1200m). Gai has been advised that her emerging stayer, Strawberry Boy, has no hope of getting a run in the Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield, where he’d hoped to head and avoid a Caulfield Cup ballot. Hence there is a Plan B, starting with a presumed win in the Kingston Town…I’ll leave the evens alone.
The Sheraco is expected to be an exhibition gallop for the wonderful mare More Joyous, almost unbeatable clockwise and embarking on a glorious campaign to finally convince the very few remaining Victorian sceptics. They’d have gotten rich backing her up there and she handles our way OK.
If More Joyous is to have another crack at the Cox Plate then her connections will closely monitor the “Dato” (MR6, 1600m, WFA). Rekindled Interest (4) is one of those “Valley horses”. His was a heartbreaking defeat in the “WFA Championship” last year and I resisted jumping on first up. This looks ideal. 7, 5 and 3 can fill your exotics but I think I’ll be one out in the Quaddy.
The first Leg of Melbourne’s Quaddy (MR5, McEwen Stakes, 1000m, G3) looks a race in two. Golden Archer (2) and Bel Sprinter (4) might be a notch below Black Caviar, Haylist and Ortensia, but they are on the next tier and will chase some serious money in the next month.
After thin opening legs I might look to go a bit wider in R7 (W.H. Stocks Stakes, 1600m, Mares, WFA, G2). Last year this proved one of the form races for the Spring …
2011 WH Stocks Stakes result
1. $2.70 King’s Rose 56.5 L Nolen
2. $3.60 Pinker Pinker 56.5 D Dunn
3. $7.00 Lady Lynette 57.0 N Hall
then followed ; 4. Southern Speed (D Nikolic); 5. Willow Creek( C Symons); 6. Absolutely (D Yendall)
The 2012 edition doesn’t look nearly as hot but it is still a formline on to girls’ gems like the Blazer, the Tristarc and, for the silk department, The Myer Classic.
Almanackers are probably obliged to give Oasis Bloom (11) another chance on the back of her being cartwheeled in the running last week. She’ll be double figure odds so must go in. But I am concerned. The wide gate will suit though the circuit may not. What is starting to burrow at my brain is the stable’s recent strike rate. P.Morgan is a good trainer and has a high opinion of this mare, but his charges are just not finding the line (another, Three Royal Bees, went over in the red at Wodonga on Tuesday). Hence I am punting E/W here and hopeful that Bossy can break the jinx. Spirit Song (2) and Bliss Street (8) are amongst several others to come under consideration as I’ll look to chase a dividend in excess of last week’s $80!
If Oasis Bloom happens to salute then I’ll have no hesitation at all in attacking the Morgan/Boss combo to land a running double in to the last (MR8, Listed, 1200m)with the talented but sometimes frustrating Amah Rock (12). This is one of the most competitive races of the day – good luck if you are chasing! I’ve got a big watch on That’s The One(11), first up and blinkers, as well as the nagging problem of having backed Dee’n’Gee (13), Freereturn (3) and Mr Make Believe (4) in their last starts. This is sure to end in tears!
Early MR Quaddy inklings then : 2,4/4/2,8,10,11/3,4,11,12,13.
Saturday’s races demand solid scrutiny and the Post will be scoured for evidence of track specialists and those “forgives” from unsuitable surfaces and distances of late. Earlier races might offer better value. This overview is subject to plenty of revision and all advice and comments are, of course, welcomed both here on the site or at my station on the Moonee Valley Rails on Saturday.
Good luck!

Comments

  1. Im on Oasis Bloom. They have a first starter at Seymour on Sunday Crio (R2 no 10 Princess Deauville) Any idea?
    This will bring back memories – the “Melbourne Cup of the Mallee- Mindarie Halidon” is on Sunday -I will be going (first time since the 70s when it used to be run on SA Grand Final Day)

  2. Oges, I have never been to Mindarie-Halidon and look fwd to your report. Assume Mick Whittle will have runners.

  3. Crio,

    I’m an open member of the Morgan Fan Club, but I agree with Oges. Oasis Bloom has only had the four starts, so she’s hard to rate, but her first up run was very good and she went for runs that were not there last start. A good chance along with My Chicharita who ran 4th in the NZ Derby behind Silent Achiever and will have improved from a first up run in Australia.

    Rekindled Interest just wins. Loves the Valley. Should have finished fathoms closer last start in the Memsie and his 3 second up runs include a fourth in last years Memsie and a pimple second to Metal Bender in the Group 1 George Ryder at Rosehill in April. He has NEVER ran a bad race and might just about be fav for the WSCP come late Sat afternoon.

  4. Did you reckon I was too harsh?
    Whilst we are on early declarations, mark down Tanby in MR4. Should win.

  5. Skip of Skipton says:

    When I think of Dato Tan Chin Nam I think of one of our best ever horses being sold overseas in his prime, and the rug being pulled out from under J.B. Cummings in his final years. Booooooooo!

  6. Crio,

    Too harsh? Where?

    Do you refer to “The Feehan” V The “F’Tang F’Tang Ole Biscuit Barrel? No drama this end.

    Yes, Amah Rock was good enough for Morgan to take to Brisbane for Winter riches prior to becoming Mordisson, and he did very well, a heavy track probably his downfall in the Guineas and looms is an enormous chance. Goes well at MV and goes well fresh.

    Here is another one in the last, and I can’t really relate the reasons why, but here it is. ESSINGTON.

  7. I referred to his silks as the “Catalan Opening” colours the other day!
    Dato still has horses with JB

    Find us a winner Skip!

  8. Skip of Skipton says:

    No, they are the “Seto Flowerian” colours, crio.

  9. I’m deliberating over giving Freereturn another chance in the last. Unbeaten at the Valley.

  10. Weren’t there a few spruiking Midas Touch a few weeks back. I agree with Elvis that Rekindled Interest looks the goods but when I see Happy Trails as a 6/1 chance at WFA I’m prepared to look for some odds and I might line up on Midas, I notice it’s about 70/1.

    The last is an interesting race, Pied A Terre is 2 for 2 first up and I think it’s well in.
    Essington, ha ha. Is it resuming after a soft tissue injury?

    I’m surprised Crio hasn’t been to Mindarie, I worked there a couple of times a long time ago., I’m not sure it’s one for the bucket list but not a bad day out, particularly if there’s a winner or two.

  11. Never got there Jock. Don’t get to nearly enough country meetings as bookies just don’t need staff.
    Tally is 11 courses worked in the last year…
    Flemington, Caulfield, Moonee Valley, Sandown, Ballarat, Bendigo, Cranbourne, Warrnambool, Morphettville, Oakbank, Fannie Bay.
    Sure miss those nights at Strath Dogs!

  12. Skip of Skipton says:

    No one spruiking Green Moon? It defeated Jock’s tip for the last, Pied a Terre, in the Blamey in its only autumn start.

  13. Yeah, Strath dogs in winter, chilly but not as bad as Kapunda trots in July.
    Mintaro coursing is my most left field meeting to have worked at

  14. Bel Sprinter looks the best “good thing” of the day to me. Classes above those – Golden Archer included.

    Think Spirit Song might be too well weighted for Oasis Bloom, but I’ll have to have something e/w on Morgan’s.

    Some great MV form lines in the last:
    Pied A Terre – 2 for 2
    Freereturn – 3 for 3
    Mr Make Believe, Shadowfax and Sea Lord are all 1 for 1.
    I’m with Jock on the Pied A Terre wagon with Shadowfax the danger.

    The Dato Tan Chin Saintly Feehan is an interesting race though down on usual class levels. If all were at their best Rekindled Interest wins BUT where’s the pace? could be a tricky race. Agree Midas Touch over the odds even Alcopop not hopeless as loves the Valley and Linton handles it well too – just never came up at all last Spring.

    See you there Crio!

  15. Great start to the forum guys – now I have more to think about before we head to Mindarie Sunday.
    I see Yendalls coming to Adelaide to ride two of Weirs so will take an interest in these
    Jock- you have me having flashbacks. We lived near Kapunda so the trots were a regular and then we shifted near Strath but one night at the Dogs finished me.
    Crio- Mick Whittle goes everywhere and he has runners there on Sunday

  16. Oges, I would have gone to all ther Kapunda trot meetings for the 4 yrs I was “at” Uni. Needed long johns for there (and ther Mt Gambier gallops) but the local cornish pasties were revered.
    I see Clare Lindop has a full book at Midarie-Halidon and some good stables are on the raid.
    Mick Whittle has the well travelled (which of his horses aren’t?) Granzic – 11yr old, 124th start, here via Darwin and Wynyard! .. http://www.risa.com.au/InteractiveForm/HorseFullForm.aspx?horsecode=MjQ5MDgyNzk3Ng%3d%3d) and also Jewel King in the Cup.
    I see Darryl Hewitt has a couple of runners in the last. Is that the bloke I recall as a keen punter in his youth? Was he at Westies or Peckers? Came over and tried at St Kilda I think? Brother of Glynn and uncle of Lleyton.

  17. Jock the only saviour at the Kapundra Trots was a port on the way home and speaking of port the Coursing at Mintaro was always filled with blokes in huddles keeping warm drinking port or so my bowls team-mates who used to go told me.
    Lindop doesnt usually go to these meetings (though she has ridden at Pt Augusta recently) so I will look closely at her mounts and Whittle is never far away in the bush. Did Darryl Hewitt play for South? He has a few horses in training at Karoonda (and i think he was a teacher there ) I reckon Lleyton had a part interest in one of his horses
    (Orange Spot Bakery at the Bay won best pastie award recently) One for Crio too )

  18. Sorry Crio the post above should have been addressed to you.Trying to do too many things at once- thats what happens in old age

  19. Darryl Hewitt got me curious. The SANFL site lists him as being a life member and playing for West, Woodville and South. I don’t remember him playing (probably because I was always at the races) but I do remember him having a punt ( and his old man, Max) on some of his horses and he was pretty good at it when they were ready.

    Mindarie fields for Sunday are probably the best they have ever had, plenty of recent Saturday afternoon runners with most city jockeys and trainers represented.

  20. Jock, I vaguely thought Darryl Hewitt was at the Peckers for a while – good punting club and bad footy club at the time – but he used to hang out with some of the Westies boys (the club of his Dad and brother)….you’d remember Trevor Grimwood, Roger Luders and that Blood’n’Tar group that loved a bet and socialised pretty well? I can only assume Daryl went to South after returning from the Saints as it wasn’t in my time in Adelaide. At St Kilda he was a contemporary of the infamous Milan )pathetic) Faletic. Saints were battling!

  21. The money seems to have arrived for Mick Price’s 3 yo Malasun (MR2,No3), a filly with big Diamond wraps after a first start win (over Member’s Joy, which won at bolter’s odds last week) but was then put away following knocking up behind stablemate Samaready on 11 Feb. The trainer gave her a big push in this morning’s press and the markets are indicating that she might be forward enough to win.

  22. How bad must Moonee Valley R3 be? A mile handicap. $5.50 the field. Precedence $6. D.A. Hayes’ $5.50. I’m tempted to have something E/W Sierra Nevada at 66/1

  23. Skip of Skipton says:

    $6 Precedence is a reasonable bet. He’s the best horse in that race and has a good record there.

  24. Crio,

    Well spotted. Reckon you could do a lot worse that Sierra Nevada. Lightly raced High Chaparral horse whose dam is by Woodman from a Sir Tristram daughter of Imposera. Ran 5th to Jimmy in the NZ Derby (beaten a fair distance, but on a non preferred Heavy) after a 3rd in the Avondale Guineas. probably 8 or 10 times the odds of Spacecraft which is ridiculous. Good each way bet for mine.

    Also, without knowing, I reckon Darryl Hewitt would have played for the “Peckers” if pedigree counts for anything. His nephew is certainly one.

  25. Just thought, in an ordinary race with queries on so many, it might push forward. Missed the odds, but took $9.50 the drum.
    Lots of very interesting “Blinkers first time” at MV.

  26. And, from my memory, Darryl was a good bloke and his old man was a mate of Dad’s.

  27. Malasun wins with Formidable (blinkers on) the watch.

    R3 sees the return to Moonee Valley of M A O’Leary. Last season almost anything he raced there won – watch out for GLANEUSE.

    I guess TANBY is the obvious one in the 4th. SHINY BUTTONS had no luck at all last start, is race fit and the better bet each way.

    Lay of the day : NECHITA in the Golden Rose. Very, very tough for fillies to beat the colts at this time of year.

  28. David Downer says:

    Will chime in with some MV banter later, but thought it worth reminding the unbeaten Camelot shoots for rare triple crown glory in the 2800m St Leger tomorrow night at Doncaster (12:40am our time).

    He’s a 2/5 pop. Main opposition comes from those he brained in the Epsom Derby – Main Sequence and Gosden’s Thought Worthy.

    When you look at the distance range (and time span) required to win the triple crown (with the ironic negative breeding value implications), you can see how it’s rarely attempted.

    The others may have a slight door ajar if Camelot’s last run (non-triple crown) in the Irish Derby on a bog track flattened him, but that was 2 and a half months ago now. Certainly not your traditional Australian style lead-in to a big staying race…

    DD

  29. Will that be a news story in UK Dave? The Triple Crown, as we noted ages ago, seems such a US notion. It would be agreat feat.
    Whilst on International racing, Hong Kong’s new season opened with a 60,000+ crowd witnessing a Zac Purton treble. http://www.racingandsports.com.au/racing/rsnewsart.asp?NID=259267&story=HONG_KONG:_Purton_Stars_On_Opening_Day

  30. Crio, I do remember the Westies guys surprised you didn’t mention Matt Davoren with that group . Unfortunately Trevor Grimwood is now living in the “big house” for the next few years (due to an inappropriate relationship with a 14 yo). I guess that wouldn’t have been news in the big V but was well covered over here.

    I see racing is alive and well with 3 jocks from Sydney getting some pretty hefty suspensions. http://www.racenet.com.au/news/83387/Night-out-proves-expensive-for-three-Sydney-jockeys .
    I wonder what unsavoury activities at a hotel means , I sort of think that a lot of us used to engage in that fairly often and the only penalty was a headache 10 hours later that lasted forever.

    I should stop thinking about this considering I put my money on horses they ride from week to week.

  31. Matt Davoren was a ripper bloke and, though I remember him in that cohort, I did not remember him at the races.
    Regarding jockeys…I was at the Darwin Cup. We can discuss this another time.
    You may recall Harry Green and Hayden Haitana at Oakbank eons ago?

    Looking for tips Jock??

  32. David Downer says:

    Can’t speak for mainstream media, EPL pulling all the focus now you’d suspect, but it’s obviously a big deal within “racing circles”.

    You might enjoy this preview…
    http://bit.ly/O3mmOp

  33. Have something each way COLORADO CLAIRE in More Joyous’s race.

  34. Skip of Skipton says:

    David Downer, Was Nijinsky the last horse to win the English ‘Triple Crown’? The ‘negative breeding implications’ makes me cringe.

  35. Correct Skip…
    I wrote about Triple Crowns on June 7 – here’s the lonk
    http://www.footyalmanac.com.au/right-royal-racing/

  36. David Downer says:

    Yes Nijinsky 1970 was the last. May be mistaken, but not sure any other horse has even had a crack at it since? A couple had won the first two legs but did not push on.

    That Camelot is lining up tonight is perhaps a win for the sport itself v pure breeding considerations. But really, if a horse is good enough to show both speed and stamina at the elite level, that’d be a bonus rather than a hindrance re value wouldn’t it?? You’d love an entire to pass on the trait of having guts and a big heart too!

  37. David Downer says:

    Some sporadic thoughts for MV, this is my last of the “watch and learn” meetings before Underwood day next week – conservative though that attitude may be!

    But still…

    As a long time Rekindled Interest fan, I can’t drop off now at the Valley. Seems to be a push for Green Moon, RI’s price might creep out a little? He’s drawn to get a good run out of trouble, needs someone to take it on up front to set a good tempo. Maybe old mate Saptapadi can do that. Interested in seeing how Midas Touch goes pushing forward also. Ethiopia would be hoping to finish off nicely.

    We’ve been spruiking Oasis Bloom ad nauseum so I don’t have to add much. Doesn’t appear much pace, maybe she’ll push forward from out there. Certainly not the quality race it was last year.

    And I’ll get sucked into Morgan’s other one Amah Rock in the last too.

    Up in Sydney for the Golden Rose, some mates of mine are in the Victorian Shamexpress. I’ve had a spec, he’s around $17 on Betfair. Was very unlucky down here last time in the Kabayan race. Outside the fave filly, Epaulette might be the other one at a double figure price.

    Happy punting…

  38. Skip of Skipton says:

    Precedence won. How’d your 66/1 shot go, crio?

  39. Thank you Crio and other Oasis Bloom supporters on site. The wine cellar will now be stocked with some more Ballastone “red” Had Armagh Rock won the last Crio would have been able to “shout us” all a beer I reckon
    Great results today

  40. A big day for the true believers! The forum should be renamed in recognition of OASIS BLOOM – everyone wanted to be on her. Well done all !!
    Here is a selection of the comments above:

    CRIO: Epaulette(1) has only raced against the best and looks the double figure E/W value to me. (WON paying $13)

    CRIO: Gai has been advised that her emerging stayer, Strawberry Boy, has no hope of getting a run in the Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield, where he’d hoped to head and avoid a Caulfield Cup ballot. Hence there is a Plan B, starting with a presumed win in the Kingston Town…I’ll leave the evens alone. (ran 3rd @ $2.60 fav)

    CRIO: Almanackers are probably obliged to give Oasis Bloom (11) another chance on the back of her being cartwheeled in the running last week
    OGES: Im on Oasis Bloom
    ELVIS: I’m an open member of the Morgan Fan Club, but I agree with Oges. Oasis Bloom has only had the four starts, so she’s hard to rate, but her first up run was very good and she went for runs that were not there last start.
    DAVID DOWNER: We’ve been spruiking Oasis Bloom ad nauseum so I don’t have to add much. Doesn’t appear much pace, maybe she’ll push forward from out there
    BUDGE: Think Spirit Song might be too well weighted for Oasis Bloom, but I’ll have to have something e/w on Morgan’s.
    (Oasis Bloom WON @ $10, Spirit Song 2nd – quinella $18.50, exacta $46.80)

    SKIP: $6 Precedence is a reasonable bet. He’s the best horse in that race and has a good record there. (WON @ $5.50)

    BUDGE: Bel Sprinter looks the best “good thing” of the day to me. Classes above those – Golden Archer included. (Bel Sprinter WON @ $2.90)

    CRIO: Yes, Amah Rock was good enough for Morgan to take to Brisbane for Winter riches prior to becoming Mordisson, and he did very well, a heavy track probably his downfall in the Guineas and looms is an enormous chance. Goes well at MV and goes well fresh
    DAVID DOWNER: And I’ll get sucked into Morgan’s other one Amah Rock in the last too
    Amah Rock very unluckily beaten a lip @ $8

    CRIO: I’m deliberating over giving Freereturn another chance in the last. Unbeaten at the Valley (ran 3rd in the last @ $15)

    BUDGE: Lay of the day : NECHITA in the Golden Rose. Very, very tough for fillies to beat the colts at this time of year. (beaten out of a place @ $2.60)

  41. David Downer says:

    Great summary Budge, and nice tipping to boot. Winners, seemingly most of us today, are grinners!

    I also shared Crio’s mindset and dabbled on the Golden Rose winner…
    “Outside the fave filly, Epaulette might be the other one at a double figure price”

    And as I’ve been hashtagging on Twitter…
    Oasis Ka-Bloooooooooooooom!

    Amah Rock very stiff – but we did get the bob in with the above two.

    Can look towards Doncaster tonight and Underwood day next week with a bit in the kick

  42. Sorry Dave – missed you Epaulette quote when I was trawling through. Hope you invested today instead of just watching and learning…..

  43. DD, Wished I’d not got in to Rekindled…good to wait for MV – even better for Blinkers. Some thought him ordinary. I reckon he is right on target for W.S.

  44. Skip of Skipton says:

    Nice summary there Budge. Precedence made sense to me, not to crio at the time obviously. Great work with Oasis Bloom tips. Bloody Croweater Jock turned me off Happy Trails ( who I spruiked for the Memsie) and I went the Moooooon instead. Good horse the Moon. He will be thereabouts this spring. Am I rich yet? No.

  45. Skip, I guess if I rated the race so lowly then i should have put Precedence on top of an ordinary heap! Just between us I sniffed some confidence when i saw Joe Agresta in the ring!

  46. Skip of Skipton says:

    Good onya crio. Sometimes you can miss the elephant in the room. Following thoroughbred horse racing is a demanding discipline and game. We all go shop-blind. Joe Agresta has sat on some flesh in his day.

  47. No big profit for me Skip – I work for wages and can’t afford to knock ’em off! Nevertheless it is great to have some banter and for that not to be completely baseless.

  48. Big day boys. Well done to all concerned.

  49. First time I’ve ever been tempted to try the Jockeys’ challenge – meant to post a Bossy tip. Didn’t and will never take one…too many ways to do your dough. Boss cost us by not getting Amah Rock’s nose down in the last. Still, then we’d have been whingeing about not taking the Quaddy! For the record, I would have missed anyway.

  50. David Downer says:

    Budge, yes, I “got involved” with the selections mentioned. A nice bank to kick-start the Spring proper.

    Crio – agree on RI. The lack of blinkers was my only query going into this one. The other two had his measure today. I reckon Conlan know’s what he’s doing, but wonder how they’ll approach the Turnbull next before the big one.

    Shane Templeton is the only person I’ve ever known to have had a jockey challenge bet.

  51. David Downer says:

    Camelot rolled!

    Joseph O’Brien’s ride will be debated for many years to come. Sitting a $1.35 pop, shooting for a triple crown, out back and on the rail?

    Never saw daylight til late. Will become one of the great “what if’s?” in racing folklore.

    Oh, the winner was Godolphin’s thing Enke

  52. Budge you must have writers cramp after your excellent summary. Crio you must have had a celebration ale or three after yesterday? What about Elvis?
    Dont worry Skip Im a loyal Croweater and I didnt fancy Happy Trails either but should have as Boss was riding
    So did Harmsy get on Oasis Bloom?

  53. Oges, a punting win on Dato Day simply means the well might not be dry before the Guineas.
    Enjoy Mindarie-Halidon Cup.

  54. DD, here’s Racing Post’s very measured review of the St Leger..
    http://www.racingpost.com/news/live.sd?event_id=1002316

  55. Frankie made sure he stayed pocketed but basically the kid slaughtered it.

  56. The Racing Post was very forgiving.

  57. Skip of Skipton says:

    Sounds like they only ran the horse so O’brien could be the first trainer to claim all five classics in the one season.

  58. What’s their plan now? Press on to the Arc?

  59. David Downer says:

    Tactics forgiveable – for a 100-1 pop riding for luck.

    For an unbeaten $1.35 shot with eyes of the world watching – not so much!

  60. Interesting article on history of the race… a link with the past , gone… ‘he ain’t gonna work on Feehan’s farm no more…’ (apologies to Bob D)

  61. we definitely should go back to the old race names bring back the Herbert power handicap and the hotham handicap for a start . The names mean something , history shouldn’t be thrown away as being gone so forgotten. That sort of attitude will lead future generations to ask why we stood by and let this happen. While we are at it, bring back Spencer street station. Strange, I can’t remember the public being consulted on the name change of that station
    paubai

  62. Skip of Skipton says:

    Paubai, I don’t have a problem with a race being re-named, as long as the name has some historic value. Such as the Craiglee becoming the Makybe Diva. The Herbert Power being renamed the Quik-Eze is terrible. The ‘Quik-Eze Herbert Power’ I can handle, but outright sponsors name? Nay!

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