The regulation phrase is that I was “around the money”. But that doesn’t buy pots.
Here’s a betting string by way of explanation…
-It’s my pick for a punters club at Caulfield. Looking for a Carnival bank, I plump for Koonoomoo straight out @ 30/1 – lost by a pimple.
-Over to Flemington and a “black booker” finally fronts. I get on board…Cabernet looks the one at the clocktower but is bloused by a railing Koonoomoo!
-The last at Sandown is a classic Carnival get out and we’ve noted B.Shinn riding for Guy Walter from a tough gate. Hailed at the distance I had a familiar dread as Cabernet stalked Skyerush and hurried by!
Unrepentant and undeterred we front at Moonee Valley, down on points but high on hopes!
I reckon the 1000m Flying (R4) is the best of the day, but they’ve left it out of the last four!.
Here are some numbers to consider for your Quaddy…
MR5- 2040m. 3, maybe 5 and 8
MR6- 1600m. 2,13,15…6 the blowout
MR7- 1600m. 5 + 9
MR8- 1200m. tough raffle. 4,10,12.
Anyone willing to kick off their racing earlier, especially those in the southeast ‘burbs, the forecast is good for Friday night’s “tricodes” meeting at Cranbourne – the first of this concept to be held under lights. Lots of action assured.
The big prizemoney on Saturday is found in Perth and they’ve got 3 Group races to consider.
I have no idea in the G2 Guineas (R7) but analysts see it as a match between 1 and 13.
The Winterbottom Stakes (R8, 1200m, 6.55pm in the East) is the one which will attract national interest. Local star Barakey (5), trained by HayList’s initial stable and compared favourably, is unbeaten in 10 brilliant starts but meets a challenge here. Hallowell Belle (9) E/W forever.
The Railway Stakes (R9, 1600m, at our pubtabs 7.35pm) is a signature WA G1 Classic and, rightfully, has drawn a crack field. Sandgropers will insist that we didn’t see the real Luckygray on his Victorian sojourn and they’ll support him to reinforce that claim. I’d be inclined to include G. Boss’ Rosie Rocket (15) @ 20/1 in this get out.
Sunday we head to Ballarat for another 10 race Cup Day – like so many of these meetings in the past decade, marquee crowds are large but betting is pedestrian.
The day starts with quite a novelty – the 1000m Magic Millions Clackwise Classic is the first scheduled “right hander” in Victoria since Port Fairy finally came in to line in 1947! See this extract from RVL’s site for more history and info.
Full fields aren’t finalized until Thursday so it is too early to tip. Be assured that there will be big fields and always a good Cup and a strong Open sprint. Updates in due course!
Racing looks certain to feature in the News next week, despite the RVL’s extraordinary “solution” of slapping Ollie and accepting that this isolated incident was an instinctive (and well connected) brain-fade under duress and that he’d certainly ridden his own mount to win! The Titanic skipper was right, under RVL interpretations, to assume there were just a couple of ice cubes on the water – no iceberg underneath. Even back when clerics and coppers were presumed incorruptible, the general public suspected jockeys – and, indeed the whole “game” – as crooked. They’ll surely no longer accept being treated as idiots by Racing authorities.
The mail is there are another half dozen hoops quivering in the crosshairs (less nervous now about penalties as some had thought of jail) and that the Samba investigation will take a decisive turn next week.
Stay tuned…and Good Luck!