Finally home from Oaks and, with a working day tomorrow, there’s little time to prepare for Final Day – hopefully a couple of Friday night hours to check the form and exchange barbs.
Despite the relatively poor fields and, I’m guessing from my vantage point, a modest crowd number, it was a most enjoyable day today with the milder temperatures making it pleasant for work – the money was small but the patrons seemed to have a really good Oaks Day.
For me it was a rare 100% strike rate – one bet for one win – Dystopia.
The Oaks was exciting and I thought the fav was ridiculously short (paid 6/4 on the Tote) but it won. Guy Walter’s mare will be an Autumn star and Solicit was a huge run. Weiry’s horse looked just that.
From a really quick glance Saturday’s fixture looks to be too long in length and too short in class.
It starts with one of my Dad’s old favourites, The Maribyrnong Plate (2yo 1000m), which has seemed to drift across the Flemington timeframe and is now buried at the start of “Family Day”. It had some fabulously fast winners when I was a kid….Biscay, Vain, Baguette, Scamanda, Caboul, Blazing Saddles, Star Shower, Rancher, New Atlantis – anyone else feeling nostalgic? Since 2005 it has been demoted to G3 and suffered.
Fortunately the Acceptors for the G1 races are terrific.
The Sprint (MR6, 1200m) is a beauty. Lucky Nine (1). 11 the blowout.
The Mile is always a ripper race and a win for Boban (2) would enhance his credentials as our new superstar. Despite the gate the mail is that the Toydini camp is buoyant.
Even the Queen Elizabeth (MR8) is competitive this year – anyone else give Angola an E/W show at huge odds?
As I type (8.50pm Thursday) there’s still been no rain and the course must be like the WACA in its heyday. Obviously weather conditions will play a part in punting propositions for the (Grand) Final Day. We’ve just got our noses in front at ¾ time and are looking for a big final quarter. I’ve had very few dabbles but am also in the black. Any help to maintain that status would be greatly appreciated.