Racing: Reviews of Flemington, Randwick and Warracknabeal on 5 September

Mark “Makybe” Freeman writes:

Ten thousand and one, ten thousand and two… gidday Daff, we’ve nailed the quaddie!!!!

Pipe-dreaming on those amounts, punters, but we pushed firmly into the black with some wins today. One of the Little Lonhs saluted in the Chelsmsford, O’lonhro, and gave us a collect of $145 for our pineapple on the nose.

Then in late night deliberations after the scratching of our other win bet, we put together two trifectas and a quaddie – and missed only one of ’em.

We might have got something out of our quaddie if Gold Salute had done just that, but it was nailed on the line and as it was it only paid 278, and we got just a little over evens from our cray.

The Race 4 trifecta paid $390, we had a ten-spot on a flexi and returned a more healthy 62. This was largely thanks to the gutsy Diamonds at Dusk, one of the great Billy Cerchi’s.

And attention, Knackers looking to get on board in spring: lovely work from Crio on the tipping front.

Diamonds is a favourite of mine and one of my punter pals, Gears; we’ve been aboard nearly every start. Yesterday he was in again after a failure at Caulfield; that effort looked like end-of-campaign fatigue and I wasn’t at all confident, with a defensive bet only planned.

Crio chimes in with bad-ride-only, jockey-replaced theory, and was absolutely spot on. Paid $17 best tote, and Billy Cerchi, during magnificent post-race interview, explains that the jockey J. Lyons came back to scale last week and said, “I don’t suit him, get D. Dunn or N. Hall”.  This Cerchi did, and bang. Beautiful stuff, Crio. Got properly back aboard after your theory and clearly my shout at the bar at the Heath soon.

With a little creative accounting (ie. we get to include your hunnert stake, Daff) we’re 252 in front going to Moonee Valley next week.

Looking forward to the boys weighing in with the horses to follow, but Vigor (spruiked by Crio and Craig before he opened his campaign in our first week up on Liston Stakes day) made a huge impact on cup markets after a great Craiglee win. Another we’ve been watching, Hissing Sid, was a solid but unspectacular effort today. His D-day is in a fortnight at Caulfield, the Caul Cup-ballot-free Naturalism Stakes over 2000m.

And for the record, Campaspe River ($8.80) (W. Hokai, trn S. Murphy) beat Loretta Belle and Lovely Rita in the Sheep Hills Cup at Warracknabeal. The Ruckman: Unplaced.

Chris Riordan writes:

Even though I skipped HQ to be at the ‘G to see the Doggies, reports have filtered back of carnage amongst satchel-swingers at the formerly time-honoured  Craiglee/Bobbie Lewis meeting.

The Melbourne results looked bad enough, with five outright favourites saluting, but Sydney was where the punters found momentum. Streetfighter (5/1 in an open second race) was the bolter of the day!

Good tracks and good horses made for solid formlines.

From Flemington, the main winners have clear pathways:

R1: Irish Lights … Thousand Guineas

R2 : Carrara … Guineas

R5: Cat’s Whiskers … Stocks Stakes

R6: Black Caviar … everything

R7: Vigor … the Cups

R8: Speed Gifted … the Metrop

Given that it is customary to settle “nods” (credit bettors) week-to-week, there will be some seriously cashed-up punters staring us down at our nemesis, The Valley, for the Dato Tan Chin Nam day.

Not only trainers are looking ahead to Cup week and its potential riches. Bookies will be banking on its turning the knife on those pesky punters!

N.B.  All Knackers on course are invited to come up and say hello whenever we are not too busy. Guarantee good odds and service. The aim, of course, remains to lighten your pockets!  Email for details:

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  1. Love how the win seeps through every word.

  2. PLEASE let me know next time Estee is in. Have a look at her run and remember she’s better over a mile or 2000.
    On first views (Race replays in between overs on the cricket last night!) she’s my Ray Benson Banker.

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