Well another fortnight of iso-living ticked off and while I know I’m tempting the Gods big time to say this, the Lighthouse is just starting to feel a tiny bit relaxed and comfortable about the prospect of racing continuing undisturbed in Australia (excluding poor old Tassie of course).
In fact I’m feeling so positive about this that I’ve stopped rushing each morning to apprehensively check the Sportsbet app for abandoned meetings, and I’ve pulled the pin on building my state of the art Ukrainian table tennis and Bolivian ferret racing form spreadsheets.
Given my expectations a month ago, it’s been a real bonus to see such great racing at Randwick over the past fortnight.
The two standout performances came from Addeybb (what the hell does Addeybb mean?) and Nature Strip. They took on the two strongest and deepest races in the carnival and left no room for debate.
In the lesser races two of the Lighthouse’s regular investment vehicles -.iron horse Away Game and Rubisaki, a filly with a Group 1 calibre gear change – delivered in style.
Glen Boss again showed why you should never bet against him in the big races. I’d say that if you can win a Sydney Cup on Etah James, then nothing is beyond you. He could well be the man to crack the Corona vaccine.
But surely the performance of the Randwick carnival, came not from a jockey, trainer or horse. It came from a bird. As jockey Opie Bosson was reliving his Derby win on Quick Thinker in a post-race interview, an even quicker thinker was hovering covertly above him. From a distance of about 40 metres and bending it back with the breeze perfectly, the high flying mugger, suspected to be a seagull, nailed the Kiwi directly on his bugle, with one of the most impressive examples of accuracy and timing I’ve ever seen. It was a whopper too. All I can say is squeezing that one out must have made the feathered fiend’s eyes really water.
Bosson, a man impervious to pressure, did not skip a beat, while his assailant was last seen with a cigar, high fiving his mates down at the Randwick tip.
TWO CARNIVAL OBSERVATIONS
- The days when anyone cared about the 2yo triple crown are gone. Only one Slipper runner has made it through to Saturday’s Champagne Stakes. Quite simply the Champagne no longer offers sufficient cash to make it worth the top 2yo’s hanging around. There’s a 2yo Vobis race at Caulfield tomorrow worth twice the Champagne, and last week’s Percy Sykes was worth more too. Unless they boost the dollars, it could be time the race was downgraded.
- The emergency carnival prizemoney cuts proved that you can chop prizemoney at the top end and still get the same fields!Will be interesting to see what cuts have to be made to the big Spring races, and whether Sydney or Melbourne makes the call first. Too much to expect that they would work together of course!
Several readers have asked me for my views, and I do have them, on the recent Magic Millions positive reading for people’s champion Alligator Blood. However, while I’m sure there’s a blood joke somewhere there to be milked, I haven’t thought of it yet. There’ll be further opportunities though, as owner Allan Endresz, a man with seemingly a touch of the Trumps about him, looks set to be peddling conspiracy theories for months to come.
HOW GOOD IS CAMEL RACING
The Lighthouse recently became aware that the innovative Cranbourne racing club is embarking on a bold new cultural initiative.
Yes, Camel racing is coming to Cranbourne in June, with VIP packages offering food, beverages and “unrivalled” views of the camel racing, whatever that means.
Putting aside the fact that the timing looks hopelessly optimistic in the current environment and that I thought camels preferred hot weather, I’m already looking for my best camel racing outfit (online of course). Whenever it happens, I’m there.
I’m not sure if the organizers are hoping to recruit local camels (there is a place just down the road from the track called the Thirsty Camel and I’ve always wondered what went on there) or they are importing them from Queensland to warm them up for the July outback camel racing circuit.
Jockeys may be an issue too. With a combination of border controls and nanny state OH&S rules in place, it is unlikely that the promoters will be able to import a bunch of Saudi 12yo’s to ride. I’m thinking that getting Glen Boss on the line would be a sharp move.
If all goes well, whenever it is held, perhaps it will lead to November’s famous Cranbourne Tricode evening becoming the world’s first Quadcode meeting.
TIPS BY BENCHMARK 70 ZORADAMUS
Good day last Saturday (onya Leale), so let’s hope we can keep it going this week
Some great racing in 3 states, with all venues looking set to deliver dry tracks, meaning that particularly in Sydney and Melbourne form reversals are on the cards.
R2 Trumbull($8.50) forgiving one ordinary run
R3 Rubisaki($1.60) don’t normally do odds on but she’s a gun. Rocha Clock the quinella horse.
R5 King’s Legacy($2.70) has a sense of timing about him
R6 Norway($26) way down in grade, firmer track, worth a crack each way
R7 Great race but sticking with Pierata($4.80) on the firmer ground
R8 Trekking($6) eachway looks a low risk option
R9 Box up Dr Drill($19), Chief Ironside($13), Military Zone($6)
R1 Battle Torque($10), Simply Optimistic($6.50) are both very near a win
R3 Box Vainstream($14), Teleplay($13), Pippie($2)
R7 Achernar Star($13), News Girl($16) , big odds for serious chances
R9 Moonlight Maid($4.80) looks really well suited,
R5 Mum’s My Hero($10), Debt Collector($7)
R6 Great race, Kemalpasa($11) each way best value
R8 Under My Spell($21), Realm Of Flowers($8.50)
Sticking with some old favourites
R7 Go Deep($9)