These are indeed extraordinary times, and as racing seemingly sits one inevitable positive test from being sent to the spelling paddock, the Lighthouse feels a greater sense of responsibility than ever to deliver high quality investment advice.
Punting options continue to diminish daily, although as I type all is still not lost for the dedicated or desperate.
Both key football codes are fighting on this week, for example. In fact, judging by the approach that the pugnacious but slightly conflicted Peter Vlandys is taking, only when all life on earth has been extinguished, will the NRL give up on completing its fixture.
On the track, while English and French racing have recently pulled up stumps, things still appear to be trucking along OK in New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore and Hong Kong and for the time being even in the USA and Japan.
And for the man for whom punting is an unalterable part of life, the dishlickers seem to still be getting giddy even in places where the races have been abandoned. Sometimes it’s an advantage to not pull a crowd of more than 100 it seems!
APOLOGY TO MRS LIGHTHOUSE
Women have always confused the Lighthouse, but never more so than when over the years Mrs Lighthouse has returned from an excursion to Aldi or Costco, frequently without necessary bread or milk, but always with a car boot full of toilet paper. Sometimes the stash would stay in the boot for weeks, waiting for storage space to became available in the broom cupboard which seemed to be permanently stacked to the ceiling with bog roll.
It is not inaccurate to say that I have often taken the piss, to coin a phrase, out of Mrs Lighthouse for this eccentric practice. While a lot of our booty is now well past its use-by date, I can tell you that even if this virus hangs round for a decade, the Lighthouse family will continue laughing all the way to the bathroom.
Mrs Lighthouse, you clearly saw this epidemic coming 15 years ago. You are a visionary genius and I was wrong to ever question you. If you hadn’t shown such foresight, we would probably be into my Best Bets collection by now.
BLACK TYPE MYSTERY
Speaking of the world’s mysteries, here’s another.
How can the $14mil Everest, a contest that boasts a world class field of elite sprinters competing for a ridiculous amount of money, not yet be awarded some kind of Black Type status, while in impoverished Zimbabwe we have recently seen the running of the Borrowdale Guineas, a race that carries a first prize to the value of a six pack of Zambezi beer and a lavatory roll, yet somehow retains coveted Black Type status. Who the hell decides this stuff?
TIPS THIS WEEKEND
Throwing out a ridiculous number of suggestions this week, so that we may actively savour the joys of thoroughbred punting while we still can, as who knows, this time next week we may be forced to get our fix on the hounds.
Slipper Day at Rosehill and 5 Group 1’s, but Lighthouse’s race of the weekend is Friday night’s William Reid at MOONEE VALLEY. For a puny $500k in prizemoney the MVRC has assembled a field of almost Everestian proportions, so well done them. While one of the 3 3yo’s will probably win, I’ll have some loose change on old mate Gytrash($10). It’s a tough assignment, but this bloke has earnt my loyalty.
If you’re not watching footy, try these each-way Friday night:
R1 Viral($9.50) Omen bet; R2 Heyington Station($11); R3 Unanimous($8.50); R6 Snapdancer($6)/Meuse($5.50)
Assuming drying track after hot Friday.
R4 Ranvet; Verry Elleegant($4.40) going beautifully. Bet the win on money back top 3 offer. None of the 3 favourites and even Norway($26) would really surprise though
R5 George Ryder; Te Akau Shark($2) the horse to beat, but 3yo’s Super Seth($5.50) and Brandenburg(overs at $19) can certainly challenge.
R6 Rosehill Guineas; I committed to backing Shadow Hero($3) all autumn a month ago, although Castelvecchio($6) may get closer this time.
R7 Golden Slipper; Expected firmer track this week complicates tough race even further. Away Game($15) was huge in the Blue Diamond, drawn perfectly, and carries big race jockey G. Boss, who’ll leave no stone or opponent unturned in his quest for victory. Hanseatic($6.50) will be tough to beat. Several others to seriously consider, including Prague($15) and See You Soon($17) if track remains on the soft side.
R8 The Galaxy; Madam Rouge($19) is a personal favourite and first up from a favourable draw can go close. Pierata($5) the best horse in the race, big weight may not stop him.
R2 Red Cardinal($15) perfectly placed, odds generosity is surprising. Primitivo($31) will improve on better track.
R9 Manicure($7.50) better than these first up if she can get in from wide gate.
R4 Aluf($51) 2 from 2 at Mornington and can improve second up
R5 Salsamor($3.80) is flying
R7 Hush Writer($14)/Harlem($10) both closing in on a win
R8 Bons Away($11) drops in grade, value each way
R6 Go Deep($5.50)/Jagged Edge($10)
R9 I Am Vinnie($26) does his best work at long odds.
R7 Puissance Dusoleil($5.50) can go through the grades.
And to everybody, stay hygienic and stay healthy. Good Punting.