Saturday Arvo Nightmares and Dreams


Rides of the Day

Maddie Wishart

Absolutely pulled their pants down on Shijin in the 6th at Doomben.

Went to the lead and let it run along at a bold but controlled tempo, booted it at the right time, and never looked like losing. She made Fradd, Byrne, Maloney and Orman look silly, which isn’t an easy thing to do.

Great ride, well done, and thanks for knocking me out of the Quaddie.

Tommy Berry

Berry’s ride on the 20-1 shot Poetic Charmer at Randwick may have knocked a lot of punters out of the Quaddie (including me), but gee it was an absolute gem.

All these riders who leave our shores young as guns come back from Hong Kong as superstars – provided that like Brett Prebble, they don’t stay long  – and Tommy Berry is no exception.

It hurts to get beat, but when it’s done to you by sheer brilliance it’s hard to get too upset.

Baylee Nothdurft

Say Haya, Howwonderfullifeis, The Actuary.

Which one do you choose?

Absolute gems one and all.

After hooking Vega One at the Sunshine Coast and racking up near half a dozen suspensions over the past 6 months this kid shouldn’t be riding at all, but gee he is good. Brilliant in fact.

Take a bow Baylee Nothdurft.

The big show down south surely awaits.

Slaughter Jobs

Michael Stephens – Lepreezy

Michael Stephens is lucky that his wife trains this one, because no-one else would ever put him on in town. The horse had been brought all the way down from Rocky for this race. The way Stephens tried to ride it like Vo Rogue they would have been better off saving the petrol and staying at home.

Taylor Marshall – See Marie 

Slaughtered my wife’s horse in the J.J. Atkins a fortnight ago after he went back to the inside at Eagle Farm when it was absolutely off between the 400 and 200, and did exactly the same thing at Doomben today on a track with the same bias.

This kid can ride a bit, but he really needs to get his head down and do the videos, or employ a form analyst if he can’t or doesn’t want to. He, like all Brisbane jockeys, also needs to watch each race closely during the day, as the bias tends to shift at both tracks as they deeper into the meeting.

He’s only young, so all is not lost, but it was a very ordinary effort in a big race yet again.

Any Jockey Who Went to the Inside at Morphetville 

What part of ‘they aren’t winning up the rail’ don’t these riders understand?

Any Rider Who Went to the Inside Down the Straight at Flemington

Ditto. Don’t these jockeys watch races?

The Never Again Basket

Hulk – Randwick Race 7

Put in some really nice efforts as 2 and 3-year-old without winning, but when it got nutted in the Magic Millions Maiden many including myself began to suspect that he was just one of those horses.

Hulk’s seemingly slashing win first-up in a midweek BM 66 at Randwick fooled some and sucked them back into backing him, but his ordinary 4th when brought back to Saturday company at Randwick last time around should have told them the story, and his effort today was just appalling.

The true believers will tell you that Hulk doesn’t handle the wet. They are probably half right, but the truth is that he just doesn’t like being a race horse.

Roasted – Doomben Race 7

Perhaps the Robert Heathcote trained filly can’t handle the wet, or maybe it was injured. I don’t know and it doesn’t really matter. Unless they can find a real easy one for her on a Thursday at Gatton, you wouldn’t back this girl with someone else’s money in the future.

Awful, simply awful.

Grinzinger Star – Morphetville Race 7

When this bloke stepped up in distance and won a couple in town at Easter time last year people started talking Derby’s and Caulfield Cups, but since then Grinzinger Star has been an absolute dog.

This bloke is you classic gay deceiver, yet punters keep piling in by the plenty, which explains plenty about why gamblers drive 20 year old Falcons and bookie’s wives drive this year’s Benz.

Terrible again today.

Grinzinger can’t gallop, just like those EPO pumped metrosexual wankers with the designer tats and $120 haircuts can’t fight. Like those show ponies, the dressage circuit is this bloke’s best bet.

Runs of the Day

Reign of Fire

This Colin Webster trained Perth 2yo has only had two starts, but the gelding already looks like a top horse in the making.

It’s hard to line up the WA juvenile form, and he hasn’t run great sectionals, but Reign of Fire has been winning over distances that are clearly well short of his best, and doing it on his ear.

Is the Caulfield Guineas a dream too big?

Only a brave man would rule it out right now.


Another one in Perth, this time for the all conquering Mr and Mrs Williams/Bob Peters/Willie Pike triumvirate.

This lightly raced four-year-old came into the race with a record of 3 from 4, and it really should have been four-zip because he was a tragedy beaten at his second start.

Won with his head on his chest, and as he has in his last two he looked real good. The opposition wasn’t much so again it’s hard to line him up properly, but gee this bloke looks like he might be a Railway Stakes winner in the making for later in the year.

Some Days are Diamonds, Some Days are Stones

John O’Shea

John O’Shea has had a bastard of a week with the Pretty in Pink cocaine-touch contamination positive swab charge, but Quantico’s terrific win in the 7th at Newcastle would have brought a big smile to his face.

The I Am Invincible 3yo colt carried the grandstand against some quite reasonable winter horses, and made them look silly. Look out for him in town next time around.

Melbourne Mick

Whenever I find myself short of a story idea I give Melbourne’s most dedicated punt junkie a ring, and the lawyer man never disappoints.

Last night he had the Royal Ascot quaddie going for a minimum of two grand per (some were worth up to $12k), with six of the fourteen starters in the last leg.

Mick ran 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th.

A 50-1 shot beat him.

Is anyone surprised?

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