Last Friday night I specifically wrote an article here entitled "All That Glitters Isn't Necessarily Gold As Learned People In Racing Teach Us", educating the public about how ordinary, class wise, Race 8 runners at Doomben the next day were, at this point of their career (pictured). I even publicly researched the existing CV of every runner in the race prior to the event. It's history now that Amizade won the race, but the words in The Sunday Mail after the race stated "Amizade impressively beat a high-quality field in the QTIS 3YO Handicap (1110m) at Doomben yesterday....". Deary me, it would seem the Chief Handicapper, Lester Grimmett, obviously has no idea what he's doing in his present role and most certainly shouldn't have questioned the "high quality field" he was assessing weights to by scaling the weights of the race up three kilos. I guess I'll have to now investigate both sides of the debate yet again - and publicly pen another article post race. I've come up with a great way of seeing who is right, the Chief Handicapper or the journalist who penned the "high-quality field" remark. But there can only be one winner in the two-horse race.
Last Saturday saw four Group 1 races run and won at Caulfield and of the four races, three had some quality equine athletes engaged. The Thousand Guineas was full of a field of questionable 3YO fillies when a Maiden winner at her last start at Sale – Lumosty - and the enigmatic Go Indy Go which had run just 25 lengths fifteenth two starts back went to the barrier as the two short priced favourites. The eventual winner of that awful race, Amicus, was as weak as the skin on the custard at her previous start when she’d had every chance in the Tranquil Star 13 days earlier and was proven not to have been up to the challenge.
Highlight of the Caulfield meeting was the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas which is a proven stallion-making race. This year the race was won by Shooting To Win, which defeated the favourite Rich Enuff, which was sensationally backed from $2.60 on Friday morning, to run at a ridiculous starting price of $1.80.
Tomorrow on this website I’ll exclusively place here an article explaining why, in my opinion, Rich Enuff got beaten in the Caulfield Guineas that he should have been unbeatable in - and any trainer, jockey, owner or punter, will I’m sure learn something from my story that is well worth indelibly imprinting in their mind for the long term. Naturally some from within the ranks of the aforesaid four groups won’t learn anything from it as one can’t possibly learn anything when the ears and eyes are closed and the mouth is moving.
Today around the four websites there's something to hopefully please every palate. On www.brisbaneracing.com.au there’s the What’s In A Name segment. On www.sydneyracing.com.au you can read a harness story plus a thoroughbred story, whilst on www.melbourneracing.com.au Matt Nicholls has his usual Monday musings segment.
From the Doomben betting ring leading rails bookmaker Lindsay Gallagher reported:
Race 1 – Zoomania $3.50, Tail And All $5.00 and Shotover River $3.70
The first race at Doomben was won by Zoomania and I laid one good bet on her at $3.50.
Then the money came for Shotover River. I laid one bet on him to lose $6,000 as well as a string of other bets and he firmed in to run at $3.70.
Money arrived also for the previous Saturday Gold Coast winner Borehole at $3.80, so they backed a few in the race and one of the horses that they backed won, so it was hard to win on the race, but it was also odd to be able to lay three horses in a seven-horse race on a Saturday in Brisbane.
Race 2 – Hot Snippety $3.80, Falchion $12.00 and Wicked Investment $4.00
This easy winner Hot Snippety got out to $3.80 at the finish but there was no money of note for the filly.
Good money did arrive for Wicked Investment which sat on the leaders back, but she coughed in a walking race when a gap appeared in the home straight.
I don’t think any of these 2YO’s are going anywhere, including the winner probably. The sectionals were just too bad to be true. So it was a lacklustre betting affair when only one of the 12 runners was backed. So when Wicked Investment got rolled, bookmakers won on the race.
Race 3 – Mishani Stealth $4.40, Natural Dancer $12.00 and Black Jet $11.00
Mishani Stealth was well backed at $4.60 and even $4.80 before he started at $4.40.
I laid the previous race winner Hot Snippety’s stablemate, Headwater Country, well at $5 early in betting and then he shortened, but he was the first horse backed.
I laid a large bet on Cracco, which hadn’t raced since 23 August, before he finished fifth.
So again they backed a few in the race but it was a losing race when the well backed commodity Mishani Stealth won.
Race 4 – Bush Aviator $2.90, Dubawi Gold $6.00 and G’Day Old Mate $7.50
The biggest single bet I laid early in betting on this winner Bush Aviator took out $6,000 and he was then well backed right throughout betting as he firmed up. It finished up a trot and canter affair and it was all over when there was no speed and it did look a bit like that on paper before the race.
The horse that was second to the 600 following Bush Aviator, Dubawi Gold, was backed at $6.50 before running second on the line.
The rest were unlayable and raced accordingly, so the only two that were backed ran the quinella.
Race 5 –Coworth Park $2.80, Rogertheredneck $17.00 and Ongoing Venture $7.50
This race winner Coworth Park was the only horse backed to any degree and he was off the map. He was $3.20 into $2.80 and they were ringing up and taking $2.80 when it was still a $3.20 call, but they (call going away versus price in the Brisbane ring) eventually caught up. He led in a sit and sprint and it was all over again, so it just continued a day when the leaders got away with cheap sectionals and finished up winning easily.
None of the rest had any support of note, so it was a losing race.
Race 6 – Elusive Storm $7.50, Beach Babe $7.00 and Queen Of The Lochs $2.50
There was no money about the ring for this winner Elusive Storm and her victory gave bookmakers a good result as you could only lay one horse for any money, Queen Of The Lochs. I laid a large bet on the mare at $2.80 and the money kept arriving as she firmed and maybe bookies dodged a bullet here, as after all she only went down by a short neck and a long head in a close finish.
Race 7 – Grayson Square $3.50, Arctic $21.00 and You Did What $3.00
The biggest single bet I laid on this winner Grayson Square was one of $3,000 at $4.40 amongst others.
Opening favourite You Did What eased in the market but you could still lay him for money as he drifted.
I laid a large bet of $5,000 on Gundy Spirit, so they backed a few in the race, but it finished up a losing race when Grayson Square won.
Race 8 – Amizade $6.00, I Am Boss $10.00 and Miss Cover Girl $5.50
Last race winner Amizade was always steady around the $6 mark. She was better on the major totes around Australia, but she firmed up late on them as well.
Money came for Executed late and you could lay him for money at $10 before he started at $8.50.
The Toowoomba trained filly Girls Command was backed at $4.60.
There was no money about for Miss Cover Girl, which was probably the run of the race, against the bias of the track coming from last to run third.
It finished up a winning day for bookmakers.
Lindsay will be fielding this week at Ipswich on Wednesday, the Sunshine Coast on Friday, Doomben next Saturday and the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.