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One of the two website devotees sent in this photo yesterday after he read my piece on Best Bets not knowing if the Sydney Symphony Orchestra was up them until the tuba player hit up. Check out what horse Best Bets had on their Melbourne Cup form as holding the Flemington 3200-metre track record. The correct answer is Kingston Rule at 3.16.30 or just over 60 lengths faster than Tembo Tembea. I don't know how some of these fools even get a job.

It’s Zipping Classic day at the Sandown Hillside track in Melbourne tomorrow and whilst some of the winners of that race along the way have been okay, such as when horses of the ilk of Americain and Zipping won it, this year’s version of the race is an “absolute shocker”.

If you think that that’s a bit harsh - well let’s go through these horses individually that make up the field this year and it’s not hard to conclude that most are simply oxygen thieves.

Green Moon will have the honour of leading the field out. What an awful let-down in life he’s been since he won the Melbourne Cup in 2012. How did the cat ever win that race? He’s never won a race since. That’s disgraceful and doesn’t do much to enhance the name of that race that stops the nation on the first Tuesday of November each year.

Green Moon’s stablemate Sea Moon will follow him out on to the track. He’s another scrubber that’s been incapable of winning a race in the last 13 months. So between these two stablemates - they’ve been incapable of winning a race for cumulatively 39 months. Owner Lloyd Williams son, Nick, doesn’t even make sure his hair looks okay for a presentation speech these days - as he knows that on the balance of probability, he won’t be needed.

Number three is Rialya. This little treasure hasn’t scored in 16 months. Even the homeless bloke in the local park probably got lucky at some point in the last 16 months – but not Rialya.

Number four is Prince of Penzance. His last three runs have been okay, so I can’t - and won’t - bag him. I only bag horses that actually deserve it.

Number five is Au Revoir. I did French at school. I have no idea why the hell I would have needed to learn French. Have never needed to call on it even once in my lifetime. Anyway Au Revoir means “goodbye” in English and this slug hasn’t won anywhere for 14 months so he should be deported – yesterday.

Coming in at number six on the hit parade is Spillway. He’s won one race in 18 months and that was on a slow 6 track at Randwick, so his wins are best called “sparse”.

Rawnaq comes in as lucky number seven. He’s won one race in the last 29 months and that was in a photo. With that sort of strike rate, you wouldn’t want to be hanging by your fingernails over a cliff waiting for him to score again.

Let me introduce number eight to you. Please step up to the plate - Count of Limonade. He’s won one race in the last 16 months and that was when he got home in a photo in the Moe Cup two starts ago. An exciting prospect – not.

And last but not least is the one representing “girl power” – the old mare Epingle. Why isn’t she barefoot and pregnant? Her only two wins in the last 29 months have been in Tasmania. Unfortunately for her – this race is in Melbourne not Tasmania.

So if you hear anyone say it’s anything but a bad race - they’ve no idea what they are talking about.

The apprentice jockey weights for the Gold Coast tomorrow should be:



Cassandra Schmidt

54 claims 3kgs

Luke Dittman

55 claims 3kgs

Luke Tarrant

50 claims 1.5kgs

Beau Appo

49 claims 3kgs

Rikki Jamieson

50 claims 3kgs

Travis Wolfgram

54 claims 2kgs

Matthew McGuren

55 claims 2kgs

James Orman

52 claims 3kgs

Bridget Grylls

49 claims 3kgs

Geoffrey Goold

54 claims 2kgs

Janette Johnson

55 claims 3kgs

Today on I look at the ordinary CV of a whole host of ordinary racehorses racing at Sandown tomorrow. On there are two harness racing stories, whilst on Matt Nicholls looks at Sandown.

The Postman has kindly sent in his thoughts for tomorrow and they read:

Sandown plays host to a strong program of competitive racing tomorrow in Victoria, with several group races on the card. I'm confident Renew can return to the winner's stall & take out the Sandown Cup over 3200m. This gelding put the writing on the wall last start, with a slashing second behind an in-form Grand Marshal @ Flemington over 2800m. After sitting midfield for most of the trip, Renew rounded the home turn & put in a solid burst & cleared out with Grand Marshal. The pair fought right to the line, with Grand Marshal just getting the upper hand in the shadows of the post. It was a welcome return to form for Renew, who worked hard & dropped out in the Herbert Power, then his run in the Caulfield Cup was better than it looked, despite finishing well back.

Tomorrow Renew steps up to the two miles, but I have little worry that he'll handle it in a race of very few winning chances. The race looks to lack any genuine speed, so I'm expecting jockey Chris Symons to cross from a wide barrier & settle in the first four. If he can put Renew to sleep & guide him around without interference, I'm expecting him to surge to the lead shortly after straightening down the long Sandown straight & be very hard to peg back. Of the others, Massiyn ran bravely in the Bendigo Cup, but the two miles might be a stretch & he hasn't won since June 2012. Shoreham & Like a Carousel are the only other hopes, but neither make a habit of winning either & are also slight queries & the trip for mine.

Luxbet opened Renew @ $4.80 which I think is terrific value. I've marked him closer to 11/4 or $3.75.

Sandown 4-7 Renew.

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