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Caulfield Guineas

October 10th, 2015 0 comments

I don’t always get things right. And there seems to be an exception to every rule. My rule of thumb is that a horse must keep four feet on the ground. So any horse that is bucking, kicking, rearing or pigrooting is automatically ruled out. I make a big deal of this in the new book. And there is even a good picture on the cover! But now I’m starting to have a rethink. There have been several cases recently of horses bucking their brands off and then going out and winning the race. Politeness in the last race was another example. Kicking out and bucking in the parade ring, mounting yard and on the track. An obvious lay. Put your money where your mouth is. I offered $1.65 the place, with the books showing $1.55 and the tote $1.60. Excuse me, but Politeness won like a good thing. Thank goodness my bet wasn’t matched. It looks like I might have to do some more research on this conundrum.

I’m still a member of the Bart Cummings school of horsewatching (vale Bart!) and like my horses to be relaxed. So only two bets for the day. Harlem River in the three-year-old fillies, that flopped into third, and Criterion, simply too good in the Caulfield Stakes.


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