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Flemington National Jockeys Trust Race Day

May 22nd, 2021 7 comments

Winter is coming. There is hardly a soul at Flemington and just four bookies in the main ring. I suppose they are all online these days. Out the back it is deserted apart from a few owners and trainers. There are two zones but thankfully both have access to the horse stalls.

Winter is coming

The weather seems unaware that winter is coming. It is a balmy 20 degrees with cloudless blue skies. And even better is that the programme is agreeable with the two-year-olds letting me sleep in and not jumping till 12.55 pm. I was quite taken by Deprivation, head down and chewing gently on the bit. It’s the omen bet too – I’ve been in deprivation for over a year! I was in the process of taking $4.40 fixed for the place when the odds were immediately wound back. Don’t you hate that? So I had to accept $4.20! The horse jumps out to a strong lead, which is a bit of a worry for a baby having its first go at 1400 m. Deprivation is swamped at the post, but manages to hold on for second. That’s a good start!

The next is a small field of eight stayers. I take a set against Wyclif the second favourite, mainly because the horse was sporting a humungous black nose roll for the first time, but also because it was unsettled with its head up and a fast, changing gait. So I laid it at $1.50 the place and with hindsight it was probably a brave bet in a small field. The horse drifted back to third last and then the jockey became anxious about 1000 m out. Wyclif then dropped out of the field and finished stone motherless last. I loved it when Matt Hill the race caller said Wyclif wasn’t travelling a long way from home. Obviously it didn’t like the nose roll.

I hung around for the main race the Straight Six and was half tempted by a relaxed Dexelation but in the end it was too hard and no surprise to see a 100/1 winner. So I’m out of here now. Into hibernation. Hopefully if my battery doesn’t go flat I’ll be back in the spring for the Caulfield Guineas.

7 Responses to “ Flemington National Jockeys Trust Race Day ”

  1. Trevor says:

    Have a good hibernation Geoffrey! Are you off to The Gold Coast? Keep up the blog. I always look forward to reading it. I hope things get back to whatever the new normal (becoming an over used term) is.
    All the best, Trevor

  2. Trevor says:

    Hello Geoffrey

    Did you manage to get to the Melbourne Cup meeting or is Melbourne still under lockdown measures?

    Here in the UK a booster vaccination programme is being rolled out. Racing carries on. Racegoers are allowed back onto racecourses (not sure whether this is a good thing or not at the bigger meetings). Ive not been to a race meeting since the pandemic started. Its late autumn here so the flat turf season has ended. There is still flat racing on the all-weather tracks although not necessarily of the highest quality.

    Hope you are keeping well,



  3. El Laurens says:

    Not a peep this season. Hope health issues have not blocked race visits

  4. Geoffrey says:

    Well I didn’t get to The Cup, mainly because I would have had to jump through too many hoops. I watched it on TV and backed the favourite Incentivise for a place at $2.00. My only bet and quite happy with second. Incentivise is a beautiful, calm horse and thank goodness Pete didn’t put a nose roll on it!

  5. Geoffrey says:

    Health issues are still and issue, especially while I am still sheltering at home away from omicron! I’m triple vaxxed and am hoping to get back soon, maybe the All Star Mile.

  6. El Laurens says:

    Didn’t even think of COVID, DOH. Thanks for replying and glad to hear all is sorta OK.

  7. Stuart says:

    Hope to see you at the track soon Geoff. Sandown midweek is a good place to be if you want to avoid other humans.

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