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Stakes Day

November 10th, 2012 0 comments

The carnival wrap up, and nice to go out on a high. Two out of two with Fawkner just missing in the Stakes and Crafty Irna surging for third in the mares. A hard and demanding four days, for a pretty good strike rate of nine out of twelve bets for the week. I missed on the Cup. The beautiful chestnut English stayer Red Cadeaux was clearly the most relaxed horse in the yard, and wasn’t suited by the slow pace, but still ground home. He reminds me of one of my favourite horses, Persian Punch! I missed the trifecta as well, getting Green Moon and Jakkalberry, but leaving out Gai’s French import, the “parachute” horse, Fiorente. I couldn’t come at him after he was rearing, neighing and dumping in the yard, although Gai gave him a good spruik at her stable show on the Sunday. I kept Green Moon in the trifecta, but couldn’t back him straight out after his poor Cox Plate effort. The connections are a bit tricky too, describing the horse as being “battered and bruised” after the race.

Radio National was chasing me for an interview on Cup Day which never eventuated. They initially wanted to do me after the race in the studio for ten minutes, but wouldn’t come at a helicopter. They offered a Cabcharge, but the taxi line is 100 metres long on Cup Day with no cabs, so I finally suggested the train. It all fell in a heap and it was decided to do a phone interview on Cup Eve. They promised eight minutes, but then Chuck and his Duchess arrived and they downgraded me to four minutes in order to interview an etiquette expert. After holding me on the phone for ten minutes I was finally told that time had run out! Bumped for blooming royalty! Bring on the republic!

And I’ve cast my vote in the Fashions on the Field.


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