Frankly, I’m still recovering from watching the win of a horse called Never Doubt Me which ran at Coffs Harbour on a heavy 10 track today (Friday). Jockey Cassandra “Cassie” Schmidt had it last, it was then pushed way out wide by another rider- a male- but the girl was unfazed. She was probably on the best part of the track except that she could have also nearly gone over the rails.
Yet, Miss Schmidt ended up balancing herself on the horse and steering it to a win. It really was a win and a half and, hopefully, we can see wins like this at Shatin tomorrow (Saturday). Oh, and weird as it might seem, there’s an iPhone app which can be downloaded for free and where one can watch every race in Oz.er, but which is unavailable in Oz and NZ. Go figure!
Looking at the card tomorrow, Willie “Up The” Pike has a good chance of getting off the mark in Race 3 where he rides “Jungle John” Moore’s Sterling City. If there is a horse to beat, logically, it should be the Durban Turban-ride- Simple which boiled over and got agitated when the farriers took bloody ages to re-shoe one of its plates. The Durban Turban got just as boiled over and I swear we saw him spit the dummy on camera and mouth the F word.
So, trainer Dennis Yip backing up the horse might be a way of making up for a lost chance and another throw at the stumps. Still, I am leaning towards Sterling City to spoil the Simple party. Guess, it’s a bit like “The Zac Attack” Purton spoiling the Durban Turban’s party at Happy Valley on Wednesday in the last race when he nailed him on the line on Vigor Delight. As the Demon- Dougie Whyte, of course- felt his chances on Charles The Great were hindered due to a check by The Zac Attack and which led to the Aussie jockey getting another two day suspension starting after next week, the win in the last seemed a great “Fuck You, mate” ride and where, from where some of us were, we seemed to see a middle finger go up as the two jockeys crossed the line. Yes, The Zac Attack seemed to give The Durban Turban Demon the old-fashioned Finger Attack.
On Saturday, The Zac Attack doesn’t look to have exactly a great book of rides whereas Whyte’s Cup Runneth over with chances with the main ones seeming to be Why Not in Race 5 and Military Attack in Race 9 for “Jungle John.”
Of course, he has other chances like Lucky Chevalier for “Darth Vader” Ferraris and which was given a somewhat wayward ride last time by “Wayward” Weichong Marwing. It appears the trainer or the owners felt the same, as “Wayward” now goes on to a no-hoper whereas never one to see a good ride go anywhere else, The Demon has raised his hand and one leg in the air and yelled, “Me! Me! Me!”
The horse has a win chance, but, until “Darth” shaves his head and gets some good fung shui coming his way, I’ll leave this one as a solid place chance. Same goes for the two rides The Demon rides for Sean “Woody” Woods- Brothers In Arms in Race 4 and Radiomarelli in Race 8. Until “Darth” and “Woody” either shave their heads or have the construction work spooking them and their horses stop, I just cannot back their horses with any confidence.
Elsewhere, I’ll be looking at Little Timmy Clark aka “The Hobbit” to win the last race aboard Sea Diamond for “Jungle John.” The horse is as green as a jealous Green Hornet, but it really should be too good for the field it tackles. I’ll be backing this to win quite easily with “The Hobbit” using his manly voice and whacking whipping style to get this one home. He really is a very strong jockey for someone so tiny I actually stepped on him last week until I felt something sticky slowing me down, stuck to my trainers and screaming- in a manly voice- “Oy, it’s meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!”
Others which have caught my eye and made me grab my crotch are Ferrabasco which Tye Angland rides for trainer “Me Tsui, You Jane”. Seriously, someone should tell Me Tsui and Manfred Man that they have been given the weirdest English names- kinda like some of the English names of horses. I mean, Fat Boy Sugar??? Then there’s the villainous Liberty Valance which proves that the owner never understood the movie or else missed the ending when old Liberty is shot dead.
Well, guess it’s better than that trotter running in Oz called Screamin’ Seaman and a few others with the names Terrifying, Adda Paternal Suit, Squashed Banana, Please Release Me and a number of black trotters and greyhounds with Obama in their names. What political correctness? Hell, call a black horse Obama in the States and you’ll have the CIA and The Black Coalition up your arse.
Getting back to Hong Kong where almost anything goes- especially under the table, the only real “big” news is that the great Felix Coetzee will partner California Memory for all its overseas forays while Matty Chadwick keeps the ride in Hong Kong which is a very polite compromise and with no one losing face or having egg on their faces. “Millie” Millard sounded like an old woman in hot pants by ranting to the media about Dougie Whyte’s ride on Ambitious Dragon and which made the trainer look and sound like a right knob and which had Chief Stipendiary Steward Kim “Eliot Ness” Kelly subtly telling all whingers to just shut the fuck up and how if they have a problem, speak up and let the Stewards know what wrong has been done to them. “Millie” came across like a woman scorned and The Durban Turban Demon reply reminded me of something Rhett Butler once said.
As for winning tomorrow, I would suggest taking a quaddie if in Oz- Race 7: 3-4-6-9, Race 8: 8-11, Race: 9-1 Race 10: 4-10. If in Hongkers, I’d take a Six Up and the first and, especially the third Double Trio using Number 1- Military Attack- as the banker in Race 9 and number 10- Sea Diamond as the Banker in Race 10 and add five legs in each race. If Military Attack wins Race 9, we can all ogle at Mrs. Steven Lo again- she and her hubby also own Xtension- surely one of the most attractive fillies in Hong Kong’s racing world. More of the same please and with a cheery on top.