Sandown in the Winter

Sandown in the Winter

COVID restrictions aside, it’s hard to imagine a more desolate place then Sandown in the middle of winter. This venue attracted over 50,000 people when it opened in 1965, an era that bought the Vietnam war, man’s landing on the moon, The Beatle’s and Jean Shrimpton.

The crowds have got a lot smaller since then and nothing much has changed at Sandown except for the value of the real estate that it sits on.

This year sixties buffs will be able to enjoy their Nescafe and Chiko Roll in the warmth and comfort of their own homes and hopefully cheer home a winner both at Sandown and at Eagle Farm’s premier meeting.


Race 5 Dr Drill (1) Spring Choice (9) Bedford (5)  Mongolian Marshall (5)

Race 6 Tooradin (7) Ocean Miss (10) Degraves (4) & Blue Ocean (14)

Race 8 Ballet Master (7) Defiant Dancer (2) Jumbo Ozaki (5) King Magnus (12)

Jamie Kah Special

Race 1 Mimosas (1) Race 2 Jayrod Too (6) Race 3 Sweet Sixteen (4) Race 4 La Richesse (8) Race 6 Ocean Miss (10) Race 8 Arkham Knight (11) Race 9 William Thomas (2)

Eagle Farm

Race 7 Blushing Tycoon (8) Race 8 Amish Boy (20) & Race 9 Madam Rouge (3)

Theme Bet

This week’s theme bet is Sweet Bird of Youth (apologies to the late Tennessee Williams);

Race 2 Saunter Boy (1) Race 3 Sweet Sixteen (3) Race 6 Influential Girl (8)  &  Race 8 Kalashani Lad (16)

If all these horses get over the line on Saturday and you have taken a Yankee or Parlay 23 &4 bet costing 5.50 for half a unit, get in the queue for a massive dividend of $166,891 which should be able to pay for heaps of plastic surgery.

Toby’s Titanic Lay of the Day   

Race 3 Eagle Farm Ayrton (2)









Playing away from Home

The win by two local trainers (excluding Chris Waller’s although he does have stables in Brisbane) of two of the Group races at Eagle Farm shows how much horse’s love racing at their home tracks.

There were some pretty big names who failed on Saturday including Ayrton Gytrash Trekking (whose best days may be behind him). It is hard work to transport a horse and settle it into a new environment. Hong Kong for example has been a grave- yard {metaphorically speaking} for many Australian champions just as Perth tends to be for horses from the Eastern States.

There are of course exceptions, but they tend to be champions. Horses like Better Loosen up Choisir  and Takeover Target. (pictured in Hong Kong where things didn’t work out that well)  These horses come along once in a generation. Even Black Caviar although she won struggled to show her best at Royal Ascot and there is a reason that Chris Waller did n’t take Winx abroad.

As a punter you’ll do better if you stick to the locals.

Jamie Kah Special

Not inconceivable that she could ride the card here.

Race 1 Grand Promenade (2) Race 2 Snickerdoodledandy (3) Race 3 Thought of That (3) Race 4 Prasiolite (9) Race 5 Odeon (6) Race 6 Way to go Paula (8) Race 7 Redwood Shadow (5) Race 8 Yulong Command (3) Race 9 Excelman (13)

Theme bet

Our Theme bet this week is the Northern Hemisphere Race 1 Norway (4) Race 5 Reykjavik (1) Race 6 Michigan (5) Race 9 Portland Jimmy (3).

An attractive dividend of $134,004 awaits if all of these horses win and you have taken a Yankee or Parlay 23 & 4 but forget about spending the money on travel


Race 1 Grand Promenade (2) Vividredsky (7) Haky (1) & South Pacific

Race 6 Standoff (7) Way to Go Paula (8)  Volatore (6) Sweet Sixteen (9)

Race 8 All of Brighton (2) Pioneer River (6) The Big Easy (9) & Curran (5)

Eagle Farm

Race 5 Splintex (1)

Race 8 Oaks Charm Star (8)

Toby’s Titanic(Lay of the Day) 

Race 5 Rubaskai (8)


A Rare Find

ASCOT, ENGLAND – MAY 01: Zaaki ridden by Frankie Dettori wins the Ascot Shop Paradise Stakes (Queen Anne Stakes Trial) the Royal Ascot Trials Day on May 01, 2019 in Ascot, England. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

A Rare Find 

At about the 1600 metre mark of the Doomben Cup as I was ripping up my tickets on Sir Dragonet and Mugatoo, I saw something that I have only seen on a race -course twice before. The first was Might and Power’s win in the Caulfield Cup and the other occasion was Winx’s second Cox plate.  Race horses just don’t demolish weight for age fields containing Cox Plate and All Star Mile  winners and placegetters by seven lengths like Zaaki did last  Saturday.

I was a doubter, mediocre form in Great Britain an unlucky 6th in the Doncaster and a second in the JRA plate followed by beating Fifty Stars in the Hollindale for my money didn’t justify the price of 2.25 on offer. I felt heartened when good judge Peter Moody potted the horse but was very much on my own in the last 400 metres. I got it wrong big time and  had that sinking feeling  when backing yourself doesn’t quite work out.

The Doomben Cup is a good horse’s race. Zaaki is a serious contender for the big races in Melbourne and Sydney in the coming Spring.

It is an important principle in racing to back the story. The big story this weekend  is whether Explosive Jack can make history and win four (4) Derby’s. I am putting my money where my mouth is and saying he can. Go Jack!


Race 2 Miss Divine EM (4)  Maha (3) Thunburg (11) Bubbly Lass  (17)

Race 3 Pintoff (2) The Gauch (10) (won @3.00)  The Difference (9) & Hidden Legend (6)

Race 9 Muntessera (9) Banquo (4)  Bless Her (8)  & Ashlor (3)

Eagle Farm

Race 2 Dr Why Not (7)(placed @ 2.00) Race 3 Amish Boy(placed  @ 3.10) (2) Race 4 Laure Me in (8) Race 7 Explosive Jack (1)

Theme Bet

Our theme bet is movies and tv Race 1 All About Eve (8) (placed @ 3.60) & Race 7 Man from Uncle (8).

If all of these horse’s win and you have taken them in a Yankee (parlay formula 23 &4) bet consisting of six  (6) doubles (3)trebles an a quadrella get in the queue for a dividend $31,712

Jamie Kah Special

Race 1 Fashchanel (10) Race 3 Aryton (9) Race 5 Carif (5) placed @ 3.90) Race 6 Dark Rebel (11) Race 7 Horrifying (8) Race 8 Vega One (won @ 12.00)(9) Race 9 Lyre (10) (Jamie does it again a very healthy profit on turn over of 38% on an each way basis) 

Toby’s Titanic lay of the day

Race 2  Eagle Farm Aryton (9) (No one can criticize the horse for a brave and sound performance but horses just tend not to win when they go up in grade and start @ 1.30 giving layers a 250 % return)