Stop the presses! 1.2 million Australians watched The Block the other night. Apparently that is some kind of reality television record. But how come we don’t hear about the 22.4 million Australians that did not watch it? There still might be hope for us yet if only 1.2 million of us are sucked in by shows like The Block.
According to this website…
Australia’s population is about 23.5 million. On whatever day The Block was on, how many Australians do you think looked at the sun rise or set? Or had an interaction with a stranger? Or looked at a mountain, river, hill, lake or animal? Rode a surfboard? Skateboard? Shot a basketball? Kicked a football? Brushed their hair? Put makeup on? Made a birdie? Hit a shank? Fixed a roof? Cooked a BBQ? Did something useful for someone else? Now this is reality, and everyone does it every day. Watching some scripted crap about some moron crying because they can’t work a cordless drill is not reality. Can you imagine the discussion on the set of The Block?
The producer / director…
‘Now Jenny, that was great, but on the next take we need you to really get upset. We need you to smash the drill into the floor and scream ok?’
‘Ok, but I feel the viewers will understand me more if I cry and carry on a bit ya know?’
The Producer / director
‘Yeah, ok, but really put some emotion into it and we will get the viewers thinking that the rest of your life and you survival not just on the show, but survival on earth is dependent on getting this wall up in time.’
It is scripted crap, that is NOT REAL. Look outside Australia… that is reality.
We are back to Flemington and we have a great, albeit bloody almost impossible card of racing. Sydney can get stuffed. The tracks are wrecked, the form makes no sense and the best horses are getting thrashed by mudlark goats. Catkins can win as can Greatwood but other than those two, I am staying in Victoria with my investments. Here is a crack at the entire Flemington card. Just for the record, for the dedicated followers of A Turf Fascination, I will be backing all three of my selections and having a three horse quinella and running doubles on every race.
6. Traveston Girl $4.50. Queensland visitor that might be very good and this might be the only time we get this type of price about her.
2. Sunset Rock $26. Two starts ago at about this distance, this filly beat Group One winner Go Indy Go. $26 is miles over her true price of winning.
9. More Radiant $3.80. Ran Earthquake pretty close and she is a star. That run would win this race easily.
5. Marksmanship $3.30. Flying since joining Ciaron Maher and looks very hard to beat here.
1. Masked Marvel $19. His best is extraordinary and it is only a matter of time before he finds it in Australia.
9. Zabeelionaire $7.00. He will win again one day.
7. Signoff $4.20. If he does not win this, he is sacked until he gets to 2400m and beyond.
12. Longeron $15. Midweek winner who was impressive enough to get a gig in this race.
11. Shikarpour $13. A Williams runner and he is first up over 1700m which will suit. He started favourite over a mile at Bendigo during the autumn.
2. Chivalry $3.30. He was too good to dismiss first up. This is a harder race, but he was so impressive.
5. Zebulon $6.50. Good name, ok form.
11. Divan $7.00. Even if this horse gets beaten, keep an eye on him as he is a progressive type and will pop up in a Group race at some stage over the Flemington Carnival.
6. Solict $6.50. A great first up record, but this is a bloody hard race to pick the winner.
1. Commanding Jewel $2.50 Impossible to miss the first up run, but she is short in such a big race.
3. Gregers $4.20. In winning form but the 1400m is a slight concern. Prefer the other two.
7. Go Indy Go $11. Back this filly every start she has this time in. She is a champion in the making.
11. Stingray $17. Consistent enough and can bob up for sure in a pretty deep race.
13. Wandjina $26. Will love Flemington and has a stack of ability.
2. Fawkner $10. If he wants to win the Cox Plate, he better be able to mix it here over the mile against some Cox Plate contenders.
3. Boban $4.20. Flemington, the mile and the conditions will suit. He should be favourite.
6. Puissance de Lune $6.00. Oh yes. This is the race. This race for mine, is the best chance he has ever had of winning a Group One race.
7. Sistine Demon $18. I basically have absolutely no idea about this race, but these three seem overs.
8. Akavoroun $12.
9. Lonhspresso $21. A good second up record. Last chance for her.
3. Rhythm to Spare $6.50. He always runs well and probably could have gained a start in the Group One.
13. Our Hand of Faith $6.00. Fair first up, but generally improves second and third up.
18. Late Charge $5.50. Gotta love a horse on the minimum that is in good form.
Best of the best (in racebook order)…
1.6. Traveston Girl
5.1 Commanding Jewel
9.3. Rhythm to Spare
Each way specials…
6.7. Go Indy Go
Best of the roughies…
1.2. Sunset Rock
Good luck and stay tuned.