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There was a bit of wisdom yesterday and one of the best ever ‘wisdoms’ last week, so straight into the tips this week.

Randwick

3.7. Ghisoni. This filly might be a freak. Best of the day.

4.5. Bazza’s Boy

5.5. Rich Enuff. This boy still might be a star. If he gets luck, which he rarely does, then he will be very hard to stop.

8.1. Peeping. Loves it dry and usually runs well when 1st up.

Caulfield

4.3. Star Turn. A very promising two-year-old. This is a thin old race.

5.11. Heatherly. Gets huge weight off a very even bunch. Will be leading and could be very hard to get past. 2nd best of the day.

6.1. Mahuta. Fit, will be in front and can hold out Tarzino who is the quinella horse.

7. The Orr Stakes. This is what happened in the Orr the only time Black Caviar went above 1200m…

Any way this year I am going for two long shots 8. Hucklebuck and 17. Suavito. Both are at big odds and are very good horses.

Kembla Grange

2.4. Northern Conqueror. This horse is really good and as long as there are no secret champions in this field, he should win.

Good luck and stay tuned.

 

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First Class

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Just a couple of quick points today. Cardinal George Pell is in charge of the Vatican’s $15 billion in cash and roughly $3 trillion in property. The Roman Catholic Church of the world / Catholicism feel he is well enough to do this job, but the Cardinal himself insists he is not well enough to fly to Australia in a private jet to answer questions in regards to a Royal Commission devoted to the abuse of children at the hands of catholic priests. Get on the plane George!

Secondly, and totally unrelated, Ajax was a star. I used to rate this horse as a Weight for Age squib similar of Lonhro… one more time…

Go Grand Armee!

Anyway, Ajax won a stack of races including the Newmarket Handicap, VATC Futurity Stakes (three times) VATC Caulfield Guineas, MVRC W.S. Cox Plate, Underwood Stakes (three times) AJC All-Aged Stakes (three times) AJC Cropper Stakes (three times) VRC Melbourne Stakes (twice). Recently the below two videos have arrived on youtube. The dry British humour is gold!

But things with Ajax were not always perfect. The immortal champion will be remembered not for his outstanding record, but for being the shortest priced loser in the history of the Australian turf…

This video is not of the 40-1 on defeat, but of another lose. It still worth a watch to say the least for all racing historians!

So not a bad day. George Pell gets a serve, Lonhro gets a backhander and Ajax gets some praise!

Good luck and stay tuned.

 

 

 

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Beautiful

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A Turf Fascination is a rather happy place these days, although a recent top 200 countdown of the greatest songs of the 21st century on Max Music has caused a bit of a stir. Mrs Turf, Mr Turf and a former guest wisdomer took the time to watch the top 20. Hey Ya! or All The Single Ladies were the popular choices for number 1 slot. Any way we were watching and with only one song remaining, it had to be one of our two choices, although they should have really run the quinella. Then NUMBER 1 – the greatest song of the 21th century came on and it was Sex is on Fire by The Kings of Leon. This may well be the worst sound ever recorded, but that is a discussion for another day.

So due to the happy nature of A Turf Fascination at the minute, the hierarchy decided that we should try and decide what to date has been the most beautiful song ever written. To sweeten the wisdom a touch, we called out to a few mates; mates who just so happen to occupy / have occupied spots in some of Australia’s greatest bands. Here is the consensus….

What is the most beautiful song ever written?

Ben Browning – Cut Copy

https://soundcloud.com/benbrowning

Because – The Beatles (Moonlight Sonata – Beethoven). I could have chosen any of my favourite songs because nearly all them are beautiful in some way. It’s very subjective. Anyway John Lennon reversed the chords from one of the most hauntingly beautiful pieces of music ever made (Moonlight Sonata) and with seriously layered harmonies and simple lyrics about the blue sky and created a piece of music equally moving. The combination of Beatle voices’ is pretty special, and I’m also fond of the use of a Moog synthesizer as one of the only instruments in the track.

Cameron Bird – Architecture in Helsinki

http://architectureinhelsinki.com/

Roberta Flack – First Time I Ever Saw Your Face. Every time I hear it, it just destroys me…my mum had this on vinyl, so it’s pretty deep.

Mrs Turf

Jeff Buckley – Lover, You Should’ve Come Over. It was a flip of the coin for mine between this and Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd. Buckley just!

Ben Taylor – The New Season

https://vacantvalley.bandcamp.com/album/the-new-season-ep-12-reissue

Simon And Garfunkel – Bridge Over Trouble Waters. It is great that the sensitive Jewish boys could steal all the jocks’ girlfriend’s with their seamless harmonies.

 

This is all great stuff, but the final word goes to Sir Paul McCartney who echoes my thoughts on not only the most beautiful but also maybe the best song of all time that just happens to be song 1 on side two of perhaps the greatest record of all-time…

Mr Turf – No Band of any note

The Beach Boys – God Only Knows. It was played after the ‘I do’ at Mr and Mrs Turf’s wedding, but it was great and beautiful and just so gentle for just under fifty years before that.

Punt

It seems senseless to worry about gambling after such a great discussion above, but here we go anyway!

Caulfield

1.5. Tuff Host

2.3. Second Bullet

3.8. Pure Karma. Best of the day.

6.1. He Or She

8.7. Golden Spin. 2nd best of the day.

9.10. Mrs President. Omen bet of the year!

Randwick

Minimum confidence here as the track is likely to be either too hard or flooded with nothing in between!

1.6. Allergic

3.1. Craftiness

4.4. I’ve Got The Looks. But have a saver on Dublin Lass. Both potential Hall of Famers.

6.4. Hasselhoof. The best horse running in Australia on Saturday.

9.6. Fabrizio. The drier the track the better.

Morphettville

4.3. Boy’s Get Around Him

Doomben

4.4 Right Or Wrong

Good luck and stay tuned.

 

 

 

 

 

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The world’s biggest punter

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Thanks to racerate.com.com for sharing this story with A Turf Fascination.

The following story was written by racerate and is really good. In fact racerate, much like A Turf Fascination is a great source for historical fact in reference to racing worldwide. Check them out when you are not looking at A Turf Fascination…

Zeljko Ranogajec

Ranogajec was born in Hobart, Tasmania in 1961. His parents came to Australia as Croation immigrants.

He studied to be lawyer at the University Of Tasmania but soon realised he was probably always going to be a better punter than a lawyer. His self discovered memory skills allegedly found him banned from the Hobart Wrest Point casino for card counting (where he worked for a short while part-time) and Jupiters Casino on the Gold Coast.

Interestingly he met his wife and business partner Shelley Wilson at the Wrest Point Casino where she…

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The Young

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For years the old timers at the pub would tell you that having a kid slows you down. They were right! Even so, rest assured the form has been done and I am in pretty good nick at the minute, so here is the mail. Just a couple from each venue.

Flemington

1.6. Supido

2.1. Lonrockstar

3.1. Noela’s Choice

4.3. Second Bullet

8.9. Camdus

Rosehill

2.10. Istanbul

5.1. River Wild

7.4. Our Boy Malachi

Doomben

2.5. Our Boy Nicholas

5.4. The Storeman

6.4. Right or Wrong

7.2. Liberation

Morphettville

6.5. Zerprise Journey

Kembla Grange

1.6. Global Glamour

4.10 Muscle Truck

Good luck and stay tuned.

 

 

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He Doesn’t Like Being Favourite

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Super Impose could win 1600m races under huge weights, but when he was favourite in WFA races and at $1.70, he would lose.

Anyway, please enjoy the below video. We will never see this done again as trainers no longer like running their horses with over 57kg.

Good luck and stay tuned.

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Fine Leg to Fine Leg

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Does anyone remember Eddie the Eagle? Well if you don’t or even if you do, you better read on because his story is a cracker, especially because we all, given an opportunity to poke fun at our former colonial masters, the British.

This is Eddie the Eagle…

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Eddie the Eagle was the absolute epitome of the hilarity that was British society and British sport in the late ‘1980s. This was a time when the English cricket team lost the Ashes for the first time in four years and the team itself reached perhaps their lowest ever rating.

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The late ’80s was a time when the Iron Lady was at her most powerful, but speculation was rife that she was running the country despite having potentially lost her mind after the 1984 – 1985 Miners Strike.

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In the late 80s Prince Charles was the biggest name in Europe and his terrible teeth and hair were at their worst but he was still a massive celebrity. It was once reveled by a Buckingham Palace insider that Prince Charles was heard telling a mate that his daily routine involves ‘waking up and sitting around waiting for the Queen to die.’ She is still alive now!

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And at the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics, Great Britain started their slump towards terrible mediocrity.

Needless to say the Poms were perhaps an ‘iconic’ lot back in the late ‘1980s. However Eddie the Eagle takes the cake. Eddie the Eagle was chosen to compete in the 1988 Calgary  Winter Olympics in the best event (in my opinion) the ski jump. Have a look at a professional ski jumper…

These blokes are going well over 240m! It certainly is not a sport for the faint hearted. So what does this have to do with Eddie? Well Eddie, leading into the 88 Winter Games was the only bloke in England to have ever even thought about going off a ski jump and he had only ever done it once off a tiny jump. At the time he was by all reports, sitting in the pub and the British Olympic committee contacted him and told him he was to represent Britain at the up coming games. He had never jumped off an Olympic sized jump and it is even said that he was afraid of heights. But he was the best the Poms had and therefore he was off to Canada to compete.

It gets funnier… Eddie was horribly farsighted and as such he had to wear those big thick glasses even when he was jumping… and they fogged up every time!

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So as could probably be expected, Eddie was a typical ‘heroic failure’, a term that was synonymous with British sportsmen of the time.

But it was not all bad. Eddie did land one jump. But they only let him do one jump for fear of death. His style actually looks ok…

Have a look at him! He looks terrified and when he actually lands and does not die he certainly is happy…

So why all the fame and infamy and the place on A Turf Fascination wisdom? Well Eddie was only allowed the one jump which was a nice 73.5m. Not bad for a bloke straight out of the pub who could not see. However his 73.5m was over 100m short of the second last place finisher and the best part of 200m shy of the world record! What makes it even more funny is that 73.5m was a British National Ski Jump record!

After the 1998 Calgary Games the IOC brought in the ‘Eddie the Eagle rule,’ which according to the IOC website reads…

‘All Olympic hopefuls are to compete in international events and place in the top 30 percent or the top 50 competitors, whichever is fewer in order to qualify for the Olympic Ski Jump.’

Eddie consequently failed to qualify for the 1992 Winter Olympics in Albertville in France and the 1994 Games in Lillehammer. He managed to get a 5-year sponsorship from Eagle Airlines, a small British charter company, to fund his attempt to reach the 1998 Games in Nagano, Japan but failed to qualify for those as well.

What a legend and a perfect advocate for the British Bulldog spirit that had the world laughing in the late ‘1980s.

Punt

Canterbury – Friday

3.7. Tickled Pink. Well named and flew at trackwork during the week…

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5.2. Fabrizio. A potential gun stayer.

Saturday

Monee Valley

1.3 .Yellen. Loves this track.

5.1. Burning Front. Looks a certainty in a weak race.

7.3. Hucklebuck. Sprints well fresh and only has to beat Rebel Dane which will be hard.

9.4. Volcanic Ash. Lots of scratchings and hard to see this horse not running a place at worst.

Randwick  

1.1 Sooboog. Still might be a superstar.

2.4. Scarlet Rain. Fastest two-year-old filly in our stable.

7.10. Istanbul. Drops in weight and will be flying home.

Doomben

2.3. Lauterbrunnen. Too go to be $20.

Morphettville

4.1. Royal Rumble. Owes us from an unlucky run last week.

Good luck and stay tuned.

 

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