Live spreadsheet of the bets placed, result of these and the punters club running total.
Live spreadsheet of the bets placed, result of these and the punters club running total.
💥 BGP Punters Club Karaka Million 2019 💥
Back bigger than ever in 2019. The bets and balance will be easier to find on the website but of course there will be live heatups on Facebook as the punters club progresses.
Your selectors will be the originals:
🕴🏻Ted 🐐 The Goat 🙋🏼♂️ Kemeys
➕Guest selectors that we will be announcing before the day😯
After underestimating just how big this would be last year, there will be a $5 admin fee to enter for the 2019 version.There’s also a clause in the Terms & Conditions that if we are to triple the money, $5,000 will be withheld to take the above selectors on a lovely trip(bender).
This year they’ll be online at ARC’s website (link is in the first comment) which will make signing up a bit easier, you can pay online and we’ll be able to leave sign up open longer. Once you have paid, Ellerslie will provide you with an e-mail confirming your entry into the punters club (note this doesn’t give you admission to the race day).
Every ticket gives you $100 into the eventual pool of the 2019 Punters club.
This is the richest race for the 2yos in New Zealand earning some nice money for the winning connections. The winning jockey will earn $400.00 for every second he rides in the race. The winning trainer will earn $800.00 for every second he watches and the winning owners just over $8000.00 for every second they watch.
The barrier draw yesterday has had a major influence on the runners and how this race may now play out. Without doubt the big winner from the draws was the horse that has now come into favourite in Whiskey Neat. With the two gate he can either lead or trail and if there a lot of early speed pop into the trail. The former favourite and now second favourite Probabeel is now more than likely be taken back from the outside gate and as such going to end up further back in the field than if she had drawn better.
The two inside gates will go forward to make use of them plus they are both forward runners anyway. Beauty Diva has blistering early speed and from gate six could she zoom over and look to take the lead. If so, then will Leith Innes try and keep her out on Whiskey Neat or take a sit behind Beauty Diva. Both Louis Luck and Challa are drawn handily at four and five are also both likely to go forward which means there could well be plenty of early pressure in the race as they look for positions and if that pressure is sustained throughout then something back in the field can come over the top of the leaders which is what Probabeel will be looking to do.
Unlike last year when the race looked pretty easy to work out with Avantage drawing nicely at gate five and the race going to plan for her, this year’s race is a bit of a conundrum unless you think Whiskey Neat is unbeatable from the draw. In his two wins he has had it pretty soft in front without any pressure but I feel he won’t get that luxury on Saturday. He did wobble about under pressure over the closing stages of that win here last start and I did see him run off at the Te Aroha trials when going right handed before his debut. They have brought him up here a couple of times for gallops to help him but if he does come under pressure early I do wonder how he will react. He could also bolt in but I have enough concern that he could get rolled.
Opie has had the choice of five of the Te Akau horses as I mentioned and has chosen the filly with 54.5kgs and for Opie to get down to ride at that weight then he must feel pretty confident she can take the race out and give him and Jamie Richards a remarkable run of three wins in a row in the race. He has had to make the same decision over mounts the last two years and chosen correctly and that will be good enough for me on Saturday. I think this is a smart filly and will more than likely make a better 3yo but still capable of taking the race out. If Opie can go back, get some cover and then have her moving into the race turning in she can then sustain a strong run to the line and get up over them in the final meters.
1 12 Aotea Lad (12) 56.5kgs
Trainer: Jamie Richards
2g Savabeel – Corsage
Purchase Price $200,000 Two starts: Won the G2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes at Trentham over 1100m on debut last month. Finished second behind Whiskey Neat here on New Years Day in the G3 Eclipse Stakes with Exuberant third. Got back that day before running home strongly. Drawn out and likely pattern again. Looks a nice type with James Mac to ride and with the right run hard to beat. Visor blinkers go on. $7.00FF
2 11 Whiskey Neat (2) 56.5kgs
Trainer: Tony Pike
2g Denman – Ouija
Purchase Price $220,000 Two starts: Unbeaten. The first of them was at Otaki when winning by ten lengths creating a big impression and following that with a win at Ellerslie on New Years Day in the Eclipse Stakes beating Aotea Lad and Exuberant. Led in both starts and had drawn the best of the better backed runners in gate to. Will go forward and lead or trail and if he does things correctly right handed is right in this. $2.70FF
3 12 Neptune’s Spear (11) 56.5kgs
Trainer: Liam Birchley
2c Super Easy – Hestolemyroses
Purchase Price $140,000 Two starts: Australian trained galloper who won on debut at Doomben in November over 1050m. Second start, also at Doomben earlier this month over 1110m he finished second beaten three and a quarter lengths. Not knowing the Australian form around this horse it is difficult how to rate him against the NZ runners. Trainer has won the race twice previously so knows what is required to win. $21.00FF
4 13 Exuberant (15) 56.5kgs
2c Savabeel – Merrily
Trainer: Stephen Marsh
Purchase Price $160,000 Two starts: Won the Listed Wellesley Stakes over 1000m at Trentham late October beating Last Sight and Appellant. Nearly ten weeks later he lined up in the G3 Eclipse Stakes at Ellerslie on New Years Day finishing a good third behind Whiskey Neat and Aotea Lad. He will be improved for that run but the disastrous draw makes it very difficult for him now. Will need luck, probably go back and look to run on. $15.00FF
5 12 Yourdeel (13) 56.5kgs
2g Dundeel – Miss Zapper
Trainer: Jamie Richards
Purchase price $100,000 Two Starts: Won easily on debut at Te Rapa last month by over five lengths beating Flaunting. Then lined up at Ellerslie two weeks ago and just went down to stablemate Probabeel in the last two strides, beaten a head after sitting outside the leader. An awkward draw to overcome and not sure how they will ride him from out there. Has to be one of the main dangers in the race with the right run. $13.00FF
6 1 Louis Luck (4) 56.5kgs
2g Dissident – My Option
Trainer: Jamie Richards
One start: Won well on debut at Trentham two weeks ago beating The Fugitive who is held in some regard by a length over 1200m in 1:08:61. Has a very good draw to operate with. Shared the pace on the inner in that Trentham win so most likely will be sent forward again to make use of the draw. He didn’t shirk the task in that debut win and if able to back up quickly can go well again. $12.00FF
7 Challa (5) 56.5kgs
2g Dissident – Are There Any
Trainer: Jamie Richards
Purchase Price $100,000 Four starts: Three seconds in a row, all at Riccarton, with the third start behind Miss Federer in the Listed Welcome Stakes in November. His fourth start was at Ellerslie two weeks ago when finishing seventh of eight some seven lengths behind Probabeel and Yourdeel. He had the run of the race in the trail but found little in the run home. Hard to see him turning the tables on those two even with a better draw. Look elsewhere. Blinkers go on. $91.00FF
8 42×1 Tappy’s One (7) 56.5kgs
2g Proisir – Tappy Lee
Trainer: Stephen McKee
Purchase Price $20,000 Three starts: Finished fourth at Counties over 800m behind Beauty Diva in late September and followed that up with a second behind Last Sight at Ruakaka early October. Freshened up he came out at Tauranga eight days ago and won by two lengths. Backing up quickly here but trainer has won the race previously. Not a bad draw to operate from, likely to settle about fifth or sixth but this is a big step up for him and looks held. $51.00FF
9 33 Blackrocksdetox (3) 56.5kgs
2g Rip Van Winkle – Dominique
Trainer: Bruce Wallace & Allan Peard
Purchase Price $26,000 Two starts: Finished third in both starts, the first at Counties in the Listed Splice Construction Stakes over 1100m behind Bavella. Start two was at Ellerslie on Boxing Day behind Appellant on a wet track that day running on strongly from last over the 1100m. In both starts he has been slow away from the outside gate of seven. He has drawn beautifully in gate three but if slow away will get back in a very awkward position and make it difficult. $51.00FF
10 331 Appellant (9) 54.5kgs
2f Showcasing – Royal Appellant
Trainer: Stephen Marsh
Purchase Price $30,000 Three starts: Finished third on debut at Counties in September over 800m behind Beauty Diva when finishing strongly. Then came from last at Trentham to finish third behind Exuberant in the Listed Wellesley Stakes over 1000m. Came to Ellerslie on Boxing Day to win over 1200m on the wet track. I think there is upside to this filly and from gate nine can settle about sixth and look to finish strongly. Good chance at nice odds. Side winkers on. $21.00FF
11 211 Probabeel (16) 54.5kgs
2f Savabeel – Far Fetched
Trainer: Jamie Richards
Purchase Price $380,000 Three starts: Just beaten on debut at Te Rapa over 1000m she won her next two starts, both at Ellerslie .In the first she got back before sweeping by to win by four and a half length over 1100m. Two weeks ago she got back on the inner before finishing widest and getting up the last couple of strides. Opie had the choice of five and is wasting hard to ride this one. He and the trainer are looking for a three peat. Horror draw but is smart. Visor blinkers on. $3.70FF
12 154 Beauty Diva (6) 54.5kgs
2f Showcasing – Ketchme
Trainer: Clinton Isdale
Purchase Price $11,000 Three starts: She won impressively on debut at Counties over 800m showing plenty of speed beating First Rock and Appellant. She then finished fifth in the Wellesley Stakes at Trentham over 1000m battling the last part. At Ellerslie on Boxing Day she finished fourth but some thirteen lengths behind Appellant. Has a handy draw and plenty of speed to make use of it but probably to be found wanting over the closing stages on last two runs. $101.00FF
13 24 Aalaalune (10) 54.5kgs
2f Reliable Man – Viva Girl
Trainer: Jacob McKay
Purchase Price $230,000 Two starts: She finished second on debut in the Listed Splice Construction Stakes at Counties late November behind Bavella and then lined up at Ellerslie in the G3 Eclipse Stakes and ran home nicely to finish fourth behind Whiskey Neat, Aotea Lad and Exuberant. It was a tidy enough run to suggest with the right run she could get some of it and is not without a show. Side winkers go on. $35.00FF
14 21 Flaunting (1) 54.5kgs
2f Showcasing – Acapela
Trainer: David Greene
Purchase Price $40,000 Two starts: She finished second on debut at Te Rapa albeit just over five lengths behind Yourdeel last month and then went to Matamata where she won over 1200m after getting the run of the race in the trail popping out at the 300m and winning by three quarters of a length. This is a big step up but does have the coveted one draw, so successful in the past in this race. That is a big help and likely to take advantage of it but likely to find a few better here. $35.00FF
15 1 Rainbow Dash (8) 54.5kgs
2f Showcasing – Sarsourti
Trainer: Jenna Mahoney
Purchase Price $14,000 One start: This filly made her debut at Matamata two and a half weeks ago and won really nicely after sitting outside the leader and coming away in the straight to win by a length and a quarter beating a nice horse in Minnallines. She does need a scratching to get a start but if she did she could be a worth a gold coin or two at big odds. $51.00FF
16 2 Qiji Swordsman (14) 56.5kgs
2g Shamexpress – Flowing
Trainer: Nigel Tiley
Purchase Price $40,000 One start: Finished second on debut behind Tappy’s Star at Tauranga and didn’t get all favours that day when in tight quarters at the 400m. When out and with room ran on strongly two lengths behind the winner. Second on the ballot and probably not going to get a start.
12 AOTEA LAD
2 WHISKEY NEAT
Another home run
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We wanted to get you all in on the Million dollar action of Karaka Million night. The horses are running for $1 Million on the track and now BGP members have the chance to win $1 Million off the track.
The special edition BGP Krak A Million cap comes with something a little special.
The first 1,000 people to purchase a BGP Krak A Million 2019 Hat, will receive a free entry into the ‘BGP Krak A Million’.
The Karaka Million 2yo race will be run on the 26th of January 2019 at Ellerslie racecourse.
Your cap comes with your chance pick the exact finishing order of the race. 14 horses: 1 through to 14. Krak it and you’ll win $1Million. More than one person Krak’s it – the prize is split.
Once the field is finalised (January 2019), you’ll receive an entry link where you need to select the finishing order of the race and submit it for confirmation of your entry.
Then sit back, watch the action and pray one of the BGP family Krak the Million.
The entries will be capped at 1,000 so the first in will be the first served. Entries will close on the Friday before the race and sent off to be locked in a vault.
The hats can be purchased from The Informant’s Office for $30 + a handling fee. You can order online below by clicking on the link.
We’ll be sending hats out left right and center and come closer to the Million, you’ll receive instructions on how to complete your Krak A Million entry.
Today Racing Victoria announced a $5m race over 1600m to be run at Flemington on March 16. The All Star Mile will be run under weight for age conditions.
Of the 14 positions in the field, 10 will be decided by public vote and the final 4 wild card spots determined by Racing Victoria.
Winx is highly sort after for the initial meeting and could slot nicely into her Autumn campaign, could we see a match up against the new Kiwi racing hero in Te Akau Shark? I’ve got a sneaking suspicion we could see 11,000 BGP votes cast in that direction if the Tangerine Army look to target the race. Will Chris Waller send the Autumn Sun and Winx? This could be one very exciting race on the cards.
The race is again unique in the fact it will be shared amongst the 3 metropolitan track in Melbourne (Flemington, Moonee Valley, Caulfield) which add a new twist on the race each year. This year already adding to Flemington’s tidy Autumn schedule including Super Saturday.
A huge initiative from Racing Victoria and exciting that racing fans are involved, another step in the right direction engaging with an active audience.
As we get closer to the race it will be interesting to see which stables put their horses forward for the vote and if there is interest in bringing he best international horses to Australia to compete.
Go the lads, up the shark.
The race that stops a nation, or two?
Lets start by looking at the race from statistical stand point.
Age, the most common winner comes from the 4yo and 5yo horse.
|Three year olds:||23 Wins|
|Four year olds:||44 Wins|
|Five year olds:||44 Wins|
|Six year olds:||33 Wins|
|Seven year olds:||11 Wins|
|Eight year olds:||2 Wins|
Barrier – Current favourite – Yucatan has drawn the visitor barrier way out in 23, will that be the undoing of him? We saw the Caulfield Cup winner come from a similar gate with a supreme ride slotting in one back one wide in what was a deadly slow pace. As you can see from the statistics below wider barriers have had their share of success in the great race.
|Barrier 5||8 Wins|
|Barrier 10||7 Wins|
|Barriers 11, 14 & 17||6 Wins|
|Barriers 1, 4, 6, 8, 19 and 22||5 Wins|
Weight – They say weight stops trains, and whilst Carbine holds the cup record carrying a whopping 65.5kg to victory in 1980, only the great mare Makybe Diva has carried 58kg to victory in the past 30 years
So with all that said, lets take a look at this years runners.
Pat Cosgrave (57.5kg) Saeed Bin Suroor
The deserving top weight, coming off the back of 4 wins on the trot including 3 group one races. Where he carried more than 60kg on 2 occasions. The Caulfield Cup where he was drawn wide and had to work early was a nice win, albeit a hard race to line up the form with the huge midrace slow down and overall pace more than 50 lengths slower than the track record giving the horses worse of midfield no chance. He did everything he needed to get the job done and is well placed to be fighting out the finish here. The concern being he has no winning form beyond the mile and half and a question mark if he can run out a strong 3200m.
(9) Ryan Moore (56.5kg) Aidan O’Brien
He had a lot of admirers coming off his first run in Australia (Caulfield Stakes 2000m; video below, look for Navy colours at the back swinging widest) where he came with a strong run hitting the line hard alongside two of Australia’s best 2000m horses in Humidor and D’Argentino. Backed up by a solid 3rd in the Caulfield Cup. He has form around the favourite, previously beating Yucatan over 2000m. If he improves his racing manners from the Caulfield Cup where he wanted to hang in, he can be very competitive here.
Corey Brown (56kg) Ian Williams
An interesting proposition and a true European stayer in every sense of the phrase, with an even more interesting owner promising to don a lacy G string in celebration WHEN (not if) Magic Circle wins the Cup. Of his last 9 starts, 8 have been over distances of more than 3000m suggesting he will love every stride of the 2 miles at Flemington. He has form in moist conditions and we could get that with rain forecast for the big dance. He’s clocked up some nice wins in his past couple sprinting away for dominant 6-7L victories, including smashing subsequent Lexus states winner Prince Of Arran at Chester and Cup fancy Red Verdon (now scratched) at Sandown. Check out his last run below (Final moments of the race from the 5 min mark)
Yuga Kawada (55.5kg) Yoshito Yahagi
The Japanese runner has been there or there abouts in some top class staying events in the land of the rising sun. Finishing 5th in the group one Tenno Sho Spring (3200m) 3 runs back. While his first run in Australia didn’t draw too much admiration finishing well back in a slow Caulfield Cup, he can be very competitive if he runs up to what he has done at home.
Jim Crowley (55.5kg) John Gosden
Munta ha! We all have a mate that suits the name and if you’re looking at one for the name this could be it. But looking at his form he is a serious contender, hitting the line hard winning by 3.5L last start over 2800m, smashing the clock too. He looked to be cruising and always the winner. Following the same path as previous cup runner up Heartbreak City. He mixes his form and can throw up an average one but if he’s right on the day look for him to be in the finish.
Jordan Childs (55.5kg) Michael Moroney
One of the beaten brigade not suited to the dawdling pace at Caulfield. He posted back to back wins earlier in the European Spring with wins over 2800m and 3200m (Video below of the Group 2 event). A very hard one to line up after the first up run at Caulfield. Whilst you cant knock the wins in Germany he’ll need to go to another level to be competitive with the best in the world.
Ben Melham (55.5kg) Chris Waller
The Rangitikei Ranger, the Wanganui Warrior, the colt hero of NZ racing. A rising 10yo will compete in his 4th Melbourne Cup this year (making that the 2nd equal for most runs in the cup). A fan favourite will be sure to have a few supporters. Traditionally he runs very well here with finishes of 3rd,11th and 5th in previous efforts of the famous race. Note the 11th was very unlucky coping a big squeeze at the 200m. He was impressive in winning the Sydney Cup early this year and whilst winning would be a surprise, expect an honest run and betting around top 10 an top 5 markets look appealing. Relive his Sydney Cup win below, when BGP purchased the winning Saddle Cloth, had this signed by Jockey Blake Shinn and Hall of Fame trainer Chris Waller and auctioned this off to support two of our charities in Men’s Health and Riding for the Disabled. Thanks to the owners for getting involved and supporting us.
Tye Angland (55kg) David Payne
The 2017 VRC derby winner makes the natural progression to the cup as a 4yo. Whilst he hasn’t stepped out beyond the 2500m before he has been set for this has had the miles put in his legs. He was very unlucky not to do the Derby double running second in the ATC Derby. Another factor that may be against him is the forecasted weather, having 6 starts on rain affected going for no placings. He’s hard to have after a poor effort in the Caulfield Cup, running near the front and failing to finish off the race. If he can bounce back to his best he is a chance. Hard to have. So lets watch the Derby win again from last year.
Hugh Bowman (55kg) Hughie Morrison
A big run in last years Caulfield Cup saw him cemented as the Melbourne Cup favourite last year, this year they’ve taken a different tact and decided he may be at his best fresh and that’s precisely what they have done. His runs since last years cup have had a lot of merit (4 starts 2 wins, 2 seconds) and there has been plenty of good comments regarding how he’s been settling in at Werribee. We head back two starts ago seeing him put away the 2800m race with 60kg.
Glyn Schofield (54.5kg) James Cummings
The Godolphin horse has done very little wrong this prep after some strong wins in Sydney, coming across to Melbourne and running impressively again. He showed great ability to stay over the trip with his win in the Bart Cummings 2500m. Whether he gets the full 3200m is the big question. His trainer is the progeny of the great Bart Cummins (Cups Kings) and in a sport where breeding is highly regarded as the key element I think James will have a note or two from his youth on how to win the race. He ran a strong 4th in the cox plate which should have him ready to peak on Tuesday.
James McDonald (54.5kg) Aidan O’Brien
Deserves his favourite status after blitzing them in the Herbert Power Stakes fresh in Australia. Kiwi gun J-Mac to pilot the horse from barrier 23 he will need some luck, looking to slot into the 2 or 3 wide train. The query is if can hold that form and can match the ratings of his peak. He can mix his runs with 2 terrific wins in his past 5 runs as well as finishing last on 2 occasions.
Tommy Berry (54kg) Richard Freedman
He doesn’t look up to the top class stayers in this race, with his best run in recent times being a fast finishing 6th in the Metro over 2400m at Randwick, with his last win coming earlier in the year over 2000m in the High Stakes at Randwick. Needs to lift, one to leave out and rightfully $101
Zac Purton (54kg) Chris Waller
Reports out of Werribee suggest the son of Frankle is one to watch. He is another untried at the trip, he closed nicely in the Geelong cup with 59kg. However that form hasn’t been franked with sub par performances from those who have come out of the race. He is lightly raced which suggests he could improve off the back of that fresh up run in Geelong.
Damien Oliver (54kg) Darren Weir
Darren Weir lost his preferred cups horse Kings Will Dream when he fractured his pelvis during the Cox Plate (thankfully all reports are he is on his way back from what could have been a traffic end). Red Cardinal has been an honest horse but has lacked the big run to look like this years cup winner. He boasts 3 starts over the 2 miles for 2 wins when he put together back to back wins around 18 months ago. We look at his win below in the Belmont Gold Cup over 3200m
(2) Patrick Moloney (54kg) Michael Moroney
The 7yo son of Monson hasn’t had the prep of a Melbourne Cup winner, he should appreciate the step up to 3200m but he is another with a long time between drinks. His last win coming in the Spring of 17 over 2600m in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes and looks to be a class below the top ones here.
Mark Zahra (54kg) David & B Hayes & T Dabernig
Whilst he put it all together and took out the Moonee Valley Cup last start, I don’t think that’s the winning form line. He finished near the tail in this race last year (21st) and wasn’t up to the task in the Sydney Cup either. Suggesting he might not quite have the staying ability to see out the full trip. He is in great form and deserves a throw at the stumps. Drawn to get a sweet trip, when the whips are cracking I don’t think he’ll be making ground like some of the others in the field.
Michael Walker (53kg) Charlie Fellowes
He will have a few admirers after taking out the Lexus Stake (2500m) on Saturday finishing the strongest of the field and securing his spot in the Cup field. His run prior was also solid running a strong third behind Cup favourite Yucatan in the Hebert Power Stakes. Both runs suggesting he’s fit, peaking and ready to roll. He draws quite wide so will be another hopeful of slotting into a position off the speed. Its a tough ask to back up 3 days later after a Lexus and that’s against him with other in years gone by not having a great success race, as well as the fact Magic Circle has comfortably beaten him in the Northern Hemisphere.
Regan Bayliss (53kg) Iain Jardine
Has run poorly this preparation and I would suggest their would have been high hopes in the camp after running home well for 5th in last years race. He finished 13 of 15 in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup with other cup hopefuls looking a lot more appealing off the back of their runs. He has been safely held in all runs this time and I don’t think he is going as well as this time last year. Vision below of 2017 Melbourne Cup run.
Dwayne Dunn (53kg) Lance O’Sullivan & Andrew Scott
He may come into his own if we get the rain that is predicted with his best form coming on slow going (12 3-3-1). He boasts a third behind Who Shot Thebarman in last preps Sydney Cup and beating Ventura Storm over 2600m at Randwick in April this year. The question is does he have the class to beat this field, I doubt it. But he always gives an honest effort and expect nothing less on Tuesday, one for first 10 markets perhaps.
Damian Lane (53kg) Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman
The Baker/Forsman combo have a cup runner here and whilst his run in the Geelong Cup was poor he ran a slashing 2nd to the Barman in the Sydney Cup. Whether that form is up to the best here, remains to be seen. This prep hasn’t been flash and we can leave this guy out of our selections here. Check out his Sydney Cup run in the Barman’s featured race above. He’s started over $101 in his past 3 runs and deserves that price again, his last win coming in the Avondale Cup back in January and 5th in the Auckland cup (below).
Stephen Baster (52kg) Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott
He has been performing nicely this preparation but may be another light weight hope lacking the class to win a Melbourne cup, look for him to take a leading position drawn right in the middle of the 24 horses he’ll go forward and look to out stay them. If the pace is kind and he gets his way up front, he could surprise and be in the finish.
Craig Williams (51.5kg) Chris Waller
The lone mare in the race, a lightly raced 4yo. She could be exactly what her name suggests a Young Star. She was excellent in the winter carnival in QLD flashing home for 3rd in the Derby and again storming home to win the QLD Oaks against her own sex. Her last 2 runs have both had plenty of merit in races where the pace did not suit her pattern, she came with Winx in the Turnbull stakes and had superb sections. Her run in the Caulfield cup was ordinary to the naked eye but again off a slow pace she ran some great closing sections and with just 51.5 kilos she looks to have every chance to be in the finish, again a small query on the 2 miles, but what we have seen and what the clock says is that she will relish it, she’s also not one to be worried about the ran. Below we feature her Oaks win where she just gets up but was very strong the final furlong.
Kerrin McEvoy (51kg) Charlie Appleby
A very lightly raced 4yo gelding having only 7 starts, having finished 1st 4 times and 2nd twice. He is a genuine contender here, and his light campaign allows him the benefit of carrying the minimum. He wont know himself with 51kg with his previous lightest ride being 57kg, with that being is last run 2nd in the Group 2 Voltiguer Stakes below.
Wayne Lordan (51kg) Aidan O’Brien
Last years runner up trainer Aidan O’Brien is back with a similar path to that they plotted with last years runner up Johannes Vermeer. He’s ran a very close second to the highly fancied Latrobe (scratched from the cup with injury) a few starts back n the Irish Derby but looks to need improvement on what he produced in the Cox Plate. Irish Derby footage below:
Comments: Yucatan screams “I am the winner” after his first run in Australia and on the back of that you have to put him on top. The mare maps well and with more speed predicted here than her past two runs I think she will go very close. Marmelo fresh could be a weapon, if he repeats what he did in the Caulfield Cup fresh last year, he’ll be in the finish. Cross Counter another interesting runner, what I like is the consistency he’s shown in his short career and the fact he’s carrying a sand fly round. If I could have a 5th it would be Magic Circle who’s performed very well over the long trips.
Comments: J Mac to win with Yucatan after an impressive Herbert Power win.
Magic Circle for second after two impressive wins in the UK.
Cross Counter is a lightweight that can finish strongly.
Of the locals – Youngstar who ran second behind Winx in the Turnbull and ran well in the Caulfield Cup.
Gee I hate this race, everyone is an expert after the race and some prick you don’t like always gets the first four.
Anyway, after the Caulfield Cup I took The Cliffsofmoher as I just felt he looked a bit dour and at $16 was worth a tickle.
I usually look to stats for this race and they’ve never helped me find the winner but they usually help rule out a couple.
I never back a horse that hasn’t had a lead up in Aussie first – near impossible to win doing so (so far). I look for a horse weighted in the 54kg to 55kg range. I stay away from the top weight (Best Solution).
Avoid horses that have been in the cup before (Fiorente disproved this).
Tip one then dickhead, right yeah sorry here we go.
The winner will come out of these 3, in order:
(Cosy draw, 5year old gelding carrying 54.5kg, having the legs ticked over in the Cox Plate (Green Moon anyone?)).
A man drawn by the stats, here are some of the things I considered to try and narrow the field down – 18 of the last 20 Melbourne Cup winners have fitted the following profile; Had a run in Australia prior to the race. It was the horses 1st Melbourne Cup or they had finished within 3L of the winner at their last Cup appearance. Their last handicap race they either won or got within 2L of the winner.
Yucatan’s win in the Herbert Power was simply dominant and the form has been franked since. His closing sectionals were outstanding (much like Protectionists in 2014) and has thrived since. The wide draw won’t matter (only will enhance the price) – he ticks all the boxes and I think he will take this year’s Cup, providing sweet redemption for JMac after his time away from the game.
Muntahaa hasn’t had a run in Oz but his Ebor win last start was super impressive and in good time. He is well weighted and has the class to be right up there.
Cross Counter is the up and comer – his form in the UK is strong, including a course record at Goodwood two starts back. Lightly weighted he will give a good account of himself.
Avilius would be a fairytale result for James Cummings, grandson of Melbourne Cup legend Bart. He comes out of the Cox Plate, dropping in weight for this. His lead up runs have been very sound and with the Cummings polish he will be cherry ripe for this.
That’s a wrap from us team, all the best on the day when everyone becomes an expert. Lets hope Barbara from accounts doesn’t collect the (mystery) first 4 and rub it in your face for the next 12 months.
🍊 ✖️ B G P
Excited to announce this one – we are all owners!
Te Akau has offered to back BGP with a bloody exciting opportunity we are grateful for. They love what we are doing and want to help more younger people experience the thrill of racing a horse so have removed one of the biggest barriers – price.
They’ve given us two 5% leased shares for everybody in BGP that wants to be involved – there will be no costs to any BGP member.
BGP will be the effective owners of the shares with any stakes won being returned to Admin to be spent on you to further encourage the next generation of race goer and horse owner.
We’ll come up with some creative ways to do this in the form of events, content, syndos etc.
🐎 The Horses 🐎
Two well bred, 2yo fillies bought by David at the Sydney Easter Sales.
1️⃣Redoute’s Choice/Aware Filly
2️⃣Pierro/Missy Cummings Filly
We are working through adding a touch of BGP and if possible, the horses may race in Te Akau Tangerine and the BGP cap.
🏁 Race Day 🏁
With so many people being involved, we’ll work with the clubs on a race by race basis to see if we can sneak a few beers and normal owner privileges.
No doubt some race clubs won’t be stoked about having 2,000 owners in the owners lounge but we’ll look forward to the challenge of getting them onboard.
🔸 ADMIN 🔸
What do you need to do?
Follow the link below to register as an effective owner of the two horses and you’ll receive communication of the progress of both of the fillies including trial updates, pre and post race updates exclusively from Te Akau’s trainer Jamie Richards.
How good is this?
Thanks To The Tangeringe 🍊
Lastly, on behalf of BGP and all of you who sign up, I’d like to thank Te Akau for making this possible and giving further support to the group. Without the next generation of punter, racegoer, owner, employee etc., entering this sport, it won’t exist. To have the support of some of the bigger names in the game shows how much you all mean to them.
Nature Strip heads to Adelaide to battle Sunlight this weekend.
Sunlight has the runs on the board with the filly smashing a field of top line two years on the Gold Coast last season in the Magic Million and sticking on well for 3rd in the Golden Slipper.
Nature Strip has all the hype and whilst he has not taken on horses at Group One level he bodes some very tidy wins, racing within a whisker of the 1000m track record at Sandown whilst carrying 60.5kg
When asked about the match up Tony McEvoy said “For me, if they’re thinking of coming here, maybe he’s not quite going as well as they’d like, which is comforting for me”. Sunlight jumped out last week in dire conditions and cruised to an impressive 4.5L victory. Whilst the Weir camp also projected confidence with stable rep J Mclean stating “I am very upbeat about the horse every times he steps out. He’s just an imposing individual in everything he does. He does it with ease and again we saw him here working well this morning.” Team Weir will be looking to impressive onlooker come Saturday in an effort to secure one of the 3 remaining slots available for The Everest in October
Both runners like to lead so it’ll be interesting to see who takes it up and who takes a sit, I think we might see Nature Strip roll forward with his high cruising speed and try and drive them into the ground. These match up are what we love about racing.
Bookmakers have tighten up the market on Nature Strip in from $1.80 head to head earlier in the week, he is now $1.50 vs $2.55 for the filly.
This year we’re getting in early and going all farking in. We’ve got our own area – a room in fact – for BGP ticket holder only. A view of the home straight and winning post so we can get vocal all arvo screaming home the 6 winners. (Pakuranga Hunt Room on the second floor of Ellerslie).
$100 ticket (Limited to 275 tickets) SOLD OUT
What do I get?
First 2 beers on Ellerslie and some food to soak them up
Beer 3 – Sponsored by Haunui Farm
Beer 4 – Sponsored by Marsh Racing
Beer 5 – Sponsored by Te Akau Racing
Beer 6 – Sponsored by Windsor Park Stud
Want more than 6 beers? They’ll be $5 all night.
As we get closer to January 26th, more and more treats will be added to the day. We’d love to spout off about what some of these are now but we better follow some formalities and keep you updated as we go, but here’s a few hints:
Author: Luke Kemeys
This is a novel so I will put the call to action at the front and the context beneath.
How can you and I make the racing industry in New Zealand better?
Passion, value and content.
If you’re having a punt, at the pub with the lads/ladddies, on course, screaming one home in your flat, nailing a quinela, landing a Ted multi. What ever!
Let all your mates know – snap it, gram it, bebo it, what ever you use, be proud of it. Showcase it. Highlight the excitement.
Passion is intriguing, it’s infectious, it spreads, it smacks you in the face, makes you want in.
All of a sudden your friends are asking ‘why did you back that?’, ‘why are you going to that?’, ‘who the fark is Ted and why do you have a cardboard cut out of him?’, ‘why are you getting a photo with that 4ft bird?’, ‘you’ve got a share in what?’.
Tag @boysgetpaid in your gram snaps, we farking love watching it, every one of them. We’ve been there. Done it. Still do it.
We can be the change, the momentum, the contributors, the people that give the next enthusiast an industry to work in.
We can’t control prize money, decisions at the high end, legislation.
We can control what we do for each other, whether we get our mates involved, the content/passion our friends and circles see.
Numbers are what will help our industry prosper, involvement in it, in what ever form that takes, the rest, the big dogs can try to take care of. We can have all of the prize money in the world but if no one knows or gives a fark, it won’t be sustainable.
Look at Lotto, it’s on every Saturday but we forget/don’t always care. Strangely EVERYONE knows when there’s a $25mil jackpot, everyone wants in, but you’re even less chance of winning because more people are in. Why? Because the content changes – suddenly everyone’s talking about it, talking about what they’d do if they won $25mil. People don’t want to miss out, they’re emotionally invested- content and value.
Remove Lotto, insert ‘crypto’. Repeat.
These are basic fundamentals of capturing attention and capturing the dollar. If you are an industry participant and you need people’s attention but aren’t doing anything to capture it, you will lose. Blame yourself, not the market.
The competition for attention and the disposable dollar is at an all time high and if you do not provide content and value, expect to be less competitive than those in your space that do.
We can do this for Racing as a collective. This should have already been happening but it hasn’t. Tough sh*t. It’s our job now.
Whilst everyone is talking and booking their next meeting to talk about what got talked about prior, before we can talk about what we can talk about next, I suggest we all take a slightly different approach. It’s called farking doing.
With the hype around Winston’s announcement that NZ Racing will be reviewed by one of the smartest minds in the game; we can influence what won’t even be thought of, reviewed, understood or implemented following the review.
Boys Get Paid has plugged a hole in the industry for the punter and the younger generation. Easily too. Patiently.
This didn’t just ‘happen’. Ted didn’t just ‘turn up’. NZs most interactive punter’s club didn’t just ‘come together’. We all didn’t just make 8,500 new mates by mistake.
We are a part of something, together.
There is more strategy in place here that many of the people leading this industry will ever understand and grasp – it’s not their fault though. The world has changed, the internet levelled it.
Strategy you don’t care about, because you’re getting what you deserve – community, a sense of belonging to something bigger than yourself, value and content.
The racing industry rested on it’s laurels, sleeps, expects it to be 1950, expects things to be better, expects more for doing nothing. Wants to talk and talk and talk. Some of it anyway.
Look at some of the racing stables – Te Akau, Pike Racing, Bakers, Marsh Racing. You’ve heard of each of them. These stables are all winning our attention because they provide value and content. Simple as that, not because they have more money.
Boys Get Paid has and had no money, never did, you’re still here. Value and content.
If I want to back a Pike horse, I know I can go to their FB page and find information on that horse – V&C!
I truly believe there is no group or community on Facebook like this in NZ – if there is, I want in and I will study and learn to do better for BGP!!
What a time to be alive and resurrecting the game.
To the BGP family reading, thank you.
To industry participants reading – go do something, stop waiting for someone to do it for you.