BEST BET OF THE MONTH

SATURDAY 21/04/18

Place a Fixed-Odds Win bet on Races 1-5 at Randwick this Saturday and if your horse finishes 2nd or 3rd, you’ll get your stake back as a matched Bonus Bet up to $50.

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ROYAL RANDWICK

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RACE 8

($151,500 – JRA PLATE)

#10

COOL CHAP

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$8.50

JOCKEY: DAMIEN OLIVER

TRAINERS: TEAM DAVID HAYES

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THIS TALENTED GALLOPER HAS GONE TO A WHOLE NEW LEVEL SINCE JOINING TEAM DAVID HAYES AT LINDSAY PARK LAST SEASON.

HE WAS SEEN AS A STAYER PREVIOUSLY, BUT HAYES IN ALL HIS WISDOM HAYES HAS NOW EARMARKED HIM AS A 1600M / 2000M HORSE. SINCE BEING TRAINED IN ACCORDANCE TO THAT THEORY HE’S REALLY SKYROCKETED IN FORM.

1ST UP OVER 1400M THIS PREP, IN THE GROUP 3 SHAFTESBURY AVENUE STAKES, HE SETTLED BACK IN THE FIELD BUT RAN HOME STRONGLY TO JUST MISS OUT OF WINNING IN A 3 WAY DRIVE TO THE LINE. THE MARGINS WERE A SHORT HALF HEAD X A NOSE. HE WAS 3RD. BUT IT SHOWED THAT HE’D RETURNED TO RACING IN GREAT ORDER.

2ND UP HE STEPPED UP TO A MILE AND IN TO GROUP 2 GRADE IN THE $200,000 BLAMEY STAKES AT FLEMINGTON. A RACE THAT IS ALWAYS A GOOD GUIDE FOR HORSES HEADING TO SYDNEY FOR THE AUTUMN CARNIVAL. ONLY 4 OTHERS RAN IN THE RACE BUT IT WAS A RED-HOT FIELD, THE 4 OPPONENTS FOR COOL CHAP WERE: 

  • ODEON – LISTED WINNER, GROUP 1 PLACED. 
  • HELLOVA STREET – GROUP 3 WINNER (MELBOURNE CUP WEEK), OVERALL GROUP & LISTED RACE RECORD OF 21 STARTS – 9 WINS: 4 SECONDS: 3 THIRDS
  • TOSEN STARDOM – JAPANESE IMPORT. DUAL GR1 WINNER IN AUSTRALIA OF THE $2 MILLION MACKINNON STAKES & THE TOORAK HANDICAP CARRYING 57.5KG. OVERALL GROUP & LISTED RACE RECORD 28 STARTS – 6 WINS: 4 SECONDS: 1 THIRD
  • HUMIDOR – KIWI IMPORT. DUAL GROUP 1 WINNER OF THE GR1 $1.5 MILLION AUSTRALIA CUP & GR1 $750,000 MAKYBE DIVA STAKES, BOTH AT FLEMINGTON. RUNNER UP IN 2017 COX PLATE JUST HALF A LENGTH OFF LEGEND WINX, WHOM HE GAVE A HUGE FRIGHT TOO. GROUP & LISTED RECORD OF 20 STARTS – 4 WINS: 5 SECONDS: 1 THIRD.

COOL CHAP ON PAPER SEEMED OUTCLASSED & WAS SENT OUT THE 18/1 OUTSIDER IN THE FIELD OF 5. HOWEVER HE DEFIED ALL ODDS AND LOOKED THE WINNER AT THE 75M MARK, BEFORE BEING REELED IN BY THE HORSE WHO MIXED IT WITH WINX JUST MONTHS BEFORE, HUMIDOR. COOL CHAP RAN A TERRIFIC 2ND, PROVING HE WAS IN CAREER BEST FORM.

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BLAMEY STAKES PHOTO FINISH – COOL CHAP A NARROW 2ND

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2018 BLAMEY STAKES REPLAY (COOL CHAP 2ND):

DAVID HAYES WAS THRILLED HOW THE HORSE WAS GOING AND DECIDED TO RUN 3RD UP IN THE GR1 $2.94 MILLION DONCASTER HANDICAP, AUSTRALIA’S FEATURE MILE RACE EVERY YEAR. ON THE SAME DAY THE LISTED GOLDEN NUGGET ALSO OVER THE MILE WAS ON AT BENDIGO, BUT SUCH WAS HAYES’ VIEW ON HOW WELL COOL CHAP WAS GOING HE DECIDED TO THROW HIM IN THE VER,Y VERY DEEP END, THINKING HE COULD MEASURE UP!

HAYES WASN’T WRONG ABOUT COOL CHAP & HE MEASURED RIGHT UP IN THE TOUGHEST GRADE IN AUSTRALIA! HE RAN 6TH OF 16 RUNNERS & PICKED UP A HANDY $30,000. HE WAS BEATEN JUST 3 LENGTHS BY HAPPY CLAPPER. 

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2018 DONCASTER MILE REPLAY (COOL CHAP 6TH):

THE JRA PLATE ON SATURDAY LOOKS THE PERFECT RACE FOR COOL CHAP, AS HE DROPS DRAMATICALLY FROM THE DONCASTER, DRAWS WELL, GETS A CHAMPION IN-FORM JOCKEY AND RISES TO 2000M, WHICH DAVID HAYES THINKS IS ABSOLUTELY PERFECT FOR THE HORSE AT THIS STAGE OF HIS PREPARATION.

HE HAS TO CARRY JUST 54.5KG & ALONG WITH RACE FAVOURITE #1 ARBEITSAM ($4.40), THEY ARE THE ONLY TWO HORSES IN THE RACE COMING THROUGH THE DONCASTER, WHICH IS BY FAR AND AWAY THE STRONGEST FORM LINE IN THIS RACE. ARBEITSAM WAS 3RD IN THE DONCASTER CARRYING 51KG, COOL CHAP WAS 6TH CARRYING 50KG THAT DAY BUT WAS JUST 3/4 OF A LENGTH BEHIND THE GAI WATERHOUSE / ADRIAN BOTT TRAINED RUNNER. IN THIS RACE ARBEITSAM GOES TO 58KG (UP 7KG) & COOL CHAP GOES TO 54.5KG (UP 4.5KG), MEANING COOL CHAP MEETS ARBEITSAM A HUGE 2.5KG BETTER AT THE WEIGHTS FOR ONLY BEING BEATEN 3/4L BY HIM IN THE DONCASTER.

COOL CHAP HAS DRAWN ABSOLUTELY PERFECTLY IN BARRIER 6 & WITH THE SERVICES OF HALL OF FAME JOCKEY DAMIEN OLIVER, HE’LL SETTLE UP JUST IN BEHIND THE SPEED AND GET WHAT LOOKS LIKE A PERFECT RUN IN THE RACE.

$8.50 LOOKS A BRILLIANT BET & AT THOSE ODDS I’D SUGGEST YOU PLAY EACH WAY JUST AS AN INSURANCE POLICY (ALTHOUGH I THINK HE’LL BE WINNING)!

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