Lunar Fox?! Capriccio?! MICK SHARKIE wraps up a wild day of racing around the country in the Saturday Hangover.


Everything seemed to be going alright didn’t it punters? Tycoon Humma, Mosh Music, Morvada and Subedar – hell, throw in Star of The Seas for another well found winner early in the program?

But where the hell did Lunar Fox come from? And Capriccio – what the heck was going on?

Quaddies ruined. Multis ruined. Lives ruined.

Except if you are Paul Preusker who trained $301 shot Group 1 winner Lunar Fox.

Not even Paul thought the horse was a chance, he stayed at home at Horsham instead of going to the track!

Dan Bowman must not have thought Capriccio was a chance because he didn’t mention her to yours truly at the Inglis sales yard on Friday – buy your own horse Bowman!

A 9000-1 running double at Flemington. What a time to be alive.


Your Author was alerted to plucky bucks party crew at Flemington who, not knowing much about the punt, decided to have a fly at the quaddie.

They took two horses in the first leg, the field in the Australian Guineas and dared to dream of a mammoth collect as Lunar Fox rolled home. They ran eight horses in the third leg then came home one out Chaillot on the last.

Now this story would have read a lot better had Chaillot have run in the third leg and not the last, leaving them with a live ticket, alas Capriccio beat one of their eight selections in leg three leaving the lads a little dejected as they left Headquarters en route to nocturnal entertainment.

Maybe next time boys.


Seriously, how good is Verry Elleegant? Chris Waller’s mare was fair dinkum beaten 94 times down the straight but kept responding and lifted herself over the line to win a group one Chipping Norton in the last hundred metres.

I can’t remember are tough for me… I probably can if I thought hard enough but at this point of a Saturday evening she takes the cake.

“I think everyone saw her fighting qualities today, I thought Collette had us cold at the 300m mark then I saw Avilius coming with a well timed run…she dug deep though,” said Chris Waller.

“She’s just an unassuming girl that fights like a tiger.”

She sure does Chris, she sure does.


It was a performance that probably slipped under the radar for most on Saturday, but Second Slip is looming as a horse to follow through the upcoming Adelaide carnival.

Trained by Will Clarken, Second Slip was purchased from obscurity in New Zealand bloodstock agent Lenny Russo who has a happy knack of plucking very good horses from Kiwi land. A tall raw horse, Second Slip looks capable of getting to at least Listed grade, and there will be plenty of smarties on the phone to Russo asking him to find a similar talent from #NZ before the end of the season.


And What about the run of three-year-old Sky Lab in race eight at Randwick?

Gangly and raw this horse had absolutely no room at all from the 600m and still finished on the heels of the older horses with plenty to give.

I’m not saying he will win it, but this is a horse with serious Australian Derby claims. I’m on.


At Ballarat, SALTO ANGEL (R4 No11) should be winning but she is short, at longer odds SMOKIN ROMANS (R8 no4) is a big chance.