MICK SHARKIE wraps up a massive day of racing (and the 10m air pistol) in the Saturday Hangover. 


His name is Javad Foroughi. A 41-year-old pin up in his homeland Iran, he turned his hand to shooting with an Olympic dream and on Saturday he delivered gold at his debut appearance.

It’s a regular Iranian fairy tale. Old mate Javad (Fo-shiz to his mates) is cleatly handy with the steel, in the 10m men’s pistol the cool-headed shooter cruised into the finals before pulling the trigger on beast mode and ran out a world-record breaking winner.

Why is this important you may ask?

Because a little bird-shaped Wolf gave me and a stack of others the heads up that Foroughi was the bet of the day in his daily Olympics tips – cash money money cash money money monaaaaay!

Javad learned how to shoot while working as a nurse and even showed up on an Iranian talent show – respect to that…fair to say he was a little late to the party at 41 for his Olympic debut and judging by his waistline he hadn’t taken the pre-season all that seriously, but man could he hit a target – the man shot the lights out and some to set the Olympic punting spree off right.


Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott have a likely Derby type on their hands with Maurice colt Silent Impact extending his unbeaten run to two with a comprehensive win in the first at Rosehill on Saturday.

“He’s a really nice horse,” said Bott post race.

“He has the scope to get over a lot further, he’s a very classy horse…the Spring Champion is the race we have in mind.”

By Japanase beast Maurice out of Victoria Oaks winner Hollow Bullet, Silent Impact really should not be doing what he is doing over 1000m – 1200m as a late season two-year old, an ominous sign of what might be on the horizon once he gets out over a trip as a three-year old.


Where the hell is Roebourne anyway?

For those of us playing at home yesterday sans an atlas (yours included) is on the shoulder of WA in the Karratha region, somewhere between Exmouth and Port Headland. It’s a dry town, but judging by the looks of the punters on course I reckon there might have been some refreshments on hand on course.

Anywho, the $50,000 Roebourne Cup was the feature race on the seven race card at Roebourne on Saturday and it was won by a grey beard Scenic Lord at $26…to say the old boy has been well travelled is an understatement.

A west-Aussie through and through, Scenic Lord kicked off his career at Northam way back in 2013 with Grant Williams…he won at Pinjarra and Bunbury in two years with Williams before transferring to Justin Warwick.

Winless for Warwick, he transferred again to James Rogers and went to Albany in the far south of the state. After five runs there it was off to Peter Moses where the horse punched around Geraldton for 18-months, again without winning.

Then it was off to Natalie Burke in mid-2018, then Krista Pike in mid-2019 where he won back to back at Port Headland including the Port Headland Cup. Burke must have realised what she gave up because the horse returned to her care in August 2019 and won the Wyndham Cup before taking the Roebourne feature yesterday for jockey Kate Southam.

What a bloody marvellous horse.


Off to Sale for the Sunday best and Race 7 on the card where Kiwi-import BRONZBA (R7 No.16) looks ready to win first-up in Australia after some serious jump out work.