Racing in WA has become a new toy in the punter’s playpen.
It wasn’t that long ago that we wouldn’t have known where to find the form for Perth. Go back a little further, and we would have struggled to see a race from the West.
Now, it’s a compulsory part of Saturday, for a growing band of racing enthusiasts.
There’s something special about having a crack at them late in the day. When the dust has settled at Eagle Farm and Rosehill.
Only if we’ve made a few bob, of course. A chance to turn winnings into a bigger dinner.
Every now and then, it might also allow us to have an extra cool drink. No harm in that.
They seem to be smart cookies, those running racing over there. Prizemoney is constantly on the rise. Big pots of cash means better quality runners. And high-profile visitors.
Have a look at Ascot today. Ten races. Big fields. Two Group Ones. Gai and Snowden have starters. The likes of Boss, Rawiller, McEvoy, Rodd and Corey Brown taking on the local stars.
Top class racing, with the nation’s biggest names, all in action after 5 o’clock.
There’s great interest in the Winterbottom Stakes, with the unbeaten Barakey all the rage. The smarties think he might be the next big thing.
I watched him win his last start, and yes, he was mighty impressive. But this is a different affair today.
I’ll be willing to take a chance, and find something to knock him off. It might even be the Queenslander Spirit of Boom. He’s been unlucky of late. And Bossy’s mount is a decent chance too.
The Railway Stakes is a ripper. Local hopes like Luckygray taking on the visitors. How does a bloke line them up?
The more I look, the more I come back to Fat Al. Group One form out of the Spring carnival is mighty hard to ignore.
Gai had hoped for better returns in Melbourne. This might be a nice consolation prize. Worth a million bucks.
There’s another thing I like about Perth racing. The giant saddlecloths. I can see those numbers wherever they’re running. Very handy at the end of the day. Just in case we’ve found one of those extra drinks.