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THE FORECAST: Boolywood Hangovers

Someone once told me that if you just keep drinking, you’ll never get a hangover. While that advice can be applied to seemingly never-ending day-night sessions like Warrnambool’s May Carnival, there is no feasible or medically advisable situation that it can be sensibly applied to outside of that context.

Eventually, every party must come to an end. Even the Bool.

The Bool was rocking.

Good luck then to any Bool attendees hoping to slip back into the normalcy of everyday life in the aftermath of the inevitably stamina sapping test of will, finance and liver. My thoughts are with you all.

Mistakes can be made as clarity begins to return; accidentally divulging to the better half just how much cash you lost on the punt, deciding to grab that lonely plate of dumplings from the bain-marie on the way out the gate in that classic “surely they’ll be OK” moment, or leaving your credit card behind the bar at The Whalers and only realising on Saturday morning. Hey, we’ve all been there, what’s important is how you make amends.

The Hayes boys of Lindsay Park have every excuse to lean on a hangover and have a couple of low days after a winning May Carnival, but the beauty of three brothers working in partnership is that there’s always someone ready to pick the ball up and run with it if another is under the weather.

Lindsay Park has horses nominated from Morphettville to Hawkesbury over the next two days, including cameos at Wagga, Echuca and Cranbourne; three brothers might not be enough to cover all those bases. I bet it’s times like these that Will and JD wished they were triplets instead of twins.

It’s their hand at Caulfield that grabs my attention though, with smart three-year-old AZTEC STATE   ready to win third-up in race eight with a rampant Luke Currie in the saddle. In race seven HERE TO SHOCK  and MAKRAM  look really well placed but note that both have also accepted in the Wagga Cup (Makram) and Hawkesbury Cup (Here To Shock) – rest assured they will be dispatched to where the stable is most confident.

AZTEC STATE  is my best bet.

The stable has multiple runners in the last, but it was the mention of RHEINBERG  at a charity function at Warrnambool that prompted a nod and a wink from JD. Optimism runs deep in the Hayes family veins and we could all use a bit of optimism post Bool.

BEST: Caulfield R8 No. 2 Aztec State

BEST EACH-WAY: Hawkesbury R7 No. 4 Butch Cassidy

BEST ROUGHIE: Morphettville R8 No. 8 Outovstock

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