Sea The Stars has gone to stud and the world is a sadder place for it. The baby three-year-old colt is winner of six Group 1s in Europe — culminating in his sensational victory in the recent Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe — and now they want to make a man of him; we have to wait now for the progeny of this equine superstar to grace the sacred turf by the Maribyrnong.

But, he can bring his owner more than $100 million a year in stud fees, so why would he bother coming to this country to race? That’s if he can still make babies after drinking all that champagne. In the Irish language, this is known as Tiocfaidh Ár Lá, which translates as “Our Day will Come!” in that inferior Germanic-mongrel tongue the rest of you speak. It is well known in Co. Tipperary that all horses (except for Mr Ed) speak only Irish in the home but are multilingual in the pub.

As Chris McGrath wrote of Sea The Stars in the London Independent: “The whole world was able to see this champion, this lodestar of the breed; in all his unfettered glory.” But the Yanks didn’t get him for their Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita next month either. So there!

I like Predatory Pricer and the wog horse Cima De Triomphe for the $2.5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) tomorrow. I don’t see why Predatory Pricer drawing barrier 16 (it’ll be 14 by the time the emergencies come out) makes him any less a chance.

I am absolutely besotted by the connections to the wog horse. His trainer, Luca Cumani, has come second in the past two Melbourne cups, so his number is due to come up anytime soon. If it keeps raining like this tomorrow, we will have to start looking at bloody Kiwi horses. Perish the thought!

Her indoors, the turf accountant, naturally disagrees. I sent her out to cover that silly filly race at Caulfield on Wednesday. Here is her report:

If Damon Runyon was a bookie he’d have given 7/4 the favourite in the Thousand Guineas (Group 1 3YO fillies wfa) — and no more. He was the ultimate punting pessimist: “I came to the conclusion long ago that all life is six to five against,” were his words before keeling over during Flight’s epic Cox Plate in 1946.

If the new breed of online celebrity bookies had read Runyon, they might not have turned Irish Lights out to 5/2 on Wednesday for Australia’s premiere mile race for fillies. It was a bargain this turf accountant couldn’t turn down, because we remembered the mighty Flight won her Plate at 3/1, and that fillies and mares in form are irresistible, punting catnip.

Glen Boss sitting pretty did the rest and now we have a bank for the Caulfield Cup, which is important because there is more money to be made at the Heath on Saturday.

After the Cup barrier draw, bookies have shortened the fancy European raiders — Kirklees and Cima De Triomphe — into favouritism on the strength of their inside draws. They have seen plenty and learned nothing. Now we can get 10-1 and better about the local pre-post favourite, Danny O’Brien’s five-year-old gelding, Vigor, which drew barrier 22 — meaning it will start Saturday’s race on Glen Eira Rd, next to track three on the Pakenham line. But over 2400m at Caulfield, a wide draw is no tragedy.

But Tommy Smith said it best: “The only thing a bad barrier does to a good thing is improve the price.”

I emptied the old man’s wallet on Irish Lights and gathered a nice return on our speculations. All of which will be re-invested — with the prospect of a tenfold return — on a vigorous animal on Saturday. As our man Damon might have said: “You can become a winner only if you are willing to walk over the edge.”

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