Gelding’s red hotties for today’s Caulfield and Hawkesbury meetings

MarkThe Gelding’s attention is split again today as he looks at fields at his home track at Caulfield and also at Hawkesbury. After last week’s ordinary day on the punt, he is looking to bounce back quickly.

As always the bets are on an each way and all up basis.

Caulfield

Race 1 Horse 2 – Antelucan
Race 2 Horse 7 – Zahspeed (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 4 Horse 3 – KayJay’s Joy

Hawkesbury

Race 2 Horse 6 – Hipparchus
Race 6 Horse 4 – Peace Force
Race 8 Horse 2 – Handfast (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing – Fremantle Dockers demise, A-League finals fixturing & Alex Rance

Chris Barwin HillsThis time last year the Fremantle Football Club were the only undefeated team in the AFL, this year they are the only team not to win a game. What has happened? One of the reasons is personnel, they are an aging list and some of their key players are injured, but thefyffe main issue looks to be a change of game plan. It would seem they are trying to play more in the Hawthorn style, but unfortunately they don’t have the skill to execute that type of play. Their negative, lock down style of play got them to a Grand Final and save for a bout of stage fright and poor umpiring, they could easily have won that game, why change? I think they should revert to the style of football that made them successful. It may not be pretty, but it worked.

I have also got to have a say about the scheduling in the A-League. Melbourne City were scheduled to play after a five day break and while the best team on the night won the match, the fatigue factor Melb citycertainly influenced the margin. Then you had Brisbane who had played on the previous Friday playing on the Sunday. Why didn’t Brisbane play on the Friday and Melbourne on the Sunday which would have been the fairest outcome. To compound the issue, the grand finalists have also been mismatched by the schedule with Adelaide playing at home on an eight day break playing the Wanderers on a six day break. At least in the AFL each side gets a seven day break leading into the final match of the season. How do you take a competition seriously with scheduling like that for a marquee game? By the way, I don’t care who wins this final.

I know that a lot of other people have commented on Mick Malthouse’s comment that Alex Rance should have been let off by the AFL Match Review Panel on the basis of his good character, but IUnknown-2 could not let it pass without comment. What Rance did may have been out of character, however, he still did it and it was intentional. To excuse someone in that situation would be a total miscarriage of justice. Did it deserve 2 weeks? Maybe one would have been sufficient on the basis of impact/injury, but a suspension was definitely required. Good character may lead to a reduced sentence, but guilt is guilt.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s tips for today’s Caulfield and Rosehill meetings

AFL season launchThe Gelding’s attention is divided today between his home track at Caulfield and Rosehill. After last week’s lean outing he is looking to get back into the winner’s list today.

As always the bets are on an each way and all up basis.

Caulfield

Race 2 Horse 6 – Grey Street
Race 3 Horse 5 – Raw Impulse (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 3 – Backstreet Lover

Rosehill

Race 2 Horse 7 – Gretna
Race 5 Horse 8 – Chandana
Race 9 Horse 10 – Mogador (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing – Sportsmen and alcohol, drawn AFL Grand Finals

Chris Barwin HillsI was thinking about Grant Hackett this week and how he now joins a burgeoning list of sportsmen who should refrain from drinking. I understand the incident itself may have been blown out of hackettproportion and has been sensationalised as seems to happen these days to sell papers. Hackett is in good company with the likes of Brendan Fevola, Robert Allenby, David Warner, Mitchell Pearce and any number of rugby league and union players. Most of these people are reasonable types who just don’t seem to be able to handle their grog. There is no doubt they should find other ways to relax!

I must say I think the move to drop the AFL Grand Final replay in the event of a draw was the correct decision. It may have been OK in the old VFL days when teams were all situated in Victoria but now with the national competition, imagine if Brisbane were playing Fremantle drawin the Grand Final and they had to come back the following week. It would be just too difficult. In addition, it would be unfair if a Melbourne based team were playing an interstate team.

What I do not agree with is the pundits who suggest the same should apply to a draw in the regular season games. A draw is an unusual outcome and I agree it does leave everyone a bit flat, but it is a arsenallegitimate result and history does not need to be changed just because some want a winner and a loser at the end of each game. Soccer is the most popular football game in the world and a draw is a common occurrence. Imagine if the same ‘sensibility’ applied to that game?

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hotties for Randwick on 16 April 2016

sean & geldingThe Gelding’s attention remains in Sydney this Saturday and after the last few weeks, is there any wonder with that decision. He is in close to career best form at the moment, especially for the ladies at the Tennis club.

As always, the bets are on an each way and all up basis.

Randwick

Race 2 Horse 3 – Santa Ana Lane
Race 3 Horse 1 – Old North
Race 4 Horse 1 – Pearls (for the ladies at the Tennis club )
Race 6 Horse 6 – Speak Fondly
Race 7 Horse 6 – Press Statement (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Friday musing – Australian Swimming Championships, Malcolm Turnbull and Port Adelaide FC’s China push

Chris Barwin HillsI have been watching a bit of the Australian Swimming Championships this week and have been amazed at the performance of Cameron McEvoy. Not only is he the first swimmer to win the men’s 50 metres, 100 metres and 200 metres freestyle, he is also mcevoyconsiderably smaller than the other swimmers. Most swimmers these days seem to be built like Centre Half Forwards whereas McEvoy is built like a Forward Flanker/Rover. He must have a very good technique to beat his more imposing rivals. I was also impressed that James Magnussen was happy to face the cameras after his defeat in the 100 metres final, he was clearly disappointed, but still put himself out there.

I was also bemused to hear during the week that Port Adelaide FC had secured a substantial sponsorship from China and they intended port adelaideto play an “away” game in China. That is quite magnanimous of them offering someone’s home game for their sponsorship! It reminded me of Carlton offering to play all their away games in Sydney some time back when it looked like the Swans were struggling and may fold. I cannot see any team wanting to take up Port’s generous offer, but the AFL may pressure the Gold Coast or Greater Western Sydney to take up the game as the AFL is still propping them up.

One thing I did laugh at was our Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull telling the world that Aussie Rules was the best game going turnbullaround….this from a private school educated person who has no doubt played a fair bit of ‘rugger’ in his time. I thought at one stage Turnbull was going to gag on his words.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hotties for Randwick on 9 April 2016

Mar 6 2011 010The Gelding’s attention remains in Sydney this Saturday and any wonder, as he was in red hot form last week tipping four winners from five selections. He is eleven from fifteen over the last three weeks!

As always the bets are on an each way and all up basis.

Randwick

Race 5 Horse 1 – Japonisme (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 1 – Jameka
Race 7 Horse 1 – Who Shot The Barman
Race 8 Horse 3 – Azkadellia (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 2 – Preferment

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Friday musing – limited overs cricket a lesser version of the game…..

Chris Barwin HillsLate last year I lamented the decline of West Indian cricket and the impact on world cricket and now we have the West Indian men’s team, women’s team and the men’s U19 team being the current windiesWorld T20 champions. While I think that is great for West Indian cricket and it should engender significant more people wanting to play cricket in that region, I hope that first class and test cricket is not overlooked. Whilst it might be my age and what I grew up with, test cricket is still the pinnacle of the sport in my opinion and the limited overs competitions are lesser versions of the game. Do you agree?

I was a little disappointed to see Jason Day drop down the leader Dayboard at the Masters on the first day. He got off to a great start, but a triple bogey late in his round brought him back to even with the card. He is still in contention, but it would be good to see Spieth, McIlroy and Day in the final groupings on Monday morning.

I tuned in to watch a little bit of the Footy Show last night to see how Rebecca Maddern fitted in to the format. She was clearly nervous which is understandable and some of her material was obviously maddernrehearsed/scripted to get her into the program, but I think she acquitted herself quite well and should be a welcome addition to the show which now has a very strong Geelong flavour. I don’t think her addition to the show will make me want to watch the show more often, but it is good see a bit of diversification and Rebecca is obviously a big footy fan which is essential.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hot tips for today’s Randwick race meeting

gelding teeThe Gelding’s attention is in Sydney today at Randwick races and after a stellar two weeks on the punt (7 winners from 10 selections) he is looking to maintain his form.

As always the bets are on an each way and all up basis.

Randwick

Race 1 Horse 1 – Astern
Race 3 Horse 1 – Libran
Race 7 Horse 1 – Tarzino (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 1 – Chautauqua
Race 9 Horse 3 – Winx (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing – AFL, Sheffield Shield, Peter Moody, Jason Day

Chris Barwin HillsWell Easter must be one of the most diverse periods for sport in Australia, we had the start of the AFL season, the Stawell Gift, the bellsBells Beach Surfing Classic, the Sheffield Shield Final and some big horse races from Sydney. We also had soccer World Cup qualifiers either side of Easter.

It was great to have the football back despite Essendon not having much to look forward to. The debut of Patrick Dangerfield for Geelong was clearly the difference that got them over Hawthorn and Dangerfieldif he had of kicked straight they would have won by more. Collingwood and Fremantle were very disappointing, but I think both sides will perform a lot better this week. The Bombers first half was probably as expected, but their second half was a bit better. Given the number of new players due to the supplement scandal outcome it might take a while for the team to gel, but the wooden spoon still is theirs for the taking!

Also great to see Victoria win the Sheffield Shield away from home. A couple of weeks ago I was going to comment about the demise of Cameron White as a cricketer and while he has not put himself backsheffield in the frame for Australian selection, he has redeemed himself. When he lead Victoria to the Shield win just after David Hookes died I thought he was a future Australian Test Captain and while he did play a couple of test matches, he was mainly a ODI and 20/20 player, but his star had dimmed in recent times to the point where he missed selection for Victoria.

I was sad to see Peter Moody retire from racing and he has now sold moodyoff all his gear to resist the temptation to return to the sport, but I think, once his suspension is over, he will come back and establish a smaller boutique stable just to keep his hand in. It is very hard for real horsemen to simply walk away from the sport it is too ingrained in their DNA.

Also good to see Jason Day back to the world number 1 position in golf and I just hope he maintains his form going into the Masters.

Have a great weekend!