Weekend musing – AFL captaincy issues, Grant Hackett……

Chris Barwin HillsI was a little surprised by a couple of the AFL captaincy announcements during the week. Interesting that Nat Fyffe has taken over from David Mundy after he had only one year in the role at Fremantle. The other was Jack Viney joining Nathan Jones as a fyffe
co-captain at Melbourne. By all reports at Fremantle, Fyffe is not the most popular of players, but in a year when he comes off contract he is made captain. I know Freo had a bad year last year, however, nothing filtered through about Mundy’s captaincy, so to be replaced after a year is a big surprise to me. A slightly different story at Melbourne where Nathan Jones was not replaced, but was joined by Viney, which also comes as some shock. For some time before being made captain, Jones was considered the leader at the club and having skippered Melbourne to a promising season last year, he has been effectively demoted. Seems like a bit of a slap in the face for Nathan Jones.

Very sad to read about the continued spiral out of control by Grant Hackett. I remember an interview with him when he was on the way up, but still had not won anything of note and he was a very hackettimpressive individual who seemed to have his head screwed on right. He went on to have a stellar career and looked to have the world at his feet. Tim Watson spoke of his initial meeting with him at Channel 7 and said he had not met anyone as impressive as Hackett. It goes to show that sportsmen without the sport are vulnerable, even those that appear to do all the right things. It also shows that substance abuse doesn’t play favourites and can ruin anyone’s life. I hope for his sake and that of his family that he gets through it.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s tips for Flemington on 18 February 2017

42The Gelding’s attention turns to Flemington today and he hopes this week’s selections are hotter than the weather!

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

Flemington

Race 1 Horse 5 – Diamond Baroness
Race 5 Horse 1 – Legless Veuve
Race 6 Horse 2 – Morton’s Fork
Race 7 Horse 6 – Crocodile Rock (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 11 – Flying Artie (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing – Dawn of the AFWL!

Sfan OB6I watched a bit of the womens football last weekend and I was impressed with the degree of physicality exhibited. The standard of skill varied and it reminded me of watching a boys underage match where a third of the team were pretty good, the next third were okay and the final third were making up the numbers.

This is to be expected when the teams have sourced players from a variety of different sports and it will take time to raise the overall skill level to an acceptable standard. Some of the players were absolute stand outs like Carlton’s Darcy Vescio and the Bulldogs Katie Brennan.

It will be interesting to see how they go for crowds once the patrons have to pay, but in the meantime the concept helps fill the void between football seasons and I for one will continue to watch it.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s tips for Caulfield races on 11 February 2017

professor-geldingThe Gelding’s attention remains at his home track at Caulfield today and after a well known jockey’s ride last week put the Gelding’s all up bets in jeopardy, he had no qualms in immediately awarding an s-hit ride.

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

Caulfield

Race 2 Horse 2 – Peacock
Race 3 Horse 3 – Catchy (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 4 Horse 4 – Pariah
Race 6 Horse 7 – El Divino
Race 7 Horse 4 – Malaguerra (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing – Australian Open, Garry Lyon on radio, Darren Gauci retires…..

Chris Barwin HillsLast weekend we had the women’s and men’s finals in the Australian Open tennis tournament and each participant was aged over 30. The
272647-roger-federer-wins-australian-open average age across both finals was 34. This surely must be some sort of record. Open officials probably couldn’t believe their luck after the early exit of Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray with the Williams’ sisters, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal making it through to the final days of the tournament.

We had the much heralded return to the spotlight of Garry Lyon this e1f12fd5f6f40a0470b3f704d5f66570week on the re-vamped SEN breakfast show and I must say, to date, I am significantly under whelmed. It would want to improve significantly to stay on the air!

Darren Gauci retires from the saddle this weekend and what a great career he has had. He was a boom apprentice in his early days and darrengauciayersrockucistakes_630x368dmacunfortunately, a number of falls impacted on him later in his career. He was always regarded as one of the best riders of front runners and still got rides even though he was past his best due to his ability to rate a horse out the front. The statistics show that he won 10% of his rides and was placed in nearly 30%. That is a pretty good strike rate.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s tips for Caulfield races on 4 February 2017

Mar 13 2011 021The Gelding’s attention is on his home track at Caulfield today and after a reasonable outing last week he is looking to build on that with these tips.

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

Caulfield

Race 2 Horse 3 – Hursley (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 4 Horse 1 – Jukebox
Race 5 Horse 5 – Formality
Race 7 Horse 6 – Derryn
Race 8 Horse 1 – Faatinah (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s tips for Flemington races on 28 January 2017

gelding2The Gelding’s attention is at Flemington today and after a reasonable weekend on the punt last week with two winners and a second, he is looking to build on that today.

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

Flemington

Race 1 Horse 1 – Jennifer Lynne (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 2 Horse 2 – Deja Blue
Race 4 Horse 12 – Portman (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 2 – Barthelona
Race 7 Horse 4 – Hellbent

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s tips for Moonee Valley races on 21 January 2017

gelding & dalliganThe Gelding’s attention is at Moonee Valley today and with the new year there comes new hope that he will be in for a bumper year on the punt!

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

Moonee Valley

Race 2 Horse 6 – La Speciale (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 4 Horse 1 – Burning Front
Race 6 Horse 1 – Cool Chap (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 2 – Crystal Dreamer
Race 9 Horse 8 – Ameristralia

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing – Test Cricket, Big Bash, Chris Lynn……

Sfan OB6Continuing on my theme from last week, the Australian test team performed a miracle by winning the Second Test bowling the Pakistanis out for less than 200 in the second innings. Given the red flags from Steve Smith comments at the end of day 4 and the Pakistani capitulation on the final day I was surprised that nobody in the media raised an eyebrow over the result. More so when you consider the time lost to rain and the docile nature of the pitch. It was a big surprise to see Australia win.

I watched Chris Lynn playing for the Brisbane Heat last night and his hitting has to be seen to be believed. He equalled the record for the number of 6’s in a T20 innings at 11 and with Brendon McCallumunknown reached the Perth Scorchers score with ease. The Big Bash has again attracted the public’s attention and the batting of Lynn has set the tournament alight. Hopefully he remains fit for the international T20 game against Sri Lanka in Geelong on 19 February 2017 and I will be able to see him in person.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hot tips for Caulfield races on 7 January 2017

img_3802The Gelding’s attention is at his home track of Caulfield today and is looking to make 2017 a great one on the punt.

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

Caulfield

Race 3 Horse 5 – Crystal Dancer
Race 6 Horse 2 – Lyuba (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 5 – Plein Ciel (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 2 – Mihany
Race 9 Horse 1 – King’s Command

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding