Friday musing – Super Bowl 50, Michael Clarke returns…….maybe

Chris Barwin HillsWell we have one of the biggest sporting events in the world and certainly the biggest sporting event in North America kicking off on Monday morning Australian time being the NFL Superbowl between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. I have never been carolinaa big fan of the sport, possibly through lack of understanding, but the fact that a defensive linesman can have a great game and not touch the ball seems to be quite strange given the AFL emphasis on possession. I also find it peculiar that the main player in American football, being the quarterback does not kick the ball. Of the football codes, the NFL has the least emphasis on kicking. Notwithstanding my indifference to the sport it’s popularity in Australia is increasing and I am sure there will be a lot of people off work on Monday just to watch the game. I am going with the favourites, the Panthers.

I was interested to hear that Michael Clarke has announced he is coming out of retirement. As I understand it, he has only flagged
clarkeplaying the Sydney equivalent of district cricket at this stage, but surely he must be gearing up to cash in on the T20 circuit. As we have seen from other recently “retired” cricketers there is good money to be made. My big question mark over Michael Clarke would be that he has never been an attacking batsman that could do any better than a run a ball at best. If I had anything to do with a T20 franchise in Australia or overseas I would be reluctant to pay too much for his services and query the Melbourne Stars signing him to a contract in the Big Bash.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s tips for Caulfield races on 6 February 2016

Mar 6 2011 008The Gelding’s attention is on his home track at Caulfield tomorrow and after an average day last Saturday he is looking for improvement tomorrow.

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

Caulfield

Race 1 Horse 5 – Tuff Host
Race 2 Horse 3 – Second Bullet
Race 3 Horse 8 – Pure Karma (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 4 Horse 1 – Éclair Choice
Race 8 Horse 7 – Golden Spin (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hot tips for Flemington races on 30 January 2016

MarkThe Gelding’s attention is on Flemington today and after a disappointing day at Moonee Valley last outing he is looking to atone today. He still thinks those fourth placings were thirds but the photo doesn’t lie!

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

Flemington

Race 1 Horse 6 – Stupido (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 4 Horse 3 – Second Bullet
Race 6 Horse 7 – Pattern
Race 7 Horse 5 – Wild Rain
Race 8 Horse 9 – Camdus (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s tips for Moonee Valley on 23 January 2016

gelding2The Gelding’s attention is at Moonee Valley today and after last week’s improved showing with three winners, he is looking to go one or two better today.

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

Moonee Valley

Race 1 Horse 2 – Yulong Baby
Race 4 Horse 1 – Flying Light
Race 7 Horse 3 – Hucklebuck (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 7 – Shakespearean Lass
Race 9 Horse 10 – Rationality (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing…..Lleyton Hewitt, more on the supplements scandal….

Chris Barwin HillsWell Thursday night we saw Lleyton Hewitt bow out of the Australian Open for the last time. I have never been a particular fan,hewitt but you have to admire the guy. He made it to Number 1 in the world at 20, he won two Grand Slam titles and the most singles matches ever for Australia in the Davis Cup. You also have to admire that he has kept playing despite the many injuries he has endured and his falling ranking. A pretty good career and I think he will be good in his role with the Davis Cup.

Let us hope he can harness the potential of the likes of Tomic, Kyrgios and Kokkinakis.

I didn’t want to comment further on the Essendon Supplements Saga, however, some of the comments I have heard from some pundits suggesting that the case is similar to the Lance Armstrong and 1384012800000Marion Jones cases has angered me somewhat. In those cases there was a lot of people who provided sworn testimony that both had used banned substances, that is a significant difference to the Essendon case. I am also constantly angered with people saying they did not know what they took. The club has a spreadsheet on all the supplements that the players signed up to and the comment has always been if they were administered anything else, they were not aware of it and it was not sanctioned. This is a very important distinction.

What I would like to know is who advised the players not to complete the ASADA forms correctly. Clearly they were obligated to completeUnknown
those forms honestly and whoever told them not to cite the supplements they were being administered has a lot to answer for as this omission seems to have played a significant part in the penalty that has been applied.

I now pledge not to make any further comment on this sorry tale.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s tips for Flemington on 16 January 2016

Mar 6 2011 010The Gelding’s attention is on Flemington this Saturday and after a pleasant return to form last weekend with a couple of winners and placings, he is looking to improve on that tomorrow.

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

Flemington

Race 2 Horse 5 – Miss Softhands
Race 4 Horse 2 – Leica Day
Race 6 Horse 4 – Hellbent (for the ladies at the tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 1 – Signoff
Race 9 Horse 2 – Rough Justice (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Friday musing – Essendon supplement scandal, Jobe Watson, David Bowie….

Chris Barwin HillsWell it has been a hell of a week for an Essendon supporting David Bowie fan.

Firstly on the Essendon situation, I was not surprised they were found guilty as the news filtering through from the CAS hearing was that it did not go as well as the AFL/ASADA hearing, but I was surprised that the players got twelve months as this was not predicted even with a guilty verdict. Discussion on the topic has beencas hard to avoid, but I have purposely not read anything as what has been done cannot be undone. What has annoyed me is the people that have come out and said that the players should have taken the suspension which was offered to them by ASADA. Well that is all very well, but do you admit to something when you truly believe you are innocent? I wouldn’t and I think that the players felt the same way. The initial AFL/ASADA hearing also vindicated that view. ‘Comfortable Satisfaction’ was always going to be the problem as it is a very low test and so it played out.

There has been a lot of discussion about Jobe Watson’s Brownlow medal and while it pains me that such a low standard of proof should cost him the games highest individual honour, he has been found watsonguilty and the medal has to be relinquished. However, I do not agree that the medal should then be awarded to the runners up, Trent Cotchin and Sam Mitchell. The Brownlow medal is not like an Olympic race or event, it is awarded over twenty-two weeks played in different venues all over Australia. Also do you go back and award higher votes to players who finished behind Jobe when he polled 3 & 2 votes? I don’t think you can, so the fairest result would be to not award the medal for 2012 similar to how Melbourne Storm was treated when the NRL removed their premiership wins.

And what has David Bowie got to do with sport, well he played in Melbourne on four occasions and the venues were, the MCG, Kooyong, Waverley Park and Rod Laver Arena. The first show atbowie the MCG was one of my very best experiences at that venue and the final show at Rod Laver Arena was probably the best of the four concerts that I saw him play in Melbourne. In addition, he also wrote a song called Bombers which did not appear on any of his albums, but did appear as an additional track on a reissued CD. May he rest in peace.

Have a great weekend!

Weekend musing – Chris Gayle, Big Bash League, A League…..

Chris Barwin HillsWell we are back in the swing of things for the new year and the biggest story in sport this week had nothing to do with the actual sport, but the comments by Chris Gayle to Mel McLaughlin in an interview after his innings in the Big Bash. I did not see the interview live, but heard it replayed the following day. My initial thought was chris gaylethat it could have been a set up given Gayle’s playboy image, but was assured that McLaughlin was not comfortable with it. There is no excuse for Gayle, what he did was wrong and it warranted a fine and he won’t be asked back so he has cooked his own goose, but did it warrant the analysis that it got? The ABC ran a story on the 7.30 Report and it was the hot topic on talk back radio. No one died and no one was physically hurt or threatened and whilst I am sure Mel McLaughlin didn’t appreciate the comments or the attention the incident created, let’s keep it in perspective. Obviously a slow news day.

This was not unlike the Dustin Martin, chopstick incident where the martinmedia pushed the story, whilst the woman who was threatened, did not want to make too big a deal of it. Having said that, the Martin incident would appear to be a lot worse than what Chris Gayle said. On the scale of transgressions, I think being physically threatened is worse than inappropriate language.

In the meantime, the Big Bash has gone from strength to strength and I doubt that Cricket Australia will get better crowds for the ODI series against India. 80,000 at the MCG for a domestic 20/20 game is amazing and the scheduling is perfect for night time viewing. I don’t have a team, I like both the Melbourne teams with a leaning towards the Renegades, but that could be a reaction against the Eddie Maguire aligned Stars.

I went to the soccer at Skilled Stadium last night and there was another good crowd in attendance. I think there is a bit of a push to have an A-League or a Big Bash team based in Geelong. I believe marinersthere is enough interest down here, but I am not sure if there would be enough corporate support. That being said there seems to be enough crowd support to warrant more A-League fixtures and Big Bash games once Skilled Stadium has been upgraded.

Have a great weekend!

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

42The Gelding’s attention is on his home track of Caulfield today and after another mediocre tipping week he is looking for a big bounce, just like the stock market!

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

Caulfield

Race 3 Horse 2 – Profit Share
Race 4 Horse 1 – Yulong Baby
Race 5 Horse 3 – Magna Rossa (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 4 – Majestic Lass
Race 8 Horse 7 – Duke of Brunswick (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hotties for Moonee Valley on 2 January 2016

Mar 13 2011 021The first tips for 2016 from the Gelding and he is looking for a change of fortune with the change in year!

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

Moonee Valley

Race 1 Horse 1 – Petite’s Reward
Race 4 Horse 5 – Star Stealer (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 5 Horse 9 – Love Days (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 1 – Leica Day
Race 8 Horse 10 – Judges

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding