Weekend musing – World Cup qualification, Socceroos, Elyse Perry, the Ashes, Shaun Marsh….

It was great to watch the Socceroos qualify on Wednesday for the World Cup in Russia. I didn’t think they played that well, but deserved the win and deserved the free kick and penalties which resulted in the goals. It is hard to fathom how the Honduras captain could come out and suggest the referee was on the take! While I didn’t think the Australians played to their potential, the Hondurans were very ordinary. Australia’s big problem is the best finisher in the side is Tim Cahill and he is now 38 years old. Cahill himself wants more game time for Melbourne City to hone his skills for the World Cup, but at 38 he doesn’t get to as many contests as he may have in his prime. His finishing against Syria won the game for Australia, but his contribution between goals was negligible. This is a delicate balance because they need him in and around the team. I do not envy the task of Melbourne City manager, Warren Joyce.

Also great to see Elyse Perry get a 200 for the Australian women’s cricket team. She is a genuine all-rounder in all forms of the game and a match winner. I doubt Australia has produced a better all-rounder in men’s or women’s cricket. Not only that, she has also represented Australia in women’s soccer. What a player!!

Speaking of cricket the men’s squad for the first test was announced today with a few surprises. Shaun Marsh being re-called for an 8th time was a big shock, but Cameron Bancroft almost picked himself with his recent record. Also out of left field was the selection of Tim Paine as the keeper. Before he started breaking fingers he was the heir apparent to Brad Hadin, but Paine isn’t even the first choice wicket keeper for Tasmania so what do the Australian selectors know that the Tasmanians don’t? While it was out of left field I support the move because he is a very good keeper and a very accomplished batsman. Marsh effectively taking Glenn Maxwell’s spot is the real bolt from the blue. Maxwells’ shield form has not been that bad with a couple of 50’s and a 45 not out in the most recent game so his form had been okay compared to Matt Renshaw. I have questioned the selectors before and most of the time they seem to get it right, but Marsh has more often than not been a disappointment when selected for Australia so I can’t agree with them there.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hot tips for Sandown races on 18 November 2017

As the Spring Carnival draws to a close, the Gelding’s attention is at Sandown today for the running of the Zipping Classic. After a tough spring campaign, he is looking to finish off with a few winners.

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

Sandown

Race 5 Horse 2 – Hellova Street
Race 6 Horse 3 – Crystal Dreamer
Race 7 Horse 1 – Almandin (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 2 – Beau Geste (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 10 Horse 8 – Petition

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hotties for Emirates Stakes day at Flemington on 11 November 2017

The Gelding’s attention remains at Flemington today with the last of the big races for this year’s Spring Carnival, the Emirates Stakes. After a quite Cup Day, he is looking to improve his form today.

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

Flemington

Race 5 Horse 1 – Qewy
Race 6 Horse 3 – Flying Jess
Race 7 Horse 2 – Redzel (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 10 – Gingernuts (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 2 – Muraaqeb

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s tips for Melbourne Cup day at Flemington on 7 November 2017

The Gelding’s attention is at Flemington for the running of the Melbourne Cup and after picking two winners on a very tough Derby Day, he is looking to improve on that reasonable form.

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

Flemington

Race 2 Horse 3 – Invincibella (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 3 Horse 3 – Land of Plenty
Race 5 Horse 8 – Nature Strip
Race 6 Horse 2 – Our Crown Mistress
Race 7 Horse 3 – Humidor (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing – Cox Plate, Damian Oliver, Nathan Broad, Dad’s Army…..

I watched the Cox Plate last weekend and saw the overhead footage of Damien Oliver’s ride on Happy Clapper and was not surprised he was handed a twenty meeting suspension from the stewards. He effectively cost Royal Symphony any chance in the race and in turn put that horse out of yesterday’s Victoria Derby where he would have been close to favourite. The trainer of Royal Symphony, Tony McEvoy was rightly upset after the race and you wonder if he and/or his owners could take civil action against Oliver in the circumstances. One wonders what Oliver was thinking. It is one thing to have a win at all costs attitude but not when the safety of other horses and riders is concerned.

Nathan Broad was revealed as the post Grand Final photographer during the week and he received a three game suspension from the Richmond Football Club. There has been some debate about the penalty and whether it was appropriate. I must say that given the profile of the case, Broad’s behaviour and the potential for police charges it seemed light. I heard a female caller to a radio station after the penalty was announced suggesting he should have also been asked to do some volunteer work in something like a women’s refuge or undergo some sort of training course as well. I thought it was a great idea on top of the three game suspension.

At a time when list managers are intent on injecting youth into AFL sides, Port Adelaide is heading in the opposite direction in their recruiting of Demon pair Jack Watts and Jack Trengove, Steven Motlop, Tom Rockliff and Trent McKenzie. Watts (26), Trengove (26), Rockliff (27), Motlop (26) and McKenzie (25) are in the veteran class and if rumors are correct and they are to be joined by recently de-listed Kangaroo, Lindsay Thomas (29), the Power have clearly thrown any youth policy out the window and adopted a ‘win now’ attitude. That’s all good and well providing it comes off. If not, it places a great percentage of the list in the Dad’s Army category!

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hotties for Derby day on 4 November 2017

The Gelding’s attention is at Flemington today with the running of the Derby. This hasn’t been all that successful a Spring Carnival for the Gelding to date but he is looking to turn it all around today and get back into the winner’s list.

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

Flemington

Race 1 Horse 7 – Levendi (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 2 Horse 1 – Bring me Roses
Race 4 Horse 2 – Harlem
Race 6 Horse 16 – Shoals
Race 8 Horse 1 – Tosen Stardom (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing – Cox Plate, Winx, Kingston Town…….

We are now right in the middle of the Spring Carnival and Winx is lining up this weekend to equal Kingston Town’s Cox Plate record of three in a row. It is remarkable that the best sprinter (Black Caviar), middle distance runner (Winx) and stayer (Makybe Diva) of the current generation are all mares.

Perhaps this indicates that the weight for age scale is out of date and with current feeding and training techniques, there is little difference between male and female racehorses. One thing that is clear is the fields that Kingston Town competed against were superior to this year’s Cox Plate which would appear to be a Winx benefit.

The last horse to try and emulate Kingston Town was Sunline and she came up against a pretty good horse in Northerly. So You Think also won two in a row, but was taken off Bart Cummings and given to Aidan O’Brien, so he never got a chance to equal or break the record.

There is nothing close to Northerly, Sunline, So You Think or Kingston Town in today’s race.

For the record, Winx in a canter.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hot tips for Moonee Valley races on 28 October 2017 – Cox Plate edition

The Gelding’s attention is at Moonee Valley for one of the feature events of the Spring Carnival, the Cox Plate and the great horse Winx looking to make it three wins on the trot.

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

Moonee Valley

Race 4 Horse 7 – Sanadaat
Race 6 Horse 1 – Big Duke (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 1 – It’s Somewhat
Race 9 Horse 8 – Winx
Race 10 Horse 9 – Aloisia (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hotties for Caulfield Cup day on 21 October 2017

The Gelding’s attention is on his home track at Caulfield today for the running of the Caulfield Cup. One of the feature races of the Spring Carnival. He is feeling confident after some mid week practice on Blue Sapphire Stakes day.

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

Caulfield

Race 1 Horse 6 – Our Crown Mistress
Race 3 Horse 12 – Teodora (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 5 Horse 8 – Samovare
Race 8 Horse 3 – Johannes Vermeer (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 10 Horse 3 – Nieta

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hot tips for Caulfield races on 14 October 2017

The Gelding’s attention is on his home track at Caulfield today and with the good horses returning for the Spring Carnival, tipping a winner is even harder than usual today.

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

Caulfield

Race 3 Horse 1 – Legless Veuve
Race 6 Horse 1 – Shoals
Race 7 Horse 11 – Bonneval (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 6 – Royal Symphony
Race 9 Horse 9 – Egg Tart (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding