Gelding’s red hot tips for the Randwick race meeting on 22 April 2017

Mar 13 2011 021The Gelding’s attention remains in Sydney at Randwick today and after last week’s good outing with two winners and two second placings from five selections he is looking to increase the number in the win column!

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

Randwick

Race 2 Horse 3 – I Thought So
Race 3 Horse 2 – Black on Gold
Race 4 Horse 8 – Richard of Yorke
Race 7 Horse 6 – Nieta (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 7 – Big Duke (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hotties for Randwick on 15 April 2017

Mar 13 2011 026The Gelding’s attention remains in Sydney at Randwick this Saturday and he is hoping the weather won’t be a factor as it has in recent weeks. Today he has placed his faith in the top weights in four out of his five selections.

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

Randwick

Race 3 Horse 1 – Acatour
Race 4 Horse 3 – Redzel
Race 6 Horse 1 – Invader (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 1 – Le Romain (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 1 – Raiment

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hot tips for Randwick races on 8 April 2017

Mar 6 2011 010The Gelding’s attention remains in Sydney for another week with racing at Randwick. After a number of near misses last week, he will be trying to find the winners in some very good fields.

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

Randwick

Race 3 Horse 6 – Almanzora
Race 4 Horse 9 – Pomelo
Race 6 Horse 4 – Nurse Kitchen (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 9 – Winx
Race 8 Horse 7 – Big Duke (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing – Test series wrap, Victoria wins the Sheffield Shield……

Sfan OB6A disappointing end to a very interesting test series in India with Australia capitulating in the second innings of the fourth test. Up until that stage, the series had been evenly poised and was one of the most talked about series in India that I can remember. Steve Smith clearly the star for Australia with the bat and Pat Cummins making a successful comeback to test cricket augurs well for the future. A lot has been made about friendships between the teams being sacrificed in an all out attempt to win. All I’ll say about that is the friendships cannot have been too solid in the first place if a bit of name calling and sledging has brought them undone.

Sticking with cricket, it was great to see the Vics salute again in the Sheffield Shield for a record third straight win. It also must be 81946500remembered that none of the wins have been on home soil. The first win was in Hobart, the second an away win against South Australia and the third was in Alice Springs. It cannot be underestimated how valuable Cameron White has been as Captain of the Bushrangers. His experience and tactical ability has come to the fore once again.

There was an article in the Herald Sun this week discussing the success of the Victorian horses in Sydney this year. It has been put down to the heavy tracks in Sydney which has meant the Victorian horses are going up there fitter than their northern counterparts. I think there could be a parallel with the two Sydney football teams based on their performances last week. Both Sydney teams played teams from Adelaide where the weather has meant that full training outside has been undertaken, whereas, perhaps the weather in Sydney has meant that a lot of their training has been indoors. Certainly something to keep an eye on in coming weeks.

I am also amazed that various pundits are prepared to write teams off after one round of football. It is a bit like making too many predictions on a pre-season series which doesn’t mean much.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hot tips for Randwick races on 1 April 2017

IMG_0337The Gelding’s attention remains in Sydney today and specifically on the race meeting at Randwick. He had a lot of near misses last week and is looking to turn those placings into winners today.

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

Randwick

Race 5 Horse 3 – Raiment
Race 6 Horse 14 – Frolic
Race 7 Horse 2 – Gingernuts (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 14 – Russian Revolution (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 10 – Redkirk Warrior

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing – fourth test in India, Seltun, Sheffield Shield final….

Sfan OB6Great to see the Australian cricket team hang on in the third test in India. Peter Handscombe obviously took my previous musing to heart and produced his best innings of the tour and in the context of the series, perhaps the best innings of his fledgling career. I think thishanscomb is probably the first time since the third test of the 2005 Ashes series when the Australian team has batted out a day to save a test. On that occasion Ricky Ponting batted nearly the whole day and we escaped with a draw with one wicket in hand. The Indians really took the game away from Australia on Sunday and to hang on as we did was a great effort and keeps a very interesting series alive going into this weekend for the fourth and final test of the series.

I was tickled on last weekend to see the horse Gingernuts salute in Sydney. Being a chestnut gelding this is quite a creative name by the owners and I am surprised it got through the authorities. It reminds me of the horse Seltun which is Nutles(s) backwards.

It is interesting that this weekend we have two sporting finals where the host team is playing away from home. The Victorian Bushrangers have made a habit of it recently and are hosting South 81946500Australia in Alice Springs in the Sheffield Shield final and in the AFLW we have Brisbane Lions hosting Adelaide Crows on the Gold Coast. As Victoria has won the last two Shield’s perhaps it is a winning formula, but clearly not ideal for local cricket fans. This scenario was apparent at the start of the season, however, the AFLW grand final is a bit more embarrassing for all concerned. The groundsmen in control of the Gabba apparently see their primary job to prepare the ground for the first test match of the year and AFL football takes a back seat. Leigh Matthews has said that this situation has existed since the Brisbane Lions started playing there and perhaps now with the Queensland state government getting involved, football might be treated a bit better.

Have a great weekend!

Weekend musing – Test cricket, twilight Grand Final, Nick Kyrgios, Golden Slipper…..

Sfan OB6Well it is lucky the Australian cricket selectors do not pay any attention to my musings, with Glenn Maxwell bringing up a century batting at number six in the third test in India. I had thought that Ashton Agar was the better option as a spinner/batsman, but http---prod.static9.net.au-_-media-2017-03-17-16-12-maxwell3_1703a_1000Maxwell has now grabbed his chance. Steve Smith has again been impressive and continues to push his case for the best batsman in the world at the moment. Peter Handscomb has been a little disappointing. After his four tests in Australia where he excelled he has now returned scores of 22, 19, 16, 24 & 19 so he has a got a start in each innings and failed to go on. I am not suggesting he should be dropped, but he needs to convert a start into something more substantial. Fingers crossed the Aussies can get the job done in this test and put the acid back on the Indians.

In the AFL a twilight grand final appears to be an inevitability. Now that Mike Fitzpatrick has stood down as AFL Chairman, I think Gillon McLachlan will be ensuring this goes through. I like mclachlan-change-620x370xxthe day grand final, but I am certainly not against a twilight match. I would not be in favour of a night grand final as I think it would detract from the functions and BBQs that people have based around the current fixture but that could transfer to a twilight time slot, but a later start would not be as conducive.

Australia’s richest race for 2yo, the Golden Slipper is on this Horse-Catchy-103462-636x424weekend and it is a shame that a heavy track is likely. My tip is the Blue Diamond winner, Catchy, as long as she handles the track conditions.

Nick Kyrgios beat Novak Djokovic for the second time in a row and I think most Australians would like to see him turn around his “on court” behaviour and focus his attentions on playing as he obviously has a special talent. He just needs to harness it!

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s tips for Rosehill races on 18 March 2017

MarkThe Gelding’s attention is at Rosehill today for the running of the Golden Slipper. The good runners are out today and he hopes winners will be easy to select.

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

Rosehill

Race 3 Horse 1 – Tactical Advantage
Race 4 Horse 1 – Hartnell (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 5 Horse 8 – Winx
Race 6 Horse 5 – Coming Through
Race 7 Horse 12 – She will Reign (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hotties for Flemington races on 11 March 2017

fullsizeoutput_18The Gelding’s attention is at Flemington today and he is in some fine form at the moment. He had two winners and three seconds from five selections last week and says he was unlucky with two of those being beaten by the narrowest of margins. He is looking to continue that form today.

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

Flemington

Race 3 Horse 6 – Matty
Race 4 Horse 3 – Eshtiraak
Race 5 Horse 2 – I am a Star (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 2 – Speith (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 11 – Jameka

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing – Test cricket, JLT Community Series……

Sfan OB6The Australian test team did us proud in India last week after I had speculated that they registered an below par score in the first innings. As it turned out, Australia’s score in the first innings surpassed India’s match total. Clearly India prepared a pitch to suit externaltheir bowlers and were hoist on their own petard. Steve O’Keefe did an amazing job to take 12/70, but the real test comes in backing it up. Most cricket followers will recollect Jason Krejza took 12 wickets in his first test in India and then played only one further test match and finished with an average of 43.23. Everyone also knows the Bob Massie story. After taking 16 wickets in his first test against Englad he only played 5 more test matches for another 15 wickets. I hope O’Keefe can back it up as, if he does, it will go a long way towards winning the series.

With the JLT Community pre-season competition now in full swing I am always amazed that people are prepared to bet on the Unknownpremiership and brownlow medal on the back of pre-season form. These are practice matches where clubs are experimenting, building up players fitness and trying out rookies. There is no real pressure and winning and losing have the same end result. Last year a lot of Collingwood supporters got excited on the back of three convincing pre-season wins and they were considered certainties to play finals. By the end of the season they had only nine wins and finished twelveth. Yes they had some injuries to key players during the year, but did not live up to their pre-season form.

Have a great weekend!