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

Weekend musing – Perpetual Loyal, Big Bash League & Boxing Day test match….

Sfan OB6When it took line honours earlier this week, Perpetual Loyal broke the Sydney to Hobart yacht racing record by nearly five hours. If a record is broken by that much you have to sit up and take notice. Theunknown 630 nautical mile race is said to be one of the most difficult yacht races in the world, but this year conditions were tailor made for a quick journey as the second and third placed boats also beat the previous record. That record was held by Wild Oats XI. Even though it now no longer holds the race record, Wild Oats XI has set a Sydney to Hobart mark that will be difficult to beat in that it has the most line honours victories (8) and has twice held the race treble with race record, line honours and handicap honours all in the same year (2005 & 2012).

I have been watching a bit of the Big Bash League and the sloppy fielding by the Sydney Thunder in their match against the Brisbane Heat on Wednesday night got me thinking that it was so bad, a person might wonder what the coaching staff are teaching the imagesplayers. Three relatively easy catches went down and another was totally misjudged – mistakes so bad that the commentators spent two nights talking about it. The Hobart Hurricanes captaincy is also under question from me with Tim Paine failing to utilise his most economical bowler for the full four overs against the Melbourne Stars. Clive Rose started with 3 overs for 17 runs and was not used again in a very close match. I also thought Paine erred in bringing back Stewart Broad too late to have an impact. A case of poor decisions losing a match!

Sticking with cricket, it was interesting to hear Steve Smith say at the end of day 4 of the Melbourne Test Match that he didn’t think smiththe Pakistanis were trying to get him out. I would suggest that Smith was trying to apply some subtle final day pressure on the opposition through the media and it seems to have worked considering the dramatic second innings collapse by Pakistan that allowed Australia to win by an innings and 18 runs. Smith had a great match and was named man of the match after his 165 not out in the first dig. The experts must have been tested in selecting Smith though as David Warner and Mitchell Starc also had great games.

This is the last musing for 2016 so have a great weekend and Happy New Year!

Weekend musing – cricket, Pakistan’s gallant run chase, Big Bash season starts…..

Sfan OB6The Pakistan team gave Australia a real fright in the first test in Brisbane falling just 39 runs short of what would have been the highest 4th innings score and the highest to win. The previous highest score in the 4th innings to win was the West Indies who amassed 7-418 against Australia in 2002/03 in the West Indies. Thestumping highest score in the 4th innings and not win was 451 by New Zealand versus England in 2001/02 and it rivalled the 7-450 by South Africa versus India in 2013/14. The way the Pakistanis fought it out augurs well for the Boxing Day test in Melbourne and may mean in the future that test captains will be even more conservative with their declarations. I wonder if the move to “drop in” pitches mean they don’t deteriorate as much allowing teams to bat longer? The jury is out on that one and only time will give us the answer to that query. While Australia won the test, I think Pakistan still came out of the game with momentum after their gallant second innings chase.

Sticking with cricket, the Big Bash started again this week and the nightly format on Channel 10 is a winner for cricket fans. If you have nothing else better to do you can sit down and watch some entertaining cricket almost nightly for a month. I reckon that Channel 9 are livid they didn’t get the rights to the BBL and when the rights come up again they will be hot property.

Have a great Christmas and New Year!

Gelding’s red hotties for the Christmas Eve race meeting at Sandown

fullsizeoutput_18The Gelding’s attention is at Sandown today in this last metropolitan race meeting before Christmas. He acknowledges he must lift his game this outing as he needs some funds for the Chrissie pudding tomorrow.

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

Sandown

Race 1 Horse 3 – Fillie Champagne (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 4 Horse 3 – Domino Vitale
Race 5 Horse 1 – Burning Front (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 6 – Rewarding Effort
Race 7 Horse 2 – Shikarpour

Good luck, good punting and a Merry Christmas to all!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hot tips for Flemington on 17 December 2016

professor-geldingThe Gelding’s attention is on Flemington today and he is keen to atone for last week’s ordinary showing. He did have some help from the jockeys though, awarding not one but two s-hit rides. Hopefully the jockeys aboard today don’t lose their compass.

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

Flemington

Race 3 Horse 1 – Miss Wonderland
Race 4 Horse 1 – Snitzson
Race 5 Horse 3 – Boomtime
Race 7 Horse 10 – Gallic Chieftain (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 2 – Burning Front (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing – records fall at Racing.com Park and possible strike by AFL players……

Sfan OB6pakenhamIt was interesting reviewing the results from the stand alone meeting at Racing.com Park last Saturday afternoon. I know the complex has not been open for all that long, but six track records were broken on the day, with the 1400m record broken twice. It does reflect the calibre of horses that were in attendance for a stand alone Saturday meeting, but six records in one day must be some sort of a record in itself!

The dialogue between the AFL and the Players’ Association seems aflplayersto be ramping up at the moment and while no one wants to see a strike, I must say I would not blame the players if they took industrial action. In most sporting competitions in the world the players get a percentage of the revenue so why should the AFL be any different?

I also think the AFL has to be careful with figures coming out advising that soccer is the biggest participation sport in Australia, some of our brightest stars may choose to stick with the world game.

A quiet week this week but a good one.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hotties for Flemington races on 10 December 2016

MarkThe Gelding’s attention returns to Flemington today and after bagging a couple of winners last start at Pakenham, he is in some good form coming into the festive season.

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

Flemington

Race 1 Horse 5 – Infra Dig
Race 2 Horse 2 – Galaxy Raider (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 13 – Duibio
Race 8 Horse 3 – Black Sheep (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 6 – Brown Ben

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing – 3rd test wrap up, AFL rookie draft, Melbourne City take the FFA Cup……

Sfan OB6The 3rd test against South Africa was a dead rubber, but it was good to see the revitalised Australian team turn around their fortunes and get a win on the board. There were three debutantes playing in the game and I was impressed with Renshaw & Hanscombe. Unfortunately, Maddinson got a very good ball early in his only hanscombinnings, so it was impossible to say if he will be any good. Renshaw resisted very well on the first night and while he only made 10 in the first innings, he showed similar application in the second innings. In the second innings the commentators were criticising his slow play which was somewhat in contrast with their lamenting in the first and second tests the lack of players that could stick around. He was in his first test, they had plenty of time, so I could not see the issue. He did seem to play and miss a lot, but I think on some of those “misses” he actually deliberately played inside the line. Hanscombe got a 50 in his first dig and then hit the winning run so a very promising debut.

The cricket now moves to a one day series against New Zealand, which seems to be a puzzling piece of scheduling .

Sticking with cricket it was great to see the Bushrangers get up against South Australia after conceding a first innings lead. Just reminding the Australian selectors that there is some quality south of the border.

Monday saw the AFL Rookie Draft and there seemed to be a clear pattern of recruiters getting in ruckmen and taller players. There filipovicwas 27 players (ound half of the draft) over 190cm and ten of those were ruckmen. It does seem clear that clubs are not willing to waste a pick on a ruckman who may take 3-5 years to develop. This is a wise strategy, but does it jeopardise the future of ruckmen picking the AFL over basketball? I really think this is something which could cause long term problems with participation and needs to be monitored by the AFL.

Great to see Melbourne City win the FFA Cup on Wednesday night in a clash of the current top two teams in the A-League. I have been a little concerned about the City defence, but holding Sydney FC to atim cahill clean sheet perhaps indicates that my concerns were misplaced. On present form these two teams will be in contention at the end of the season and a win to City does provide some psychological advantage. Also great to see Tim Cahill amongst the goals….an inspired signing for Melbourne City.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hot tips for Pakenham races on 3 December 2016

42The Gelding’s attention is at Pakenham today with the running of the Pakenham Cup. Well actually his attention is at Tynong as the Pakenham racecourse was shifted to Tynong in 2015! His query is why isn’t it now called the Tynong race course?

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

Pakenham

Race 1 Horse 1 – Wise Hero (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 5 Horse 6 – Snitzson
Race 6 Horse 2 – Mihany
Race 7 Horse 5 – Lord Van Percy
Race 8 Horse 5 – Lucky Liberty (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding