Weekend musing – Rio no go, the Nevill stumping and Michael Hurley re-signs with the Bombers…..

Sfan OB6The Olympics are coming to a conclusion and I must say that my interest levels have been as low as I can remember for an Olympic Games. I don’t know if it is the timing of the events or all of the negative stories before the games started, but I have been boltsignificantly underwhelmed. Perhaps my level of enthusiasm is matched by the Australian results where very few of our competitors have performed at their best. It would appear from the vision I have seen that the crowds have stayed away too. If the athletics didn’t have Usain Bolt these could be the dullest games of all time where the side stories have far more interest than the performances.

I was interested in the Peter Nevill stumping during the third test in stumpingSri Lanka when he waited for the batsman to lift his foot after playing the ball. The batsman was clearly out, but was it in the spirit of the game? I must admit some bias here, I was dismissed in a similar fashion playing school cricket and while I too was clearly out, I had avoided a bouncer and moved out of my crease before the keeper had passed the ball onto the fieldsman. I always thought it was unfair as it wasn’t the skill of the bowler that got me out of my crease. The same applied to the Nevill stumping.

Great news for Essendon supporters with Michael Hurley re-signing. When the players were suspended at the start of the year I hurleythought Essendon would lose one of Hurley, Hooker or Heppell and they have all re-committed to the club. Essendon now need Jobe Watson to play another year so he doesn’t conclude his career as a banned player. He deserves to finish on a high note even if he does lose the Brownlow medal.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hot tips for Moonee Valley races on 20 August 2016

gelding2The Gelding’s attention is at Moonee Valley today and after an average outing last week, he has taken a bit more time to study the form over the last seven days. He says the great unknowns are the weather and the state of the track. Just how far will the penetrometer go in today?

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

Moonee Valley

Race 5 Horse 8 – Ken’s Dream (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 1 – Killarney Kid (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 9 – Pilote D’Essai
Race 8 Horse 5 – Heatherly
Race 9 Horse 10 – Fast Cash

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing – father/son combinations, Richmond FC woes……

Sfan OB6It was great to see Kyle Chalmers win our first men’s 100m freestyle Olympic gold medal since Michael Wenden in 1968. He is the son of Brett Chalmers who made his name playing AFL and it got me chalmersthinking about other father/son combinations in different sports. There is Gary Jack (rugby league) & Kieran Jack (AFL), Jack Newton (golf) & Clint Newton (rugby league), Ray Ruffels (tennis) & Ryan Ruffels (golf), Tony Mundine (boxing) & Anthony Mundine (rugby league & boxing), John Ronaldson (VFL/AFL) & Tony Ronaldson (basketball), Pat Cash Snr (VFL/AFL) & Pat Cash Jnr (tennis) and Dimitri Markov (pole vault) & Oleg Markov (AFL). There are bound to be a lot more, but this is a good starting point for further discussion.

I was pleased to see Richmond win last week to get the heat off Damian Hardwick. As much as I thought Richmond erred by martinextending his contract at the start of the year, I thought he should be excused one bad year. The discussions about Richmond this year remind me of the discussions about Richmond of 10-15 years ago. Back then they had fourn players, Matthew Knights, Wayne Campbell, Nick Daffy & Matthew Richardson and then they fell away and now it is Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin, Jack Riewoldt, Brent Deledio and Alex Rance and then they fall away again. Is history repeating itself?

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hotties for Caulfield races on 13 August 2016

42The Gelding has returned refreshed from his holiday and is ready for the run into the Spring carnival.  The good horses are returning to the track so he cautions to take note of how their preparations have gone.

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

Caulfield

Race 2 Horse 7 – Kaniana (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 3 Horse 4 – Leica Day (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 1 – Concealer
Race 7 Horse 11 – Mahuta
Race 8 Horse 2 – Palentino

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hot tips for Flemington races on 6 August 2016

MarkThe Gelding is finally back in Australia after his long holiday on the French Riviera (and plenty of other places on the Mediterranean) and he is fit, refreshed and in search of winners at Flemington today.

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

Flemington

Race 1 Horse 2 – Yulong Baby
Race 2 Horse 5 – Decorated Soldier (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 3 Horse 1 – Almandin (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 2 – Smart Volatility
Race 8 Horse 10 – Kaniana

Good luck and good punting!

Don’t forget to listen in to Sportzfan Radio’s outside broadcast from the Great Western Hotel tomorrow from midday on 88.3 Southern FM.

The Gelding

Weekend musing – Boomer Harvey, Sheahan v Jacko, Bomber – the book……..

Chris Barwin HillsThis week in the AFL we have a number of milestone games. The most prominent is Brent Harvey who breaks Michael Tuck’s games record of 426. Not trying to take anything away from Harvey, but it has to be remembered that Tuck also played around 100 reservesboomer games and was ultimately forced into retirement by Hawthorn. Based on his on-field persona, I didn’t have much time for him in the past but having heard him on the radio this year I have moderated my views and he seems like a thoroughly decent human being. The second in line is pavMatthew Pavlich bringing up his 350th game for Fremantle which in some ways may be a more significant milestone than Harvey’s. Putting Pavlich’s longevity into perspective, he has played 60 mores games than Dean Cox (290), the nearest Western Australian based player since the start of the national competition. In reality, that is at least three more seasons of football. Remarkable! Then we have the Geelong pair of Corey Enright and Jimmy Bartel, with the Geelong games record and 300 games respectively. I think it is not only a testament to the dedication of these players, but also a testament to the advancement in sports science that allows players to play for much longer at the highest level.

I didn’t watch the Mike Sheahan interview with Mark Jackson the other night, but I did read and hear exerpts from it and I must agreesheahan with Tim Watson who described it as a bit of self promotion for Jackson. Jackson makes his money on the speaking circuit in Australia and perhaps his engagements had been dwindling and he needed to ramp up his exposure, but what a performance! I have been critical of a number of football journalists this year who have conducted their own level of self promotion, but I do not jackothink that Mike Sheahan falls into that category and he did not deserve the tirade directed at him. Mike Sheahan was an old fashioned journalist who checked his facts and didn’t go off on flights of fancy visited by the likes of Caroline Wilson, Mark Robinson and Damien Barrett.

I went to the book launch by Mark “Bomber” Thompson last night in Geelong and he had some interesting things to say. He didn’t want bomberto make it all about Essendon and the supplements saga, but he did appear to place a lot of the blame with the Paul Hamilton who was the football manager at the time. He wouldn’t come out and say who his favourite Geelong player was, but it was pretty clear that Matthew Scarlett was right up there. Maybe that is linked to Scarlett growing up an Essendon supporter! However, he did have a few disparaging things to say about Essendon as has been reported in the media. I don’t know if I am all that happy with that as those things should be kept in house. Maybe I’ll read the book.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hotties for Caulfield races on 30 July 2016

Feb 27 2011 023The Gelding starts his final week on the Mediterranean and after last week’s handy winner and a couple of placings, he is set to buy a few ‘duty free’ trinkets to bring home.

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

Caulfield

Race 3 Horse 8 – Kentucky Miss (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 2 – Forgeress
Race 7 Horse 10 – Mahuta
Race 8 Horse 2 – Prince of Brooklyn (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 5 – Magicus

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing – Tour de France, British Open, Arsene Wenger and England

Chris Barwin HillsI commented last week on a number of topics including the Tour de France, the England soccer team’s poor display in the European Championships and the British Open.

It looks like I was on the money picking Chris Froome as the winner of the race. With 19 stages complete and only a couple to go Froome froome
seems to have the field covered. Great display by Aussie Richie Porte in the tough mountain section but looks like he will just fall short of a podium finish. Certainly looks like a rider to watch for the 2017 Tour.

As much as I was on the money with the Tour de France, I was way off in my assessment of the British Open. I didn’t see Swede, Henrik 1363998228672Stenson winning. Stenson and Phil Mickelson showed a mastery of the Royal Troon course that the rest of the field struggled with. Mickelson at 17 under had an 11 shot buffer between he and the third placed golfer. The leading Australian was world number 1, Jason Day at one over par tied for equal 22nd. My selection of Adam Scott was poor as he finished at 5 over par. Our golfers need to improve their performances in major tournaments!

My suggestion for the English soccer team is to go all out for Arsene Wenger. They could do a lot worse. He is the shot in the arm that thealexis-sanchez-arsenal-burnley_3223813 English need and his time at Arsenal is limited. It would be a good move for England, Arsenal and Wenger.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hot tips for Flemington on 23 July 2016

Feb 6 2011 005The Gelding is still away on his European sojourn enjoying the summer time on the Riviera. He is clearly following what is happening in Melbourne as his big warning for punters today is the state of the Flemington track and how that will affect the chances of some of his tips.

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

Flemington

Race 1 Horse 3 – Loch Oir
Race 5 Horse 1 – Deal with It
Race 6 Horse 2 – Voodoo Lad (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 12 – Jerilderie Letter (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 11 – World of Hope

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hotties for Caulfield races on 16 July 2016

Feb 6 2011 020The Gelding’s tips failed to make the trip from Europe last week so apologies to all the punters out their, including the ladies at the Tennis club, who were relying on him. This week, he got the mail in early so he has made a few assumptions about the state of the track.

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

Caulfield

Race 5 Horse 2 – Divine Mr Artie (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 1 – So Does He
Race 7 Horse 3 – Duke of Brunswick (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 1 – Fast and Rocking
Race 9 Horse 3 – Miss Softhands

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding