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Gelding’s red hot tips for Pakenham races on 9 December 2017

The Gelding’s attention turns to the provincial track at Pakenham today with the running of the Pakenham Cup. More rain during the week, makes for a tricky and difficult race meeting to pick winners. That being said, the Gelding thinks he has some tips that he hopes will give a return to punters today.

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

Pakenham

Race 3 Horse 7 – Fontein Lad (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 5 Horse 1 – Jungle Edge
Race 6 Horse 11 – Silvera
Race 7 Horse 2 – Grey Lion (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 1 – Burning Front

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hotties for Sandown races on 2 December 2017

After flirting with a provincial race meeting last weekend, the Gelding’s attention is firmly on metropolitan Melbourne today with racing at Sandown on the Hillside track. With all the rain around over the last twenty-four hours, the track will probably be heavy by the time racing commences.

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

Sandown

Race 2 Horse 5 – Holy Freeze
Race 3 Horse 1 – Mrs Gardenia
Race 6 Horse 8 – Sprightly Lass (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 2 – Gun Case (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 9 – Night’s Watch

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Tuesday musing – Farewell Ange and Aussies off to a bolter in the Ashes

I have been a longtime supporter of Ange Postecoglou and was especially pleased when he was appointed as Socceroos coach to replace Holger Osieck. There can be no doubt that Ange has turned the team’s fortunes around as at one stage the Socceroos had slumped to number 100 in the FIFA world rankings but he now has them back at 39 after qualifying for the World Cup. Ange also managed to win an Asian Championship along the way so he is definitely leaving the National team in a lot better shape than when he took over. Given that success I was most disappointed that he decided to pull the pin on his time as the manager of the team. A bit like David Gallup, I am puzzled as to why you would walk away after having scaled the mountain the hard way. It reminds me of David Hall, who was the original trainer of Maykbe Diva. After the first Melbourne Cup win he went overseas to pursue a training career leaving the Diva with Lee Freedman to chalk up two more wins. At least he had the first win! The search is now on for a new manager and I have heard many names mentioned including current Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold, Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi, former Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic, Melbourne Victory’s Kevin Muscat and, in a blast from the past, Aussie Guus Hiddink. I hope the powers that be stick with a well credentialled Aussie coach. Personally I think Arnold has the ability to do the top job. He already knows the difficulties having been the Socceroos coach from 2006-2007 and he has been a success in the national competition with his A League side currently holding all three trophies.

Great to see the Ashes series has started as it is the most anticipated series in world cricket. In the recently completed First Test, the Australians gained the ascendancy after being able to scratch out a slim first innings lead then managed to take some crucial, early second innings wickets. The Aussie speed trio of Hazlewood, Cummins and Starc were wonderful and had the English on the back foot in both innings. Providing the three can stay fit, they will be more than a handful for the English over the final four tests. A special mention to the skipper too. Steve Smith’s innings was the real difference between the sides and the only reason the Aussies had a first innings lead. Without his contribution we would have been facing a sizeable deficit to make up and that would have completely turned the tables. Our top order needs to take a leaf out of Smith’s book and seek to occupy the crease rather than go after quick runs all the time. After all it is a ‘Test’ not a 20/20 game.

Gelding’s red hotties for Ballarat races on 25 November 2017

With memories of the Spring Carnival already fading and no metropolitan meeting today, the Gelding puts his provincial hat on with his attention at Ballarat in a day that he says ‘looks like a tough day on the punt!’.

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

Ballarat

Race 1 Horse 4 – Royal Fashion
Race 3 Horse 6 – Lycurgus
Race 7 Horse 10 – New Universe
Race 8 Horse 7 – Mr Garcia (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 10 Horse 3 – Suspense (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

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