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

The first of the Sportzfan Interviews – Axel Dench


In this first of a series of Sportzfan Interviews, the Professor talks with former College and NBL player, Axel Dench about his career in basketball and as Merumeru in Star Wars 3, Revenge of the Sith. In a career that included a March Madness trip to the Elite Eight with
Gonzaga, a Championship in his first year with Wollongong Hawks plus the 2001 NBL Rookie of the Year award, he believes he peaked early. A shoulder injury hampered his development and he eventually bounced around Europe until returning to Australia to play with the Melbourne Tigers in 2007.

Whilst he enjoyed playing at elite level in basketball, it wasn’t until his taste of Hollywood in Revenge of the Sith that he discovered he had a love for acting and movies. His one regret is that he declined another movie role to accept a three year contract with the Melbourne Tigers only to be released after one year to free up player points.

You can hear the full interview at https://soundcloud.com/sportzprofessor/the-sportzfan-interviews-axel-dench

Gelding’s red hotties for Flemington races on 7 October 2017

The Gelding’s attention is at Flemington today and he is confident of his form coming into this year’s Spring Carnival.

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

Flemington

Race 4 Horse 4 – Spieth (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 5 Horse 2 – Winx
Race 7 Horse 1 – Almandin (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 16 – Petition
Race 9 Horse 8 – New Tipperary

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend musing – the Brownlow medal, Grand Finals in AFL & NRL……

I was pleasantly surprised to listen to Dustin Martin at his Brownlow presentation on Monday night. He came over a lot better than I had envisioned and he seemed like a reasonable bloke who loves his footy. Bruce McAvaney was a little sickening, but he did a good job getting Martin to talk so it worked.

With 36 votes Martin scored exactly the same amount as the entire All Australian back line of Rory Laird (9) votes, Alex Rance (8), Michael Hibberd (7), Sam Docherty (5), Michael Hurley (4) and Jeremy McGovern (3). While I am not suggesting that Martin did not deserve his votes, it is a little hard to accept that these six champion players could only amass 36 votes between them as most of them are big ball winners as well. The forward line did significantly better with a total of 75 votes, but the forward line included Dane Zorko (14) and Robbie Gray (12) who are essentially mid-fielders and Lance Franklin (22) who seems to capture the umpires eye. With five votes it did endorse my view that Eddie Betts was lucky to make the team.

It was also interesting to see that nine of the 18 clubs had two players that secured half or more of their teams votes and at Richmond, Martin almost did that himself with 36 votes out of a team total of 80. As much as it is great to have a Brownlow medalist from your team, from a team perspective it is better to have a spread of vote getters. The two top teams were Adelaide and Sydney who both had 88 votes, but the contrast was that Adelaide’s top four Sloane, M.Crouch, Jacobs & Atkins contributed 51 votes and Sydney’s top four of Kennedy, Franklin, Parker & Hannebery contributed 67 votes with Hannebery only contributing 6 votes. I think the upshot from this was Adelaide had more to handle in trying to control Martin it will than Richmond had trying to control Rory Sloane…and that is how it turned out yesterday. One thing that the Brownlow coverage brought home was how disappointing it is that Jobe Watson is no longer a Brownlow medalist. To see Cotchin & Mitchell lauded as medalists was disappointing whereas I had not thought about it much beforehand.

The Grand Final was a reasonable game and even though I thought Adelaide were the better side going into the game, the Grand Final was played on Richmond’s home ground which, in my view evened out the contest. Richmond were worthy premiers and it says something for a Club that decided to hold fast in the face of great criticism of their 2016 performance. If the Tigers had buckled at the end of last season and sacked Damian Hardwick, I doubt they would have climbed to the heights of premiership glory.

The Melbourne Storm are my fancies in the NRL decider today. They
have had a great season led by Dally M medallist Cameron Smith. North Queensland Cowboys have had a remarkable run to the Grand Final but I believe they will fall short especially as they are without their champion play maker Jonathan Thurston.

Have a great weekend!