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Professor’s red hot tips for Doomben races on 18 May 2019 and his weekend parlay

The Professor prefers the racing at Doomben today where the track is rated a soft 5 and the running rail is out 2 metres for the entire course.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way.

Doomben

Race 8 Horse 13 – Youngstar (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 1 – Scarlett Dream (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Flemington Race 6 Horse 2 – Fidelia into Gold Coast Titans to beat Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs (NRL) into Perth Glory to beat Sydney FC (A-League)

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

PROFESSOR’S RED HOT Tips FOR Flemington RACES ON 4 May 2019 AND HIS WEEKEND PARLAY

After a nice start to last weekend’s tipping, the Professor’s parlay was brought undone by the Newcastle Knights. Hopefully this weekend he can get the three selections up. As for the races, the Flemington track is rated a Good 4 at this stage but wet weather is forecast so that rating could fall during the meeting. The rail is eleven metres out for the whole track.

Flemington

Race 3 Horse 1 – Fidelia (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 4 – Call me Handsome (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Professor’s Weekend Parlay

Race 3 Horse 1 – Fidelia into Sydney Roosters to defeat Wests Tigers (NRL) into Adelaide United to defeat Melbourne City (A League).

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

Professor’s red hotties for Caulfield races on 27 April 2019 and his weekend parlay

The Professor returns to Victoria with his selections today concentrating on the meeting at Caulfield. The track is currently rated a Good 4 but there is a threat of rain during the day so that rating could change. The rail is out 5 metres.

Make sure to back the selections each way.

Caulfield

Race 7 Horse 8 – Mr Quickie (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 10 – Miss Leonidas (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 7 Horse 8 – Mr Quickie into Parramatta Eels to beat the Newcastle Knights (NRL) into Perth Glory to beat Wellington Phoenix (A League).

You can hear the Professor and Coutta discuss today’s racing and the parlay on Sportzfan Radio from midday tomorrow on 88.3 Southern FM, the Sounds of the Bayside.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

Professor’s red hot tips for Randwick races on 20 April 2019 & his weekend parlay

The Professor’s first attempt at a weekend parlay saw only one leg up but the confidence is not lost so we will persist today. Racing wise today’s tips are for Randwick where the track is rated a Good 4 and the rail is 6 metres out from the 1600 metre mark to the winning post and 4 metres out for the rest of the track.

Randwick

Race 7 Horse 2 – Osborne Bulls (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 2 – Home of the Brave (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend parlay

Race 8 Horse 2 – Home of the Brave into Warriors to beat Cowboys (NRL) into Western Sydney Wanderers to beat Central Coast Mariners (A League)

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

Professor’s Red Hotties for Randwick on 13 April 2019 & this week’s Racing, NRL & A League parlay

The Professor has decided to stay at Randwick this Saturday celebrating Winx having her final run. The track is rated a Soft 5 with the rail three metres out.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Randwick

Race 2 Horse 12 – Millard Reaction (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 10 Horse 5 – Spright (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

This weekend’s parlay:

Race 10 Horse 5 – Spright into Newcastle Knights  (v Manly Sea Eagles – NRL) into Melbourne Victory (v Central Coast Mariners – A-League).

You can hear the Professor discuss the racing results tomorrow on Sportzfan Radio from midday on 88.3 Southern FM, the Sounds of the Bayside.

We’ll be doing the show tomorrow from the Rotunda at Bentleigh shops.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

Professor’s musing – Arnold or Van Marwijk for Socceroo’s coach?

I read that Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chief Executive, David Gallop said there had been ‘huge’ amounts of interest in the
Socceroos coaching position from local and overseas candidates. One wouldn’t need to be a Rhodes scholar to understand such a level of interest in the position recently left vacant with the resignation of Ange Postecoglou. After all, the hard work has already been done given that the Socceroos have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup.

With at least fourteen candidates on the list of potential coaches, I note there are only two Australians – Graham Arnold and Tony Popovic. Aside from Postecoglou, the Socceroo’s recent past is littered with International coaches such as Guus Hiddink, Pim Verbeek and Holger Osieck. The difference between Postecoglou and the other three is that Postecoglou cared about the future of Australian soccer, the Socceroos and the A League. To the others is was just a job with one simple task – to qualify for the World Cup with no real interest in much else.

Talk has it that Dutchman, Bert Van Marwijk is a short priced favourite for the job. Van Marwijk’s recent claim to fame is coaching Saudi Arabia to qualification for this year’s World Cup. He is back on the shelf after the Saudi Football Federation couldn’t agree with him on the terms of a new contract.

For Australian soccer’s continued growth, the FFA need to appoint a
local person and Graham Arnold would be the perfect choice. He has the qualifications for the job. For a start he has already been in charge of the National squad back in 2006 and 2007. He has gained more experience in the intervening ten years and is currently the coach of the very successful Sydney FC. Postecoglou proved conclusively that Australian coaches are up to the task of coaching at International level so there should be no impediment to appointing Arnold.

However, I have no confidence that the FFA will get this most important of decisions correct. After all this is an organisation that squandered $45.6 million of Federal assistance in an ill fated (some would say impossible) attempt to convince FIFA to award the 2018 or 2022 World Cup to Australia and we all know how that turned out.

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.

Weekend musing – A- League Final, Collingwood’s good recovery after playing Anzac Day game…

The A-League grand final is on this Sunday with Sydney FC the clear favourite going up against Melbourne Victory. Sydney have only lost one game this season and has beaten Victory on three occasions, but the pressure is on Sydney as they are expected to win. The Victory have nothing to lose and an early goal could cause panic in the Sydney ranks. The Victory certainly have the talent to win the game and as with most cases involving the world game, they just need to take their chances. I am going to go out on a limb and pick the Victory to win 2-0.

Whatever the Collingwood fitness staff have at their disposal the other teams should be trying to emulate it. Back in 2010 they backed up for the grand final replay in a lot better shape than St Kilda and last Sunday they did it again with a five day break after the Anzac Day game. Essendon were clearly off their game on Sunday against Melbourne who had a similar break, whereas Collingwood faced Geelong who had two clear days break on them and yet Collingwood finished strongly and won the game easily in the end.

Just on the Melbourne/Essendon game, the Bombers finally got to play the Demons at Etihad instead of the MCG, however, the Demons had already played twice at the venue this year and it was the Bombers first appearance there so any perceived advantage was lost. he first half was one of the worst halves of football I have seen from both teams. Melbourne were a lot cleaner in the second half and deserved the win.

Have a great weekend!

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!

Weekend musing – Fremantle Dockers demise, A-League finals fixturing & Alex Rance

Chris Barwin HillsThis time last year the Fremantle Football Club were the only undefeated team in the AFL, this year they are the only team not to win a game. What has happened? One of the reasons is personnel, they are an aging list and some of their key players are injured, but thefyffe main issue looks to be a change of game plan. It would seem they are trying to play more in the Hawthorn style, but unfortunately they don’t have the skill to execute that type of play. Their negative, lock down style of play got them to a Grand Final and save for a bout of stage fright and poor umpiring, they could easily have won that game, why change? I think they should revert to the style of football that made them successful. It may not be pretty, but it worked.

I have also got to have a say about the scheduling in the A-League. Melbourne City were scheduled to play after a five day break and while the best team on the night won the match, the fatigue factor Melb citycertainly influenced the margin. Then you had Brisbane who had played on the previous Friday playing on the Sunday. Why didn’t Brisbane play on the Friday and Melbourne on the Sunday which would have been the fairest outcome. To compound the issue, the grand finalists have also been mismatched by the schedule with Adelaide playing at home on an eight day break playing the Wanderers on a six day break. At least in the AFL each side gets a seven day break leading into the final match of the season. How do you take a competition seriously with scheduling like that for a marquee game? By the way, I don’t care who wins this final.

I know that a lot of other people have commented on Mick Malthouse’s comment that Alex Rance should have been let off by the AFL Match Review Panel on the basis of his good character, but IUnknown-2 could not let it pass without comment. What Rance did may have been out of character, however, he still did it and it was intentional. To excuse someone in that situation would be a total miscarriage of justice. Did it deserve 2 weeks? Maybe one would have been sufficient on the basis of impact/injury, but a suspension was definitely required. Good character may lead to a reduced sentence, but guilt is guilt.

Have a great weekend!