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The Professor’s red hotties for Flemington races on 29 February 2020 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor has had difficulty picking the horse leg of his weekend parlay and so he’s looking at replacing the horse leg in the coming weeks. The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 2 metres for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Flemington

Race 4 Horse 2 – Sylvia’s Mother (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 1 – Alligator Blood (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 4 Horse 2 – Sylvia’s Mother into Liverpool to beat Watford (Premier League) into New Orleans Pelicans to beat Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA).

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s red hot tips for Caulfield races on 22 February 2020 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor has done his research for Blue Diamond Stakes day at Caulfield and hopes to be on a few winners by the end of the day. The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 3 metres for the entire circuit.

Remember to back the tips each way!

Caulfield

Race 7 Horse 2 – Hanseatic (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 3 – Bivouac (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 8 Horse 3 – Bivouac into Liverpool to beat West Ham United (Premier League) into Indiana Pacers to beat the New York Knicks (NBA).

You can hear the Professor discuss today’s race results with the Judge, the Saint and Coutta tomorrow on Sportzfan Radio from midday on 88.3 Southern FM, the Sounds of the Bayside. Sportzfan Radio will be broadcasting tomorrow from Sandringham Football Club’s Family Day to be held at Wilson Removals Trevor Barker Beach Oval – come down and see us in action!!

Good luck and good punting!!

The Professor

The Professor’s red hotties for Flemington races on 15 February 2020 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor is wary of the weather conditions for today’s Flemington race meeting. The track is currently rated a Good 4 but rain is expected during the day and that could affect the chances of some horses. The rail is in the true position for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Flemington

Race 7 Horse 2 – Nature Strip (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 9 – Katalin (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 7 Horse 2 – Nature Strip into Liverpool to beat Norwich City (Premier League) into Melbourne United to beat South East Melbourne Phoenix (NBL).

You can hear the Professor discuss today’s race results with the Sportzfan Radio panel including the Gelding, the Judge, the Saint and Coutta tomorrow from midday on 88.3 Southern FM, the Sounds of the Bayside.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s red hotties for Flemington races on 18 January 2020 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor had a successful return last week with a winner and the Weekend Parlay getting up. He’s looking to do even better today at Flemington where the track is rated a Good 4 and the rail is out 9 metres for the entire circuit.

Remember to back the tips each way!

Flemington

Race 3 Horse 4 – Banquo (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 4 Horse 2 – Rogues Point (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 3 Horse 4 – Banquo into Manchester City to beat Crystal Palace (Premier League) into Memphis Grizzlies to beat Cleveland Cavaliers (NBA).

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s red hot tips for Flemington races on 21 December 2019 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor had a welcome return to form last week but still couldn’t get his weekend parlay across the line. He needs to do one better today! The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail in the true position for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Flemington

Race 7 Horse 5 – Yulong January (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 2 – Sure Knee (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 8 Horse 2 – Sure Knee into Seattle Seahawks to beat Arizona Cardinals (NFL) into Sydney Kings to beat the Brisbane Bullets (NBL).

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

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

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 – Spring Carnival, Kieran McEvoy, Chicago Cubs, First Test…….

Sfan OB6While I did not back the winner of the Victoria Derby, Prized Ikon, it was a great story for the Cummings family. Four generations of the one family training a winner of such a prestigious race would beprized-icon unparalleled not only in racing, but probably in sport generally. There has been a number of father/son combinations and even grandfather/father/son’s in various sports, but I cannot think of any to equal this effort. Three generations of the Aitken family played for Carlton and three generations of the Hird family played for Essendon. Perhaps one of James Hird’s sons could make it a fourth generation for the Bombers.

Keeping with the family theme Kieran McEvoy won the Melbourne Cup on Almandin and he is the brother-in-law of last years winning almandinjockey, Michelle Payne. Almandin is the third son of Monson to win the Cup in the last four years. The other two being Fiorente and Protectionist. When you think about it, racing produces probably just as many family associations as AFL football. A lot of jockeys had fathers that were jockeys and a lot of trainers had fathers that were trainers.

The biggest story in sport this week was the Chicago Cubs breaking a 108 year drought in the World Series. Even if the Cleveland cubsIndians had of won they would have broken a 68 year drought. This continues a wonderful year for drought breaking title wins. The Cubs also did it by winning the last three games, with the last two away to Cleveland. This was somewhat reminiscent of the NBA when the Cleveland Cavaliers took the title in an away game to Golden State.

A good start in the Test cricket yesterday and it further proves the testvalue of good bowlers. Australia struggled in the recent one-day series in South Africa with a second string attack, now with more like their front line attack in place they were a lot more effective. If we can get James Pattinson and Pat Cummins back playing consistent cricket with Mitchell Starc, the Australian attack will be formidable. Bowlers win matches.

Have a great weekend

Weekend musing – Journalists, Lindsay Thomas, LeBron James….

Chris Barwin HillsThe biggest story this week in sport again had nothing really to do with sport and those that play it. I passed comment a few weeks ago about journalists creating stories around themselves and this week maguireit has gone to a whole new level. I am not going to give a view on the rights and wrongs of the whole debate, but it is time we moved on and concentrated on the sport. Richmond’s decision to ban Triple M seems somewhat hypocritical given the Dustin Martin situation earlier this year. Their response would be that the allegations were unfounded but let’s have some consistency in the way these matters are treated.

It was not really a surprise to see Lindsay Thomas not paid free kicks in last Friday nights game against Hawthorn. While Brad Scott’s thomascomments about the umpires was proved to be factually incorrect and he and North paid a hefty price, I have no doubt that the umpires saw the vision and heard the ongoing commentary of and about Thomas in the game against Sydney and were always going to react. No one likes being made a fool of. I harken back to 1999/2000 when Matthew Lloyd was highlighted for diving in a game against Richmond where he received three free kicks. Lloyd got a reputation for diving on the back of that game and while he did take it out of his repertoire, he very rarely received a free kick for being pushed in the back in a marking contest after that game. James Sicily could be next on the list!

An amazing performance by the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA and I think it does emphasise that LeBron James is one of the greatest Unknown-1players of all time and probably the best since Michael Jordan. What has been missed in this is that in culminates in a hat trick of NBA wins by Australian players. Mills & Baynes in 2014, Bogut in 2015 and Dellavedova this year. It is great to see Australians playing on the big stage and hopefully they can all be fit for the Olympics because they have a genuine medal chance.

Have a great weekend!

Weekend musing – UFC & Ronda Rousey hit Melbourne

Chris Barwin HillsNot much has grabbed my imagination this week.  It’s been business as usual on the Aussie sports scene

The Australian cricket team won as expected and the Socceroos also won as expected. Melbourne United in the NBL had been winning unitedbefore last night with one of their wins with a bit of help from the match officials. Melbourne Victory won the FFA cup as expected. Nothing in horse racing was as near as interesting as the Melbourne Cup, save for the racing being a bit more interesting due to a less biased track.

One thing which has created a bit of discussion around the traps is the UFC event featuring Ronda Rousey at Etihad Stadium this weekend. I am not a big fan of UFC, but I don’t mind it and it is certainly more interesting than main stream boxing these days. I rouseydo not subscribe to the view that it is too brutal as I think the sport is well governed and there are probably less injuries in the UFC than there are in boxing. I think one of the reasons why the UFC has somewhat supplanted boxing as the preferred “blood sport” is that it does not appear to be controlled by the likes of Don King and other entrepreneurs and it doesn’t have the multiple factions and associations that have split world boxing. If boxing wants to reclaim lost ground they need to win back the public and have one unified governing body to control the sport world wide.

Have a great weekend!