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Gelding’s tips for WS Cox Plate day at Moonee Valley

MarkThe Gelding is still away enjoying the oriental breezes and misses another Group One race day, this time Cox Plate day at Moonee Valley.  I wonder how Mrs Gelding convinced him to be out of Australia at this time of the racing season. Fortunately, he has managed to spend some time at the computer in his luxury hotel suite and emailed his tips in.

Moonee Valley

Tonight

Race 7 Horse 2 – Lankan Rupee (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Saturday

Race 5 Horse 1 – Precedence
Race 6 Horse 5 – Trust in a Gust
Race 8 Horse 8 – Criterion (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 4 – Sauvito

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Friday musing – Cox Plate, Cage Fighting, Gough Whitlam…..

Chris Barwin HillsWell the Spring Carnival is in full swing and this week sees the running of the WS Cox Plate. It doesn’t look to be a classic field, but it is probably the best that can be assembled. However, I do question the inclusion of Wandjina who has been placed in only two of nine starts, but obviously got a start based on his third placing in the Caulfield Guineas. Unfortunately last years winner was a maiden who had similar lead up form so the precedent had been sent, but I don’t think it sends a good message when you tout yourself as the Weight For Age Championship of Australasia. My tip in the race is Fawkner, but they all have to get past The Cleaner.

There was a lot of grandstanding in the corridors of power this week about cage fighting/mixed martial arts. To allow the mixed martial arts fights without the cage, is like boxing without the ropes. The fighters can still hit their opponent the same way, they just do it in different surrounds. What real difference does it make. I have watched a bit of the UFC on Channel 1, but not for some time. It seems to be well adjudicated and from what I understand there have been no catastrophic injuries. If these guys want to fight each other in a controlled environment then I cannot see what the problem is with the use of the cage. I also find the Police Commissioner’s comments about violence a little hard to fathom as well given the acceptance of all types of fighting sports in the community. I have a nephew who is doing mixed martial arts training and I am sure my brother would much rather he practised his sport in a controlled environment, with or without a cage. The proper control is the key, not the cage. Will I go along and watch, no.

Now my last comment this week only has a loose connection with sport because his wife swum in the 1938 Empire Games for Australia. E G Whitlam must surely be one of the most interesting politicians ever produced in this country and I always considered that having spent so long in opposition, once he got into power, he tried to implement too many programmes too quickly. Like a good marathon runner, if he had paced himself his legacy could have been greater. Anyway I can thank him for my tertiary education, a national health system and Blue Poles that I saw in Canberra recently. Vale Gough.

Enough of my own political grandstanding, have a great weekend!

Friday musing – AFL trade period, NRL, Caulfield Guineas…..

Chris Barwin HillsWell what a week in AFL trading! We already knew about Paddy Ryder and Dayne Beams, but this week Allen Christensen and Ryan Griffen emerge wanting to be traded. Who will pop up next? These trades will be difficult, but if a player has publicly flagged that he wants to go, he has to be traded in my opinion. There are exceptions, like Ryan O’Keefe who flagged a few years ago that he wanted to go to Hawthorn, the Swans kept him and he went on to win the Norm Smith medal in their 2012 premiership side. Supporters from the four clubs involved will all be very disappointed as the players are popular players at their clubs, but for different reasons they want to go and the clubs have to try and get the best deal available.

On a related topic, I was not surprised the AFL knocked back the proposed de-listing of Paddy Ryder to give Essendon an additional draft pick. It would have been a good result for the club, but tantamount to draft manipulation.

Now that it is inevitable that Paddy is going, my son will have to remove the badge from his jumper and send it over to Port Adelaide. The situation at Essendon seems to be lurching from bad to worse. What player would want to come to that club the way things are at the moment? Even Jason Winderlich, who grew up an Essendon supporter and was not involved in the supplements saga wants to go! I cannot see any light at the end of the tunnel at the moment and this is a club that played finals this year!

I watched the NRL Grand Final last week and it was a lot more competitive than the AFL equivalent. Although South Sydney did eventually blow Canterbury out of the water, the game was in the balance until about half way through the second half. The game apparently rated higher than the AFL Grand Final and there has been a renewed push for the AFL to play its Grand Final at night. As much as the ratings would be better, I hope the AFL retain the afternoon time slot, but money does dictate the terms in sport these days and it is probably inevitable that the AFL Grand Final will be played at night or the early evening before too long. The first AFL night final was in 1993 so we are probably lucky that it has lasted in the afternoon for so long.

The Spring Racing Carnival is really starting to pick up with Caulfield Guineas Day this Saturday. This is one of the best days on the racing calendar and should Rich Enuff emerge as the winner of the Guineas this weekend, we may have found the star of the carnival. To date no horse has stamped their authority on the Spring and racing really does need stars to bring people to the races. Weight For Age racing looks a bit thin this year and if Rich Enuff can get through he would be highly fancied in the Cox Plate. He looks the logical winner with Looks Like the Cat the one that could knock him off without being a big upset.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s ‘red hot’ tips for 26 October 2013

Mar 13 2011 021The Gelding’s attention is fixed firmly on Moonee Valley today for the Cox Plate meeting. After tipping four from five winners last week, he is in form and building a very nice Christmas Club for the ladies at the Tennis Club.

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

Moonee Valley

Race 5 horse 1 – Savvy Nature
Race 7 horse 2 – Sneak a Peek
Race 8 horse 10 – Toydini
Race 9 horse 2 – Lake Sententia (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 10 horse 3 – Fiorente (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s tips for 22 October 2011

The Gelding’s attention turns to Moonee Valley today for Cox Plate day. Several of the Gelding’s selections are very short so he has thrown in more selections than normal for a bit of value.

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

 

Moonee Valley

Race 2 Horse 4 – Classic Elle
Race 3 Horse 8 – Karuta Queen
Race 4 Horse 1 – Manawanui (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 5 Horse 5 – Black Caviar (also for the ladies at the Tenbnis club)
Race 6 Horse 1 – Americain
Race 7 Horse 6 – Luen Yak Forever
Race 8 Horse 9 – Rekindled Interest

You can hear the Gelding discuss racing with the Professor every Sunday on Sportzfan Radio at 12.30pm on 88.3 Southern FM.  The Gelding’s segment is sponsored by the Great Western Hotel.

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

The Gelding's tips for Moonee Valley on 23 October 2010

The Gelding’s attention this week is on the Cox Plate meeting at Moonee Valley where he hopes the overnight rain has not affected the track too much.

Interesting to see if So You Think is the horse we all think it is.

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

Moonee Valley

Race 3 Horse 5 – Multahem
Race 4 Horse 12 – Firebolt
Race 5 Horse 6 – Black Caviar (for the girls at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 2 – Precedence
Race 8 Horse 5 – So You Think

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding