The less said about last week’s outing at Caulfield the better! The Professor will try and put that one behind him and look forward to today’s racing at Flemington and the Magic Millions at the Gold Coast. The Flemington track is rated a Good 4 but with the fine weather could dry out as the day goes on. The rail is 6 metres out from the true position. At the Gold Coast the track is also rated a Good 4 with the rail 1.5 metres out from the 1000 metre to the 400 metre mark but otherwise in the true position.
Race 3 Horse 5 – Silentz
Race 6 Horse 4 – Twitchy Frank
Race 7 Horse 7 – Order of Command
Race 7 Horse 8 – Outback Barbie (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 8 – Exhilarates (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Good luck and good punting!
The Professor has looked at today’s racing fields and believes the best value for punters is at the Gold Coast, especially with the running of the Magic Millions 2 year old Classic and several other feature races on the card.
Make sure you bet each way!
Race 4 Horse 4 – Sedanzer
Race 5 Horse 1 – Global Glamour
Race 7 Horse 1 – Pierata (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 11 – Sunlight (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 3 – Viddora
Good luck and good punting!
Great to see the Australian cricket team hang on in the third test in India. Peter Handscombe obviously took my previous musing to heart and produced his best innings of the tour and in the context of the series, perhaps the best innings of his fledgling career. I think this is probably the first time since the third test of the 2005 Ashes series when the Australian team has batted out a day to save a test. On that occasion Ricky Ponting batted nearly the whole day and we escaped with a draw with one wicket in hand. The Indians really took the game away from Australia on Sunday and to hang on as we did was a great effort and keeps a very interesting series alive going into this weekend for the fourth and final test of the series.
I was tickled on last weekend to see the horse Gingernuts salute in Sydney. Being a chestnut gelding this is quite a creative name by the owners and I am surprised it got through the authorities. It reminds me of the horse Seltun which is Nutles(s) backwards.
It is interesting that this weekend we have two sporting finals where the host team is playing away from home. The Victorian Bushrangers have made a habit of it recently and are hosting South Australia in Alice Springs in the Sheffield Shield final and in the AFLW we have Brisbane Lions hosting Adelaide Crows on the Gold Coast. As Victoria has won the last two Shield’s perhaps it is a winning formula, but clearly not ideal for local cricket fans. This scenario was apparent at the start of the season, however, the AFLW grand final is a bit more embarrassing for all concerned. The groundsmen in control of the Gabba apparently see their primary job to prepare the ground for the first test match of the year and AFL football takes a back seat. Leigh Matthews has said that this situation has existed since the Brisbane Lions started playing there and perhaps now with the Queensland state government getting involved, football might be treated a bit better.
Have a great weekend!