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Friday musing – Melbourne Cup, Cricket, West Sydney Wanderers…

Chris Barwin HillsWell the big three races of the Melbourne spring have been run and won by international horses. The Japanese took out the Caulfield Cup, the Irish the Cox Plate and now the Germans have the Melbourne Cup. If Adelaide had been owned by Italian interests you may have questioned who won the war! There has been a lot of discussion about the influx of international horses and whether there should be a quota placed on them, particularly for the Melbourne Cup. Bunkum I say. If the locals want to win these races they should adjust their breeding and training regimes and start to focus on middle distance and staying races and not just breeding and training for sprinter/milers. For too long getting a horse to produce early in it’s career has been the focus instead of looking to the future. I think we should keep bringing in the international horses as not only are they better than the locals, they add plenty to the discussions at this time of the year. With Slade Power running in the Darley Classic tomorrow, the pain for the locals may not be over and we may be beaten at our own game.

I remarked last week about the pitches that had been produced in the recent test series against Pakistan and that may have been disrespectful to the Pakistanis’ as each of their second innings were better than our first in each test. The Australian’s were completed outplayed and any pretensions they had for being number one in the world has taken a severe blow. To be number one you have to be able to win in all conditions, not just those that suit your best players. Some of the selections have to be questioned as well. Bringing Glenn Maxwell in and playing him as a number three seemed as strange as the puzzling decisions in dropping Alex Doolan and Steve O’Keefe after one test. I can understand the theory of playing to your strength, but clearly the pitch blunted even the best fast bowlers, let alone the likes of Mitchell Starc. The batsmen need to learn how to play spin and the spinners need to learn how to bowl in those conditions.

What an amazing performance by the West Sydney Wanderers in the Asian Champions League final. For a club that has only been in existence for just over two years, they have played in two grand finals and won the premier club competition in Asia. Admittedly the A-League has only been going for a short time, but for a start up club to have achieved that much in such a short space of time is unprecedented. I think it even out-strips the Melbourne Storm’s win in the 1999 NRL grand final. It must say something about Tony Popovic’s coaching and he must be high on the radar for the national team or something substantial overseas.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hotties for 9 November 2013

MarkThe Gelding’s attention returns to Flemington today with the running of the Emirates Stakes. After a big win on Fiorente in the Cup, the Gelding is in career form and is looking to fill the coffers with several ‘good things’ today.

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


Race 2 Horse 3 – Sysmo

Race 4 Horse 1 – Barbed

Race 6 Horse 1 – Lucky Nine (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 7 Horse 2 – Boban (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 8 Horse 4 – Sertorius

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Friday musing – Watson, Ponting, Warne & more

Chris Barwin HillsI think I have commented on Shane Watson’s fragile physique before, but watching him come into bowl and do his hamstring re-emphasised this point. I mean the man was hardly charging in like Dennis Lillee on the long run, he ambles in like a park cricketer! Don’t get me wrong I am a bit of a Shane Watson fan because I think he is a genuine all rounder and they do not pop up very often. At his best in both batting or bowling he probably gets a game in the Australian team, but he is so rarely at his best that he does get very frustrating for the fan. Couple this with our captain’s bad back and the continued breakdown of our fast bowlers and it is no wonder we are struggling internationally.

Keeping to the cricket theme I was disappointed with Warnie’s rant the other day about Ricky Ponting. I think you read between the lines and you sense some sour grapes about missing out on the Australian captaincy. He is clearly supporting his friend Michael Clarke, but Clarke is the current captain of the team and can look after himself. Having said that, I never thought Ponting was a great captain, although his record would suggest otherwise, at least he kept the team together. Michael Clarke is a better on-field captain, but seems to lack the other qualities which make great captains like Mark Taylor and Ian Chappell who were both good on and off the field.

Now getting on to the Melbourne Cup and this is a comment through my hip pocket. Leading up to last weekend I had been on Fiorente, but after Dear Demi’s run in the Mackinnon I jumped horse and had a bit each way on her. I still had Fiorente in quinella’s and trifectas. I was never happy with Dear Demi in the run and she never seemed to settle and was gone a long way from home. I was then astounded to read Chris Munce’s comment the next day that he was happy in the run, but she didn’t stay!! My guess is that he stirred her up early to get a good position before the first turn, which she did have, but this was contrary to how she had been running and it ruined any chance she had. A great performance by Fiorente and fully deserved win for Gai Waterhouse.

Not satisfied with stuffing up on Melbourne Cup day I did a similar thing on Oaks Day. I was on Solicit in the Wakeful and changed to Gypsy Diamond for the Oaks. Solicit just gets pipped and runs a good third, while Gypsy Diamond struggled into fourth. The trick is to get onto the horse I was on, but got off and you will have a win!

Good to see the Gunners get up twice since the last Musing. A good win over Liverpool and a very good away win over Borussia Dortmund which extends their away record to eight months without a loss. The big test will be this week against Manchester United.

Sticking to the world game, I saw the A-League game last Friday night between Adelaide and West Sydney and it was a very good standard and it will not be too long before Tomi Juric plays for the Socceroos.

Have a great weekend and go Gunners!!

Gelding’s red hot tips for Flemington on 2 November 2013

Feb 6 2011 005This Saturday the Gelding’s attention is on Flemington with the Spring Carnival continuing at racing’s headquarters with all the fine horses out on show vying for a piece of history.

While winners are always hard to pick at this time of year, there is definitely no shortage of horses to fancy.

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


Race 1 Horse 2 – Hucklebuck
Race 2 Horse 3 – May’s Dream
Race 4 Horse 1 – Zoustar (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 5 Horse 6 – Jet Away
Race 6 Horse 1 – Criterion (one for Guy)
Race 7 Horse 1 – Red Tracer (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

For the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday the Gelding’s early tip is (Mark) Fiorente & Hawkspur (and add the winner of the Lexus on Saturday as a each way bet).

Early Oaks tip is May’s Dream (conditional that it must win the Wakeful Stakes this Saturday & pull up well).

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Friday musing – International Rules, Captain’s Pick, Derby Day…

Chris Barwin HillsMy first thought this week was with the International Rules series recently completed in Ireland. Initially I thought it was a good idea to have an indigenous team representing Australia because when Kevin Sheedy loaded up the team with indigenous players previously they had performed very well. A lot of the indigenous players are very quick and very skilful and matched the Irish in this regard. Where they are not so good is their defensive game and while I didn’t see either game, by the scores, we clearly were not good defensively. It was also telling that the second game was a worse result than the first, whereas it is usually the other way around as once the players are more used to the round ball, the result improves. I think this latest series spells the end for the concept.

Talking of concepts the AFLs proposed “captains pick” game was knocked on the head very quickly and probably understandably so. However, I have raised the issue of representative football before and I do think the game needs it. I think most people would like to see the best against the best as we see in the Rugby League State of Origin series or the various sporting World Cups. The AFL doesn’t have anything since the game went truly national. Concepts need to be explored and maybe it is East (Victoria, Tassie, NSW & Qld) versus West(WA, SA & NT) and then it becomes a scheduling issue. I do not have the answers, but the AFL definitely needs something as the players were the driving force this time behind a representative game.

Derby Day this weekend which is probably the best days racing in Australia. There has often been calls to reduce the distance of the Derby, but the Derby is an older race than the Melbourne Cup and while it doesn’t always get the best fields I would not mess with history. My tip this week is Savvy Nature.

Gelding’s tips for 10 November 2012

 The Gelding’s attention remains at Flemington today with the running of the Emirates Stakes as the feature race.  He will be trying to build a bank for use in summer.

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


Race 2 Horse 3 – Galah

Race 5 Horse 10 – Sea Siren (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 6 Horse 8 – Secret Admirer

Race 7 Horse 1 – Silent Achiever (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 8 Horse 11 – Puissance De Lune

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

Sportzfan Radio show #264.1

@SportzfanRadio now available on iTunes!16 September 2012 264.1 – The Professor welcomes back the Gelding after his holiday on the Sportzfan Radio budget in Hawaii. They talk about the new sponsor DoneDirtCheapdvd.com.au. They also talk about the Southern Football League finals series, the Lingerie Football League, the return of the female roller derby, the finals series in the AFL and NRL. There are some results in from the Hamilton Wildcats in Canada. The Gelding talks racing and the race meeting at Moonee Valley. The Gelding’s favourite sporting moment was watching Makybe Diva win his third Melbourne Cup. The Professor likes the Green Bay Packers winning the Super Bowl and seeing Melbourne FC win the 1964 Grand Final.

Gelding’s tips for Cup Day 1 November 2011

The Gelding’s attention is on Flemington for the Melbourne Cup meeting. It’s the race that stops Australia. There is some real value in today’s tips. If three winners can get up from these selections it will be a reasonable day at the track!

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


Race 4 Horse 14 – Neriani
Race 5 Horse 2 – Karuta Queen (for the ladies from the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 1 – Americain (also for the ladies from the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 10 – Eclair Mystic
Race 10 Horse 2 – Under the Eiffel

In the Cup for quinella/trifecta followers try numbers 2,3 & 17.

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

Sportzfan Radio #177.2

@SportzfanRadio now available on iTunes!31 October 2010 177.2 – The Panel give their Melbourne Cup selections. The ‘F’ word starts talking racing instead of soccer. He was in a marquee in the car park at Flemington yesterday and didn’t see one live race. He says it is all about the fillies! On a soccer note he talks A League soccer and thinks Melbourne Victory’s season is getting back on track after a slow start. He says the Melbourne Heart have a travel nightmare with a trip to Port Macquarie and then Perth within a week. Paul Dalligan talks Four Nations Rugby League and is expecting a much closer game against England than expected with Australia at AAMI stadium. Gambler talks cricket and wonders whether it is over exposed. The Panel talks to social media guru, Sean Callanan about what cricket can do, social media wise to improve things. The Gelding believes the 50 over form of the game is in trouble and maybe there should only be 20/20 matches. Sean thinks the fifty over version is too drawn out today and the state competition seems to be onto something with the two innings version of the fifty over game. Daniel talks about a Sydney Kings player tweeting that women shouldn’t be NBL referees. Sean thinks it is a cheap shot. Not surprisingly it has now been deleted. Daniel wants to know if he can pick four horses for the Cup like the Gelding. He likes half Shoot Out and half Harris Tweed and thinks it would be good if it was a tie so they can come back next week for a re-run.

Gelding’s tips for Melbourne Cup day at Flemington

There is only one place for the Gelding’s attention tomorrow and that is VRC headquarters which sees the 150th running of the Melbourne Cup.

Hopefully the rain will stay away and the punters can enjoy some wonderful racing with the quality horses that will be running.

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


Race 2 Horse 3 – Aloha
Race 7 Horse 3 – So You Think (for the ladies from the Tennis club) – from Horse 1 Shocking & Horse 11 Descarado
Race 8 Horse 10 – Hidden Wonder
Race 9 Horse 6 – True Persuasion
Race 10 Horse 1 – Balavan (also for the ladies from the Tennis club)

To those who follow the horse I have an interest in, Queen Asa, it did not run at Kilmore on Sunday as the meeting was cancelled due to the wet track.

As always good luck and good punting!

The Gelding