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The Professor’s red hotties for Rosehill on 28 September 2019 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor was a bit hit and miss last week but is looking for a more even performance today. No Melbourne metropolitan races today due to the Grand Final so we’re off to Rosehill. The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail in the true position.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Rosehill

Race 7 Horse 2 – Bivouac (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 4 – Quick Thinker (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 4 Horse 3 – Gem Song (Rosehill) into Richmond to beat Western Sydney Giants (AFL) into Melbourne Storm to beat Sydney Roosters (NRL).

You can hear the Professor discuss today’s race results with the Gelding, Coutta and the Saint on Sportzfan Radio. Tune into 88.3 Southern FM, the Sounds of the Bayside, from midday tomorrow to hear the best in sports radio.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

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

With the good horses back in work, there are interesting races at both Caulfield and Randwick today. Rain in Sydney though means the main interest is at Caulfield.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Caulfield

Race 2 Horse 2 – The Lifeline (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 5 – Plague Stone (also for the ladies at the tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 5 Horse 4 – Pippie (Caulfield) into Collingwood to defeat Greater Western Sydney (AFL) into Melbourne Storm to beat Parramatta Eels (NRL).

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s red hotties for Flemington races on 14 September 2019 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor had limited success last week so, with the better horses returning to the track, he is keen to make amends today. The Flemington track is rated a Good 4 at present but with the sunny weather, it may firm a little during the day. The rail is in the true position.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Flemington

Race 5 Horse 5 – Dalasan (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 14 – Mystic Journey (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 7 Horse 14 – Mystic Journey into Brisbane Lions to beat Greater Western Sydney (AFL) into Melbourne Storm to beat Canberra Raiders (NRL).

Tune in to Sportzfan Radio on 88.3 Southern FM tomorrow from midday to hear the Professor discuss today’s race results with Coutta, the Judge and the Saint.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s red hotties for Caulfield races on 31 August 2019 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor had a successful outing last week with the Weekend Parlay getting up for the third time in five weeks. With a perfect day for racing at Caulfield today, he is looking to at least equal last week’s performance.

The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail in the true position.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Caulfield

Race 6 Horse 4 – Vega Magic (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 11 – Alizee (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 8 Horse 11 – Alizee into Manly Sea Eagles to beat Melbourne Storm into Sydney Roosters to beat Penrith Panthers (NRL).

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

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s red hot tips for Randwick races on 24 August 2019 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor was more miss than hit last week but looks to atone today at Randwick with some Group 1 races for decision. The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 4 metres for the entire track.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Randwick

Race 5 Horse 3 – Libertini (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 1 – Avilius (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 5 Horse 3 – Libertini into North Melbourne to beat Melbourne (AFL) into Melbourne Storm to beat Gold Coast Titans (NRL).

Good luck and good punting,

The Professor

The Professor’s red hotties for Flemington races on 20 July 2019 and the Weekend Parlay

In what could only be described as a very ordinary day on the punt last week, the Professor is looking to make amends at Flemington today. The track is rated a Soft 6 with the rail 6 metres out from the true position.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way.

Flemington

Race 6 Horse 9 – Killavally (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 1 – Sylvia’s Mother (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 6 Horse 9 – Killavally into West Coast Eagles to beat Melbourne (AFL) into Melbourne Storm to beat Gold Coast Titans (NRL).

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

Weekend musing – the Brownlow medal, Grand Finals in AFL & NRL……

I was pleasantly surprised to listen to Dustin Martin at his Brownlow presentation on Monday night. He came over a lot better than I had envisioned and he seemed like a reasonable bloke who loves his footy. Bruce McAvaney was a little sickening, but he did a good job getting Martin to talk so it worked.

With 36 votes Martin scored exactly the same amount as the entire All Australian back line of Rory Laird (9) votes, Alex Rance (8), Michael Hibberd (7), Sam Docherty (5), Michael Hurley (4) and Jeremy McGovern (3). While I am not suggesting that Martin did not deserve his votes, it is a little hard to accept that these six champion players could only amass 36 votes between them as most of them are big ball winners as well. The forward line did significantly better with a total of 75 votes, but the forward line included Dane Zorko (14) and Robbie Gray (12) who are essentially mid-fielders and Lance Franklin (22) who seems to capture the umpires eye. With five votes it did endorse my view that Eddie Betts was lucky to make the team.

It was also interesting to see that nine of the 18 clubs had two players that secured half or more of their teams votes and at Richmond, Martin almost did that himself with 36 votes out of a team total of 80. As much as it is great to have a Brownlow medalist from your team, from a team perspective it is better to have a spread of vote getters. The two top teams were Adelaide and Sydney who both had 88 votes, but the contrast was that Adelaide’s top four Sloane, M.Crouch, Jacobs & Atkins contributed 51 votes and Sydney’s top four of Kennedy, Franklin, Parker & Hannebery contributed 67 votes with Hannebery only contributing 6 votes. I think the upshot from this was Adelaide had more to handle in trying to control Martin it will than Richmond had trying to control Rory Sloane…and that is how it turned out yesterday. One thing that the Brownlow coverage brought home was how disappointing it is that Jobe Watson is no longer a Brownlow medalist. To see Cotchin & Mitchell lauded as medalists was disappointing whereas I had not thought about it much beforehand.

The Grand Final was a reasonable game and even though I thought Adelaide were the better side going into the game, the Grand Final was played on Richmond’s home ground which, in my view evened out the contest. Richmond were worthy premiers and it says something for a Club that decided to hold fast in the face of great criticism of their 2016 performance. If the Tigers had buckled at the end of last season and sacked Damian Hardwick, I doubt they would have climbed to the heights of premiership glory.

The Melbourne Storm are my fancies in the NRL decider today. They
have had a great season led by Dally M medallist Cameron Smith. North Queensland Cowboys have had a remarkable run to the Grand Final but I believe they will fall short especially as they are without their champion play maker Jonathan Thurston.

Have a great weekend!

Weekend Musing – droughts broken in AFL and NRL, Winx steps out…..

Sfan OB6Well what a great AFL Grand Final and a result that is good for football. With the Doggies breaking their 62 year premiership drought, it brings to 4 the number of significant droughts broken in the last 15 years. First you had Brisbane/Fitzroy breaking a 47 year drought in 2001, then Sydney/Sth Melbourne breaking a 72 year drought in 2005 and Geelong breaking a 44 year drought in 2007. This now leaves Melbourne (1964) & St Kilda (1966) as the two established clubs with the longest droughts and with both sides having encouraging years this year, who knows we may see another drought broken shortly.

I must say that Luke Beveridge handing over his medal to Bob Murphy was a wonderful gesture, but equally Murphy giving it back was the right thing to do. Without trying to kill Bambi, I am getting a bit tired of the love for Bob Murphy. Yes he is the captain and spiritual leader of the Doggies, but he is not the only player that has missed out on a premiership due to injury or suspension. I have always felt sorry for the recently deceased Neville Crowe who was captain of Richmond in 1967 when John Nicholls feigned being struck and Crowe missed the 1967 premiership as a result. That was also a drought breaking premiership win for the Tigers (24 years).

In the NRL we also saw the Cronulla Sharks win their first premiership since they entered the competition 50 years ago. I obviously wanted the Storm to win, but again it is hard to begrudge a club a drought breaking premiership.

The attention of the sporting public now turns to horse racing and the Spring Carnival. The Melbourne public see Winx for the first time since the Cox Plate last year. She is in a three horse field and sometimes these races can provide an upset because they can become a “sit and sprint”. If that is the case it may favour Black Heart Bart who is clearly the best sprinter of the three acceptors.

Have a great weekend!

Friday musing – Essendon supplement scandal, Jobe Watson, David Bowie….

Chris Barwin HillsWell it has been a hell of a week for an Essendon supporting David Bowie fan.

Firstly on the Essendon situation, I was not surprised they were found guilty as the news filtering through from the CAS hearing was that it did not go as well as the AFL/ASADA hearing, but I was surprised that the players got twelve months as this was not predicted even with a guilty verdict. Discussion on the topic has beencas hard to avoid, but I have purposely not read anything as what has been done cannot be undone. What has annoyed me is the people that have come out and said that the players should have taken the suspension which was offered to them by ASADA. Well that is all very well, but do you admit to something when you truly believe you are innocent? I wouldn’t and I think that the players felt the same way. The initial AFL/ASADA hearing also vindicated that view. ‘Comfortable Satisfaction’ was always going to be the problem as it is a very low test and so it played out.

There has been a lot of discussion about Jobe Watson’s Brownlow medal and while it pains me that such a low standard of proof should cost him the games highest individual honour, he has been found watsonguilty and the medal has to be relinquished. However, I do not agree that the medal should then be awarded to the runners up, Trent Cotchin and Sam Mitchell. The Brownlow medal is not like an Olympic race or event, it is awarded over twenty-two weeks played in different venues all over Australia. Also do you go back and award higher votes to players who finished behind Jobe when he polled 3 & 2 votes? I don’t think you can, so the fairest result would be to not award the medal for 2012 similar to how Melbourne Storm was treated when the NRL removed their premiership wins.

And what has David Bowie got to do with sport, well he played in Melbourne on four occasions and the venues were, the MCG, Kooyong, Waverley Park and Rod Laver Arena. The first show atbowie the MCG was one of my very best experiences at that venue and the final show at Rod Laver Arena was probably the best of the four concerts that I saw him play in Melbourne. In addition, he also wrote a song called Bombers which did not appear on any of his albums, but did appear as an additional track on a reissued CD. May he rest in peace.

Have a great weekend!

Friday musing – AFL, Brownlow Medal, Nat Fyffe, Dally M, Jonathan Thurston, Wayne Bennett

Chris Barwin HillsI think everyone was impressed with the interview/acceptance speech from Nathan Fyffe on Monday night when he won the Brownlow medal. In my opinion it was the most impressive, natural post Brownlow performance I have seen. Not only is the guy a naturalfyffe footballer but he is a natural in front of the camera so you can imagine the media outlets will be lining up for his services and advertisers lining up for him to endorse their products. He is my favourite footballer that doesn’t play for my team and it was great to see him win.

The Brownlow voting seems to have changed over the last ten years. If you think back to 1990, Tony Liberatore and Gavin Wanganeen tied with 18 votes. Going back even further to 1986 Dipper and Greg Williams tied on 17 votes. In the last ten years only Ben Cousins in 2005 scored less than 24 votes (he scored 20) with five players HANNEBERYscoring 30 or more. In 2000 Essendon scored the most team votes ever in the Brownlow (116 votes), but James Hird was the highest with only 16 votes so the votes were more evenly spread amongst the players. Today we get star players dominating the voting. The best example of that is Josh Kennedy and Dan Hannebery from the Swans scoring 49 of the Swans 94 votes. That is more than fifty percent of the Swans votes between two players. It seems to me there is a bit of a “cult of personality” which has impacted upon the umpires and their voting.

I am hoping that the West Coast Eagles salute on Saturday, however, it is hard to see Hawthorn getting beaten.

The Dally M for the NRL was decided on the same night as the Brownlow and Jonathon Thurston won the award for a record fourth time. I am not a big rugby league aficionado, but that is a remarkable performance and now that the Storm has been knocked out of the johnathan-thurstonfinals it would be good to see his Cowboys salute in the grand final. Up against him is the Wayne Bennett coached Brisbane Broncos, who I understand has a perfect seven from seven record in Grand Finals. That is a remarkable statistic in its own right.

Have a great long weekend!