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The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hotties for Moonee Valley races on 5 September 2020 and the Professor’s Parlay

It was a day of what might have been last week. Seconds but no winners for the Professor and the Gelding. They both want to improve on that today at Moonee Valley where the track is rated a Good 4 and the rail is out 5 metres.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Moonee Valley

Professor’s tips

Race 5 Horse 6 – Showmanship (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 4 – Creedence (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 2 Horse 14 – Shandy
Race 4 Horse 6 – Junipal

Professor’s Parlay

Race 5 Horse 6 – Showmanship into Port Adelaide to beat North Melbourne (AFL) into Parramatta Eels to beat New Zealand Warriors (NRL).

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hotties for Caulfield races on 15 August 2020 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor and the Gelding were in rare form last week with three winners and a second from four selections and the Professor also got his weekend parlay across the line. The Caulfield track is rated a Soft 6 with the rail out 9 metres for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Caulfield

Professor’s tips

Race 3 Horse 4 – She’s a Thief (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 4 Horse 4 – Exasperate (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 7 Horse 2 – Viridine
Race 8 Horse 8 – Mystic Journey

Weekend Parlay

Race 8 Horse 8 – Mystic Journey into Brisbane Lions to beat North Melbourne (AFL) into Wests Tigers to beat Canterbury Bulldogs (NRL).

You can watch the Professor and the rest of the Sportzfan Radio panel when they go live on the Sportzfan Radio Facebook page at 12.00pm tomorrow. Special guest – Sean Callanan will explain the ways grassroots sporting clubs can use social media to remain solvent and maintain the bond between Clubs, players, sponsors and supporters.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hot tips for Flemington races on 18 July 2020 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor and the Gelding each had a fifty percent win rate last week. They are looking to do better today at Flemington. The track is rated a Soft 5 with the rail out 4 metres for the entire circuit.

We’ve also included a red hot tip from the Sydney Colt who has his eye on a horse at Randwick today. The track is rated a Heavy 8 with the rail in the true position.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Flemington

The Professor’s tips

Race 5 Horse 3 – Sweet Thomas (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 1 – Right You Are (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

The Gelding’s tips

Race 2 Horse 4 – Proper Rogue
Race 8 Horse 8 – Bartholomeu Dias

Randwick – Kensington track

Race 5 Horse 2 – Herengawe (place only)

Weekend Parlay

Race 5 Horse 3 – Sweet Thomas into Richmond to beat North Melbourne (AFL) into St George to beat Canterbury Bankstown (NRL)

The Professor and the Sportzfan Radio panel will be live on Facebook tomorrow from midday. Check in to see the Judge, Coutta, the Gelding, Paul Dalligan, Dan Butterly and Sarah Radlow.

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 hot tips for Caulfield races on 27 July 2019 and the weekend parlay

The Professor was one for two last week with his tips for the ladies at the Tennis club and 2 for 3 with his selections for the weekend parlay. He’s looking to go one better in each today. The Caulfield track is rated a Soft 6 with the rail out 6 metres from the true position.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way.

Caulfield

Race 4 Horse 1 – Sopressa – for the ladies at the Tennis club
Race 7 Horse 1 – Tell Me – also for the ladies at the Tennis club

Weekend Parlay

Race 4 Horse 1 – Sopressa into Sydney Roosters to beat Canterbury Bulldogs (NRL) into West Coast Eagles to beat North Melbourne (AFL).

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

Professor’s red hotties for Flemington races on 6 July 2019 and the weekend parlay

The Professor had some modest success last week for the ladies at the Tennis club with Highland Beat and is looking to improve on that today. The Flemington track is rated a Soft 5 at present but should firm up during the day, with the rail in the true position.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way.

Flemington

Race 3 Horse 1 – Buffalo River (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 4 Horse 1 – Chouxting the Mob (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

The Professor is taking a four leg parlay this weekend.

Race 9 Horse 1 – Sure Knee into Cronulla Sharks to beat Brisbane Broncos (NRL) into North Melbourne to beat St Kilda (AFL) into New South Wales to beat Queensland (State of Origin).

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

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

Weekend musing covers the AFL’s final round and the Dustin Martin saga

This weeks final round of football is an absolute cracker with every game having some influence on the final standings. In the Herald Sun they have equated this round to the final round of 1987 where several games impacted the make up of the finals. As an Essendon supporter I am happy that my team has control of its own destiny. The Bombers should account for Fremantle at home, but having seen my side cough up a 27 point lead against Brisbane at home you never can be sure. It also may be Jobe Watson’s last game in the red and black. He certianly got the most out of himself and it still riles me that he returned his Brownlow medal.

The Dustin Martin saga seems to be dragging on and it seems more likely that he will leave the Tigers. I know he is an important player and this year’s likely Brownlow medalist, however, if the reported offer from North Melbourne is $1.5m a year for 7 years the Tigers should not attempt to match it as it would jeopardise future contracts and their payment structure. I do not think he is worth anything like that sort of money as he doesn’t provide any sort of marketing clout save for his position as a star player. I also do not think that most Richmond supporters would want their club to go too far to keep him. Martin needs the money and I have no doubt he will go to the highest bidder. He is not a media performer and he is not coaching material, so he has to make hay while he is playing. If North Melbourne do get him there is no guarantee that he will be the panacea for their woes in any case. Paying a player that amount of money will no doubt cause a ripple affect amongst the other players as Tom Boyd’s contract apparently did at the Bulldogs. This guy is no Paddy Dangerfield.

Have a great weekend!

Weekend musing – Jumper punches, World Cup qualifiers…..

Whilst there was not all that much to tweak my interest this week, I did think Tom Hawkins was dead set stiff for copping a suspension when his hit was quite minor compared to the Cotchin, Cunnington & Jones hits of the previous few weeks. Having said that, you would think with all the publicity attached to those recent hits, he wasn’t using his brains to grab a jumper and then punch someone. The AFL were going to make a stand at some stage and Hawkins was the first one to be subject to the Match Review Panel’s crack down.

I was pleased to see that Josh Schache re-signed with Brisbane. Brisbane have coughed up a lot of players over the last couple of years and it is good to see one of their top draft picks choosing to stay. It’s about time things started to run their way.

It was also good to see the Socceroos succeed against Saudi Arabia on Friday night. Despite an indifferent performance they got the win and evened up the points with the Saudis and now only trail by goal difference. The pressure is on this team to make the World Cup finals and, if they make it, it will be a testament to the coaching of Ange Postecoglou. From what I see this current Australian team is a bit short on talent compared to more recent World Cup campaigns and while they have not yet confirmed qualification for the World Cup, they are still the only team in the group to be undefeated. Clearly, the match against the Blue Samurai in Japan in August will be crucial to qualification for both teams. Japan has the harder draw as they then play Saudi Arabia away in their last game while the Socceroos play bottom of the table Thailand in Australia.

Have a great weekend!

Weekend musing – Winx, the Derby day selection, the Bye revisited, Good Friday AFL game…..

Sfan OB6The WS Cox Plate run of Winx last Saturday was amazing. She was the only one that seemed to handle the track and put a space in the field very quickly. If she manages to stay fit and sound it is hard to unknown-2see anything beating her next year unless something from the latest crop of three year olds prove to be exceptional. I thought the run of Hartnell was good from a Melbourne Cup point of view. He looked to be gone on the turn put plugged on an held second comfortably in the end.

The connections of Winx have confirmed that she will not run in the re-vamped Mackinnon Stakes on the last day of the VRC Spring Carnival. While this is disappointing on one level as the best horse in the land will not contest the race, it does mean that we won’t have a repeat of the Caulfield Stakes where she only competed against two other horses. The problem is the dearth of decent middle distance weight for age horses in Australia at the moment and what was designed to be a showcase event on the last day has the potential to be a bit of a farce.

There has been some discussion this week about the bye before the haw v northAFL finals. As I mentioned in a previous post, I like it. It allows the AFL flexibility with scheduling in the last round and to an extent with the first week of the finals. Perhaps it does detract from finishing in the top four and winning the first week, but if we witness something like the Bulldogs this year then count me in.

Sticking with the AFL, the first Good Friday game will be held next season with the game kicking off at 4.20pm. I would have to question the timing of the game given that Good Friday church tarrantservices are at 3.00pm. If the churchgoing Christian supporters from North Melbourne and the Western Bulldogs want to attend the game they will need to find a church proximate to Etihad stadium. Probably not a big deal, but a night game like the other sporting codes who play on Good Friday should have been considered.

By the way, my tip for the Derby is Morvada each way.

Have a great weekend!

Weekend musing – AFL, All Australian team, 2017 improvers…….

Sfan OB6It must be a first for any form of football in Australia with AFL finals to take place in four different states next week. This shows it is truly tarranta national competition and the four finals spread over three days should be a great spectacle. While the bye may be frustrating for some it did allow flexibility with the scheduling of the last round and the finals so from a broadcasters point of view it is likely to be a success even if the coaches don’t like it.

The All-Australian team was announced last night and I thought there were a few surprises with Robbie Tarrant missing out andenright Corey Enright making the team, but the biggest surprise was eight teams missing out on a representative in the team. This must be a record and it is hard to believe that North Melbourne and St Kilda both winning twelve games did not have a player worthy of being a representative.

Next year it is anticipated that St Kilda, Melbourne, Collingwood and Essendon are the likely teams to improve, but at this stage only North Melbourne looks like sliding, so perhaps we are in for a very even season, just as it has been for the top seven teams this year. It makes for an exciting competition.

Now that the Bombers season is over I can say that having approached their season with very low expectations, I was pleasantly surprised. While the results were heavily skewed in tipungwutifavour of the losses, most games seemed to reveal some positives for the team. For an example you don’t need to look further than Anthony McDonald-Tipungwuti. Other players have progressed, like Zach Merrett who I think was unlucky to miss out on the All Australian squad. I doubt the Bombers are under any illusions about next year. It will take time to integrate the banned players back in to the team and a season of 10-11 wins would be a huge step forward.

Have a great weekend!