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The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hot tips for Flemington on 12 September 2020 and the Professor’s Parlay

The Professor and the Gelding were on fire last week with four winners from four selections and the parlay also saluting. They are looking to equal that today.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Flemington

Professor’s tips

Race 6 Horse 14 – Windstorm (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 6 – Parlophone (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 2 Horse 1 – Immortal Love
Race 7 Horse 4 – Fierce Impact

Professor’s parlay

Race 6 Horse 14 – Windstorm into Port Adelaide to beat Essendon (AFL) into Melbourne Storm to beat North Queensland Cowboys (NRL).

You can hear the Professor and the Sportzfan Radio panel discuss all the current sporting issues live on their Facebook page tomorrow from midday (AEST).

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

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 29 August 2020 and the Weekend Parlay

Even though the Moonee Valley meeting was called off part way through last Saturday, the Professor and the Gelding managed to pick a winner and get the parlay bet up. They’re looking to do even better today.

The sun is out and the Caulfield track is rated a Good 4 with the rail in the true position.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Caulfield

Professor’s tips

Race 2 Horse 1 – Windstorm (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 6 – Garner (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 9 Horse 13 – Savatiano
Race 10 Horse 1 – Rubisaki

Weekend Parlay

Race 2 Horse 1 – Windstorm into Port Adelaide to beat Sydney Swans (AFL) into Canberra Raiders to beat Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs (NRL).

You can hear the Professor, the Gelding and the rest of the panel talking sport from midday tomorrow, live on the Sportzfan Radio Facebook page. Check them out.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hot tips for Moonee Valley races on 22 August 2020 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor and the Gelding had mixed results from their tips last week. Two placings for the Professor and a winner for the Gelding so some return but they are looking to improve on that today. The track is currently rated a Soft 7 with showers expected during the day with the track rating expected to be downgraded. The rail is out 5 metres for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Moonee Valley

Professor’s tips

Race 3 Horse 11 – Jenni’s Rainbow (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 7 – Windstorm (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 2 Horse 4 – Tailleur
Race 8 Horse 10 – Brooklyn Hustle

Weekend Parlay

Race 2 Horse 4 – Tailleur into Port Adelaide to beat Hawthorn (AFL) into Newcastle Knights to beat North Queensland Cowboys (NRL).

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s red hotties for Sandown races on 15 June 2019 and the weekend parlay

Racing returns to Sandown and so does the Professor. After some ordinary outings in recent weeks, he is looking to bounce back with today’s tips. The Lakeside track is rated a soft 6 with the rail out 5 metres for the entire course.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way.

Sandown

Race 3 Horse 5 – William Thomas (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 12 – Street Sheik (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 3 Horse 5 – William Thomas into Sydney Roosters to beat Canterbury Bulldogs (NRL) into Fremantle to beat Port Adelaide (AFL).

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

Weekend musing – Cricket, South African tour, Football, Robbie Gray, Racing, Winx….

The much anticipated test series in South Africa started overnight and all the Australian batsman bar Cameron Bancroft got a start and did not go on to get a century. I have always said that 350 runs in the first innings of a test match is par and at the time of writing the Aussies need another 125 runs with 5 wickets in hand. Our bowlers can bat a bit so hopefully one of Mitch Marsh or Tim Paine go on to make a ton and this would place Australia in a good position to win the test match. Cameron Bancroft must be one of the luckiest players in world cricket at the moment, he has had nine innings at the top of the order and if you take out his 82 not out in the second innings of the first Ashes test he is averaging less than 13 runs. Peter Hanscombe had three failures at the start of the Ashes with one of those innings being a 32 in difficult conditions in Adelaide and he lost his place in the team with an average of 47. He must wonder why someone who hasn’t proved themselves gets more chances than he got. I certainly do!

Earlier this week Robbie Gray from Port Adelaide chose to challenge a suspension for a head high hit on Jeremy McGovern. The AFL has changed the process this year and Michael Christian is the sole arbiter on penalties so in my opinion the tribunal was never going to overturn the first challenge to one of his decisions. To my mind this was a complete waste of $10,000 by Port Adelaide.

Winx, the biggest name in Australian horse racing, makes her return to the track this weekend and again it is hard to see her getting beaten. The only real chance could be the VRC Derby winner Prized Icon who may have an edge in fitness.

Have a great weekend!!

Weekend musing – Cox Plate, Damian Oliver, Nathan Broad, Dad’s Army…..

I watched the Cox Plate last weekend and saw the overhead footage of Damien Oliver’s ride on Happy Clapper and was not surprised he was handed a twenty meeting suspension from the stewards. He effectively cost Royal Symphony any chance in the race and in turn put that horse out of yesterday’s Victoria Derby where he would have been close to favourite. The trainer of Royal Symphony, Tony McEvoy was rightly upset after the race and you wonder if he and/or his owners could take civil action against Oliver in the circumstances. One wonders what Oliver was thinking. It is one thing to have a win at all costs attitude but not when the safety of other horses and riders is concerned.

Nathan Broad was revealed as the post Grand Final photographer during the week and he received a three game suspension from the Richmond Football Club. There has been some debate about the penalty and whether it was appropriate. I must say that given the profile of the case, Broad’s behaviour and the potential for police charges it seemed light. I heard a female caller to a radio station after the penalty was announced suggesting he should have also been asked to do some volunteer work in something like a women’s refuge or undergo some sort of training course as well. I thought it was a great idea on top of the three game suspension.

At a time when list managers are intent on injecting youth into AFL sides, Port Adelaide is heading in the opposite direction in their recruiting of Demon pair Jack Watts and Jack Trengove, Steven Motlop, Tom Rockliff and Trent McKenzie. Watts (26), Trengove (26), Rockliff (27), Motlop (26) and McKenzie (25) are in the veteran class and if rumors are correct and they are to be joined by recently de-listed Kangaroo, Lindsay Thomas (29), the Power have clearly thrown any youth policy out the window and adopted a ‘win now’ attitude. That’s all good and well providing it comes off. If not, it places a great percentage of the list in the Dad’s Army category!

Have a great weekend!

Weekend musing – Drew Morphett, Nathan Buckley, All Australian team, Chris Scott, Ange Postecoglou

One of things I want to discuss is the tragic passing of Drew Morphett. Drew was one of those classic ABC commentators who was comfortable commentating on anything from football to athletics to tiddlywinks. He was always interested in presenting the picture to the audience and not pumping up his own tyres. In a pretty cut-throat industry I think he was universally liked by his peers. He will be missed.

I was also pleased that Nathan Buckley was reappointed as Collingwood coach for another two years as this will consign Collingwood to another two years out of the finals. It has to be good for the competition.

It was interesting to see that three of the banned Essendon players made the All Australian team with Hurley the only player to have made the team previously. Unfortunately for Essendon, Paddy Ryder (Port Adelaide) and Michael Hibberd (Melbourne) no longer play for the club. What it does show is that a year out of the game is not fatal for a player in his 20’s, but perhaps once you get to thirty it is not a positive experience.

Chris Scott took Geelong into another finals series last night and his fellow coaches recently voted him as the hardest coach to coach against. He certainly has had a lot of success since taking over from Bomber Thompson, however, his finals record needs some scrutiny. Since the 2011 finals series where Geelong won three games, including the premiership, but with the loss to Richmond, he has now contested a further nine finals for only two wins and one of those wins was over Hawthorn last year when Isaac Smith had a shot after the siren that could have taken the game away from Geelong. I think a few questions need to be posed as to Scott’s finals coaching record.

Speaking of coaches I cannot believe that Ange Postecoglou has come under so much pressure recently. He got the Socceroos an Asian Cup and in the current qualifiers the Socceroos have only lost one game. They do have an issue with scoring, but I put that down to personnel, not system. His system creates scoring chances, but we don’t seem to have the quality of strikers to put the goals away and this was no more evident that the recent game against Thailand. I think Tommy Juric is a good developing striker in the Mark Viduka mould, but we need a Harry Kewell or Tim Cahill at his best to compliment Juric. This is not Postecoglou’s fault, he has tried to develop players, but Australia just does not have genuine strikers playing at the highest level. Let the World Cup campaign pan out and reassess at the end.

Have a great weekend!

Weekend musing – NAB Rising Star, Christian Petracca, AFL’s ‘rule of the week’, van Gaal out at United……

Chris Barwin HillsThis week sees Melbourne’s Christian Petracca get the Club’s third Rising Star nomination in the first nine rounds which is a great achievement. However, they still have a long way to go to emulate the Greater Western Sydney Giants who had eight nominations during the 2012 season. Putting aside the Giants who were given a leg up by the AFL in this regard with Draft concessions, the next best was five by Essendon in 1993 (a premiership year) and Fremantle in 1996. Then there are eight teams who have had four nominations. petraccaOf those, only Port Adelaide in 1997 and West Coast in 2004 converted their advantage into a premiership and in Port Adelaide’s case it took a further years! Fitzroy had four nominations in 1994 and were out of the competition two years later and Brisbane had four in 2005, the year after their last Grand Final appearance. So having good young talent is not the guaranteed formula for success, but it certainly doesn’t hurt and the Dees had two nominations and the winner last year so they are assembling a good batch of youngsters. It will be interesting to see if they can get any more nominees. I have heard there are some wraps on Sam Weideman so there is a chance they can get to four or maybe more. That being said, the GWS record looks safe for now.

There has been a lot of discussion in AFL circles this week about “rule of the week”. Last week the discussion centred around the deliberate behind with two examples being Lee Spurr from Fremantle and Pierce Hanley from Brisbane. Quite frankly I think both of those should have been penalised even without a “rule of the behindweek” crackdown. Both players had alternatives to rushing a behind and chose to go with the behind and copped the penalty. Neither infringement cost their side the game. If I was to nominate a rule which I think should be tightened up it is incorrect disposal. Once you take possession there are only two ways of disposing of the ball, that is by way of a kick or a handball. Watching the game between Hawthorn and Sydney last week, I noticed that Hawthorn have added a third means of disposing of the ball. Just about every time a Hawthorn player was tackled the ball spilled from the tackle and there was no penalty and no reward for the tackle. Come on AFL tidy this one up please.

As predicted in this column several weeks ago, winning the FA Cup wasn’t enough to save ¬†Manchester United’s coach Louis van Gaal.louis Just a few days after the FA Cup triumph, van Gaal was dumped in favour of Jose Mourinho. There is no doubt the Club has struggled since the departure of Sir Alex Ferguson. He managed United from 1986 until 2013 bringing plenty of trophies and stability.¬†Since then Mourinho is the third manager in three years. The Club seems to have lost its way and I don’t know that Mourinho is the one to get it back on track. We will see.

Have a great weekend!

Friday musing – Australian Swimming Championships, Malcolm Turnbull and Port Adelaide FC’s China push

Chris Barwin HillsI have been watching a bit of the Australian Swimming Championships this week and have been amazed at the performance of Cameron McEvoy. Not only is he the first swimmer to win the men’s 50 metres, 100 metres and 200 metres freestyle, he is also mcevoyconsiderably smaller than the other swimmers. Most swimmers these days seem to be built like Centre Half Forwards whereas McEvoy is built like a Forward Flanker/Rover. He must have a very good technique to beat his more imposing rivals. I was also impressed that James Magnussen was happy to face the cameras after his defeat in the 100 metres final, he was clearly disappointed, but still put himself out there.

I was also bemused to hear during the week that Port Adelaide FC had secured a substantial sponsorship from China and they intended port adelaideto play an “away” game in China. That is quite magnanimous of them offering someone’s home game for their sponsorship! It reminded me of Carlton offering to play all their away games in Sydney some time back when it looked like the Swans were struggling and may fold. I cannot see any team wanting to take up Port’s generous offer, but the AFL may pressure the Gold Coast or Greater Western Sydney to take up the game as the AFL is still propping them up.

One thing I did laugh at was our Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull telling the world that Aussie Rules was the best game going turnbullaround….this from a private school educated person who has no doubt played a fair bit of ‘rugger’ in his time. I thought at one stage Turnbull was going to gag on his words.

Have a great weekend!