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The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hotties for Caulfield and Randwick races on 19 September 2020 and the Professor’s Parlay

The Professor and the Gelding have their sights set on different venues today. The Professor is staying locally at Caulfield whilst the Gelding prefers Randwick. Both tracks are currently rated a Good 4 with the rail at Caulfield out 3 metres for the entire circuit whilst the rail at Randwick is in the true position.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Professor’s tips

Caulfield

Race 6 Horse 2 – Aidensfield (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 4 – Behemoth (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Randwick

Race 6 Horse 6 – Verry Eleegant
Race 7 Horse 1 – Bivouac

Professor’s Parlay

Race 6 Horse 6 – Verry Eleegant into Richmond to beat Adelaide (AFL) into Melbourne Storm to beat Wests Tigers (NRL).

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 and the Gelding’s tips for Flemington races on 4 July 2020 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor lowered his colours to the Gelding last week but won the overall challenge 2-1. Today they pit their punting skills against each other at Flemington. Overnight rain may have an impact today as the track is already rated a Soft 7 with further rain predicted during the day. The Gelding’s gone for selections in the early races whilst the Professor has decided to wait until later in the day. The rail is in the true position.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Flemington

The Professor

Race 5 Horse 1 – Great Again (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 2 – Smoke Bomb (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

The Gelding

Race 1 Horse 6 – Sense of Honour
Race 3 Horse 1 – Cherry Tortoni

Weekend Parlay

Race 7 Horse 2 – Smoke Bomb into Richmond to beat Melbourne (AFL) into South Sydney Rabbitohs to beat Canterbury Bulldogs (NRL).

The Sportzfan crew including the Professor, the Gelding, the Judge, Coutta, Dan Butterly, Paul Dalligan and special guest Sarah Radlow will go ‘live’ on Facebook tomorrow from midday. Catch up with the panel’s views on the AFL, NRL, grass roots footy, racing and more!

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

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 hotties for Moonee Valley races on 3 August 2019 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor was in good form last week with a winner and second in the racing and his weekend parlay saluted. He’s looking to at least match that effort today. The Moonee Valley course is rated a Soft 5 with the rail in the true position.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Moonee Valley

Race 1 Horse 2 – Alburq (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 4 Horse 6 – Travimyfriend (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 4 Horse 6 – Travimyfriend into Richmond to beat Melbourne (AFL) into Sydney Roosters to beat the Gold Coast Titans (NRL).

You can hear the Professor discuss today’s race results with the Gelding, Coutta, the Judge and the Saint 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 – 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 – 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!

Gelding’s tips for Caulfield races on Sunday 1 October 2017

The Gelding’s attention was briefly diverted yesterday from horse racing when he watched his Tigers win the 2017 AFL premiership. However, being the avid punter that he is, his mind is back on the job today with races at his home track at Caulfield.

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

Caulfield

Race 1 Horse 15 – Special Diva
Race 3 Horse 1 – Hardham
Race 5 Horse 1 – Catchy (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 6 – Kementari
Race 7 Horse 1 – Hartnell (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting,

The Gelding

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 – Arsenal’s FA Cup, Wenger re-appointed, AFL, Dreamtime game controversy, Huddersfield Town promoted to Premier League

I was pleased to see that Arsene Wenger re-signed with Arsenal for another two years. While I understand there is a lot of discussion about him being moved on by Arsenal supporters, in the end he has still had a good year. The Gunners accumulated 75 points this year finishing fifth in the EPL. That would have got them into the top four on eight of the previous ten years and in two of those years they would have finished second. Arsenal also won the FA Cup last weekend with a great win over Premier League Champion’s, Chelsea. So the year, while frustrating, has not been a disaster. The key now is to ensure Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez remain at the Club on a long term basis. That is the biggest challenge facing Arsenal and Wenger at the moment.

The Dreamtime game between Essendon and Richmond produced a couple of controversial issues. Firstly the rushed behind resulting in an easy goal to Essendon and then Dustin Martin being named the best player on the ground. I thought the rushed behind decision was technically correct, but I certainly would not have been happy if my team was on the receiving end. A good question was raised during the week on the issue – would the Richmond player have rushed the ball through if the scores were level with little time left on the clock? I think the answer would be “no”, he would have tried to tap it to his team mate who was nearby at the time. As regards Martin being best on the ground, last year he clearly was the best on the ground, but this year I didn’t think there was a clear stand out player. In my opinion Brandon Ellis was Richmond’s best and Brendan Goddard was Essendon’s best. Martin got close to 30 touches, but his disposal efficiency was similar to the major Essendon ball winners. I was a bit surprised when Martin also got both coaches votes. I must be a poor judge!

Also great to see Aaron Mooy’s Huddersfield get into the EPL with him scoring in the penalty shoot out.

Have a great weekend!