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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

The Professor’s red hot tips for Eagle Farm on 8 June 2019 and his weekend parlay

The Professor got two out of three for his weekend parlay last week but although two out of three ain’t bad….it doesn’t pay. Eagle Farm races look the go today. The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 2 metres for the entire course.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way.

Eagle Farm

Race 8 Horse 1 – The Bostonian (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 3 – Sixties Groove (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 8 Horse 1 – The Bostonian (Eagle Farm) into Sydney Roosters to beat Penrith Panthers (NRL) into Collingwood to beat Melbourne (AFL).

You can hear the Professor discuss his tips and parlay with the Sportzfan Radio panel tomorrow from midday on 88.3 Southern FM, the Sounds of the Bayside.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s red hotties for Caulfield and Doomben Races on 1 June 2019 and the Weekend Parlay

After a week off, the Professor has his eye on both Caulfield and Doomben today. At Caulfield the track is rated a soft 6 with more rain to come. The rail is 14 metres out for the entire track whilst the Doomben track is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 4.5 metres for the entire track.

Remember to back the tips each way.

Caulfield

Race 8 Horse 4 – Miss Vixen (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Doomben

Race 9 Horse 6 – Sixties Groove (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 8 Horse 4 – Miss Vixen (at Caulfield) into Geelong to defeat Sydney (AFL) into Canberra Raiders to defeat Canterbury Bulldogs (NRL)

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

Professor’s red hotties for Doomben races on 11 May 2019 and his weekend parlay

The Professor has decided to study the Queensland form today and stay away from the rain affected track at Caulfield. Last weekend’s successful parlay had to wait until extra time for Adelaide United’s last minute winner!

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Doomben

Race 4 Horse 12 – Multaja (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 1 – Osborne Bulls (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 7 Horse 2 – Mr Quickie (at Morphetville) into South Sydney Rabbitohs to beat North Queensland Cowboys (NRL) into Manchester City to beat Brighton and Hove Albion (Premier League).

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

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

PROFESSOR’S RED HOT Tips FOR Flemington RACES ON 4 May 2019 AND HIS WEEKEND PARLAY

After a nice start to last weekend’s tipping, the Professor’s parlay was brought undone by the Newcastle Knights. Hopefully this weekend he can get the three selections up. As for the races, the Flemington track is rated a Good 4 at this stage but wet weather is forecast so that rating could fall during the meeting. The rail is eleven metres out for the whole track.

Flemington

Race 3 Horse 1 – Fidelia (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 4 – Call me Handsome (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Professor’s Weekend Parlay

Race 3 Horse 1 – Fidelia into Sydney Roosters to defeat Wests Tigers (NRL) into Adelaide United to defeat Melbourne City (A League).

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 – father/son combinations, Richmond FC woes……

Sfan OB6It was great to see Kyle Chalmers win our first men’s 100m freestyle Olympic gold medal since Michael Wenden in 1968. He is the son of Brett Chalmers who made his name playing AFL and it got me chalmersthinking about other father/son combinations in different sports. There is Gary Jack (rugby league) & Kieran Jack (AFL), Jack Newton (golf) & Clint Newton (rugby league), Ray Ruffels (tennis) & Ryan Ruffels (golf), Tony Mundine (boxing) & Anthony Mundine (rugby league & boxing), John Ronaldson (VFL/AFL) & Tony Ronaldson (basketball), Pat Cash Snr (VFL/AFL) & Pat Cash Jnr (tennis) and Dimitri Markov (pole vault) & Oleg Markov (AFL). There are bound to be a lot more, but this is a good starting point for further discussion.

I was pleased to see Richmond win last week to get the heat off Damian Hardwick. As much as I thought Richmond erred by martinextending his contract at the start of the year, I thought he should be excused one bad year. The discussions about Richmond this year remind me of the discussions about Richmond of 10-15 years ago. Back then they had fourn players, Matthew Knights, Wayne Campbell, Nick Daffy & Matthew Richardson and then they fell away and now it is Dustin Martin, Trent Cotchin, Jack Riewoldt, Brent Deledio and Alex Rance and then they fall away again. Is history repeating itself?

Have a great weekend!

Weekend musing – NRL, State of Origin, Laurie Daley, AFL, Lindsay Thomas…..

Chris Barwin HillsThe first of the NRL State of Origin matches on Wednesday night ended up being a pretty dour affair if you were wanting a lot of scoring action or fireworks between the teams. Each side completed most of their sets of tackles, but there was very few exciting runs to get the crowd on its feet. There were mistakes from both sides, but it seemed they daley played conservatively waiting for the other side to make an error on which they could capitalise. NSW had a try disallowed late in the game and, given the video replay, it is hard to see how the linesman awarded the try in the first place. There was a flurry of bodies and the ball was not clear even on slow motion replay. I think the linesman had a guess based on the momentum of the NSW player (Morris).

Laurie Daly came out after the game and complained about the referees, but based on my untrained eye, the mistakes went both ways so his comments can probably be put down to the protestations of a losing coach.

It is amazing how the Friday night AFL game can set the conversation for the weekend and the following week with the thomasLindsay Thomas  free kicks sparking a tsunami of comment and analysis. I have spoken about those free kicks before and how difficult it is for the umpires to adjudicate. Most teams know who the principal perpetrators are and when confronted with those players the tackler should concentrate on going in as low as possible and forget about pinning the arms because these players seem loathe to release the ball. The result should be a holding the ball decision against the perpetrator.

I must say I have to agree with the over analyser, Dermott Brereton, that Thomas took it to a new level last Friday night when he backeddermott into the Swans defender and then dragged his arm down over his shoulder as well. In discussions on Saturday, Brereton did go through the main protagonists and did not just single out Thomas. The comment was made that we are happy when it is our team that is the recipient of the free kick, but livid when it is the other side.  I am upset because no one at Essendon has developed the skill and we need a few gifts in our forward line!

Have a great weekend!

Weekend musing – Sportsmen and alcohol, drawn AFL Grand Finals

Chris Barwin HillsI was thinking about Grant Hackett this week and how he now joins a burgeoning list of sportsmen who should refrain from drinking. I understand the incident itself may have been blown out of hackettproportion and has been sensationalised as seems to happen these days to sell papers. Hackett is in good company with the likes of Brendan Fevola, Robert Allenby, David Warner, Mitchell Pearce and any number of rugby league and union players. Most of these people are reasonable types who just don’t seem to be able to handle their grog. There is no doubt they should find other ways to relax!

I must say I think the move to drop the AFL Grand Final replay in the event of a draw was the correct decision. It may have been OK in the old VFL days when teams were all situated in Victoria but now with the national competition, imagine if Brisbane were playing Fremantle drawin the Grand Final and they had to come back the following week. It would be just too difficult. In addition, it would be unfair if a Melbourne based team were playing an interstate team.

What I do not agree with is the pundits who suggest the same should apply to a draw in the regular season games. A draw is an unusual outcome and I agree it does leave everyone a bit flat, but it is a arsenallegitimate result and history does not need to be changed just because some want a winner and a loser at the end of each game. Soccer is the most popular football game in the world and a draw is a common occurrence. Imagine if the same ‘sensibility’ applied to that game?

Have a great weekend!

Friday musing – Premier League, NAB challenge, NRL

Chris Barwin HillsWith the EPL results this week it would appear that the title race and the race for the top four positions are still up for grabs with seemingly no side in contention performing to expectations. Leicester are still inspurs front and have stretched their lead by a point with a draw and Tottenham and Arsenal wasted great opportunities to make up the ground. We now see Manchester United and West Ham United with a real chance to get the coveted fourth position with Manchester City losing again. The title is there is be taken by the side that gets into a bit of form. The result of this week’s London derby between Tottenham and Arsenal could be crucial in the end result. From a purely unbiased perspective….’Go Gunners’.

I have heard a lot of AFL commentators criticise the teams that have been selected for the NAB Challenge and the standard of the games. What must be remembered is that nothing really hinges on these GCSgames. They are purely practice matches and sides will play how they wish and who they wish. I can appreciate that the media wants more and the AFL always likes to promote the games as being serious, but when it all boils down, it is the pre-season and the expectation that teams will treat them as any more than ‘practice’ is misguided.

The NRL season kicked off last night and it is great to see action on eelsthe field replace all the off field insanity.  For the record books, the Brisbane Broncos knocked off the Parramatta Eels. The Broncos seem like they have picked up where they left off in 2015 and the Eels look like they are in for a long season.

Have a great weekend!