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The Professor’s red hot tips for Caulfield and Randwick races on 19 October 2019 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor is in good form leading into today’s Caulfield Cup and Randwick Everest meetings and is riding a two week winning streak with his weekend parlay. Both the Caulfield and Randwick tracks are rated a Good 4 and both have the rail in the true position for the entire track.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Caulfield

Race 9 Horse 3 – Mer De Glace (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Randwick

Race 7 Horse 2 – Pierata (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 7 Horse 2 – Pierata (Randwick) into Sydney FC to beat Wellington Phoenix (A League) into New England Patriots to beat New York Jets (NFL).

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s red hotties for Caulfield races on 12 October 2019 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor is coming off some good form with a winner and the weekend parlay saluting last weekend. Racing is at Caulfield today with the start of the Spring Carnival and this meeting preparing everyone for next Saturday’s Caulfield Cup. The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail in the true position for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way.

Caulfield

Race 6 Horse 3 – Flit (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 5 – Avilius (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 6 Horse 3 – Flit into Western Sydney Wanderers to beat Central Coast Mariners (A-League) into Baltimore Ravens to beat the Cincinnati Bengals (NFL).

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

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s red hot tips for Flemington on 5 October 2019 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor had more luck last Saturday at Rosehill than at Caulfield on Sunday. Here’s hoping for a big day at Flemington today. The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 9 metres the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Flemington

Race 8 Horse 3 – Surprise Baby (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 7 – Miami Bound (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 8 Horse 3 – Surprise Baby into Sydney Roosters to beat Canberra Raiders (NRL) into New England Patriots to beat Washington Redskins (NFL).

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

Sportzfan Radio – 7 July 2019 – Show #348

On yesterday’s show the panel spoke with US correspondent, Dan Butterly about the the recent NBA draft and free agency period and the season so far in Major League Baseball. We also spoke State of Origin with Paul Dalligan and Mark Fiorenti previewed the women’s soccer World Cup final between the USA and the Netherlands. A new panellist was introduced to the show too.

You can hear the podcast of the show now.

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 – Champion’s League final and Arsenal appoint new manager

The weekend musing is back after a bit of a break.

This week Chris looks at the Champion’s League final and Arsenal’s appointment to replace Arsene Wenger.

I did not watch the Champions League final last week, but I did see the highlights and low lights! For the record, Real Madrid won its 13th European Championship establishing the Club as one of the greatest of all time. Winning however, didn’t stop Real’s manager, Zinedine Zidane from leaving for greener pastures.

The Gareth Bale scissor kick was an absolute cracker, but the two howlers from the Liverpool keeper, Loris Karius, were a modern tragedy. No one means to make those sorts of mistakes, but I have not seen anything like that first goal when his throw was intercepted – not even when my boys were playing under age matches, let alone at the pinnacle of world club soccer. I agree with Jurgen Klopp that the second goal he conceded was as a result of the first one. I must say I feel sorry for the keeper as it doesn’t matter how many games he wins and how many trophies he collects, from now on he will always be known for those howlers in the final.

Good to see the new Arsenal manager named last week in Unai Emery. I was not across all the names mentioned as likely candidates for the job but I am sure the former Paris Saint Germain manager was only mentioned very late in the search. His record is good and fingers crossed he invests a bit more time in the transfer market and stiffening up the defence for next year.

Have a great weekend!!

Professor’s musing – Arnold or Van Marwijk for Socceroo’s coach?

I read that Football Federation Australia (FFA) Chief Executive, David Gallop said there had been ‘huge’ amounts of interest in the
Socceroos coaching position from local and overseas candidates. One wouldn’t need to be a Rhodes scholar to understand such a level of interest in the position recently left vacant with the resignation of Ange Postecoglou. After all, the hard work has already been done given that the Socceroos have already qualified for the 2018 World Cup.

With at least fourteen candidates on the list of potential coaches, I note there are only two Australians – Graham Arnold and Tony Popovic. Aside from Postecoglou, the Socceroo’s recent past is littered with International coaches such as Guus Hiddink, Pim Verbeek and Holger Osieck. The difference between Postecoglou and the other three is that Postecoglou cared about the future of Australian soccer, the Socceroos and the A League. To the others is was just a job with one simple task – to qualify for the World Cup with no real interest in much else.

Talk has it that Dutchman, Bert Van Marwijk is a short priced favourite for the job. Van Marwijk’s recent claim to fame is coaching Saudi Arabia to qualification for this year’s World Cup. He is back on the shelf after the Saudi Football Federation couldn’t agree with him on the terms of a new contract.

For Australian soccer’s continued growth, the FFA need to appoint a
local person and Graham Arnold would be the perfect choice. He has the qualifications for the job. For a start he has already been in charge of the National squad back in 2006 and 2007. He has gained more experience in the intervening ten years and is currently the coach of the very successful Sydney FC. Postecoglou proved conclusively that Australian coaches are up to the task of coaching at International level so there should be no impediment to appointing Arnold.

However, I have no confidence that the FFA will get this most important of decisions correct. After all this is an organisation that squandered $45.6 million of Federal assistance in an ill fated (some would say impossible) attempt to convince FIFA to award the 2018 or 2022 World Cup to Australia and we all know how that turned out.

Tuesday musing – Farewell Ange and Aussies off to a bolter in the Ashes

I have been a longtime supporter of Ange Postecoglou and was especially pleased when he was appointed as Socceroos coach to replace Holger Osieck. There can be no doubt that Ange has turned the team’s fortunes around as at one stage the Socceroos had slumped to number 100 in the FIFA world rankings but he now has them back at 39 after qualifying for the World Cup. Ange also managed to win an Asian Championship along the way so he is definitely leaving the National team in a lot better shape than when he took over. Given that success I was most disappointed that he decided to pull the pin on his time as the manager of the team. A bit like David Gallup, I am puzzled as to why you would walk away after having scaled the mountain the hard way. It reminds me of David Hall, who was the original trainer of Maykbe Diva. After the first Melbourne Cup win he went overseas to pursue a training career leaving the Diva with Lee Freedman to chalk up two more wins. At least he had the first win! The search is now on for a new manager and I have heard many names mentioned including current Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold, Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi, former Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic, Melbourne Victory’s Kevin Muscat and, in a blast from the past, Aussie Guus Hiddink. I hope the powers that be stick with a well credentialled Aussie coach. Personally I think Arnold has the ability to do the top job. He already knows the difficulties having been the Socceroos coach from 2006-2007 and he has been a success in the national competition with his A League side currently holding all three trophies.

Great to see the Ashes series has started as it is the most anticipated series in world cricket. In the recently completed First Test, the Australians gained the ascendancy after being able to scratch out a slim first innings lead then managed to take some crucial, early second innings wickets. The Aussie speed trio of Hazlewood, Cummins and Starc were wonderful and had the English on the back foot in both innings. Providing the three can stay fit, they will be more than a handful for the English over the final four tests. A special mention to the skipper too. Steve Smith’s innings was the real difference between the sides and the only reason the Aussies had a first innings lead. Without his contribution we would have been facing a sizeable deficit to make up and that would have completely turned the tables. Our top order needs to take a leaf out of Smith’s book and seek to occupy the crease rather than go after quick runs all the time. After all it is a ‘Test’ not a 20/20 game.

Weekend musing – World Cup qualification, Socceroos, Elyse Perry, the Ashes, Shaun Marsh….

It was great to watch the Socceroos qualify on Wednesday for the World Cup in Russia. I didn’t think they played that well, but deserved the win and deserved the free kick and penalties which resulted in the goals. It is hard to fathom how the Honduras captain could come out and suggest the referee was on the take! While I didn’t think the Australians played to their potential, the Hondurans were very ordinary. Australia’s big problem is the best finisher in the side is Tim Cahill and he is now 38 years old. Cahill himself wants more game time for Melbourne City to hone his skills for the World Cup, but at 38 he doesn’t get to as many contests as he may have in his prime. His finishing against Syria won the game for Australia, but his contribution between goals was negligible. This is a delicate balance because they need him in and around the team. I do not envy the task of Melbourne City manager, Warren Joyce.

Also great to see Elyse Perry get a 200 for the Australian women’s cricket team. She is a genuine all-rounder in all forms of the game and a match winner. I doubt Australia has produced a better all-rounder in men’s or women’s cricket. Not only that, she has also represented Australia in women’s soccer. What a player!!

Speaking of cricket the men’s squad for the first test was announced today with a few surprises. Shaun Marsh being re-called for an 8th time was a big shock, but Cameron Bancroft almost picked himself with his recent record. Also out of left field was the selection of Tim Paine as the keeper. Before he started breaking fingers he was the heir apparent to Brad Hadin, but Paine isn’t even the first choice wicket keeper for Tasmania so what do the Australian selectors know that the Tasmanians don’t? While it was out of left field I support the move because he is a very good keeper and a very accomplished batsman. Marsh effectively taking Glenn Maxwell’s spot is the real bolt from the blue. Maxwells’ shield form has not been that bad with a couple of 50’s and a 45 not out in the most recent game so his form had been okay compared to Matt Renshaw. I have questioned the selectors before and most of the time they seem to get it right, but Marsh has more often than not been a disappointment when selected for Australia so I can’t agree with them there.

Have a great weekend!