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Gelding’s red hot tips for Caulfield races on Saturday 23 September 2017

The Gelding’s attention is on his home track at Caulfield today and with the big Spring Carnival races just around the corner, he is using this meeting to finely tune his tips.

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

Caulfield

Race 2 Horse 1 – Eshtiraak
Race 3 Horse 11 – Sin to Win (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 3 – Brave Smash (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 6 – Stampede
Race 9 Horse 11 – Petition

You can hear the Gelding and the Professor discuss racing on Sportzfan Radio tomorrow from 10.00am on 88.3 Southern FM. We’ll be broadcasting from the Southern Football Netball League Division 1 Grand Final at Springvale oval.

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hotties for Caulfield races on Saturday 2 September 2017

The Gelding’s attention is on his home track at Caulfield today and he is keen to hit winning form with the big races of the Spring Carnival just around the corner.

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

Caulfield

Race 2 Horse 8 – Oregon’s Day
Race 4 Horse 2 – Merchant Navy
Race 5 Horse 2 – Fuhryk
Race 6 Horse 4 – Sheidel (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 5 – Vega Magic (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hotties for Sandown races on 12 November 2016

gelding2The Gelding’s attention is at Sandown today and after what one could only term a mediocre Spring Carnival, he is looking to bounce back with a vengeance. By the way punters, he awarded an s-hit ride to Kieran McEvoy for last week’s ride on the $3.25 favourite The Unites States.

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

Sandown

Race 3 Horse 1 – Quey (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 4 Horse 6 – O’Malley
Race 6 Horse 1 – Morton’s Fork
Race 7 Horse 1 – Who Shot the Barman
Race 8 Horse 2 – Under the Louvre (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hotties for Emirate Stakes day at Flemington on 5 November 2016

Mar 13 2011 021The Gelding’s attention remains at Flemington for Emirate Stakes day. He was quick out of the blocks with a win with his first selection on Oaks Day but after that it was all downhill. Then again who picked the 100/1 winner of the Oaks??

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

Flemington

Race 3 Horse 1 – Francis of Assisi
Race 4 Horse 4 – Niccolance
Race 7 Horse 3 – The United States (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 3 – The Quarterback
Race 9 Horse 8 – Demonstrate (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hot tips for Oaks day at Flemington on 3 November 2016

gelding2The Gelding’s attention remains at Flemington for Oaks day and after only scoring a third in the Melbourne Cup he is looking for redemption today!

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

Flemington

Race 3 Horse 6 – Pepperano
Race 5 Horse 13 – Exocet
Race 6 Horse 1 – Takedown (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 4 – Hellbent
Race 8 Horse 1 – Yankee Rose (also for the ladies at the Tennis club

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s tips for Melbourne Cup day at Flemington on 1 November 2016

professor-geldingThe Gelding’s attention is at Flemington today for the feature race day of the Spring Carnival. After a patchy showing on Derby day, he is looking to bounce back and be amongst the winners.

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

Flemington

Race 2 Horse 11 – Model Dragon
Race 4 Horse 3 – Demonstrate
Race 6 Horse 8 – Faraway Town
Race 7 Horse 6 – Hartnell (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 14 – Fabrizio
Race 9 Horse 1 – Faatinah (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

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 trade period, Phil Hughes’ enquiry, controversy at the end of the Bathurst 1000…….

Sfan OB6Well it has taken quite some time, but Hawthorn has finally shown to have issues with the salary cap. It has always astounded me how the Hawks could keep adding good players from other clubs and not
unknown let anyone go (save for Lance Franklin of course, who left for the money). Wanting to recruit both Jaeger O’Meara and Tom Mitchell, someone needed to go so they approached the two players that were first and second in their best & fairest, Sam Mitchell & Jordan Lewis. It now looks like Lewis will stay and Mitchell will go, but the cracks are finally showing. It was obviously a mistake for them to re-sign Hodge, Burgoyne & Gibson late last year having already re-signed Sam Mitchell earlier in the year.

I must say I have been a bit surprised with the line of questioning in the Phil Hughes enquiry. It is almost like some Coroner’s enquiries unknown-1where interested parties are trying to establish negligence so they can sue. I cannot see the point of questioning the NSW tactics and what may have been said or not said on the day. It was a tragic outcome that no one saw coming and what went beforehand is irrelevant in my view. Fast bowlers use intimidating tactics against batsmen and that has always been the case. It was the basis of the bodyline tactics employed by the English to curb Bradman. Phil Hughes had many good friends in the NSW team and no one wanted to see him get hurt.

I had nothing much to do last Sunday afternoon so I watched some of the Bathurst race. I am no expert and do not know the finer points of the sport, but I thought that Jamie Whincup was entitled to try unknown-3and pass when he did and Scott McLaughlin took the corner wide and then moved back into Whincup. Either way from what I understand, McLaughlin had to do at least one more pit stop and all Whincup had to do was wait for him to move out of his way so there was no imperative to pass anyway. It is a bit strange when the winner of a race has not led at any stage of the race. The outcome of the appeal should be quite interesting.

I watched the Winx race last week with interest and I would not unknown-2have been disappointed if I was the connections of Black Heart Bart. BHB took up the running and while they may have dawdled in the early stages of the race, he increased the tempo and in the end it was run at a pretty good clip. Winx won comfortably, but it may have been interesting if Winx was forced to establish the tempo of the race. Bring on the Cox Plate!

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s red hot tips for Caulfield Cup day on 15 October 2016

professor-geldingThe Gelding’s attention is again on his home track at Caulfield on Caulfield Cup day. He was considering not having a bet in that race, but as he said, that is not how he rolls. He is up for the challenge today.

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

Caulfield

Race 5 Horse 2 – Good Standing
Race 6 Horse 1 – It’s Somewhat
Race 8 Horse 11 – Jameka (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 5 – Hellbent (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 10 Horse 2 – Stratum Star

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Weekend Musing – droughts broken in AFL and NRL, Winx steps out…..

Sfan OB6Well what a great AFL Grand Final and a result that is good for football. With the Doggies breaking their 62 year premiership drought, it brings to 4 the number of significant droughts broken in the last 15 years. First you had Brisbane/Fitzroy breaking a 47 year drought in 2001, then Sydney/Sth Melbourne breaking a 72 year drought in 2005 and Geelong breaking a 44 year drought in 2007. This now leaves Melbourne (1964) & St Kilda (1966) as the two established clubs with the longest droughts and with both sides having encouraging years this year, who knows we may see another drought broken shortly.

I must say that Luke Beveridge handing over his medal to Bob Murphy was a wonderful gesture, but equally Murphy giving it back was the right thing to do. Without trying to kill Bambi, I am getting a bit tired of the love for Bob Murphy. Yes he is the captain and spiritual leader of the Doggies, but he is not the only player that has missed out on a premiership due to injury or suspension. I have always felt sorry for the recently deceased Neville Crowe who was captain of Richmond in 1967 when John Nicholls feigned being struck and Crowe missed the 1967 premiership as a result. That was also a drought breaking premiership win for the Tigers (24 years).

In the NRL we also saw the Cronulla Sharks win their first premiership since they entered the competition 50 years ago. I obviously wanted the Storm to win, but again it is hard to begrudge a club a drought breaking premiership.

The attention of the sporting public now turns to horse racing and the Spring Carnival. The Melbourne public see Winx for the first time since the Cox Plate last year. She is in a three horse field and sometimes these races can provide an upset because they can become a “sit and sprint”. If that is the case it may favour Black Heart Bart who is clearly the best sprinter of the three acceptors.

Have a great weekend!