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Friday musing – AFL trade period, NRL, Caulfield Guineas…..

Chris Barwin HillsWell what a week in AFL trading! We already knew about Paddy Ryder and Dayne Beams, but this week Allen Christensen and Ryan Griffen emerge wanting to be traded. Who will pop up next? These trades will be difficult, but if a player has publicly flagged that he wants to go, he has to be traded in my opinion. There are exceptions, like Ryan O’Keefe who flagged a few years ago that he wanted to go to Hawthorn, the Swans kept him and he went on to win the Norm Smith medal in their 2012 premiership side. Supporters from the four clubs involved will all be very disappointed as the players are popular players at their clubs, but for different reasons they want to go and the clubs have to try and get the best deal available.

On a related topic, I was not surprised the AFL knocked back the proposed de-listing of Paddy Ryder to give Essendon an additional draft pick. It would have been a good result for the club, but tantamount to draft manipulation.

Now that it is inevitable that Paddy is going, my son will have to remove the badge from his jumper and send it over to Port Adelaide. The situation at Essendon seems to be lurching from bad to worse. What player would want to come to that club the way things are at the moment? Even Jason Winderlich, who grew up an Essendon supporter and was not involved in the supplements saga wants to go! I cannot see any light at the end of the tunnel at the moment and this is a club that played finals this year!

I watched the NRL Grand Final last week and it was a lot more competitive than the AFL equivalent. Although South Sydney did eventually blow Canterbury out of the water, the game was in the balance until about half way through the second half. The game apparently rated higher than the AFL Grand Final and there has been a renewed push for the AFL to play its Grand Final at night. As much as the ratings would be better, I hope the AFL retain the afternoon time slot, but money does dictate the terms in sport these days and it is probably inevitable that the AFL Grand Final will be played at night or the early evening before too long. The first AFL night final was in 1993 so we are probably lucky that it has lasted in the afternoon for so long.

The Spring Racing Carnival is really starting to pick up with Caulfield Guineas Day this Saturday. This is one of the best days on the racing calendar and should Rich Enuff emerge as the winner of the Guineas this weekend, we may have found the star of the carnival. To date no horse has stamped their authority on the Spring and racing really does need stars to bring people to the races. Weight For Age racing looks a bit thin this year and if Rich Enuff can get through he would be highly fancied in the Cox Plate. He looks the logical winner with Looks Like the Cat the one that could knock him off without being a big upset.

Have a great weekend!

Gelding’s hot tips for Caulfield on 16 August 2014

the gelding & othersThe Gelding’s attention is on his home track at Caulfield tomorrow as his bank continues to grow for a real run at the Spring carnival fields. The ladies at the tennis club were happy again last week and no doubt their Christmas function this year will have the good champagne on ice!

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

Caulfield

Race 1 Horse 5 – Spirit of Heaven (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 5 Horse 1 – Moment of Change
Race 6 Horse 3 – Royal Snitzel
Race 8 Horse 5 – Lidari
Race 9 Horse 2 – Gregers (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hot tips for 21 June 2014

Mar 13 2011 021The Gelding is back after an extended break in the paddock and has been freshened up for a run toward the Spring Carnival.

During his spell, he has taken some considerable time to look through the form so he feels he is cherry ripe to do well in his comeback.

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

Moonee Valley

Race 1 horse 1 – Symphonix (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 horse 1 – Le Bonsir (also for the ladies at the tennis club)

Randwick

Race 5 horse 4 – Tonopah
Race 6 horse 6 – Rugged Cross

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Friday musing – EPL, Champions League, Cricket, AFL……

Chris Barwin HillsWell we’re back to Fridays after two consecutive Thursday Musings.

The big interest this week was the state of the EPL. With two games still to go everything is still up for grabs. No team has sewn up the title, no team has been definitely relegated and while the Gunners looked to have solidified fourth position, the last Champions League position has also yet to be decided. That is what you want in a competition. Hopefully everything is still up for grabs on the last day of competition when they all play at the same time.

It must also be said that with Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid both qualifying for the Champions League final and Valencia and Sevilla vying for a position in the final of the Europa League, that Spanish soccer is in a lot better shape than the Spanish economy!

I was somewhat bemused to hear that the Australian Cricket team had gone back to the top of the world Test rankings. While they did well against England in Australia and beat South Africa away, the two previous series they went down to England 3-0 and lost to India 4-0, both away. You have got to question a table or a rankings system in which you can turn things around so quickly or does beating the rankings leader on their home turf carry that much weight? It does confirm that bowlers win test matches and with Australia’s fast bowling stocks looking healthy going into the future, perhaps we are in for another period of success.

The recently completed horse racing “championships” in Sydney also require some comment. They have tried to emulate the Melbourne Spring Carnival by drastically increasing the prize money. Well judging from afar, I think the standard of horse racing was right up there, however, the crowds must have been a disappointment to the administrators. Yes, they had problems with the weather, but I am sure they would have gotten similar crowds without the increase in prize money. The big advantages the Melbourne Spring Carnival has over Sydney is first the tradition and secondly, the timing. The Spring Carnival does not have to compete with the football codes.

In the AFL all the games look quite straightforward this week, but rest assured there will be a couple of upsets and it is a matter of trying to pick which ones. I think Essendon will be vulnerable to the Western Bulldogs and I think Richmond will put in an improved performance against Geelong. That being said I am picking the favourites.

Gelding’s red hotties for 9 November 2013

MarkThe Gelding’s attention returns to Flemington today with the running of the Emirates Stakes. After a big win on Fiorente in the Cup, the Gelding is in career form and is looking to fill the coffers with several ‘good things’ today.

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

Flemington

Race 2 Horse 3 – Sysmo

Race 4 Horse 1 – Barbed

Race 6 Horse 1 – Lucky Nine (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

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

Race 8 Horse 4 – Sertorius

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Gelding’s red hot tips for Flemington on 2 November 2013

Feb 6 2011 005This Saturday the Gelding’s attention is on Flemington with the Spring Carnival continuing at racing’s headquarters with all the fine horses out on show vying for a piece of history.

While winners are always hard to pick at this time of year, there is definitely no shortage of horses to fancy.

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

Flemington

Race 1 Horse 2 – Hucklebuck
Race 2 Horse 3 – May’s Dream
Race 4 Horse 1 – Zoustar (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 5 Horse 6 – Jet Away
Race 6 Horse 1 – Criterion (one for Guy)
Race 7 Horse 1 – Red Tracer (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

For the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday the Gelding’s early tip is (Mark) Fiorente & Hawkspur (and add the winner of the Lexus on Saturday as a each way bet).

Early Oaks tip is May’s Dream (conditional that it must win the Wakeful Stakes this Saturday & pull up well).

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Friday musing – International Rules, Captain’s Pick, Derby Day…

Chris Barwin HillsMy first thought this week was with the International Rules series recently completed in Ireland. Initially I thought it was a good idea to have an indigenous team representing Australia because when Kevin Sheedy loaded up the team with indigenous players previously they had performed very well. A lot of the indigenous players are very quick and very skilful and matched the Irish in this regard. Where they are not so good is their defensive game and while I didn’t see either game, by the scores, we clearly were not good defensively. It was also telling that the second game was a worse result than the first, whereas it is usually the other way around as once the players are more used to the round ball, the result improves. I think this latest series spells the end for the concept.

Talking of concepts the AFLs proposed “captains pick” game was knocked on the head very quickly and probably understandably so. However, I have raised the issue of representative football before and I do think the game needs it. I think most people would like to see the best against the best as we see in the Rugby League State of Origin series or the various sporting World Cups. The AFL doesn’t have anything since the game went truly national. Concepts need to be explored and maybe it is East (Victoria, Tassie, NSW & Qld) versus West(WA, SA & NT) and then it becomes a scheduling issue. I do not have the answers, but the AFL definitely needs something as the players were the driving force this time behind a representative game.

Derby Day this weekend which is probably the best days racing in Australia. There has often been calls to reduce the distance of the Derby, but the Derby is an older race than the Melbourne Cup and while it doesn’t always get the best fields I would not mess with history. My tip this week is Savvy Nature.

Gelding’s tips for 10 November 2012

 The Gelding’s attention remains at Flemington today with the running of the Emirates Stakes as the feature race.  He will be trying to build a bank for use in summer.

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

Flemington

Race 2 Horse 3 – Galah

Race 5 Horse 10 – Sea Siren (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 6 Horse 8 – Secret Admirer

Race 7 Horse 1 – Silent Achiever (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 8 Horse 11 – Puissance De Lune

You can hear the Gelding discuss racing with the Professor every Sunday on Sportzfan Radio at 12.30pm on 88.3 Southern FM. The Gelding’s segment is sponsored by the Great Western Hotel.

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Sportzfan Radio show #266.1

@SportzfanRadio now available on iTunes!7 October 2012 266.1 – The show is back after a week off and the Panel lament the passing of Sportzfan Stan. Behind the mic this week are the Gelding, Daniel Eade, Mark Fiorenti, Mordiboy (aka Fatman) and the Professor. The Panel share some stories about Sportzfan Stan.  Mordiboy talks Ryder Cup and the US team choking on the last day to blow a huge lead. He also talks AFL and the trade period. The Gelding talks racing and the start of the Spring Carnival at Flemington. He also gives an update on Danish Rock. Daniel looks at the start of the NBL season and wonders why the Townsville Crocodiles and Cairns Taipans are tweeting about Beauty and the Geek.

Gelding’s tips for 6 October 2012

The Gelding’s attention turns to Flemington today with the first serious meeting of the 2012 Spring Carnival.

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

Flemington

Race 3 Horse 10 – Super Cool

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

Race 6 Horse 5 – Commanding Jewel

Race 7 Horse 11 – Green Moon (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 9 Horse 5 – Fawkner

You can hear the Gelding discuss racing with the Professor every Sunday on Sportzfan Radio at 12.30pm on 88.3 Southern FM. The Gelding’s segment is sponsored by the Great Western Hotel.

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding