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Friday musing – Justice for Jared Tallent

Coors lightRobbed of a chance to have the gold medal around his neck after the 2012 London Olympic Games, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (‘CAS’) has upheld an appeal by the world governing body for tallentathletics, IAAF against the winner of the 50 kilometre walk, Russian Sergey Kirdyapkin. Kirdyapkin failed a drug test and his results for the period 2009-2012 were annulled except for the Olympics title.

In a decision earlier this week, CAS ruled that Kirdyapkin could not retain the tile and the event was awarded to the Australian who was second over the line. Tallent said he felt ‘vindicated’ and AOC President, John Coates has said that a ‘meaningful’ presentation will be arranged for Tallent.

Seems that we are quite prepared to take the decision from CAS on watsonthis one when it benefits an Australian, but, CAS have got it totally wrong when it comes to the Essendon Football Club players – hard to fathom.

Geldings red hotties for Flemington on 12 March 2016

Feb 6 2011 005The Gelding is back after a brief spell in Bali and is looking to get back into the winner’s list very quickly.

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


Race 1 Horse 1 – Concealer
Race 4 Horse 2 – Stratum Star (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 1 – Chautauqua (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 10 – Suavito
Race 9 Horse 8 – Yesterday’s Song

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

The Gelding’s red hot tips for Flemington on 5 March 2016

MarkThe Gelding’s attention is on Bali at the moment where he is enjoying a ‘spell’ after some great punting form in recent weeks.

A caveat to today’s predictions in that he selected them before he left earlier in the week without knowing the track rating or late scratchings. Hopefully the Professor can get the bets on in the right order!

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


Race 3 Horse 9 – Miss Seton Sands
Race 5 Horse 6 – Dan Zephyr (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 3 – Malaguerra
Race 7 Horse 1 – Mahuta (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 6 – Abidewithme

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

A Sporting Chance #2 – Tomic, Tanking, Wimbledon, Kyrgios, Dawn Fraser

OB2Sportzfan Radio has released another ‘A Sporting Chance‘ podcast.  In this second episode,  the Professor and John O’Callaghan discuss Bernard Tomic’s outburst, tanking, Nick Kyrgios and whether Dawn Fraser and Nick should sit down for afternoon tea and clear the air.  Check it out on Soundcloud.


Gelding’s red hot tips for today’s Moonee Valley meeting

MarkThe Gelding’s attention is at Moonee Valley today and after a reasonable outing last week is looking to consolidate with some more winners.

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

Moonee Valley

Race 2 Horse 2 – Act of Valour
Race 3 Horse 3 – Jessy Belle
Race 6 Horse 6 – Yesterday’s Song (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 1 – Kenjorwood
Race 8 Horse 1 – Miss Promiscuity (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

You can hear the Gelding discuss the results on Sportzfan Radio tomorrow at 11.30am on 88.3 Southern FM.

Good luck and good punting!

The Gelding

Some sports teams keep making dumb decisions

meIn September 2011, the Miami Marlins appointed Ozzie Guillen as their manager on a four year contract. Guillen brought a .524 winning record from his seven year stretch as the Chicago White Sox skipper. Whilst not setting the world on fire in his first season Unknown-2with the Marlins, he could have reasonably expected his tenure was not in jeopardy. What Guillen didn’t plan on was the intervention of Marlins’ owner Jeffrey Loria who fired Guillen and appointed Mike Redmond.

Redmond, who last year had his contract extended to 2017, had his managerial appoinment terminated yesterday after a 16-22 start to the season. He was replaced by Marlins’ General Manager Dan Jennings. Jennings has no Big League or managerial experience.

Due to prior questionable decisions, the Marlins now find themselves with three managers on the payroll being Guillen, Redmond and Jennings. What a waste of money!

That is not the worst of it. There is every possibility that the Marlins will have four managers on the payroll before the season is too much imagesolder. I say this as owner Loria has not shown any patience with his managers and if Jennings doesn’t win games, he’ll be the next casualty.

Aside from the managerial sackings, the decision to appoint a person with no managerial experience is a stunner. Would you employ a person who hasn’t flown a plane as a pilot? How about a person with no medical degree as a doctor? Whilst I wish Jennings well, the cards are certainly stacked against success.

Given the recent decisions, is it is surprising that the Marlins are equal last in the NL East?