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Our 4 best bets for Flemington races on 2 July 2022 and the Professor’s Parlay!

After an ordinary outing last week the Professor and the Gelding look to improve at Flemington today where the track is currently rated a Soft 6 and the rail is in the true position for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Flemington

Professor’s tips

Race 3 Horse 1 – Bella Rouge (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 5 Horse 6 – Whirly Jig (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 6 Horse 1 – Maserartie Bay

Race 8 Horse 12 – Tuvalu

Professor’s Parlay

The Professor and the panel of the Judge, Coutta, Paul Dalligan and the Gelding will be talking sport tomorrow on the Sportzfan Radio YouTube channel from 12.00pm AEST. Special guest Roddy Reynolds from SEN’s First Serve to talk tennis and the Wimbledon championships.

Race 8 Horse 12 – Tuvalu into Richmond to beat West Coast Eagles (AFL) into Melbourne to beat Adelaide Crows (AFL).

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

4 red hot tips for Bendigo races on 2 April 2022 and the Professor’s Parlay

The main horse races in Victoria today are at Bendigo where the track is rated a Good 4 and the rail is in the true position for the entire circuit. The Professor and the Gelding are looking to improve on last week’s form.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Bendigo

Professor’s tips

Race 4 Horse 14 – Duchess of Dorset (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 5 Horse 4 – Vespertine (also for the ladies at the tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 7 Horse 10 – Cardigan Queen

Race 9 Horse 3 – Corner Pocket

Professor’s Parlay

Race 9 Horse 3 – Corner Pocket into Melbourne Storm to beat Canterbury Bulldogs (NRL) into Adelaide Crows to beat Fremantle Dockers (AFLW).

The Professor and the panel of the Judge, the Gelding, Coutta and Paul Dalligan will be talking sport on the Sportzfan Radio YouTube channel from 12.00pm AEST.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

4 best bets for Flemington races on 5 March 2022 and the Professor’s Parlay

Four selections last week for two wins and two placings. A very good return and the Professor and the Gelding are looking to improve on that form at Flemington today where the track is rated a Soft 6 with the rail out 2 metres for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Flemington

Professor’s tips

Race 4 Horse 3 – Sirileo Miss (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 8 Horse 12 – It’s Me (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 5 Horse 1 – Overpass

Race 6 Horse 1 – Zaaki

Professor’s Parlay

Race 5 Horse 1 – Overpass into Adelaide to beat Collingwood (AFLW) into Brisbane Broncos to beat Newcastle Knights (NRLW).

You can see the latest episode of That’s Racing!! here.

The Professor and the panel of the Judge, Coutta and Paul Dalligan will be talking sport on the Sportzfan Radio YouTube channel from 12.00 AEDT tomorrow. Special guest, former Richmond, Melbourne and Fremantle Dockers CEO, Cameron Schwab.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

Four red hot tips for Caulfield races on 5 February 2022 and the Professor’s Parlay

Caulfield races today with the track rated a Good 4 and the rail out 9 metres for the entire circuit. The Professor and the Gelding looking to improve on last week’s form!

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Caulfield

Professor’s tips

Race 3 Horse 6 – Swelter Magic (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

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

Gelding’s tips

Race 5 Horse 6 – Unflinching

Race 6 Horse 7 – Divine Diosa

Professor’s Parlay

Race 8 Horse 4 – Paulele (at Randwick) into Melbourne to beat Gold Coast Suns (AFLW) into Adelaide to beat Carlton (AFLW).

You can see the latest episode of That’s Racing!! here.

The Professor and the panel of Coutta, Paul Dalligan, the Gelding and Sarah Radlow will be talking sport tomorrow on the Sportzfan Radio YouTube channel from 12.00pm AEDT.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hot tips for Caulfield races on 27 June 2020 and the Weekend Parlay

With the Professor’s success last week he takes an unassailable lead in the overall challenge. However, that doesn’t mean they won’t go head to head today, even if it is a dead rubber. Can the Gelding salvage some pride or will the Professor prevent the Gelding from winning one round in this final stage of the challenge.

The Caulfield track is rated a Soft 6 with the rail out 12 metres for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way.

Caulfield

The Professor’s tips

Race 7 Horse 3 – Sansom (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 8 Horse 4 – Harbour Views (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

The Gelding’s tips

Race 1 Horse 1 – Euphoric Summer
Race 7 Horse 9 – Alfa Oro

Weekend Parlay

Race 8 Horse 4 – Harbour Views into Brisbane to beat Adelaide (AFL) into Manly to beat Cronulla (NRL).

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 – fourth test in India, Seltun, Sheffield Shield final….

Sfan OB6Great to see the Australian cricket team hang on in the third test in India. Peter Handscombe obviously took my previous musing to heart and produced his best innings of the tour and in the context of the series, perhaps the best innings of his fledgling career. I think thishanscomb is probably the first time since the third test of the 2005 Ashes series when the Australian team has batted out a day to save a test. On that occasion Ricky Ponting batted nearly the whole day and we escaped with a draw with one wicket in hand. The Indians really took the game away from Australia on Sunday and to hang on as we did was a great effort and keeps a very interesting series alive going into this weekend for the fourth and final test of the series.

I was tickled on last weekend to see the horse Gingernuts salute in Sydney. Being a chestnut gelding this is quite a creative name by the owners and I am surprised it got through the authorities. It reminds me of the horse Seltun which is Nutles(s) backwards.

It is interesting that this weekend we have two sporting finals where the host team is playing away from home. The Victorian Bushrangers have made a habit of it recently and are hosting South 81946500Australia in Alice Springs in the Sheffield Shield final and in the AFLW we have Brisbane Lions hosting Adelaide Crows on the Gold Coast. As Victoria has won the last two Shield’s perhaps it is a winning formula, but clearly not ideal for local cricket fans. This scenario was apparent at the start of the season, however, the AFLW grand final is a bit more embarrassing for all concerned. The groundsmen in control of the Gabba apparently see their primary job to prepare the ground for the first test match of the year and AFL football takes a back seat. Leigh Matthews has said that this situation has existed since the Brisbane Lions started playing there and perhaps now with the Queensland state government getting involved, football might be treated a bit better.

Have a great weekend!

Friday musing – Bart Cummings, AFL, sling tackles, player management……

Chris Barwin HillsLast weekend we heard about the passing of J B Cummings and with his passing we say goodbye to the trainer who trained more Melbourne Cup winners than any other trainer by a fair margin. He may not have trained as many winners or Group 1 winners as Tommy Smith or Colin Hayes or won as many trainers premierships, but in the race that every trainer sees as the pinnacle in Australia he imagestrained more winners of the Cup than those two trainers put together. His record of 12 Melbourne Cup winners will not be broken in my lifetime and with the internationalisation of the race I doubt it will be broken at all. Vale James Bartholomew Cummings an absolute legend of the Australian turf.

I was at the MCG last weekend to see the Bombers take on the Tigers and I witnessed Courtney Dempsey’s tackle on Brett Deledio and I must say that it was extremely dangerous and Deledio was Unknownlucky he escaped with only a sore neck and a slight concussion. That type of tackle is probably worse than the sling tackle and Dempsey fully deserved his 4 weeks. The stupid thing about it was than it was also unnecessary, the game was gone and a standard tackle would have seen Deledio penalised for holding the ball as he had already broken one tackle.

Continuing the AFL theme it was with some interest I listened to Wayne Carey suggest that this weeks Geelong v Adelaide game should be for double Brownlow votes given that the earlier game between the two teams was abandoned due to the tragic death of Phil Walsh. I initially thought the idea had some merit, but the more I thought about it the less appealing it became. In the end it would mean that someone would play one game and get double the votes. IUnknown-1 dare say that if someone lost out in that scenario then there may be a legal challenge. It was also proposed that all games in that round have voting suspended and that doesn’t make sense either as it penalises those players that performed well that weekend and again could open up a legal challenge. The original game was abandoned and the points were split and all the participants knew that there would be no Brownlow votes awarded and that is the way it should stay. It will be bad luck if Patrick Dangerfield misses out on the medal by less than three votes, but would it be worse than Chris Grant missing out on the medal from what was really only a clumsy attempt to spoil, I don’t think so.

There has also been a lot of discussion around Fremantle and North Melbourne resting players for the finals this weekend. While the Fremantle decision has no bearing on the finals, the North Melbourne decision is not as clear and the AFL are rightly copping a whack as a result, but this has happened before. Kevin Sheedy rested players at the end of 1990 to allow the four Daniher brothers Unknown-2to play together in the last round against St Kilda. They won the game, but due to the draw between Collingwood and West Coast in the Qualifying final it back fired on the Dons and some of the players had three weeks off and the rest is history. Sheedy did it again in 2001 when Essendon played Richmond in the final round, a few players were rested, but the team clearly didn’t have a winning mind set and went down by about four goals. This result kept Richmond in 4th place and meant that Carlton could not get above 5th. The following week in the Qualifying final Essendon belted Richmond by about ten goals.

Have a great weekend!

Friday musing – State of Origin, NBA, Women’s World Cup, AFL

Chris Barwin HillsOn Wednesday night I ventured along to the MCG with 91,500 others to watch Game 2 of the State of Origin series between NSW & Queensland. It was certainly a much better game than Game 1 with an early try to both teams. However, the most exhilarating part of the night, the Greg Inglis near length of the field try, was disallowed by the video referee. I don’t claim to be an expert on Rugby League, but to the letter of the law it would seem the decisionUnknown was correct, but what an anti-climax! In the end the game was essentially decided on two very marginal video referee calls. The Josh Morris try where he appeared to only get a thumbnail worth of downward pressure on the ball and Myles knock-on which cost Inglis his try. Both decisions looked correct on review. I enjoyed the game, but I think rugby league is probably a better game to watch on television, particularly for the uninitiated. That observation may also explain why their club games do not draw big crowds.

The NBA final series came to a close earlier in the week and it was good to see Andrew Bogut celebrate his win with the Golden State Warriors, however, given he had no game time in the last two games and only a couple of minutes in game 4, it may be a slightly hollow feeling for him. He obviously deserved the accolades but it would have been good to see the coach put him on for the last couple of Unknownminutes given they had a reasonable lead at that stage. I hark back to the old days with football when you had the 19th & 20th men and the coach would bring them on for the last couple of minutes of a grand final just so they felt part of it. Continuing with the NBA it is hard to see how LeBron James could not be considered the MVP for the final series given his herculean performance, however, I understand that in American sport that the MVP would never go to a player in the losing team.

Great to see the Australian women’s soccer team, the Matildas, get through to the round of 16. I know the team from the United States is always strong in women’s soccer, but Australia was in the ‘GroupUnknown of Death’ together with the Nigerian and Swedish teams. To get through that group was a very good effort. They now come up against Brazil who are one of the tournament favourites so fingers crossed for the Matildas.

The “3rd man up” in ruck contests in the AFL is generating a bit of discussion at the moment and I think the way Geelong are using it with Mark Blicavs & Rhys Stanley has probably narrowed the discussion. It seemed to me that last week against Port Adelaide, imagesone of them was blocking Matthew Lobbe while the other one took the hit out. That would appear to be contrary to the rules, but not only that, what happens if each side sends another man up, then you have 4 players competing for the throw in and it begins to get farcical. I am starting to agree with Leigh Matthews that the “3rd man up” should be banned.

Have a great weekend!

Friday musing – AFL is back, the US Masters & Sydney’s Autumn carnival

Chris Barwin HillsWell the football season is back and everyone has something to talk about. It was strange in an opening round that included five games where the result was two goals or less but with two big blow outs being the Adelaide v Nth Melbourne and Hawthorn v Geelong games. The coaches on the receiving end were the Scott brothers. Unknown-4As usual you cannot get too carried away with the results from the first round of the season and I would not be writing off either North or Geelong. North were belted by the Bombers in round one last year and made the Preliminary Final and Geelong played the best team in the competition who were primed and ready to go.

The Masters started this morning and my tip before it started was Jordan Spieth and he is currently in the lead. Last year I predicted that Jason Day would win a Major, however, his body let him down Unknown-5and he failed to fulfil my prediction. This year he is fit and is also well placed and if Spieth does not win, I would be more than happy to see Day salute. It is always difficult for a golfer to lead a tournament from start to finish, so I will be monitoring the scores over the next three days with interest.

Sydney’s fickle weather again played havoc with their Autumn carnival with day one of the Championships postponed from last Saturday to the following Monday. It is a shame that these good races with good fields are run on wet tracks, so sometimes the best horse does not salute. One horse that could not blame the state of Unknown-6the track was Lankan Rupee. I had been concerned after his run in the Newmarket and my concerns weren’t allayed by hearing Mick Price give a cautious appraisal of his recovery before last weeks T J Smith Stakes. I was not surprised to see him finish out of the places again. He is clearly not right and should be tipped out for a spell.

Have a great weekend!