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Our 4 best bets for Flemington races on 6 August 2022 and the Professor’s Parlay

After all the rain during the week we had expected a heavier rating for the Flemington track, however, it is currently rated a Soft 5 with the rail out 10 metres for the entire circuit. Rain is forecast during the day so that may affect the rating during the meeting.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Flemington

Professor’s tips

Race 5 Horse 4 – Sirius Suspect (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 7 Horse 5 – Horrifying (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 8 Horse 4 – Nicolini Vito

Race 9 Horse 10 – Fire

Professor’s Parlay

Race 9 Horse 10 – Fire into Geelong to beat St Kilda (AFL) into South Sydney Rabbitohs to beat New Zealand Warriors (NRL).

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

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

4 red hotties for Flemington races on 18 June 2022 and the Professor’s Parlay

Racing returns to Flemington today where the track is rated a Soft 7 and the rail is out 12 metres for the entire circuit. Both the Professor and the Gelding are looking to lift their form today with these best bets.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Flemington

Professor’s tips

Race 8 Horse 5 – Sir Davy (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 9 Horse 11 Zac de Boss (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 4 Horse 2 – Quintello

Race 5 Horse 8 – Passive Aggressive

Professor’s Parlay

Race 5 Horse 8 – Passive Aggressive into Penrith Panthers to beat New Zealand Warriors (NRL) into Geelong to beat West Coast Eagles (AFL).

The Professor and the panel of the Judge and Paul Dalligan will be talking sport on the Sportzfan Radio YouTube channel tomorrow from 12.00pm AEST. Special guest, Dr Eric Windholz, Senior Lecturer at Monash University.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

4 red hot tips for Caulfield races on 28 May 2022 and the Professor’s Parlay

It was a case of what might have been last Saturday at Flemington. A win and two seconds from the four selections. We’re going to try and do better today at Caulfield where the track is rated a Soft 5 with the rail out 11 metres for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Caulfield

Professor’s tips

Race 1 Horse 3 – Starry Legend (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 3 Horse 9 – Naval Seal (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 7 Horse 4 – Bermadez

Race 9 Horse 14 – D’Aguilar

Professor’s Parlay

Race 1 Horse 3 – Starry Legend into Geelong to beat Adelaide (AFL) into St Kilda to beat North Melbourne (AFL).

The Professor and the panel of the Judge, Coutta and Paul Dalligan will talk sport on the Sportzfan Radio YouTube channel tomorrow from 12.00pm AEST. Special guest Leesa Catto talking all things AFLW.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

4 red hot bets for Moonee Valley races on 29 January 2022 and the Professor’s Parlay

With the rain overnight, it’s a bit of a lottery with the tips today. The Moonee Valley track is currently rated a Soft 6 with the rail in the true position for the entire circuit. The rating could be downgraded with futher rain during the day.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Moonee Valley

Professor’s tips

Race 3 Horse 2 – Stay Gold (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 6 Horse 10 – Delightful Journey (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 5 Horse 1 – Finance Tycoon

Race 7 Horse 10 – Marabi

Professor’s Parlay

Race 5 Horse 1 – Finance Tycoon into Brisbane Lions to beat Geelong Cats (AFLW) into Charlotte Hornets to beat Los Angeles Lakers (NBA).

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

The Professor and the panel of Coutta, the Judge and the Gelding will be talking sport on the Sportzfan Radio YouTube channel from 12.00pm AEDT tomorrow. Ash Barty and the Australian Open in the news so expect that to play a big part of the show.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Weekend Musing returns!!

It has been a while, but I thought it was time to put pen to paper so to speak.

When the Victorian teams went into hubs and it was clear there was going to be no football in Victoria for the remainder of the season I think I “mused” that the season would favour Brisbane, Port Adelaide and West Coast. They would be able to play home games and have a relatively normal season compared to the Victorian and clubs. After the first week of the finals I was thinking I was right and was looking forward to a Port Adelaide -v- Brisbane grand final on the Gabba. This was a game where I didn’t particularly care who won, but would be favouring Brisbane at home.

Then along comes Richmond Geelong to upset the apple cart. While it put me into a conundrum about whom to support on the big day, you have to admire what both clubs have achieved by just getting to the final game of the year. Both teams have been in hubs for over 100 days which is a totally abnormal situation. Some clubs responded well to “hub” life which included these two and I would probably throw in St Kilda & Melbourne as well, while my team Essendon, North Melbourne and GWS clearly did not. It probably says more about the stability and cohesiveness of the clubs that did not respond well than those that did and these three clubs have been shedding players since their seasons finished.

Turning to the game itself, when it became clear last Saturday night that it would be Geelong -v- Richmond I did not favour one side over the other and I even contemplated not watching the game. Richmond have won two out of the last three flags and Geelong has had a lot of recent success and living in Geelong I didn’t know if I could put up with the local hysteria. I live in a street 10 minutes walk from Kardinia Park and many of the houses in my street are festooned with Cats paraphernalia. Walking past scarves draped around fences, it is in your face and just reminds you what you are missing. In the end I have decided to support Geelong. It would be good for the town and I think Patty Dangerfield does deserve a premiership. Not only is he one of the best players of the last decade he is also quite humble and anyone down here who has met him says he is very easy to talk to and always finds time for kids with photos & autographs.

Dangerfield and Dustin Martin have been identified as the key players for each club as both are great mid-fielders and very dangerous when they go forward. I think Geelong can win without a stellar performance from Dangerfield, but Richmond cannot win without a starring performance from Martin. Each player requires a different match up in the mid-field and in attack. For Martin, I would have Cam Guthrie run with him in the mid-field and Tom Stewart pick him up when he goes forward. With Dangerfield, I would have Shane Edwards go with him in the mid-field and Dylan Grimes pick him up in the forward line.

I think Richmond’s bottom 6 players are better than Geelong’s bottom 6 players, so that favours Richmond in a close game. However, I think Geelong probably have more match winning players and if there is a blow-out it is more likely going to be Geelong. The threat of rain would favour the way Richmond play as they play a wet weather type of game even when it is dry! So if it rains, I am picking Richmond and if it remains relatively dry I am picking Geelong.

If it had been a Port Adelaide -v- Brisbane grand final there may have been an asterisk on the 2020 season, but with neither team making it I think the winner this year will deserve every accolade.

Have a great weekend and I hope we get a game worth watching!

The Professor’s and the Gelding’s tips for Moonee Valley races on 1 August 2020 and the Weekend Parlay

The Gelding was in fine form last week with two winners from two selections. The Professor’s weekend parlay was brought undone by his Canterbury Bulldogs – he didn’t see that coming!

Today’s selections are from Moonee Valley where the track is rated a Soft 5 with the rail in the true position for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!!

Moonee Valley

Professor’s tips

Race 1 Horse 6 – Victoria Star (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 19 – Hypersonic (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 4 Horse 4 – Brooklyn Hustle
Race 6 Horse 10 – Wilmot Pass

Weekend Parlay

Race 1 Horse 6 – Victoria Star into West Coast Eagles to beat Geelong (AFL) into Sydney Roosters to beat Gold Coast Titans (NRL).

You can tune in to the Professor, the Judge, Coutta, the Gelding, Paul Dalligan and the rest of the Sportzfan Radio panel tomorrow from midday on Sportzfan Radio’s Facebook page.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

Sportzfan Radio show 350 – 18 August 2019

Sportzfan Radio celebrated the 350th show in fine style welcoming back some panellists from the past in Daniel Eade and Chris formerly from Barwon Heads who joined the discussion with the Professor, the Gelding, the Judge, Coutta and Nick the Saint.

The Panel spoke to former steeplechase jockey, Leigh Woodgate about her early years, her career, the race fall 25 years ago, her recovery from the injuries she suffered in the fall and the inspirational speaking role she now has.

We also talked Premier League with Mark Fiorenti and NRL with Paul Dalligan.

You can hear the podcast here at Southern FM.

In the Weekend Musing, Clarko and Polly

I wonder what Alistair Clarkson thinks of the constant accolades he gets when Hawthorn win a game against more fancied opposition. After the win last Friday night against Greater Western Sydney the match was lauded as a Clarko master class, but when the team loses, it is to do with the players. The Hawks have only won 9 games so clearly the players are an issue. Don’t get me wrong I think that Clarkson is the best coach in the AFL, but sometimes I think the things that are attributed to him go a bit too far.

I was saddened to hear of the passing of Polly Farmer during the week. He was obviously an amazing player and someone upon whom you never hear a bad word said. Before he used handball as an attacking weapon it was only used by other players to get out of trouble. One of the most amazing things about him was when he injured a knee, he changed the leg he jumped off in the ruck. This is something that would have been very difficult to do and still maintain his skill.

Have a great weekend!

The Professor’s red hotties for Caulfield and Doomben Races on 1 June 2019 and the Weekend Parlay

After a week off, the Professor has his eye on both Caulfield and Doomben today. At Caulfield the track is rated a soft 6 with more rain to come. The rail is 14 metres out for the entire track whilst the Doomben track is rated a Good 4 with the rail out 4.5 metres for the entire track.

Remember to back the tips each way.

Caulfield

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

Doomben

Race 9 Horse 6 – Sixties Groove (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 8 Horse 4 – Miss Vixen (at Caulfield) into Geelong to defeat Sydney (AFL) into Canberra Raiders to defeat Canterbury Bulldogs (NRL)

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

Weekend musing – Drew Morphett, Nathan Buckley, All Australian team, Chris Scott, Ange Postecoglou

One of things I want to discuss is the tragic passing of Drew Morphett. Drew was one of those classic ABC commentators who was comfortable commentating on anything from football to athletics to tiddlywinks. He was always interested in presenting the picture to the audience and not pumping up his own tyres. In a pretty cut-throat industry I think he was universally liked by his peers. He will be missed.

I was also pleased that Nathan Buckley was reappointed as Collingwood coach for another two years as this will consign Collingwood to another two years out of the finals. It has to be good for the competition.

It was interesting to see that three of the banned Essendon players made the All Australian team with Hurley the only player to have made the team previously. Unfortunately for Essendon, Paddy Ryder (Port Adelaide) and Michael Hibberd (Melbourne) no longer play for the club. What it does show is that a year out of the game is not fatal for a player in his 20’s, but perhaps once you get to thirty it is not a positive experience.

Chris Scott took Geelong into another finals series last night and his fellow coaches recently voted him as the hardest coach to coach against. He certainly has had a lot of success since taking over from Bomber Thompson, however, his finals record needs some scrutiny. Since the 2011 finals series where Geelong won three games, including the premiership, but with the loss to Richmond, he has now contested a further nine finals for only two wins and one of those wins was over Hawthorn last year when Isaac Smith had a shot after the siren that could have taken the game away from Geelong. I think a few questions need to be posed as to Scott’s finals coaching record.

Speaking of coaches I cannot believe that Ange Postecoglou has come under so much pressure recently. He got the Socceroos an Asian Cup and in the current qualifiers the Socceroos have only lost one game. They do have an issue with scoring, but I put that down to personnel, not system. His system creates scoring chances, but we don’t seem to have the quality of strikers to put the goals away and this was no more evident that the recent game against Thailand. I think Tommy Juric is a good developing striker in the Mark Viduka mould, but we need a Harry Kewell or Tim Cahill at his best to compliment Juric. This is not Postecoglou’s fault, he has tried to develop players, but Australia just does not have genuine strikers playing at the highest level. Let the World Cup campaign pan out and reassess at the end.

Have a great weekend!