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The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hotties for Sandown and Eagle Farm races on 12 June 2021 and the Professor’s Parlay

The Professor and the Gelding are a bit worried by the effect the weather will have on today’s Melbourne race meeting with the Sandown track already rated at a Heavy 9 with the possibility of further rain during the day. The rail is in the true position for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Sandown

Professor’s tips

Race 1 Horse 1 – Mimosas (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 2 Horse 5 – Sign Seal Deliver (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 3 Horse 7 – Sweet Sixteen

Race 4 Horse 8 – La Richesse

Eagle Farm

Race 8 Horse 1 – Mr Quickie

Professor’s Parlay

Race 1 Horse 1 – Mimosas into South Sydney Rabbitohs to beat Newcastle Knights (NRL) into St George Illawarra to beat Canterbury Bulldogs (NRL).

You can see the most recent epsiode of That’s Racing!! here.

The Professor and the Sportzfan Radio panel of the Judge, the Gelding, Coutta, Sarah Radlow and Paul Dalligan will be talking sport on our You Tube page from 1.00pm tomorrow.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hotties for Caulfield races on 29 May 2021 and the Professor’s Parlay

The Professor and the Gelding had mixed fortunes last week and will be trying to improve their tipping at today’s Caulfield race meeting. The track is currently rated a Good 4 with the rail out 3 metres for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Caulfield

Professor’s tips

Race 6 Horse 4 – Yonkers (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 7 Horse 9 – Reckoning (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 1 Horse 4 – Set the Sails

Race 9 Horse 9 – Muntaseera

Professor’s Parlay

Race 6 Horse 4 – Yonkers or Race 9 Horse 9 – Muntaseera into Sydney Roosters to beat Canberra Raiders (NRL) into Manly Sea Eagles to beat Newcastle Knights (NRL).

You can watch the latest edition of That’s Racing!! here.

Don’t forget the Professor and the panel of the Judge, the Gelding, Sarah Radlow, Paul Dalligan, Coutta and Dan Butterly will be live on the Sportzfan Radio page on You Tube tomorrow from 12.00pm AEST.

Good luck and good punting!!

The Professor

The Professor’s & the Gelding’s red hot tips for Caulfield races on 8 May 2021 and the Professor’s Parlay

The Professor and the Gelding were in good form last week with two winners and two placings from four selections. They are looking to improve on that today at Caulfield where the track is rated a Soft 5 with the rail out 12 metres for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Caulfield

Professor’s tips

Race 4 Horse 9 – Pintoff (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 5 Horse 5 – Mr Exclusive (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 2 Horse 10 – Excelman

Race 9 Horse 4 – Ayrton

Professor’s Parlay

Race 9 Horse 4 – Ayrton into Canberra Raiders to beat Newcastle Knights (NRL) into Liverpool to beat Southampton (EPL).

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

The Professor and the Sportzfan Radio panel of Coutta, Paul Dalligan and Dan Butterly will be talking sport on our You Tube channel from 1.00pm AEST tomorrow.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hot tips for Rosehill races on 27 March 2021 and the Professor’s Parlay

After a break last week due to some technical difficulties, the Professor and the Gelding are back with their red hot tips for today’s Rosehill Golden Slipper meeting. The track is rated a Soft 7 with the rail out 3 metres for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Rosehill

Professor’s tips

Race 1 Horse 5 – Private Eye (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

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

Gelding’s tips

Race 4 Horse 6 – Verry Elleegant

Race 5 Horse 3 – Mo’unga

Professor’s Parlay

Race 4 Horse 6 – Verry Elleegant into Newcastle Knights to beat Wests Tigers (NRL) into Central Coast Mariners to beat Melbourne Victory (A League).

You can see today’s edition of That’s Racing!! here.

The Professor and the Sportzfan Radio panel of the Judge, Coutta, Dan Butterly, Sarah Radlow and Paul Dalligan will be live on our Facebook page tomorrow talking sport at 12.00pm AEDT.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hot tips for Moonee Valley races on 22 August 2020 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor and the Gelding had mixed results from their tips last week. Two placings for the Professor and a winner for the Gelding so some return but they are looking to improve on that today. The track is currently rated a Soft 7 with showers expected during the day with the track rating expected to be downgraded. The rail is out 5 metres for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Moonee Valley

Professor’s tips

Race 3 Horse 11 – Jenni’s Rainbow (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 7 – Windstorm (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 2 Horse 4 – Tailleur
Race 8 Horse 10 – Brooklyn Hustle

Weekend Parlay

Race 2 Horse 4 – Tailleur into Port Adelaide to beat Hawthorn (AFL) into Newcastle Knights to beat North Queensland Cowboys (NRL).

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s and the Gelding’s tips for Caulfield races on 25 July 2020 and the Weekend Parlay

Both the Professor and the Gelding maintained their fifty percent records on winning tips last week but they are looking to do better at Caulfield today where the track is rated a Good 4 and the rail is out 5 metres for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Caulfield

The Professor’s tips

Race 3 Horse 1 – Our Campana (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 5 Horse 1 – Rich Hips (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

The Gelding’s tips

Race 7 Horse 4 – Viridine
Race 9 Horse 1 – Mystery Shot

Weekend Parlay

Race 7 Horse 4 – Viridine into Manchester City to beat Norwich City (EPL) into Newcastle Knights to beat Canterbury Bulldogs (NRL).

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s red hot tips for Flemington races on 10 August 2019 and the Weekend Parlay

The Professor was out of luck last Saturday with both his selections for the ladies at the Tennis club well placed in the home straight but they failed to run on.

Today’s Flemington meeting will be tricky with the rain over the last two days. The track is currently rated a Soft 7 but with more rain forecast today that rating could reach ‘Heavy’. The rail is 10 metres out from the true position.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Flemington

Race 6 Horse 10 – Assertive Approach (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 7 Horse 7 – My Pendant (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 7 Horse 7 – My Pendant into Collingwood to beat Melbourne (AFL) into Parramatta Eels to beat Newcastle Knights (NRL).

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

Professor’s red hotties for Caulfield races on 27 April 2019 and his weekend parlay

The Professor returns to Victoria with his selections today concentrating on the meeting at Caulfield. The track is currently rated a Good 4 but there is a threat of rain during the day so that rating could change. The rail is out 5 metres.

Make sure to back the selections each way.

Caulfield

Race 7 Horse 8 – Mr Quickie (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 9 Horse 10 – Miss Leonidas (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Weekend Parlay

Race 7 Horse 8 – Mr Quickie into Parramatta Eels to beat the Newcastle Knights (NRL) into Perth Glory to beat Wellington Phoenix (A League).

You can hear the Professor and Coutta discuss today’s racing and the parlay on Sportzfan Radio from midday tomorrow on 88.3 Southern FM, the Sounds of the Bayside.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

NRL video referrals a joke!

meWith the 2015 NRL season only three rounds old, there have already been too many instances of poor decisions being made by the video referee. One wonders why the NRL has the system if the referees continue to get it wrong.

The NRL Laws and Interpretations regarding video refereeing are straight forward and indicate that, when called upon, the video referee will assess if there is ‘sufficient evidence’ to confirm or overturn the decision made on the field. If there is ‘sufficient evidence’ that the on field ruling is correct, the decision is to be confirmed. Conversely if there is ‘sufficient evidence’ that the decision is incorrect, the decision is to be reversed. If there is ‘insufficient evidence’ the on field decision should be confirmed.

Just looking at the last round, there were three referrals that bear1426851722530 scrutiny. In the first game of the round Manly were awarded a try to Steve Matai after video review. The ruling on the field was ‘no try’. The video evidence did not show anything conclusive and certainly did not provide ‘sufficient evidence’ of a try. When viewed in the light of the NRL Laws, the on field decision should clearly have been maintained. But it wasn’t. Fortunately, the decision did not affect the outcome of the match.

CAsOoOaUgAAguqR.jpg-largeIn the second instance, both the on field referee and the video ref both missed a knock on prior to a Newcastle try, that just about everyone else in the stadium and viewing on television saw. It looked very clear on the video replay. The Knights wen on to defeat the Gold Coast Titans 20-18. The botched call cost the Titans the match and two precious points.

Finally, a try to Dallin Watene-Zelezniak was disallowed notwithstanding the video evidence showed the ball was grounded in the corner. Video ref Shayne Hayne agreed with the on field official’s no try decision even though the video showed there were four of Watene-Zelezniak’s fingers on the ball.

NRL referee’s boss Tony Archer, after looking at these decisions conceded the Newcastle decision was incorrect but said there won’tNRL RAIDERS RABBITOHS be a change to the system. I would agree! The Rules relating to video referral are quite sufficient if they are adhered to. ¬†Further education on the Rules needs to be provided to the people who are reviewing the decisions. If that doesn’t lead to improvement, then the NRL needs some new video refs.

Players, coaches and fans all deserve to have consistent interpretations so that they can have confidence in the system. Anything less is not good enough.

Titans in major state of disrepair…can NRL intervention fix that?

Feb 20 2011 006The Gold Coast hasn’t been a happy hunting ground for Rugby League. There have been three prior attempts at life on the Gold Coast in the form of the Giants, Seagulls & Chargers between 1988 & 1998. It is fair to say that not one of those teams covered themselves in glory and each one ended in failure.

As a comparator, Brisbane Broncos and Newcastle Knights were also admitted in the same year of 1988 and they have won eight premierships between them.

The NRL sought to revive the Gold Coast push and introduced the Titans in 2007. It is arguable that they are an upgrade on the three prior teams, having made the finals in 2009 and 2010. However, they have struggled to retain stability in their playing list and flashy signings haven’t worked out for them ie. Jamal Idris leaving after two years of a five year contract. That combination has led to the inevitable decline in crowd numbers over the last three seasons.

Since late 2014, the Club has made headlines for all the wrong reasons starting off with the Club being unable to afford to remain at their ‘Centre of Excellence’ base at Robina due to an inability to afford the rent. They are currently in temporary accommodation and still looking for an administration and training home just a week away from the start of the NRL season. If that was not enough, the Titans are without a major sponsor for the 2015 season and given recent media attention, are unlikely to find one thereby exacerbating financial pressures.

With two strikes on the scoresheet, the third strike came in the form of a number of players being charged by the Queensland Crime Commission with drug charges. Some of those charged, Greg Bird, David Taylor, Kalifa Faifai Loa and Beau Falloon would have formed an important part of the team in 2015 and have all been stood down until further notice. They could well miss the entire season.

Checking Nick Tedeschi’s NRL Punter’s Guide, he says as follows of those players:

Bird – Blue chip player – one of the strongest runners in the game, a staple of the Australian and NSW teams, a big game player.
Taylor – was at times devastating in 2014. His freakish combination of size and skill only countered by an equal lack of football intelligence.
Falloon – Club’s top hooker. Had best season in 2014 winning the Club’s player of the year gong.
Loa – Probably third in line for a wing spot but is a better player than Gordon and Mead and should get a look in at some point.

Earlier today, the NRL in the form of CEO Dave Smith indicated that the NRL will be taking over the troubled franchise. He says there are no thoughts of relocation or of winding the team up. Positive sentiments indeed, but the club is a basket case!

One wonders, given what has transpired since the end of the 2014 season, why it took so long for NRL HQ to step in. There were certainly enough indicators for much earlier intervention.

If as expected the Titans have a poor season on field (Tom Waterhouse had them at $6.00 for the wooden spoon – he probably has stopped taking bets on them with recent developments!), sponsors and crowds will stay away and make saving the franchise that much harder. Perhaps the Titans are that badly broken that even the NRL can’t save them.