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4 red hotties for Morphettville races on 7 May 2022 and the Professor’s Parlay

An ordinary start on the tipping front for the first day of the Morphettville carnival last Saturday but the Professor and the Gelding intend to put that behind them as they look for winners on Robert Sangster Stakes day. The Morphettville 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!

Morphettville

Professor’s tips

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

Race 5 Horse 2 – General Beau (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 6 Horse 5 – Foxy Frida

Race 8 Horse 1 – September Run

Professor’s Parlay

Race 8 Horse 1 – September Run into Sydney Swans to beat Gold Coast Suns (AFL) into Melbourne Storm to beat St George Illawarra Dragons (NRL).

The Professor and the panel of the Judge and the Gelding will be talking sport on the Sportzfan Radio YouTube channel from 12.00pm AEST tomorrow. Special guest, former Western Bulldog’s player and Fox Footy commentator, Brad Johnson.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

4 red hot tips for Caulfield races on 9 April 2022 and the Professor’s Parlay

With the return of racing to the metropolitan area at Caulfield today, the Professor and the Gelding are looking for an improvement in their form. The track is rated a Good 4 with the rail in the true position for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Caulfield

Professor’s tips

Race 2 Horse 2 – Playoffs (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 8 Horse 6 – Ain’tnodeeldone (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 7 Horse 3 – Belle Savoir

Race 9 Horse 7 – Old Flame

Professor’s Parlay

Race 9 Horse 7 – Old Flame into Penrith Panthers to beat Canterbury Bulldogs (NRL) into Sydney Swans to beat North Melbourne (AFL).

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 tomorrow.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

Aus Open wrap, NRL update, AFLW round 5 and Justin Langer steps down as Australian coach on show #443

The Professor and the panel of Coutta, Paul Dalligan, Sarah Radlow and the Gelding take a last look at the Australian Open results and the epic five set match in the men’s singles between Rafael Nadal and Daniil Medvedev.

Paul gives an update on the coming NRL season with only a week to the All Stars match and three weeks to the Charity Shield. Tom Trbojevic will be off the grog again in 2022 and is there any hope of the New Zealand Warriors playing home games this season.

Sarah looks at round 5 of the AFLW season, the appointment of Scott Greenwood as coach of the Sydney Swans and the suspension of reigning league best and fairest, Kiara Bowers.

The Gelding talks about the resignation of Justin Langer as Australian cricket coach and why it took so long to make a decision.

You can see this episode of Sportzfan Radio at our YouTube channel here.

The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hot tips for Caulfield races on 26 June 2021 and the Professor’s Parlay

Rain played a big part in last Saturday’s results and seems certain to act as a spoiler for punter’s trying to pick a winner today at Caulfield. Both the Professor and the Gelding caution punters to check the track rating and the pattern of racing during the day before placing their bets.

The track is currently rated a Soft 7 but will probably be downgraded during the meeting. The rail is out 12 metres for the entire circuit.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Caulfield

Professor’s tips

Race 1 Horse 2 – Jigsaw (for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Race 3 Horse 6 – Dickin Medal (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 5 Horse 6 – I’m Thunderstruck

Race 8 Horse 11 – Corner Pocket

Professor’s Parlay

Race 5 Horse 6 – I’m Thunderstruck into Port Adelaide to beat Sydney Swans (AFL) into Greater Western Sydney to beat Hawthorn (AFL).

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

The Professor and the panel of the Gelding, the Judge, Paul Dalligan and Dan Butterly will be live on Sportzfan Radio’s YouTube page from 12.00pm AEST tomorrow. Special guest will be the the Sports Geek, Sean Callanan.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

The Professor’s and the Gelding’s red hotties for Caulfield races on 29 August 2020 and the Weekend Parlay

Even though the Moonee Valley meeting was called off part way through last Saturday, the Professor and the Gelding managed to pick a winner and get the parlay bet up. They’re looking to do even better today.

The sun is out and the Caulfield track is rated a Good 4 with the rail in the true position.

Don’t forget to back the tips each way!

Caulfield

Professor’s tips

Race 2 Horse 1 – Windstorm (for the ladies at the Tennis club)
Race 6 Horse 6 – Garner (also for the ladies at the Tennis club)

Gelding’s tips

Race 9 Horse 13 – Savatiano
Race 10 Horse 1 – Rubisaki

Weekend Parlay

Race 2 Horse 1 – Windstorm into Port Adelaide to beat Sydney Swans (AFL) into Canberra Raiders to beat Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs (NRL).

You can hear the Professor, the Gelding and the rest of the panel talking sport from midday tomorrow, live on the Sportzfan Radio Facebook page. Check them out.

Good luck and good punting!

The Professor

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 – 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 – Test series wrap, Victoria wins the Sheffield Shield……

Sfan OB6A disappointing end to a very interesting test series in India with Australia capitulating in the second innings of the fourth test. Up until that stage, the series had been evenly poised and was one of the most talked about series in India that I can remember. Steve Smith clearly the star for Australia with the bat and Pat Cummins making a successful comeback to test cricket augurs well for the future. A lot has been made about friendships between the teams being sacrificed in an all out attempt to win. All I’ll say about that is the friendships cannot have been too solid in the first place if a bit of name calling and sledging has brought them undone.

Sticking with cricket, it was great to see the Vics salute again in the Sheffield Shield for a record third straight win. It also must be 81946500remembered that none of the wins have been on home soil. The first win was in Hobart, the second an away win against South Australia and the third was in Alice Springs. It cannot be underestimated how valuable Cameron White has been as Captain of the Bushrangers. His experience and tactical ability has come to the fore once again.

There was an article in the Herald Sun this week discussing the success of the Victorian horses in Sydney this year. It has been put down to the heavy tracks in Sydney which has meant the Victorian horses are going up there fitter than their northern counterparts. I think there could be a parallel with the two Sydney football teams based on their performances last week. Both Sydney teams played teams from Adelaide where the weather has meant that full training outside has been undertaken, whereas, perhaps the weather in Sydney has meant that a lot of their training has been indoors. Certainly something to keep an eye on in coming weeks.

I am also amazed that various pundits are prepared to write teams off after one round of football. It is a bit like making too many predictions on a pre-season series which doesn’t mean much.

Have a great weekend!

Weekend Musing – droughts broken in AFL and NRL, Winx steps out…..

Sfan OB6Well what a great AFL Grand Final and a result that is good for football. With the Doggies breaking their 62 year premiership drought, it brings to 4 the number of significant droughts broken in the last 15 years. First you had Brisbane/Fitzroy breaking a 47 year drought in 2001, then Sydney/Sth Melbourne breaking a 72 year drought in 2005 and Geelong breaking a 44 year drought in 2007. This now leaves Melbourne (1964) & St Kilda (1966) as the two established clubs with the longest droughts and with both sides having encouraging years this year, who knows we may see another drought broken shortly.

I must say that Luke Beveridge handing over his medal to Bob Murphy was a wonderful gesture, but equally Murphy giving it back was the right thing to do. Without trying to kill Bambi, I am getting a bit tired of the love for Bob Murphy. Yes he is the captain and spiritual leader of the Doggies, but he is not the only player that has missed out on a premiership due to injury or suspension. I have always felt sorry for the recently deceased Neville Crowe who was captain of Richmond in 1967 when John Nicholls feigned being struck and Crowe missed the 1967 premiership as a result. That was also a drought breaking premiership win for the Tigers (24 years).

In the NRL we also saw the Cronulla Sharks win their first premiership since they entered the competition 50 years ago. I obviously wanted the Storm to win, but again it is hard to begrudge a club a drought breaking premiership.

The attention of the sporting public now turns to horse racing and the Spring Carnival. The Melbourne public see Winx for the first time since the Cox Plate last year. She is in a three horse field and sometimes these races can provide an upset because they can become a “sit and sprint”. If that is the case it may favour Black Heart Bart who is clearly the best sprinter of the three acceptors.

Have a great weekend!

Weekend musing – AFL bye rounds, European Cup, Tour de France, British Open….

Chris Barwin HillsRound 17 of the AFL season started on Thursday night and these Thursday night games have been aptly called ‘Pie night’ games by Fox Footy. The games are largely only possible due to the bye rounds where only six games are played each round across three weekends. Many people do not like the 6 x 6 x 6 way of having a bye, but in my opinion, I think it is fine. Igunston would rather that method than a complete break in the mid-season. It affords every side a break, there is still a good number of games for each weekend and it allows for the introduction of these Thursday night games which appear to have attracted good crowds and TV ratings. I have heard some in the media saying the bye rounds mean the AFL season loses momentum. I do not agree or see it as a problem. After all, if you think about it, the old VFL competition only had six games a week and we thought that was plenty back then.

The round also started with another Hawthorn escape and I think the Swans would be ruing the three 50 metre penalties which resulted in two goals in a game that was decided by five points. The HANNEBERY50 metre penalties were there, but it is massive penalty for innocuous incidents that had little to no impact on the play. There was also a big disparity in the free kick count, especially up to 3/4 time. The Hawthorn free kicks were probably there, but there were a lot of free kicks not paid to Sydney that should have been paid. Again, in a tight game it makes a difference.

In the Euro Cup, Portugal continued the run of outsiders winning big competitions this year and without a meaningful contribution fromronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo. The highlight of the tournament though still has to be Iceland’s defeat of England. One wonders how such a result could occur when one considers the disparity between the two nations in population and football history. Clearly England need to re-invent themselves if they wish to seriously challenge for major silverware in the future.

froomeThe Tour de France continues on and I must say even with the halfway mark just reached, it looks like Chris Froome will again be in front at the end. He seems a cut above the rest and barring some unfortunate accident he is over the line.

The British Open continues to be a major Championship that eludes Australian golfers even now that we have some of the top golfers inscott the world. Greg Norman ‘was our last winner and that was a very long time ago. I see our best chance with Adam Scott, but I am far from confident that any Aussie will be lifting the claret mug this year.

Have a great weekend!