Going broke getting rich

  by Peter Edwards I’ve always been a bit entrepreneurial; always been open to the thought of a quick and easy buck; always been curious about the Bransons, Packers, and Murdochs of this world. I’ve attended many a seminar; read many a book; talked to many a mentor. But without the genius of Gates, the [Read more]

Round 17: Heath Shaw Memorial Blog

Well, well, well. What can you say! Interesting that they allow Mr Shaw back for finals. Not quite all-guns-blazing from the AFL? Or overkill? And what of the Captain’s position? So, while the headlines roar, we begin the football in Adelaide, previous burial ground of Bomber hopes (can we still call them Bombers without clarification?). [Read more]

In between days

by Chris Riordan This is truly the “in between” weekend. Proof is that, clearly, the best “city” meeting on Saturday is at Hawkesbury, where an excellent Guineas Day deserves its metrop status. In the feature, Torio’s Quest has been backed for a stack. With Sydney’s Easter Cup races finally over, national focus will soon move [Read more]

AJC Derby – a special day at Randwick

by Chris Riordan It is not my habit to sneak a midweek look at Webjet, eyeing  a throwaway fare to Sydney, but the AJC Derby meeting is on my Australian racing bucket list. Alas, finances determine that I’ll watch the main races, the T.J. Smith and The Derby from a bar at Doglands – dragging [Read more]

Giga Bites 5 – Director’s Cut

Below is an extended version of Giga Bites, which appeared in the Saturday Age on 5th March, 2011. by Andrew Gigacz RYDERS RIDE AGAIN Two sporting Ryders were scheduled to be in action last night. Paddy Ryder was due to line up for Essendon in its NAB Cup semi-final against St Kilda; and Jesse Ryder [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – Tough times in Goodna

John Harms wrote this piece about Goodna at the time of the major floods in 2011.

No picnic at Caulfield

by Chris Riordan Mid-January is usually a time of VISA bills and economic tightening and Race Clubs tend to keep their powder dry with pretty average cards at all major venues – though keep an eye on the Gold Coast where, weather permitting, some exciting events take place around the Magic Millions extravaganza. Will Gerry [Read more]

Christmas Stakes Day

by Chris Riordan Sport and holidays are essential summer companions. While cricket fans munch on leftover sangers in the outer and salties head to Hobart, race meetings take place right across the country. The Riordans would head to Victor Harbor post-Xmas for the trots where I’d swing the bag for my old man, able to kick off [Read more]

Flemington in December

by Chris Riordan The weekend before Xmas is always a difficult time to focus on race fields as social functions and compulsory distractions – too many of them financially draining – usually result in punters keeping what ammunition they can store dry until the “real” holiday break which starts on Boxing Day. There are, though, [Read more]

EastWest (Racing) 101

by Chris Riordan Readers who followed last week’s posts and comments should be flush following heralded Lisa Cropp’s sensational week of winners. Stick with her and fellow Kiwi gun Michael Walker, especially on the wet decks confronting our immediate racing schedules. Perth is once again the featured venue (rock hard ground for sure) but I [Read more]

It’s almost Summer – time for the Winterbottom Stakes

by Chris Riordan It is mighty hard to rouse much enthusiasm for the races this weekend. The quality of the fields has plummeted and fine weather – a drawcard for Friday Nights at The Valley or even the wonderful Woolamai picnics Saturday – looks unlikely again. I’ll be at Moonee Valley on Friday. 8 races, [Read more]

Poms Provide Prospective Punting Pillage

One of the many great things about using Betfair to satisfy your deepest punting needs is that you are betting with the world. The entire world. It would be brilliant to get a print-out of who your bets were matched with: fifth-at-Cranbourne wagers matched with the blackberry-using Telstra technician parked under a mango tree in [Read more]

LINK: Barney’s Big Coup

70 year-old trainer Barney Curley has taken the British bookies to the cleaners in one of the biggest betting coups in a long, long time. But, says Barney, it wasn’t all about the money. Punters who dare to dream (isn’t that all of you?) should read on… http://www.independent.co.uk/news/people/profiles/barney-curley-nobody-will-win-as-much-on-horse-racing-in-100-years-1988728.html

Racing: Brisbane and the Valley

by Chris Riordan Saturday’s feature meeting is again in Brisbane, highlighted by the exceptional Group One Doomben 10,000 which provides a smorgasbord of quality chances, headlined by Ortensia, Hot Danish and Whobegotyou. A very good meeting there and a crack race but I can’t possibly offer any direction for punters. Locally, Moonee Valley doesn’t get [Read more]

Racing: The Ramsden Day Ramble

 by Chris Riordan Budget week can be an appropriate time for us to review our financial strategies; in this case revisit some of our punting maxims and the big philosophical questions and queries that need to be addressed in the search for success. Today I’m going to incorporate four dilemmas in to the discussion on [Read more]

On the footy punt

We all know that given the choice between working and not working just about everyone (with the notable exception of those who are related by blood to The Handicapper) would prefer the feet comfortably up, the computer fired up, the form guide opened up, and the races on the TV. This, sustained by a barrel [Read more]

Racing: Doncaster Day at Randwick

by Chris Riordan Correspondent “Carringbush” joined our forum last week with some salient observations from his visit to Randwick’s Derby Day. The small crowd figure was a point of obvious concern and we can only hope that more people recognize the quality of tomorrow’s Doncaster Day and that the AJC starts to regain kudos for [Read more]

AJC Derby: Quality and intrigue

by Chris Riordan Racing purists love the Randwick Carnival which begins this Saturday with The Derby. The AJC Derby is Australia’s premiere 3 year-old event and the 2010 edition has quality and intrigue. Whilst discards like Manhattan Rain reinforce my “no pre-post” evangelism, those who make it to the barriers are chasing prestige, stud kudos [Read more]

Racing: Rosehill Guineas Day

by Chris Riordan I’m confused. The Rosehill Guineas meeting this Saturday is a beauty with excellent races across the day and much interest in the juvenile Gr2 Pago Pago and Magic Night Stakes’ as the Slipper markets remain in flux. But isn’t next week Easter? Stawell, Oakbank, AJC Derby/Doncaster?

The 20th Annual Ladder Competition

by Andrew Gigacz It’s back and promises to be BIGGER than ever. It’s the internationally acclaimed (well, my brother said it was good, and he lives in Malaysia) LADDER COMPETITION. It’s the comp that requires you to do no more than to write down (or type) the names of the 16 AFL teams ONCE for [Read more]