Doggies can deservedly dare to dream

by John Harms 2010.3.15 It’s Sunday night. Kids are asleep. I’m doing a bit of financial planning. I’m sitting here sitting here with a glass of red, one eye on the Premier League Darts, and the other on the Betfair AFL premiership market. The Western Bulldogs have been backed from $6.40 before the NAB Cup [Read more]

Racing: A Red Letter day across the country

by Chris Riordan Back to reality this week as Caulfield is justifiably overwhelmed by Rosehill’s drawcard. With good noms tonight and bumper fields in both Sydney and Adelaide on Saturday, it is little wonder the Victorian metro meeting is a bit skinny. I’m going to Moonee Valley Friday night and then the MCG Saturday so [Read more]

Link: The secret life of strappers

From ABC Radio National’s 360 Degree program, delve into the secret life of horse strappers. Click on the link below. Comments welcome. www.abc.net.au/rn/360/stories/2010/2830043.htm

Racing: Almanac on the money on Sequel Saturday

by Chris Riordan It was a wonderful day’s racing at Flemington and Randwick and, I must add, Almanackers were once again well directed if they looked to our site for guidance. I warned to avoid the early races and the first “shortie” got rolled with the winner, Master Harry (Moody/Nolen) very impressive.

Racing: Looking for a change of script on Sequel Saturday

by Chris Riordan Flemington gets a bonus Sequel Saturday this week with the dual Group Ones, Australian Cup and Guineas, icing an already interesting Blamey Stakes card. The VRC has done the right thing in offering free admission and hopefully a bumper crowd will witness the last really good meeting before focus shifts to Sydney [Read more]

Racing: All hail the brave punters

by Chris Riordan When you have been round the traps, as I have, there’s a tendency to greet most occasions with a …”but I remember…”. Cowering under the inadequate cover of Flemington’s main betting ring yesterday, I proposed to the nearest fogey – “Were you here for Van der Hum?” “Yes”, he panted,” but that [Read more]

Racing: Crio’s Super Saturday tip – watch the weather

by Chris Riordan Flemington’s triple Group One Super Saturday promises to live up to its billing. The “Festival of Racing” has been beset with problems, especially the poor attendances and the withdrawal of anticipated drawcards. Negativity and Nikolic have too often been on sportspages instead of Starspangled and Little Lonhro. But at last the threatening [Read more]

Third Test, Day 3: Introducing the Test Cricket Quaddy

by Chris Riordan Here’s a new betting medium I’ve just uncovered. As we know, they’re what keep sports afloat. It’s the Test Cricket Quaddy and you’d have scooped the pool if you got it right by tonight. The challenge is to pick runs and wickets per session, from tea one day until stumps the next.

The table

by Damian “Dips” O’Donnell Our dinners at home were always noisy, cluttered affairs. The eight of us would sit around the delightful (though tiny) old mahogany table, which seemed to have a talent for expanding whenever Mum found there were additional mouths to feed. It could have been someone’s mate, a cousin, the local parish [Read more]

Sandown Classic: Freeman and Flynn’s final spring fling

by Mark “Makybe” Freeman True to form, Sandown Classic Day proved a benefit for punters, with very gettable trifectas and first fours in the Guineas and Classic, a very gettable quaddie (even I managed 4 per cent of it!) and even a very gettable Big 6 that paid more than three large.

Gorilla jumps in; break out the Crownies, Daff!

By Mark “Makybe” Diva Our wide cup trifecta landed a very nice $1062 return for the hunnert invested after Shocking put paid to Godolphin’s boy – second again for the Sheikh. So for Daff’s cash we’re now well and truly in the black. I wish I could say the same for myself after today’s result, [Read more]

Drawing on past lessons

by Mark “Makybe” Freeman The big one is all about levering that lovely dead money in the tote trifecta and first four pools, punters. It’s about taking the opportunity to cream the healthy dividend off all the once-a-year types making selections based on cat’s names, gran’s birthday’s and fave colours.

One “bogan Josh” too many on Derby Day

Most bookies reported losses from Derby Day…all would have lost their temper. We were positioned adjacent to the Beaver at the end of the main ring and had a terrible day dealing with total dickheads. No security or police were in evidence at any stage of the day. Beaver reckons it is time for a [Read more]

Framing the bets

by John Kingsmill My new Adelaide Review editor only gave me 250 words on the Melbourne Cup this year. I filed this last week when there were still 39 hats in the ring: Alcopop took SA country form to Melbourne, won the JRA and Herbert Power and went straight to the Cup. Skip the premarket [Read more]

A quality day at the Derby

by Mark “Makybe” Freeman Just a pleasure seeing the quality go around today, punters. How good is Typhoon Tracy? Sat three-wide early, but ran away with such authority. Managed to keep out of Hot Danish, having seen her soundly thrashed by Tracy at Caulfield. And Faint Perfume is also proving a gun. She was nice [Read more]

Crio’s tip: to win more, put more on Onemorenomore

After the fiasco at Caulfield, my faith in the betting ring as central to a day’s racing was restored at Moonee Valley where a massive crowd bet ferociously on what was the busiest day I’ve had on the bag in memory. Despite the early shorties arriving, the value was good, you could lay plenty of [Read more]

Makybe joins the Rockferry crew

By Mark Makybe Freeman Clambering to the summit of the racing season, punters, ready to drive our flagpole into the peak… er… to enjoy the best racing has to offer. Our oxygen (cash supply) is running low, but we’re alive and kicking. Always a fascinating program, Derby Day, all group races, including four group 1s. [Read more]

A day at the Cox Plate

by David Hyland Firstly I have to say that Saturday was my virginal live Cox Plate experience. I had always wanted to attend having been to the course many times for different events and thought that packed to the rafters it would provide magnificent atmosphere and excitement. I went with my wife and another two [Read more]

Looking for a change of fortune

by Chris Riordan I keep running in to punters lauding over last week’s riches. No good for me. I’m still backing Bookies’ chances and we got belted. It was an awful day all round at Caulfield. Punters just kept getting it right and the occasion was tarnished by horrible, drunken, unpleasant behaviour. A classic Connex [Read more]

Like Moonee Valley’s turf, the Cox Plate is cut and dried

By Mark “Makybe” Freeman   I can see clearly now, punters, the Plate has come…. it’s gonna be a deep, deep-pocket, fill-up day.   After the raffle of last week’s Caulfield Cup, the 2009 Cox Plate is as cut-and-dried as they come. There are only three genuine top flight stakes-class performers – Whobegotyou, Heart of [Read more]