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    Hey Charles,

    Been a while, thought I would pop in and say hello... hello

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    G'day Dags. Nice to see you are still around and kicking. Hope you have managed a few more winners then I have of late. Punting hasn't been the same since that bloody virus entered the scene. Anyway all good here...how about your self....have you been kicking plenty of goals of late?

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    Another weekend is upon us. Thought I would take a short break so have only just got back from the largest sand island in the world and where the cleanest water in the world is found. Very pleasant and even got to see a few dozen whales having fun.
    Here is this Saturday's racing. Selections and late mail will go up early tomorrow morning.
    On the personal punting note only 12 bets for 5 winners, 1 second, 2 thirds and rest are non divvy returners.

    Racing this Saturday commences with Eagle Farm at 11.28am Australian Eastern Standard time,
    In London this equates to 2.28am London Time, and
    Last Race commences at Belmont at 7.05pm which is 10.05am on Saturday morning in London.

    EAGLE FARM:
    R1 no 1 Dashing Special 2nd
    R2 no 1 Kisukano Won $2.20
    R3 no 6 Super Contender 2nd
    R5 no 1 Mushaireb 2nd
    R6 no 7 Super Effort 3rd
    R8 no 1 Carzoff 2nd


    CAULFIELD:
    R1 no 1 Sovereign Award 2nd
    R2 no 1 Mister Mogul
    R5 no 6 Hydro Star...obvious danger is no 3 Rulership 3rd
    R6 no 3 Parlophone
    R7 no 2 Viridine Won $4.30
    R8 no 8 Mystic Journey


    RANDWICK:
    R1 no 3 All Saint's Eve Won $3
    R2 no 3 Niccirose
    R3 no 7 Masked Crusader 2nd
    R4 no 9 Torun 2nd
    R6 no 3 Athiri 2nd
    R7 no 2 North Pacific Won $2.30
    R9 no 5 Off Shaw



    BELMONT:
    R2 no 2 Clairvoyance Won
    R3 no 6 Serenity Bay 3rd
    R5 no 4 Montelena Won
    R7 no 1 Free Trade



    LAY BETS:
    MR9 no 4 Showmanship Won $2 Fav. Lay bet Lost.
    BR8 no 8 Top Prospect Scr.

    JOKE:
    A lovely blonde lady failed the written driving test four times. At the fifth attempt, she was extremely determined to pass: The test had the same question. “You are driving at 100 km/ph. On your right is a cliff, on your left is a wall, On the road you see an old man and a young man. What will you hit?” The Woman walked up to the Examiner and said. “I’ve answered this question all four ways, Wall, Cliff, Old Man and Young Man, yet I failed all four times. How is this possible? What am I supposed to hit?”
    The Examiner replied. “The Brakes!”


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    Quote Originally Posted by Charles49 View Post
    Another weekend is upon us. Thought I would take a short break so have only just got back from the largest sand island in the world and where the cleanest water in the world is found. Very pleasant and even got to see a few dozen whales having fun.



    Cheers 'n'Beers
    I had to do a google search for "largest sand island in the world and where the cleanest water in the world is found" -> Fraser Island

    Very beautiful place, thanks for telling about it. You have amazing places to visit in Australia. I never saw a whale in person. Maybe some day.

    Ps - good joke, and a good lesson hahaha

    Cheers Charles!

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    Yes you are spot on Bog. Fraser Island is a very unique part of Australia with great wide beaches that you can drive on, plenty of fishing opportunities, and you can camp on the island too. No need to carry fresh water as the island constantly spills out fresh water onto the beaches everywhere. And yes we got to see a few dozen whales some were less than a meter or two away from us.....and yes I do have the photo's to prove it!!
    We are very fortunate here in Oz that there are so many unique places to visit with a diversity of both bush and animals.
    Well worth the effort as Fraser is just 3 hours drive time from Brisbane to the barge that takes you across to the island yet its a world away from civilization. Glad you enjoyed the geography lesson and the joke!! Take care and best wishes. Charles.

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    Yes I know I said I would curb the covid-19 rants but there is so much happening here and world wide that I felt the need for another rant. The good news here is that the Australian Government have obviously read these posts (written with tongue in cheek!) and have now honed in on the Oxford University and have staked a claim for their anticipated vaccine which in turn will be distributed free to every Australian asap. That's around 25 million shots and the timing for this is anticipated to be around this Christmas or early 2021. They have also staked their claim for a couple of others as well including with the University of Queensland here in Brisbane which rant watchers would be aware has also been mentioned here in past posts.
    The bad news circulating is that Covid-19 now has a second wave in progress and this continues to frustrate our authorities here, as they try and cope with serious lock-downs, and the financial and human losses that are now escalating. In past rants you would have noticed that our death rate here reached around 102 and then stabilized. Now its shot up to around 450 with the State of Victoria having the biggest number at around 360 or approximately 80% of the nations tally. Interestingly they had an Judicial Enquiry in Victoria into the handling of quarantine issues at the Marriott Hotel in Melbourne (and yes that was mentioned in past rants, where security guards were alleged to have had sex with those in quarantine,which has never been denied); anyway its been established by the Enquiry that 99% of the spread of the virus in Victoria can be sheeted back to a Security guard who caught the virus from a traveller from the US who was in the botched quarantine program. Apparently they can do that by breaking down the makeup of the virus under a microscope.
    There seems to be little doubt that the second wave virus version seems to be a deadlier version than the first one, so the warning is don't be complacent, as the current wave is a killer, particularly if you are above 60 years old.
    I was talking to a senior Minister this week who mentioned that he was aware of a nursing home in Australia that had just two staff on duty at any time and sadly they were unable to cope with the added burden and a number died. Cost cutting is not unusual in retirement villages as companies and Churches that run them tend to concentrate on the bottom line and sadly seem to forget the prime reason why they are heavily subsidised by the Australian Government.
    And in another sad story six staff members at Epping Gardens retirement village in Victoria decided to hold an unauthorised baby shower for a staff member. They were found out when one of the residents who required assistance became sick of ringing the buzzer and got out of bed to find help but instead discovered the party. Four days later one of the staff that attended was found to be covid positive and in just six days later 60 residents and 22 staff, including the six that had the baby shower all tested positive to the virus. So far 20 deaths have been linked to this event. Expect Heritage Care who manage the centre will have the book thrown at them together with significant fines for their gross negligence.
    Hope you enjoyed the Covid in Australia update, and yes I promise to get back to horse racing matters, but not before I head outdoors to enjoy the 28 degrees Celsius temperature that sunny Brisbane will be enjoying today. Queensland is just the best place to be when you have a nasty virus around that is causing so much unpleasantness in other parts of the country.
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    Highlight of racing here in Oz tomorrow is the running of the WFA Winx Stakes carrying prizemoney of AUD$500K. Winx of course has retired and is in foal at the moment. Prior to retirement Winx won an amazing 33 consecutive races including 25 Group One races which is an outstanding effort. Her prizemoney totalled some $26m which no doubt made her owners extremely happy.
    On a personal note my bets this week totalled just 13 bets for 3 winners, 3 seconds, 2 thirds and the rest failed to trouble the judge.
    The early selections will go up today however these will be added to, amended, and/or altered as the scratchings and late mail are received in the early hours tomorrow morning.
    Racing this Saturday commences with the first race at Doomben at 11.33am AEST
    In London time that's 2.33 am Saturday morning.
    Last Race will be at Belmont Park and that's run at 7.10 AEST
    In London the last race time will be at 10.10 am Saturday

    Here are the selections and I do wish you all the best with your weekend punting investments.


    DOOMBEN:
    R3 no 8 Chico Milagro.. 2nd ..thought no 7 Chauffer Won $6.10 was the smokey here at around $8 or better
    R5 no 4 Amicitia 4th
    R6 no 9 Ingear 2nd
    R7 no 13 Say Haya
    R9 no 3 Run For Glory Won $3.50

    RANDWICK:
    R1 no 2 Desert Path 4th
    R2 no 14 It's Me Won $4.10
    R3 no 2 New King
    R4 no 1 Dame Giselle..Won $2.45..late mail is no 3 See You Soon Late Scr
    R5 no 1 Le Romain...gave no 2 Special Reward 3rd a strong chance here at each way odds.
    R6 no 6 Adelong
    R7 no 2 The Bostonian......each way value at around $8
    R8 no 8 Poetic Charmer


    MOONEE VALLEY:
    R1 no 4 Coming Around 2nd
    R2 no 4 Tailleur Won
    R3 no 11 Jenni's Rainbow 4th
    R4 no 11 Roland Garros....Won $50..you little beauty!!.....rough each way chance @50/1
    R6 no 4 Flying Award....no 1 Hard Landing is the late mail Race Abandoned
    R8 no 10 Brooklyn Hustle...thought no 5 Bons Away was worth an each way ticket. Race Abandoned

    BELMONT:
    R2 no 4 Comfort Me Won $3.50
    R3 no 7 Montelena Won
    R5 no 3 Leading Girl 2nd
    R6 no 11 Sentimental Queen
    R7 no 2 Wrinkly....tough as teak...never far away when the judge calls a halt.
    R8 no 8 Money Matters Won $2
    R9 no 5 Apollo...suited here...looks a good each way chance.


    LAY BETS:
    SR7 no 7 Master of Wine Ran unplaced. Lay bet
    SR7 no 12 Verry Elleegant Won $7. Lay bet Lost
    MR7 no 7 Windstorm Race Abandoned

    Cheers n Beers
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    Well done on the 50-1 winning tip - not too many of those around!

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    Thanks FM....and yes I did back it early at 50/1. Came from a good source so needless to say I will use him again.!!

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    Covid continues to dominate our news in Oz as the virus continues to take lives especially in Aged Care facilities in Victoria. Their death toll continues to climb to 462 as of today. The nations toll is 549 so you see that Victoria is the State to avoid. Good news is that The University of Queensland seems to be close to a vaccine as trials have been very promising.
    Life goes on despite the mess that Victoria is in and not only is life still happening, so is horse racing which at least provides us with some entertainment and something to bet on.
    On a personal note I have had 18 bets in the past week for 7 winners, 6 seconds,1 third, and 4 unplaced. The very good news is that one winner saluted at $50 whilst another paid $21.50.
    This Saturday I'm doing some roadsides for a political party so the late mail will be very late and I'll try and get the scratchings done early with whatever mail has found its way into my inbox. Therefore the "still working" note will stay up until the selections are finalised and scratchings have been removed.
    The First race commences at Eagle Farm at 11.38am, Australian Eastern Standard time,
    which is 2.38am in London.
    The Final race will be run at Belmont and this starts at 7.15pm AEST and
    in London the last race start time is at 10.15am
    Hope you are all staying safe in these trying times and you are finding sufficient winners to keep the other half happy.!!


    CAULFIELD:
    R1 no 5 Persan Won $2.50
    R2 no 1 Windstorm 4th
    R4 no 8 Morrissy 2nd
    R6 no 14 Lyre 2nd
    R7 no 1 Tagaloa 3rd
    R10 no 1 Rubisaki...thrown in no 8 Missile Mantra (20/1) as it goes well fresh and is a rough hope.

    ROSEHILL:
    R1 no 3 Dancing Gidget Won $5.20
    R2 no 1 Yulong Base.. Won $6..Give no 14 Soviet a chance at 25/1 to run a drum
    R5 no 3 Anders Won $3.20
    R7 no 4 Overlord 3rd
    R8 no 3 Mugatoo Won $2.20
    R9 no 8 Subpoenaed 4th

    EAGLE FARM:
    R1 no 1 Fisticuffs 3rd
    R2 no 3 One For Betty 3rd
    R3 no 9 Kisukano Won
    R5 no 4 Smartedge
    R6 no 6 Joymaker Won $4.20
    R7 no 1 Persuader
    R8 no 10 Desert Lord Won $2
    R9 no 5 Sabhat....late mail ..each way around 20/1

    BELMONT:
    R3 no 1 Chix Chatter 4th
    R4 no 9 Zip Your Lips......each way chance at double figure odds
    R5 no 5 Tiss'll Testya Won
    R6 no 7 Free Trade Won $3
    R7 no 8 Ration Aly Won $3
    R8 no 4 Cliffs of Comfort

    LAY BETS:
    R9 no 7 Behemoth Won $3.10 Lay bet Lost


    Cheers 'n' Beers

    JOKE:
    Four great mates Brett, Pete, Bomber & Big Al were at a campsite for their Annual trip away. They had to bunk two to a room but no one wanted to share with Bomber because he snored so badly. They decided it wasn’t fair to make one of them stay with him the whole time, so they voted to take turns. Brett slept in the same cabin as Bomber the first night and came to breakfast the next morning with messy hair and bloodshot eyes, poor Brett. Pete and Big Al both said at the same time: “Man, what happened to you?” “Bomber snored so loudly,” Brett replied. “I just sat up and watched him all night and had zero sleep”. The next night, it was Pete’s turn. In the morning the same thing happened, he appeared at breakfast hair all standing up, eyes all bloodshot. The other two said: “Man what happened to you? You look awful, shocking and disheveled!” Pete replied: “Man that Bomber shakes the roof with his snoring. I couldn’t do anything but sit up and watch him all night, zero sleep”. The third night and last night of the short trip away was Big Al’s turn. He was a big burly ex-football player, a real Man’s Man. The next morning Big Al came to breakfast, bright-eyed and bushy tailed. “Good morning,” he said with boundless energy. Brett and Pete couldn’t believe it that he looked rested and wide awake. They both asked: “Man, what happened with Bomber’s snoring?” Big Al said: “Well, we were getting ready for bed. I went and tucked Bomber into bed and kissed him good night. Bomber then sat up and watched me sleep all night.”!!
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    One thing about racing is that its unpredictable and probably no better example of that is to found in my Lay Bet results of late. You can sit there for hours doing mental simulations of how races will be won or lost but just when you think you have found the reason why a horse cant win, up it gets and makes you look stupid. So back to the drawing board with the lay bet selections and hopefully the winners will move away from this area and into their correct slot.
    Australia like many other areas of the world is still struggling with Covid. Our death toll has now climbed to around 660 with Victoria being the major contributor. Victoria has for the first time ever, lost the hallowed AFL Grand Final to another State and as predicted here many moons ago good old Queensland and the Gabba oval have got the goodies. The Labor Government here are understandably delighted because there is a State Election here just one week later so no doubt they are hoping for the warm and fuzzy feelings to reflect well at the ballot box.
    On a personal note the good times seem to be back with 11 bets this week to date for 6 winners, 3 thirds and two that couldn't greet the judge. I have also taken a Hail Mary bet on Betfair in the US Elections backing Kamala Harris to become the Next President at 140/1. Yes its an optimistic bet but you just never know!!
    Some excellent group racing to be found at Randwick this Saturday so hopefully the selections below will help you find a winner or two.
    First Race on Saturday at Doomben starts at 11.48.am Australian Eastern Standard Time which means
    2.38am on Saturday morning London Time for those in the UK
    Last Race On Saturday will be at Belmont at 7.00pm AEST,
    or 10.00am London time.
    Hope you find plenty of winners.


    MOONEE VALLEY:
    R1 no 3 How Womantic Won $3
    R2 no 3 Thought of That.......currently 12/1.....each way chance.
    R3 no 11 Hit The Shot
    R4 no 4 Shot of Irish
    R5 no 6 Showmanship Won $2.20
    R6 no 7 Brooklyn Hustle 3rd
    R7 no 8 Agreeable
    R9 no 3 Dabiyr 3rd

    RANDWICK:
    R1 no 4 Athiri
    R2 no 3 Feel The Knight
    R4 no 1 Nature Strip 2nd
    R5 no 13 Kinane
    R6 no 1 Dame Giselle...Won $4....no 3 Hungry Heart 2nd is the late mail
    R7 no 1 Avilius..4th (huge run!).frustrating horse to follow but today could be his day.


    DOOMBEN:
    R1 no 5 Golden Mean Won $6
    R3 no 7 Maddi Rocks Won $2
    R4 no 4 Run For Glory Won $2
    R6 no 6 Malahide
    R8 no 3 Mishani Miss Won $3
    R9 no 2 Snowzone 2nd

    BELMONT:
    R4 no 2 Lonsdale Lady
    R5 no 6 Montelena Won
    R6 no 4 Money Matters Won $2.50
    R7 no 6 Regal Counsel 2nd
    R8 no 3 Eeyore Wayz 4th


    LAY BETS:
    SR4 no 2 Gytrash Won $5. Lay Bet Lost
    MR8 no 4 Surprise Baby Ran 2nd. Lay Bet Won

    Cheers'n' Beers


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    One day, Einstein has to speak at an important Science conference. On the way there, he tells his driver that looks very much like him: “I’m sick of all these conferences. I always say the same things over and over!” The driver agrees: “You’re right. As your driver, I attended all of them, and even though I don’t know anything about Science, I could give the conference in your place.” “That’s a great idea!” says Einstein. “Let’s switch places then!” So they switch clothes and as soon as they arrive, the driver dressed as Einstein goes on stage and starts giving the usual speech, while the real Einstein, dressed as the car driver, attends it. But in the crowd, there is one scientist who wants to impress everyone and thinks of a very difficult question to ask Einstein, hoping he won’t be able to respond. So this guy stands up and interrupts the conference by posing his very difficult question. The whole room goes silent, holding their breath, waiting for the response. The driver looks at him, dead in the eye, and says :
    “Sir, your question is so easy to answer that I’m going to let my driver reply to it for me.”
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    COVID-19 Sad (but true) Story.
    In the State of Victoria, which is a part of Australia, a young pregnant mother posted on Facebook that it would be good idea to have a peaceful protest about the draconian lockdown laws that exist in Victoria. Her idea was that people from Ballarat would meet in the township, whilst practicing social distancing and wearing masks so that the good folk of Ballarat, where there is just four active covid cases, could express their concerns about the lockdowns and the harsh conditions that accompany said lockdowns. In other words a low risk gathering adhering to the rules. I should point out here that it wasn't long ago, where we had 10,000 marching to protest BLM, and the local Ballarat police took a knee in support of the march.
    So Zoe who posted her suggestion on Facebook had her home raided by several police who had a search warrant for her home and they seized items used to post her suggestion such as computers and mobile phones. Zoe is shown on footage, taken by her husband, being arrested and handcuffed, whilst in her pajamas and being charged with "incitement", which is a charge here that could result in 15 years jail. The footage has gone viral and you have probably even seen it by now in the UK.
    By contrast a well known Victorian TV personality, by the name of Sam Newman, also suggested a protest somewhere in the middle of Melbourne, received a visit from the police where he was allegedly given a cease and desist warning , which he quickly agreed to do because the penalty not to do was so was a possible jail sentence. Sam, who is a self confessed golfing addict, simply couldn't bear the thought of not being able to stride down the fairway, and being denied the social aspect of the 19th, so he accepted the warning and that was that.
    The question being asked here is the State of Victoria now a Police State? And of course there are comparisons being drawn here to actions that occurred with Nazi Germany.
    All of this is rather sad and quite unnecessary, and I hope that the Victorian Police now realize that handcuffing a five foot nothing pregnant woman in her pajamas in her home, who was clearly scared shitless by the search warrant, and the charge given to her of "incitement", isn't going to win any popularity prizes.
    FOOTNOTE: Victoria is the only State or Territory in Australia that has laws where the population is confined to their residences between 8pm and 5am. Residents can only leave their homes for shopping for food,exercise, to seek medical treatment or to attend permitted employment. These rules are referred to as Stage 4 restrictions. The concern among many is that the rate of suicides, domestic violence, mental heath cases have all increased as a result of what is seen by some as unneccessary draconian style laws. There will be an update this Sunday by the Victorian Premier, which is Father's Day here in Australia, and hopefully we may see some easing of Stage 4 restrictions. I for one certainly hope this happens.
    And if you have seen the footage of Zoe's arrest I'd love to hear your thoughts.

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    Haven't seen the footage but will try to find it. We had similar restrictions in the UK several months ago but they weren't really enforced to any great degree as people followed them well in general. The one time the police tried to shame people into following the rules by using a drone to take pictures and then highlight those out walking and saying it wasn't essential travel, it was the police who got the criticism for over zealous enforcement. Seems they are a bit tougher/hardline in Victoria than the UK.

    Good luck with today's punting and I liked the joke!

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    News from the State of Victoria where the world's toughest lockdown's are in place is that Spring Racing here will continue without any crowds attending. Just the bare essential personnel allowed and that's it. So that means our premier races like the Cox Plate, the Caulfield Cup and the number one race in Australia, in the Melbourne Cup, will be run and won without the roar of an enthusiastic crowd. Bit like watching an old silent movie.!! Next week our mean spirited Government in Victoria is expected to advise that Santa Claus will be refused a travel permit because of the risk of spreading the Covid-19 virus.!!
    I have a number of family members living in Victoria and they are at their wits end trying to cope with home schooling, kids in general,shopping, exercise rules and the strong handed approach being maintained by Victoria's Police Force. The increasing number of suicides is of major concern.
    On to matters of financial importance (!!) I'm pleased to report that the rising temperatures here have bought about better results with horses favoured in the market. My personal results this week are 18 bets to date with 7 winners, 3 seconds, and 8 that ran unplaced.
    This weekend I'm off to Darwin in the Northern Territory for a few days to catch up with some old friends and do a bit of the tourist thing, then down to Adelaide in South Australia to again catch up with old friends. So there wont be a post for next Saturdays racing however it will be business as usual the following Saturday, unless there is a sudden outbreak of the covid virus and borders are shut down. Fingers crossed this wont happen but we do live in strange times so anything can happen as our power hungry State Premiers seem to be exceedingly eager to exercise the big stick legislation on any hint of a possible covid outbreak.
    Racing this weekend looks to be excellent so lets hope that results in positive returns.
    May the punting gods be kind with your investments this weekend and reward your efforts with satisfactory results.
    First race this Saturday will be at Doomben commencing at 11.48 am AEST, which is
    2.48 am in London
    Last Race will be at Belmont commencing at 7.10pm AEST, which is
    10.10am Saturday morning London time.


    FLEMINGTON:
    R1 no 4 Schabau 3rd
    R2 no 1 Immortal Love
    R3 no 1 Arcardia Queen 2nd
    R4 no 3 Zoutori Won $4.85
    R6 no 14 Windstorm 2nd
    R8 no 1 Prague
    R9 no 15 Jenni's Rainbow...a roughie @20/1 currently for the exotics.

    ROSEHILL:
    R1 no 3 Cadre Du Noir 2nd
    R2 no 8 Yulong Base
    R3 no 6 She's Ideal 3rd
    R4 no 5 Masked Crusader 3rd
    R5 no 4 Overlord
    R6 no 1`Farnan
    R7 no 5 Funstar 2nd
    R8 no 16 Subpoenaed..rough each way chance at 20/1


    DOOMBEN:
    R1 no 6 Trengganu 2nd
    R2 no 7 Amiche
    R3 no 10 Fisticuffs Won $3
    R7 no 4 Toryjoy 3rd
    R8 no 1 Alligator Blood 3rd
    R9 no 15 Romakash is a roughie with an each way chance. Currently around $31


    BELMONT:
    R2 no 1 Surveillance 2nd
    R3 no 6 Leading Girl Won
    R4 no 2 Massimo Won
    R6 no 5 Nerodio 2nd
    R7 no 6 Tycoon Storm 3rd
    R8 no 5 This'll Testya 3rd



    LAY BETS:
    MR7 no 4 Fierce Impact Won $4.10 Lay bet Lost
    MR7 no 13 Russian Camelot Ran 2nd. Lay Bet Won

    Cheers 'n' Beers

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    Enjoy your break away!

    We have had new rules brought in in the UK this week, only 6 people allowed to meet up at any time inside or out from Monday.

    Loving the new addition of a weekly joke!

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    Nice to be back in Queensland where life is now almost pretty normal. Sorry to hear that the UK is going into lockdowns as that is quite unpleasant if the State of Victoria experiences here are anything to go by. I'll pen a few lines shortly about the situation here in Oz re Covid-19. In the meantime thought I'd share with you where I went for the past week or two.
    Journey began when wife and I flew to Darwin where we spent four days catching up with old friends and enjoying life in the Top End. Pubs are great up there and the locals are a happy bunch. Spent an entire day touring around Litchfield National Park which is simply a beautiful place to experience with its huge termite mounds, waterfalls and swimming holes, which you share with freshwater crocs at your peril. Then onto Katherine where spectacular gorges are the norm, and its simply just a great place to experience. When its dry there the railway line is 300 feet above the Gorge, but when it really rains the railway line goes underwater. The Top End has only two seasons; wet or dry.! Next stop was Alice Springs home of the School of the Air and the Royal Flying Doctors Service and currently suffering badly economically because of lack of tourists. Around 50% of shops and business's are closed. Next stop was to be Cooper Pedy where around 80% of the worlds opal is mined however unseasonal rains flooded the track into CP so walked around the whistle stop, where the unseasonal weather had caused large numbers of flowers like desert hops and others to grow everywhere. This is a flat land area where the tallest tree anywhere is less than the height of a human, and the grasslands don't reach the height of your knees, so you can see the horizon anywhere on a 360deg view. Australia really is a land of contrasts.
    Off to Adelaide where we caught up with old friends and enjoyed the nightlife that Adelaide has to offer. We had trouble finding a restaurant after the Adelaide Crows v Richmond Tigers game and eventually found one upstairs and out of the way. Even that was quite packed so social distancing rules were simply ignored. Still there was a an air of normality there which was was nice and refreshing. Then we travelled down to Tailem Bend which now hosts a world class racetrack called "The Bend" where V8's and other vehicles tear around this world class facility. We have several old friends in the small township of Tailem Bend so delighted they are now enjoying the benefits that are flowing to the township as a result of this facility.
    Then it was back to Adelaide airport for an early morning flight to Brisbane and for the record the procedures for leaving Queensland, entering and leaving the Northern Territory and South Australia were a piece of cake.
    I hope you enjoyed the geography lesson!!!
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    Very saddened to learn that the UK are facing major lockdowns as a result of the arrival of the so called second wave curve. This will be heartbreaking to many as these lockdowns are mentally draining and quite frustrating and the experience here is that the suicide rates tend to rise when lockdowns are implemented.
    So why is the UK experiencing a very different scenario to Australia? Theory here is that we are fortunate to have a natural sea border which is easy to maintain in terms of arrivals and departures. The UK in contrast has had open borders so the virus has amplified opportunities to infect in comparison with say Australia and/or New Zealand. The total death rate from the virus here is just 859 of which 771 have come from the State of Victoria. So Australia, minus the State of Victoria, has recorded just 88 deaths. That's a very small number collectively, so why is Victoria the standout? Some would argue that the Government there have stuffed up big time. (Read previous posts on here about quarantine security and that will give you a good starting point.!!) Victoria is still in lockdown mode despite the only deaths being recorded are persons in Aged Care Centers. I for one think they are putting almost any aged care death down to Covid just to justify their tough lockdowns. In addition they are now putting legislation before the Upper House in Victoria which essentially allows the Government to give the same powers as police have, to any person of their choosing (such as public servants for example), and those powers include detention without cause for any time period that they see fit. For those of you with legal minds, think Habeas Corpus, and then consider the ramifications of having normal people detained or imprisoned without the recourse at law that Habeas Corpus allows.
    Outside the State of Victoria the rest of Australia is somewhat slowly returning to normal. I say slowly because State borders are closed to us in Western Australia, Tasmania, parts of New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory will remove their barriers on October 1st.
    The biggest problem we have here is that many business's have closed and a large number wont return. This means unemployment will probably sit around 8% or higher and that's going to make it hard to refill the Government coffers which have been depleted substantially by subsidizing wages of those adversely affected.
    Domestic air traffic is beginning to return to normalcy, but it still has a long way to go. International air traffic is minimal.
    Covid-19 looks from this end of the world to be the front page news story in the UK. By comparison today's local rag, the Courier Mail, has no mention of Covid until you reach page 8, where there is an article announcing that frontline workers will be the first to be issued with the vaccine when and if it eventuates.
    I guess that last paragraph succinctly sums up the Australian scene.

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    We live in unusual times as is evidenced by the meeting at rural Toowoomba being the top Queensland race meeting for this Saturday. Still its a good program on the card and we wish them well with their nine race program which finishes very late in the day and hopefully before the sun sets.
    Rosehill has a Group One race where the prizemoney is a generous AUD $1m. The local Brisbane representative is Rothfire which will start favourite and must be given a top chance. In Melbourne racing is at Caulfield where the highlight is the time honoured Underwood Stakes where runners are contesting a prize pool of AUD $750K.
    On a personal note just 10 bets this week with 2 winners, 2 seconds, 2 thirds, and 4 unplaced.
    Tomorrow the First race is at Rosehill at 12.25pm AEST, which is
    03.25am Saturday, London time, and the
    Last Race will be run at Belmont at 7.20pm AEST,
    which is 10.20am Saturday, London Time.
    Hope your day is a good one.


    TOOWOOMBA:
    R1 no 2 Kimpembe Won $3.30
    R2 no 3 Supergiant
    R4 no 6 The Acturary 2nd
    R5 no 2 Mishani Operator 2nd
    R8 no 4 The Odyssey...gave no 9 Mr Marbellouz a place chance at 12/1 or better
    R9 no 4 Fasano

    ROSEHILL:
    R2 no 6 Exemplar
    R3 no 14 She's Ideal
    R4 no 3 Love Tap Won $2
    R5 no 10 Forbidden Love 3rd
    R6 no 5 I Am Superman.... Won $5.20...thought No 2 Nicconova had an each way chance at $20 or better
    R7 no 1 Rothfire 4th
    R8 no 2 Haut Brion Her....rough each way chance to no 9 Adelong @25/1 or better
    R9 no 5 Masked Crusader

    CAULFIELD:
    R1 no 2 How Womantic 2nd
    R3 no 3 Le Baol
    R4 no 1 Order of Command 3rd
    R5 no 7 Windstorm Won $2.90
    R6 no 4 Flying Award
    R7 no 4 Instant Celebrity... Won $3.20..chance to no 5 Night Raid
    R8 no 10 Russian Camelot Won
    R9 no 8 Nonconformist....get out bet could be no 12 Exasperate....3rd at 40/1 or better.


    BELMONT PARK:
    R1 no 4 Devil's Dust Won $7
    R2 no 6 Friday Knight 4th
    R4 no 5 Leading Girl Won $2
    R5 no 2 Money Matters Won $2
    R6 no 4 Come Right Back 3rd
    R7 no 3 Long Beach
    R8 no 1 Vital Silver


    LAY BETS:
    MR4 no 7 Alfa Oro Scr
    TOW. R3 no 2 Rock Beat Won $4 Lay Bet Lost



    Cheers'n'Beers


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    So the local news station was interviewing an amazing 80-year-old lady called Chloe because she had just gotten married for the fourth time. The interviewer asked her questions about her life, about what it felt like to be marrying again at 80, and then about her new husband’s occupation.” He’s a funeral director,” she answered. “Interesting,” the newsman thought… He then asked her if she wouldn’t mind telling him a little about her first three husbands and what they did for a living. She paused for a few moments, needing time to reflect on all those years. After a short time, a smile came to her face and she answered proudly, explaining that she had first married a banker when she was in her 20’s, then a circus ringmaster when in her 40’s, and a preacher when in her 60’s, and now – in her 80’s – a funeral director.
    The interviewer looked at her, quite astonished, and asked why she had married four men with such diverse careers. She smiled and explained, “I married one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, and four to go.”
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    Good to see you back from your travels Charles. They made for interesting reading! I would love to spend some time travelling around Australia or maybe even moving there. One day......if Covid ever allows! For now and the way things are going we will be lucky to be allowed out of houses soon in the UK!

    The coming months in the UK is going to be interesting as there seems to be increasing resistance to the measures that are being taken and with the end or reduction in a lot of the financial support packages starting to kick in next month I would expect those calls to increase as people are hit in their wallets and jobs.

    On a brighter note though it is good to see the better racing returning in Australia!

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    Last years Melbourne Cup winner Vow and Declare will be the toppie in the time honoured Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on Saturday. This is one of the lead up races to this years Melbourne Cup which is always run on the first Tuesday of November. There are several other runners in the Turnbull that are Cup hopefuls so it will be an interesting race and a must watch for Melbourne Cup punters who like to speck the generous all in markets.
    I'm pleased to report that Australia is coming out of the Covid-19 bubble with restrictions being eased in most States. We look like having a transit bubble with New Zealand very shortly so expect our skies will see an increase in aircraft as travel starved Aussies jump at the opportunity to venture off shore. Our only real trouble spot continues to the State of Victoria where an judicial inquiry was held into the security guard fiasco and after spending some $6m on the enquiry no one has emerged as being responsible. To add salt to the wound it was reported this morning that another breakdown in quarantine has occurred at the Melbourne Novatel and there is some chance of another wave occurring as a result of this breakdown. We did see the Heath Minister fall on her sword or should I say she was allegedly pushed!!
    We are not hearing much about what's happening Covid-19 wise in the UK so would welcome any update posts.
    On a personal note I have had 27 bets this week for 8 winners, 3 seconds and 3 thirds, and the rest were unplaced.
    Racing this Saturday in Australia commences at Eagle Farm at 11.58 am AEST, which coverts to
    2.58am London Time.
    Last race starts at Kalgoorlie at 7.25pm which converts to
    10.25am London time.
    May the punting gods be kind to you and ensure that your health are welfare are unaffected by the covid virus.


    FLEMINGTON:
    R1 no 1 General Beau 2nd
    R2 no 8 September Run Won $2.80
    R5 no 2 Thermosphere Won 3.90
    R9 no 14 Young Werther 2nd

    RANDWICK:
    R1 no 2 Discharged 3rd
    R2 no 4 Enthaar Won
    R3 no 6 Kalashnikov
    R4 no 1 Fierce Impact 3rd
    R5 no 2 Hungry Heart.. 2nd...No 1 Dame Giselle is a danger
    R6 no 2 Nature Strip 4th
    R8 no 2 Mugatoo 2nd
    R9 no 4 Hilo 3rd

    EAGLE FARM:
    R1 no 7 Princess Bojack Won $4.60
    R2 no 2 Stardome 3rd
    R3 no 4 Neutron 4th
    R4 no 2 Prospectus Won $7.50
    R5 no 1 Mishani Miss
    R6 no 2 Usmanov 2nd


    KALGOORLIE:
    R1 no 2 Cuban Twist.. 2nd..No 4 Staaden 4th is the late mail
    R2 no 3 Frosty Heart
    R4 no 1 Mervyn Late Scr
    R5 no 9 Indigo Blue
    R6 no 3 Bogart 2nd
    R7 no 3 Fiery Water 3rd
    R8 no 2 Itsahymn.......Darwin Cup Winner.....obvious danger is No 1 Come Play With Me who won a Metropolitan.
    R9 no 1 Manhattan Money

    LAY BETS:
    SR7 no 12 Funstar Ran 2nd. Lay Bet Won
    SR8 no 18 Zebrowski Ran unplaced. Lay Bet Won


    Cheers n Beers

    JOKE:
    A blonde drops off her dress to the dry cleaners

    The lady says, "Come Again!"

    The blonde says, "No, it's toothpaste this time."
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