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  • Thanks Bog. It will be interesting to see what the Judge's ruling is in this matter. Cant really see how PP can dodge this one particularly as they off set some of their potential losses so that indicates IMHO that they were fully aware of their liability. Appreciate your efforts and look forward to hearing final outcomes.


    • Well congratulations to the long suffering English soccer fans for your teams inclusion in the World Cup final. Mind you I have a few Italian mates around here who also feel elated that their disappointment in previous Euro games has now been wiped from the slate and they are quietly confident of a win. Of course Italians here are never quietly anything when it comes to soccer as its a form of religion to them and on the surface seems more important then pizza and the Vatican. Hopefully it will be a great final and your team will prevail.
      And congratulations also to Australian Ash Barty who won her game against Angelique Kerber to get a slot in the Wimbledon Ladies Grand Final. That's the first time for 41 years that we have had an aussie female in the final at Wimbledon.
      I know we had a finalist in the Mens at Wimbledon in 2001 because the wife and I were there to watch Pat Rafter get beaten by Goran Ivanisevic. So was half the Australian Test cricket team and Jack Nicolson. It was played on a Monday so that's why the 10,000 seats at the time weren't all occupied by members. Best wishes to Ash in her final and I hope she goes one better than Rafter did.
      On a personal note this week I have had 53 bets to date and the results have not been favourable due to a distinct lack of winners. From the 53 bets just 8 winners emerged and none of them reached double figure odds. Three were beaten in photo's that were a bees dick short, however that doesn't count for anything as far as the Bank is concerned. For the record the 53 bets resulted in 8 wins, 11 seconds and 7 thirds and the rest failed to bother the judge.
      Racing in Oz this Saturday returns to the normal city venues which hopefully will make the task easier. Rain is forecast for Doomben so I will be hunting for mudlarks!
      I will keep up with the Very Late Mail segment in order to give it a fair go as this source has produced some good long shot results in the past.
      On Saturday the first race for the fields below will be at Randwick at 11.00am AEST, which converts to 2.00am London Time, and the last race as usual will be at Belmont in Perth Western Australia at 18.55pm AEST which I think is around 9.55am London time. Belmont has an eleven race program so it will be a busy day for the Club.
      Glad to hear that England is opening up after lockdown restrictions which were a real pain in the rectum. Australia by comparison, has only a couple of handfuls of Covid cases, however our trigger happy State Premiers have hit the panic button repeatedly and this time New South Wales metro area is in an extended lockdown, which is expected to be extended today by a further week.
      And Yes its was painful to have had to cancel the long awaited trip into Arnhem Land, particularly after having had to go thru so many hoops to get permits, but that's life, so whilst I will grin and bear it, I am sad that it didn't happen.
      Lets hope we can find some nice winners on Saturday so we have something to cheer about.
      Here are the early selections and race fields which will be updated when the early late mail arrives and the late late mail will also be included.
      Good luck and may your day be a winning one.

      R2 no 1 Kobe Rocks 2nd
      R3 no 19 Cavalier Charles Scr
      R5 no 3 Harpo Marx Won $2.50
      R7 no 13 Bazooka 3rd
      R8 no 6 Rubisaki

      R1 no 2 Zapateo 2nd
      R3 no 10 La Vina
      R4 no 10 Sugartown 3rd
      R6 no 1 Namakwa. 7 Red Santa Won $2.30 is the late mail
      R7 no 9 Chief Altony
      R8 no 10 Malkovich 2nd

      R1 no 1 Hinged Won $2.90
      R3 no 6 Able Mabel
      R5 no 5 Good Chat
      R7 no 1 Axe 2nd
      R9 no 7 Kingston's Here 3rd

      R4 no 3 Zaratite 2nd
      R7 no 1 Vain Tempest
      R8 no 7 Miss Contiki
      R9 no 10 Mosseratti Scr
      R10 no 11 Sentimental Hero Won $3
      R11 no 8 Special Choice

      LAY BETS:
      MR2 no 4 Deep Speed Won $2.60. Lay Bet Lost
      MR8 no 10 Malkovich Started $2.50 Fav. Ran 2nd. Lay Bet Won

      SR6 no 3 Hulk
      BR9 no 4 Starosa Won $9
      MR8 no 6 Red Can Man Won $12
      SR3 no 16 Furphy
      SR9 no 11 Zakat Abnd.
      BR2 no 1 Tavion Prince Won $5

      Cheers ' n' Beers
      Last edited by Charles49; 10 July 2021, 09:18 AM.


      • Well its been a good week for us Queenslanders. Firstly we are not in lockdowns or border shutdowns at the moment unlike other parts of Australia. I suspect though that as NSW gets worse numbers then our border with NSW will be closed. Secondly our little tigress from Ipswich in Ash Barty won the ladies Wimbledon title, which is the first in 41 years that an Aussie has prevailed here. Then to add to the good news our Queenslanders beat the NSW Blues in yet another epic rugby league match that went down to the wire.
        And on the racing side the results from the Late Late Mail were exceptional with 3 winners at $9, $12 and $5 plus the early late mail in Red Santa which won at $2.30. Lets hope this week repeats, although it has been raining in most parts of the eastern seaboard, so that wont make the task of finding winners any easier.
        Of course Covid continues to dominate the news here with part of New South Wales and all of Victoria now in lockdown. That brings out the now commonplace restrictions on moving between States and Territories so travel within Australia is truly hit and miss with the reward if you miss, a 2 week stay in isolation in a hotel at a cost of around five grand..
        Saw a funny notice read...."'ve been eating hotdogs and McChickens all your life, but don't want the vaccine, because, "you don't know what's in it.??? " And there was another one that said...."For those weddings cancelled due to Covid-19. God is giving you a second chance to think about it.!!"... I did like one that was unrelated to covid that read......Exercise makes you look better naked. So does wine. Your choice!!
        On a personal note I have had 49 bets this week to date with 11 winners, 9 seconds and 4 thirds with the remaining unplaced. Best winner was Red Can Man which paid $12.
        Racing on Saturday for the fields below will commence with the first race at Rosehill at 11.05am AEST which converts to 2.05 am London time. The last race will be held at Belmont at 19.00 AEST, which converts to 10.00am London time.
        Here are the venues and these will have the early selections added to them shortly along with the lay bets and then follows scratchings and the late mail followed by the Late Late Mail which will be posted some 2 hours prior to the first race.
        Hope you are all coping as best you can, given the circumstances, and you are finding sufficient winners to keep your Bank Manager happy.
        Best wishes for a successful day on the punt.

        R1 no 4 Mamool is the late mail
        R2 no 9 Tuvalu 2nd
        R3 no 7 Lindhout 3rd
        R4 no 11 Vegas Knight
        R5 no 10 Zorro's Dream 3rd
        R8 no 3 South Pacific
        R9 no 1 Foxy Frida

        R1 no 6 Honey Creeper
        R2 no 1 Safe Landing is considered an each way chance at 33/1
        R9 no 13 Eight 1 Expat is the late mail.

        EAGLE FARM:
        R2 no 2 Shooting For Gold Won
        R4 no 6 EF Troop 3rd
        R5 no 3 Titled Tycoon 3rd
        R6 no 6 So Dapper
        R8 no 7 1 Triple Ace 2nd is the late mail

        R1 no 1 Storm Commander
        R3 no 6 Material Witness
        R5 no 2 Tena Koutou
        R9 no 2 The Spruiker Won $3.20

        LAY BETS:
        MR5 no 13 Lowanna Magic Ran Unplaced. Lay Bet Won
        MR7 no 10 Dirty Thoughts Ran 3rd. Lay Bet Won

        MR4 no 1 Dr Drill e/w. @ 14/1 2nd@ 17/1
        MR 7 no 9 Kalkarni Royale @ 12/1 Won $10
        SR9 no 6 Helga e/w @ 33/1

        Cheers 'n' Beers
        Last edited by Charles49; 17 July 2021, 10:06 AM.


        • Firstly thanks to the regulars in Bog and Filthy Muck who leave their "Thanks" under these posts. Its very much appreciated.
          Well this weekend brings us the running of the time honoured Bletchingly Stakes, which is a Group 3 race run over 1200m at Caulfield. Last years winner Viridine is in the final field and must be a chance, although not too many have accomplished winning this race twice since its inception in 1994.
          An old mate of mine won it the year before with Scales of Justice, which was trained by Lindsey Smith, and unfortunately died suddenly of a heart attack after a workout on a Victorian beach.
          This weeks personal punting has been a rollercoaster with a couple of good profitable days offset by almost equally poor results. Frustratingly there were 9 that ran a close fourth and that took the gloss off what could have been a reasonable week. Results to date are 50 bets for 10 winners, 8 seconds, just 4 thirds and 28 failed to finish in the top three. Best winner paid $14.
          Nice to see the Late Late Mail produce some more positive results. Dr Drill looked the winner at $17 but it failed to find the line first, and was beaten into second place. However Kalkarni Royale, which was backed into shorter odds, duly saluted, and that was the shining light for what was otherwise an ordinary day, where a number of short priced elects failed to salute. Lets continue on with this segment as it looks promising having found 4 winners from the 9 selections to date, and two of those were at double figure odds.
          Racing for the fields below commences at Rosehill this Saturday at Rosehill at 11.15am AEST, which converts to 2.15am London tine. The final race will be run and won at Belmont at 7.00pm AEST, which should be 10.00am London time.
          Hope you all enjoyed the "Freedom Day" and are staying safe and well. Lockdowns continue in Oz for half of the country except for Queensland. And talking of Queensland the 2032 Olympics will now be held in Brisbane, and that will produce a flurry of activity here with upgraded stadiums, road and rail improvements and an army of visitors.
          Here are the early fields, and the selections will commence to be infilled early tomorrow, and then on Saturday morning the scratchings will be deleted, whilst the late mail will go up, followed a couple of hours later by the Late Late Mail. Hope that makes sense.!
          Trust your day is a good one.

          R1 no 6 Military Expert 4th
          R10 no 13 Irish Songs is a rough hope @ $26

          R2 no 1 Great Again 3rd
          R3 no 1 Sunfall 3rd
          R4 no 1 La 6 Miss Albania 3rd is the late mail.
          R6 no 3 Murrumbidgee River
          R7 no 2 The Big Easy
          R8 no 5 Red Can Man
          R9 no 6 Zesty Belle

          R1 no 1 Hinged Won $2
          R2 no 1 He Runs Away
          R3 no 3 Tamilaide 2nd
          R4 no 1 Mishani Miss
          R5 no 13 The Catch
          R6 no 5 Snow Valley....good each way tip around for this @$26
          R7 no 4 Indispensible 2nd
          R8 no 4 Hard Labour

          R2 no 1 Ohbeeh 2nd
          R3 no 4 Special View
          R4 no 2 Zaratite 2nd
          R5 no 6 Dunbar 3rd
          R6 no 1 Sentimental Queen 3rd
          R7 no 1 Notorious One 3rd
          R8 no 3 Neroido

          LAY BETS:
          BR6 no 17 So Clever Ran 2nd. Lay Bet Won
          SR10 no 14 Chat Scr

          Cheers 'n' Beers.

          LATE LATE MAIL:
          MORPH R8 no 7 Halcyon Dame @ $9 Scr. (meeting abandoned)
          BR8 no 5 Really Discreet @ $5 Won $3
          MR8 no 7 Isuarian @ $7.50 DH 3rd
          Last edited by Charles49; 24 July 2021, 08:55 AM.


          • Not sure how we'll go with this new format but here goes this weeks report and fingers crossed it will succeed.


            • This new format is frustrating.


              • This week a friend had a runner at Doomben Racecourse, which is a major racecourse in the heart of Brisbane and adjacent to our other major course at Eagle Farm, so I decided to pack the wife into the car and head there to see how his horse fared.. I rang the course number before I left to enquire about gate entry number and carparking arrangements and they told me to go Gate 2, entry was free, car parking in the infield was also free, and they were expecting a crowd of around 100 to 150 patrons so have a nice day. Sorry did you say 150 max? Oh yes she replied...its a work day so we don't get too many along. Now Doomben course occupies about 20 hectacres of land in the Brisbane near city area so its pretty valuable development land and to have only 125 (which was my head count!) along is a sad indictment of how racing has moved from people attending events to people staying at home and watching it on TV. The facilities there are dated, and I suspect its only a matter of time before the State Government decide that having two racecourses in prime positions is a waste of taxpayers monies and one will surely go, and on what I've seen Doomben is odds on. The only saving grace is that Eagle Farm continues to have a problem with the grass track and it looks like the turf will have to come up and be replaced for the third time. Costly exercise, however needs to be done as trainers are avoiding Eagle Farm as they don't want the track to injure their contenders. If you have an interest in grass( or should I say turf),to avoid confusion, then the type of turf at Eagle Farm is Grand Prix couch, which apparently hibernates when it doesn't get its required 6-7 hours of sunlight a day. At least one trainer has said "Its rubbish" and he wouldn't even put it in his backyard at home!!
                FOOTNOTE:. I've since been told that one of our northern racing venues in Townsville has the same grass and they have reported that it takes some 5 years for the grass to bed down and grow into the consistency required for quality horse racing.
                On a personal note I have had 53 bets to date this week resulting in 9 winners, 7 seconds, 10 thirds and the rest failed to salute. Best winner paid $9.50 and the best place divvy was $3.80. No harm done to the Bank so its onwards and upwards.
                The Olympic Games are progressing well in Tokyo despite the absence of crowds, and the presence of Covid-19. Nice to see Australia has 6 Gold medals to date, one ahead of Great Britain, so guys you need to lift your efforts as you don't want us Aussies having bragging rights!!!
                This Saturday racing begins for the venues below with Randwick at 11.20am AEST, which is 2.20am London time and the lucky last will be run and won at Belmont at 19.10, AEST which is I think 10.10am London time.
                Hopefully this new format will allow me to add and delete as the scratchings and late mail are known so fingers crossed we will complete this exercise unscathed. Here are the venues for Saturday's racing, and as usual there will be updates as we go along and I'll be able to still post the Late Late Mail which is progressing well at this stage.
                Hope your day is a good one.

                MOONEE VALLEY:
                R1 no 1 Jigsaw 3rd
                R3 no 3 No Effort 2nd
                R5 no 1 I'm Thunderstruck Won $2.30
                R6 no 10 White Hibuscus
                R7 no 5 Smokin Romans Won $2.70
                R8 no 4 Red Santa 2nd

                R1 no 9 Skedaddle is fancied
                R2 no 2 Mr Hussill 3rd
                R3 no 4 Bring The Ransom
                R10 no 1 Kordia

                EAGLE FARM:
                R1 no 4 Baanone 4th
                R4 no 1 Alpine Edge Won $3
                R7 no 8 Vinco e/w.
                R8 no 6 Matowi
                R9 no 1 Eloquently Won $2.80

                R1 no 3 Zaratite 2nd
                R2 no 2 Bedouin Belle 3rd
                R4 no 3 The Spruiker Won $3.80
                R6 no 6 Strathmore Rose 2nd
                R8 no 6 Sketta 4th
                R9 no 1 Ginger Baker 2nd

                LAY BETS:
                MR2 no 2 Frost Flowers Ran unplaced. Lay Bet Won

                LATE LATE MAIL: (see below)

                MORPHETVILLE: R9 no 8 Halcyon Dame
                BR 8 no 5 Dissolution e/w @ $22
                BR3 no 11 Lashoni ...each way at $4
                MR 6 no 13 Silver Lake e/w @ 20/1

                Cheers 'n Beers
                Last edited by Charles49; Today, 12:03 PM.