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    Absolute trooper. Great to see you still posting strong. Hope you are raking it in.

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    Thanks Temujin for your kind remarks. These days I'm happy to be a small punter and sit back and watch the sport I love. You have been on here for 12 years so you have done more than your fair share of the heavy lifting for us Aussies over the years. Hope life continues to treat you well and the punting Gods continue to be kind to you. Regards.

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    I made a personal decision recently to back off the covid commentaries on here as there was more than enough of the bad news surrounding this subject on our television screens and in our daily newspapers and to add to it was not in my view creating positivity. However there has been an event that has lifted all our spirits and I think its appropriate to mention the efforts of a centurion who has given hope to a situation that many find desperate.
    I speak of Sir Tom Moore and the incredible strength of this man to walk some 100 laps of his backyard to raise some AUD $55m for the British health authorities to find a solution to Covid-19. On his birthday he received some 250,000 birthday cards which is around 249,980 more than most people who turn 100 receive. He was a World War 2 veteran and he did his 100 laps dressed in formal attire with his war medals proudly attached. The Queen made him a Sir for his work and he has been granted honorary status as a Colonel. Unfortunately as you would be aware Sir Tom succumbed to a strain of covid earlier this week and Great Britain lost one of its finest.
    He truly was an inspirational man. And tomorrow will be a better day!
    Covid in Australia is almost non existent as we have just 9 in hospital as I write and no one in intensive care. Yet despite just one case in Western Australia the area around Perth, with about 2 million population, was locked down for 5 days. The same is on the cards for Victoria where one case also has been detected in Melbourne quarantine. Covid-19 has spooked our State premiers to the extent they panic when just one case appears. And in most cases these infections are attributed to returning Australians, who have been stranded overseas, and to the poor arrangements made by States in respect of quarantining these returnees.
    Enough of the rant, lets get down to the subject matter re horse racing in Australia.
    This week so far I have had 16 bets to date. The results are ok with 8 winners, 2 seconds, 3 thirds, and 3 unplaced.
    This Saturday in Australia the below mentioned races commence at Caulfield at 12.40 AEST which converts to 2.40 am London time, and the last race will be at Pinjarra Park in Western Australia at 8.27pm AEST, which is 10.27 am London time.
    The early fields and selections will shortly go up below, and these will be amended as the late mail and scratchings are discovered about 5 hours prior to start times.
    Hope your day is a good one and please stay safe.

    R1 no 7 Regardsmaree Won $2.10
    R2 no 5 Arcaded Won $3.20
    R3 no 1 General Beau Won $3.50
    R4 no 3 Young 2 Amish Boy 2nd is the late mail
    R5 no 1 La Mexicana. Won $ 10 Pinkham 3rd is fancied.
    R8 no 6 Imaging 2nd
    R9 no 1 Viridine

    R2 no 1 Another One
    R3 no 6 Written Beauty Won
    R4 no 8 April Rain Won $2.20
    R5 no 1 Profiteer Won $2
    R6 no 3 North Pacific 4th
    R8 no 8 All Time Legend 3rd

    R2 no 4 Watch the Cat 2nd
    R5 no 5 Wolff Boss
    R7 no 4 Ingear 2nd
    R9 no 4 Fisticuffs

    R2 no 2 Cousin Ivan 3rd
    R3 no 6 Uncle Dick
    R5 no 3 Ginger 4 Double Spice 2nd is the late mail
    R9 no 1 Gemma's Son Won $2.40
    R10 no 12 Last of the Line 2nd

    MR5 no 10 Pinkham Ran 3rd. Lay Bet Won
    SR7 no 1 Ole Kirk Ran 3rd. Lay Bet Won

    Cheers 'n Beers

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    Good racing at Flemington this Saturday with the highlight being the Group 1 Lightning Stakes. Bivovac is the favourite but I like the jockey change on Nature Strip with Jamie Kah on board. She is the leading jock in Victoria and was ranked the world's top ranked female jockey in 2020. She has a soft set of hands and may be just the right jock for Nature Strip who has huge potential but tends to show his best on the training track and his worst on raceday.
    There's a link to a photo of Jamie Kah below.
    News from here continues to be dominated by Covid-19 however it is pleasing to see that the vaccines have been distributed around the globe. I'm expecting my local GP to ring me any day for a shot or two which I will gladly accept. I like to travel a lot, however apart from a trip to the Northern Territory and South Australia, travel of late has been restricted to mainly around Queensland because the bloody State Premiers here have a habit of shutting borders on any whiff of an infection. South Australia just closed their border as there was just one infection reported in Melbourne at the time. Next trip will be to Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory. I hope!
    On a personal note I have had 28 bets so far this week resulting in 9 winners,8 seconds, 4 thirds, and 7 unplaced. Not the best week but certainly not the worst.
    Racing this Saturday for the fields below commences at 12.20 AEST which converts to 2.20am Saturday morning London time, and the final race will be run at Ascot at 8.15pm AEST, which converts to 10.15 am London time.
    The early selections will go up shortly and these will be updated, altered, etc etc once the late mail and scratchings are known.
    Hope your day is a good one and you continue to stay safe.

    R1 no 1 Silent Sovereign
    R2 no 1 Ingratiating Won $3.40
    R3 no 9 Regards Maree Won $2.40
    R4 no 4 Zou Dancer Won $4
    R4 no 1 Personal....2nd
    R7 no 1 Tagaloa.. Won $ 9 Aysar 2nd is the late mail
    R8 no 2 Bivouac.....think no 1 Nature Strip Won $5.20 is the knockout horse.
    R9 no 2 Laverrod 3rd

    R1 no 1 Kiss the Bride
    R2 no 1 Stay Inside Won $2
    R3 no 4 If You Think So 2nd
    R4 no 6 Tallieur Won
    R7 no 1 Kolding 2nd
    R8 no 1 Away Game 3rd
    R9 no 8 Subedar Late Scr.

    R1 no 6 Leadership Spill Won $2.60
    R2 no 6 Miami Fleiss Won
    R3 no 2 Azzareach 2nd
    R4 no 5 Glorious Ruby Won $3.60
    R5 no 3 Good Chat 2nd
    R6 no 4 Take Tea 4th
    R7 no 6 Socialising Won $3.50
    R9 no 7 Garibaldi Won

    R5 no 2 No Surrender Late Scr.
    R6 no 12 Amelia's Contraire
    R9 no 7 Charlton Eddie. Late 6 Time to Sizzle 3rd is the late mail

    SR3 no 7 Birdonawinningpost Won $5. Lay Bet Lost
    SR8 no 3 Hungry Heart Ran unplaced. Lay Bet Won

    Cheers 'n' Beers


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    There is an aptly named horse in the Futurity Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday by the name of Behemoth. Its a monster of a horse that looks like he's around 18 hands! Story was he so big nobody wanted him at the 2yo sales so he was sold for just $6,000. He has now had 19 starts for 8 wins and 4 seconds and has amassed $2,132,610 in prizemoney.!! He will be hard to beat on Saturday.
    Feature race this Saturday is the Group One Blue Diamond Stakes which has attracted a quality field of 16. Favourite is Enthaar and it certainly comes into the race with a good chance of collecting the chocolates. Other major races on the Caulfield card include the Group One Futurity Stakes followed by the Group One Oakleigh Plate. Not sure at this point if Victorians will be permitted to enter the racecourse as they have just come out of a 5 day statewide lockdown which has pissed off the majority no end. Victoria accepts a small number of returning Aussies that have been strandard overseas but somehow manages to stuff up and allow the virus (this time its the UK strain) to ebb out and infect security staff. So our intrepid Premier decided to shut down the whole of the State for an infection that was contained within the Melbourne city area. Of course no time is a good time to shut down a whole State but its several degrees worse when the shutdown includes Valentine's Day and major sporting events like the Australian Open. And to add salt to the wound he has now announced that no returning Australians will be permitted to land in Melbourne. Just confirms that he is incapable of handling the situation in an acceptable manner and doesn't care about the several thousand Aussies stranded worldwide.
    I do my personal betting with which are domiciled in Victoria and my conversations with them have been such that they are clearly not impressed with what's occurred and that is consistent with other calls I have made to family and friends that reside within Victoria. Its interesting to note that predictions here in Queensland are for a 16% increase this year in residential house prices due in part to the influx of Victorians (sometimes labelled Mexicans by us locals!) who are escaping life in Victoria and fleeing to the Sunshine State.
    My bets this week total 17 with 9 winners, 3 seconds, 3 thirds and 2 unplaced. A profitable week thanks to an above average strike rate, so fingers crossed it continues on.
    Racing this Saturday for the below mentioned fields commences at Caulfield at 12.40 AEST which is 2.40am Saturday London time and the last race will be run at Ascot at 8.30pm AEST which converts to 10.30am London time.
    Interested to learn how you are coping with life alongside Covid in the UK, so please feel free to pen a few words about your personal experiences.
    I did receive an interesting article from the UK during the week about a jumps race where all but one jumped a hurdle that had been opened up because of an earlier fall. Someone made a motza on Betfair in-play as the confusion caused chaos in the marketplace.

    Here are the early fields and the selections will go up shortly and they in turn will be added to, altered etc etc once the final fields are to hand.

    Good luck with your punting and please stay safe.

    R1 no 4 Defibrillate Won $2.55
    R2 no 5 It'sourtime 2nd
    R3 no 5 Impecunious
    R4 no 1 Perfect Jewel 2nd 2nd
    R5 no 3 Young 1 Khoekhoe 3rd is the late mail
    R6 no 1 Behemoth.....danger is no 7 Probabeel Won $4.60
    R7 no 13 Enthaar
    R9 no 3 Homesman 3rd

    R1 no 11 Vowmaster
    R2 no 2 Pure Feugo Scr
    R3 no 6 Yeo Dash 2nd
    R6 no 11 Sacramento Won $2.50
    R7 no 1 Aegon.. Won $ 4 Peltzer is the confident late mail

    EAGLE FARM: (exercise care here today as track has deteriated and is expected to be quirky with some odd results predicted.)
    R1 no 7 Mishani Enchanted Won $4.20
    R2 no 2 Quality Approach 3rd
    R3 no 5 Devine Grey
    R4 no 8 Pull Anchor Late Scr
    R5 no 1 Spurcraft
    R6 no 6 Patches Won $2.50
    R9 no 10 Maddi Rocks

    R5 no 4 Pletto 3rd
    R6 no 4 Resortman 2nd

    MR5 no 1 Khoekloe Ran 3rd. Lay Bet Won
    BR8 no 6 Magic Delta Ran unplaced. Lay bet Won

    Cheers 'n' Beers

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    There have been some interesting developments here in OZ this week with the biggest being the announcement that Brisbane is the preferred venue for the 2032 Olympic Games. Recently we have seen rapid upsurges in domestic housing prices and this announcement will only help to raise the value of homes. Recent figures suggest a 16% rise has already occurred with interest from Victoria being very strong so news of the Olympics is likely to send house prices even higher.
    Australians are beginning to receive their vaccine doses. From last Sunday the first jabs were televised and most seemed very keen to get theirs. Its not been without some teething troubles as one doctor gave two two patients 2 full vial doses instead of one fifth of a vial and would have been more if an alert nurse hadn't stopped him. And at least one nursing home missed out because the medical staff managed to "double book" a retirement home.
    Overall the reaction has been positive and despite the efforts of some noisy anti vax-ers the take up rate is expected to be north of 80%.
    On a personal note my punting has gone from the penthouse to the shitehouse in just one week with results to date being 28 bets for 6 winners, 5 seconds, 2 thirds, and 15 unplaced. That's probably my worst result for zonks.
    Racing this Saturday is at Flemington and Randwick with the former hosting the Australian Guineas as the main race of the day with a field of 17 contestants. Its a lottery as to which horse will win however at this stage I'm angling towards no 2 Tagaloa as my best pick.
    Local racing here will be held at the Sunshine Coast course where races are run at least once a week, and sometimes more, which says heaps about the structure of the track itself. Our major track in Brisbane at Eagle Farm hosts about half of the Sunshine Coasts figure, and is now a laughing stock in respect of its condition, despite the many millions spent on upgrading and turf replacements.
    Racing this Saturday commences at Flemington at 12.20pm AEST, which converts to 2.20am London time on Saturday morning and the last race will be held at Ascot racecourse in Perth Western Australia at 20.12 (AEST) which is 10.12am London time.
    I hope you are all well and coping with the goddam awful restrictions that are currently exist in your neck of the woods. Its not easy but the vaccines now being distributed globally, provide us with some hope, that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.
    Here are the early selections and these will be amended as the late mail and scratchings are discovered.
    Good luck with your punting investments.

    R1 no 5 Tycoom Humma Won $2.70
    R3 no 5 Bams On Fire Scr
    R4 no 4 Defiant Dancer
    R5 no 2 Fabergino Won $3.70
    R6 no 11 Buffalo River 3rd
    R7 no 3 Aysar.. value bet 2 Tagaloa 3rd is a definite danger
    R8 no 3 Rocketing By Scr

    R1 no 6 Water Dove 2nd
    R2 no 1 Shaquero
    R3 no 5 Four Moves Ahead Won $2.90
    R6 no 6 Verry Elleegant.. Won $ 7 Colette 2nd is the late mail
    R7 no 3 Dame Giselle
    R8 no 10 Great House 3rd
    R9 no 5 Zakat 4th

    R1 no 8 Wolf Moon Won $5.20
    R3 no 2 Sweet Dolly Won $2.20
    R4 no 2 Cochrane
    R6 no 13 Chivargo Won $3.25
    R7 no 7 Gem of Scotland 3rd
    R8 no 2 Ligulate 4th

    R3 no 3 Queen takes King
    R4 no 2 Fangio 3rd
    R5 no 3 Western Empire Won $2
    R6 no 6 Tambora
    R7 no 1 Solaia 2nd

    MR1 no 5 Tycoon Humma Won.$2.70 Lay bet Lost.
    MR5 no 8 All Banter Ran unplaced. Lay Bet Won

    Cheers 'n' Beers


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    Have you ever had issues with a major News agency and more to the point did you find them frustrating? Apparently News Corp who control the local paper here have moved in and taken away the delivery business of their Contractor. So for four days I have left messages for them to contact me as I have a not insignificant credit sitting there and would like to what they intend doing. For some reasons these organisations have the equivalent of massive firewalls with their phone systems and you are placed on hold for some 30 minutes or more before someone answers. You cant even locate their email addresses without the aid of Sherlock Holmes so its frustrating to the point where your inner Mt Vesuvius just wants to erupt.
    Frustrating week on the punt also with 20 bets to date with just 6 winners, 2 seconds, 4 thirds and 8 unplaced.
    There are some good races at Flemington tomorrow with the Group 1 Newmarket being run over the straight 6 furlongs and then we have The Australian Cup, also a Group 1 race and that's over 2000m.
    Races mentioned below start with Flemington at 12.20pm AEST and they conclude with the final race at Bunbury in Western Australia at 20.15 AEST which is 10.15am on Saturday morning London time.
    As usual the early selections will go up shortly, followed by the late mail and scratchings on Saturday morning around 7.30am AEST.
    Good luck with your investments and please stay safe.

    R1 no 3 La Rouque Won $2
    R2 no 8 Miss Inbetween. 7 Annavisto 2nd is the late mail
    R3 no 2 Pretty Brazen 3rd
    R4 no 3 Lightsaber Won $5.50
    R5 no 2 Marboosha.. Won $ 2 Oxley Road 4th is the late mail
    R6 no 14 September Run....thought no 12 Indian Pacific 2nd was worth a tote ticket @33/1
    R7 no 6 Quantum Mechanic 2nd
    R8 no 17 Paradee 4th
    R9 no 1 Personal 3rd

    R1 no 1 Wild Ruler Won $2
    R2 no 5 Stay Inside. 4th...danger is no 1 Profiteer 2nd
    R3 no 1 Swift Witness 2nd
    R4 no 2 Sacramento 2nd
    R5 no 1 Nature 8 Written Beauty is a chance if the fav plays up.
    R6 no 6 Emanate 3rd
    R7 no 1 Aegon
    R8 no 1 Bivouvac 4th

    R2 no 4 Advance Warning 4th
    R4 no 6 She Za Boss Won
    R7 no5 Joymaker 2nd
    R8 no 6 Wren's Day Won $2.50

    R2 no 1 Ladies of London Won $3
    R4 no1 Gemma's Son Won $3.50
    R5 no 5 Charlton Eddie Won $4.80
    R6 no 1 Kissonallforcheeks Won $2.70
    R8 no 4 Last of the Line

    MR2 no 5 Cumberbatch Won $5.30 Lay Bet Lost
    MR 4 no 9 Kooled Ran unplaced. Lay Bet Won

    Cheers 'n' Beers
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    Spotlight for racing here continues to shine on Victoria despite the heavy crowd restrictions imposed by the guardians of our health and welfare. My take on the covid scenario in Victoria is that the Government there has been overly cautious and at times heavy handed with their rules and regulations as they tread what is a fine line between the rights of the citizen and the obligations of Governments.
    There seems to be a ray of sunshine with what we hear is happening within Britain, however it must be heart wrenching for many of you as the presence of Covid-19 continues to dominate. The one ray of sunshine is the availability of quality vaccines and that provides us all with hope that a genuine level of protection will be afforded to each and everyone, irrespective of age, wealth or position. I certainly hope that life returns to some semblance of normality for all of us in the very near future.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you all and with the Duke of Edinburgh who is struggling to combat various issues consistent with his 99 years of age. Remind me to tell you a true and funny story sometime about meeting the Duke here in Australia a long while ago and what I refused to do with my right hand.!!
    And if you want to see world class match racing then try watching the America's Cup races currently being held in Auckland in New Zealand. The boats that have been developed are simply mind boggling in terms of what speed they can accomplish in just a ten knot breeze. Next race is today (Friday) at noon AEDT which is around 1.00am London time so well worth setting the record button on your tv, and watching later, when you have a spare hour or two.
    Enough of the rant so lets get down to matters re horse racing.
    On a personal note this week has been a higher than normal rate of activity with 30 bets to date, resulting in 10 winners, 7 seconds, 4 thirds and 9 unplaced. Small profit, so as always I'm thankful for any positive outcome.
    Racing this Saturday, for the races below, commences with the first race at Moonee Valley 12.15pm AEST, which is 2.15am London time, and the last race will be at Ascot at 8.15pm AEST which converts to 10.15am London time.
    Early selections are now up and these will be amended, altered, added or subtracted to once the late mail and scratchings are found. Enjoy the day.

    CLASSIC QUOTE: "The horse I backed was so slow the jockey kept a diary of the trip!!" - Henny Youngman.

    R1 no 1 Fanciful Toff 2nd
    R2 no 7 Scorched Earth Won $2.50
    R3 no 3 Irish Flame 2nd
    R4 no 3 Ancestry Won $3.50
    R5 no 1 Cherry Tortoni 4th
    R7 no 2 Conceited
    R8 no 9 Russian Camelot 2nd

    R1 no 4 Great House
    R3 no 2 Ingratiating
    R4 no 4 Colette 4th
    R5 no 9 Wandabba
    R7 no 9 Forbidden Love
    R8 no 7 Buffalo 11 Criaderas is the late mail

    R3 no 1 Sugar Boom
    R4 no 2 Ligulate 3rd
    R5 no 5 no 1 The Candy Man 4th in this race...he is the most popular racehorse in Queensland!
    R6 no 7 Sweet Dolly Won
    R7 no 3 Outback Barbie 2nd
    R8 no 13 Miami Fleiss

    R3 no 3 Bruce Almighty Won $3.20
    R7 no 1 Western Empire Won
    R8 no 2 Cuballing

    MR3 no 1 Persan Won $6. Lay Bet Lost
    SR8 no 6 Rock Ran 3rd. Lay Bet Won

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    This week I have been glued to the television watching the final races of the America's Cup which was eventually won by New Zealand. I did think the Italian boat Luca Rossi was a bit stiff because it lost one race when leading by a kilometer when she dropped off the foils in fluky winds, and then lost another when it failed to cover and let the Kiwi's loose to find better breezes. The positive out of these races is that the future of sailing is assured as these designs and concepts are taking the world of sailing to another level. Cant wait to see the next batch of upgrades which will be a far cry from the days of dinghy sailing that I once enjoyed on the Derwent River.
    The wife has decided to purchase a share in another racehorse but this time its an all girl affair meaning trainer, jockey and owners are all of the female variety. Its a good concept as there are special races for females only and they do have attractive bonuses attached. She also has a horse entered in three different races next week. Which one it contests will be dependent upon the weather, barrier draw and strength of the opposition. Its had a few niggles and a short spell, so trainer thinks it will need the run.
    Punting this week has probably been one of the worst results I have had for some time as I've gone from the penthouse to the shitehouse in just one week. From 26 bets this week, I have had 9 winners, no seconds,2 thirds and 15 unplaced. Several just missed a place which hurt, because I bet twice the number of units on the place as I do the win. Lets hope next week is a better scenario.
    Biggest race this weekend will be the Group 1 Golden Slipper, race 7 at Rosehill over 1200m, where prizemoney on offer for the 16 contestants is huge at $3.5m AUD. That makes it the richest 2 year old race on the planet.
    Racing this Saturday for the selections below begins at Mornington at 12.15 AEST which is 2.15am London Time and the last race will be at Ascot at 8.15pm AEST, which is 10.15am London time. Mornington races are always hard as they normally have large fields and few standouts.
    Here are the early selections which will be updated early Saturday morning when the scratchings are confirmed and the late mail is to hand.
    I hope that you are all safe and well and somehow managing to cope with the covid impediment that is consuming our lives and lifestyle. Please stay safe and well.
    CAUTION: Sydney is expecting huge rainfalls on Saturday so please exercise care when betting at Rosehill.

    R1 no 2 Doubtland
    R3 no 4 Written Beauty
    R5 no 3 Mo'unga
    R6 no 2 Avilius
    R7 no 8 Stay Inside
    R9 no 7 She's Ideal

    R1 no 1 Micro 3rd
    R3 no 1 Garvoc 2nd
    R6 no 2 Dom to Shoot Won $3
    R7 no 7 Mount Papa Won $2.50
    R8 no 1 Ancestry... 4th..strong late mail suggests a special here!

    R1 no 2 Chico Milagro
    R2 no 3 Bold Executive Won $3.75
    R3 no 4 Abracadazzle Won $3.80
    R4 no 4 King Gutho
    R6 no 5 Joymaker Won $3.50

    R2 no 1 Magical Dream Won $3.50
    R5 no 2 That's Funny Az Won $7
    R7 no 4 Charlton Eddie 3rd

    BR5 no 5 Maddi Rocks Ran 3rd. Lay Bet Won

    Cheers 'n' Beers
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    Well its been an anything but normal week here in Australia. Our sunburnt country has experienced mass rainfalls all over the Australian continent and most of our rivers are at flood levels. Last Saturdays Golden Slipper event was postponed and the entire program will be run on Saturday, weather permitting. As I write this its 30degrees plus outside and the sun is shining brightly, which is quite different to the four days and nights of solid rain that we have just experienced. My rain gauge says we have had just over 300mm of rain which is an extraordinary reading for here. Thankfully I was able to divert rainwater from the roof to tanks and then into the swimming pool where I could drop the levels daily by backwashing. That way I dont risk large washaways which can happen in these types of events.
    Enough of the local rant, lets get into racing matters.
    This week has been a quiet week on the punt as several meetings have been cancelled so just 13 bets for 4 winners, 2 seconds, 1 third, and 6 unplaced. Hasn't been a profitable week but that's racing.
    This weekend's racing features the second attempt to run the Golden Slipper Day which as you know from last week is the richest 2 year old event in the world. Hopefully the raingods will look favourably on Rosehill and it will all go off without interruption.
    She who must be obeyed has an interest in a little filly which will run around in the second race at Port Macquarie on Saturday on a heavy 10 track. It has missed at least one track gallop and a couple of jumpouts, plus its had a couple of niggling events so it's extremely unlikely that it will break its maiden status unless there are nine scratchings in the ten horse race! Update: It ran third.!
    Racing for the selections below commences with the first race at Bendigo which is lovely country town outside of Melbourne and famous for its gold fields where fortunes were made and lost. Bit like a normal day at the races when you think about it.!! Racing there starts at 12.15 AEST which converts to 2.15am London time. The final race will be run and won at Ascot at 20.20pm AEST which should work out at 10,20am London time.
    Here are the race venues for Saturday and the selections will be posted shortly and then updated as the scratchings arrive along with the late mail.
    Do take care and if you haven't had the vaccine yet, well stay away from pubs and clubs and areas where there are lots of folk.

    R5 no 3 Mo'unga Won $3.30
    R6 no 2 Avilius 3rd
    R7 no 8 Stay Inside.. Won $ 2 Profiteer is the late mail

    R5 no 1 Chantrea 3rd
    R7 no 8 Annavisto Won $3

    R1 no 2 General Wolffe
    R2 no 4 Humbolt Current Won $2
    R3 no 7 Guise Won $3.50
    R4 no 5 Tara Jasmine
    R6 no 14 Weona Smartone Won $2.30

    R1 no 4 Marocchino Won $2.15
    R4 no 1 Western Empire Won
    R8 no 3 Pure Devotion 2nd
    R9 no 11 Miss Conteki Won

    SR2 no 7 Sacramento Ran 3rd. Lay Bet Won
    SR4 no 1 Addeybb Ran 2nd. Lay Bet Won

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    Tried a different approach last week by reducing the number of selections. This resulted in 11 wins out of 17 picks so a 65% strike rate is encouraging.
    News from Oz is that the UK strain of Covid-19 has arrived here and our panic prone State Government in Queensland immediately put us into a three day isolation in Brisbane whilst they pondered their actions. The biggest issue we have here is that the vaccines are being very slowly distributed and not all of our front line nurses have had their shots. In fairness our supply has been halted by the actions of Brexit countries and the fact that we sent several planeloads of our vaccine quota to Papua New Guinea where the virus has been running rampart. In my case for example I wont get my shot until the middle of April now because of the delays. And yes I am in lockdown, but only for another two hours, as we have been given a good behaviour pass to allow us to enjoy the goodies that Easter Bunny will surely bring.
    Lockdown has not helped my punting as I have had 17 bets this week to date resulting in just 6 winners,2 seconds and 1 third with 8 unplaced. That last figure is the one that hurts.
    Racing this weekend is focused on the Sydney venue where a number of quality races will be run and won.
    Lets hope the punting gods are kind to us.
    For the selections below, racing begins on Saturday with Caulfield at 12.25 AEST which is around 2.25am London time. The final race on the card will be at Ascot at 20.15pm AEST, which is 10.15am London time.
    There are also races at Oakbank on Saturday which is one of the few courses in Australia that actively encourage races over fences. On Saturday the fifth race on their program will be the Great Eastern Steeplechase that is run over (almost) 5000 meters. It's not exactly like your Grand National in the UK, but it's arguably the closest race we have to your spectacular event. On Monday Oakbank will also host a hurdle race that is a must see. It's a great (long) weekend of racing in a country town that is fortunate enough to be close to some outstanding wineries.That may or may not be the real reason why I regularly made the pilgrimage to Oakbank every Easter to attend the races there during my time in South Australia!
    Here are the venues for Saturday's races and the selections will go up shortly followed by the late mail.

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    R5 no 4 Lucques..Scr..Danger is No 1 Zed Em.2nd

    R2 no 4 Agreeable Won $2.80
    R3 no 8 Najimaty Won $3.50
    R4 no 6 Black Penn
    R5 no 15 Winsum 3rd
    R9 no 9 Shandy

    R1 no 6 Conrad
    R3 no 1 Cherry Tortoni
    R5 no 6 California Zimbol 4th
    R6 no 2 Harmony Rose

    R2 no 2 Joymaker 3rd
    R3 no 8 Clearance Sale Won $2.60

    R5 no 6 Clairvoyance 2nd
    R6 no 9 Pletto 3rd
    R9 no 6 Tycoon Storm Won $3.50

    SR2 no 1 Master of Wine Started $2.30 Fav.Ran 3rd. Lay Bet Won
    SR4 no 1 Krone Started $4.40 Second Fav. Ran unplaced. Lay Bet Won

    Cheers n Beers
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    Australian news is consumed by Covid-19. One day its news that our vaccines have been held up by the EU because of greater need requirements elsewhere. Not so says the EU. Then we have the concern about blood clots from the Astrazeneca vaccine which reportedly affects 0.003 per cent of those injected and they seem for some unknown reason to be mainly in the 30-40 year old category. So should we stop and rethink? Perhaps the UQ option here is better as we have now learnt that apparently they have fixed the issues they had and its good to go and instead of two shots you only need one.
    So its no wonder frustration abounds here as there have been only 1m of our population vaccinated so far and there are another 20m or so to go. UPDATE: Now we learn that Australia has done a u-turn with AstraZeneca's vaccines in that people under 50 years of age have been advised not to get the vaccine because of the risk of blood clots!
    In my case I did get a call to pop in for a shot but alas no shot. Instead they insisted I fill out the answers to 11 questions that all started with "Do you or have you ever had....? Now we will just take your blood pressure, which was up a tad, reflecting my frustration level because all I wanted was a jab!
    "Now as we don't have any vaccines yet (thanks to the crazy hopeless distribution business hobbled by National and State bureaucracies) would you mind coming back next Wednesday and we will (hopefully) give you your first of two jabs."
    Fair dinkum. This lot couldn't organise a piss up in a brewery !!
    The good news is that our friends across the Tasman have announced that New Zealand is open to all of Australia and you don't need proof of having been vaccinated in order to go. The bad news is that frustrated Australians have booked airline seats to the point where you cant get a seat for several months.
    Frustrating as all of the above is my punting for the week has unfortunately followed suit. Of the 21 bets to date there have been just 5 winners, 4 seconds, 1 third and 11 that missed a place.
    And before I forget thanks to those who post Thank You on the base of some of these posts. Its very much appreciated.
    There are some very good races with quality fields at Randwick this Saturday. The Doncaster Mile has 22 acceptors with Mugatoo being the 4/1 favourite. Prior to the Doncaster there is the Australian Derby and TJ Smith Stakes.
    Saturdays selections and race cards will be posted shortly. These races commence with Rosehill at 11.35 AEST which is 2.35am London time. The final race on the card will be at Ascot at 7.10pm Saturday, which converts to 10.10am Saturday London time.
    The selections will go up shortly and these will be added to or changed as the late mail and scratchings are known.
    May your day be a winning one and more importantly may you stay safe and well.

    Very sad to hear this morning of the passing of the Duke of Edinburgh at the age of 99. He was a great man and a dedicated loyalist. His support of the Queen was quite amazing and he will be sadly missed by many. He visited Australia an incredible 35 times and I had the pleasure of meeting him on one noteworthy occasion. Rest in peace Your Highness and enjoy the tributes that will surely follow from those who love and admire you.

    R1 no 3 King of Sparta
    R2 no 4 The Irishman 2nd
    R4 no 3 Flexible 3rd
    R6 no 1 Anamoe Won $2
    R7 no 16 Montefllia
    R9 no 1 Mugatoo
    R10 no 6 Never Talk 4th

    R1 no 4 Hunnam.. Won $ 2 Cheerful Legend 3rd is the late mail
    R3 no 6 Alburq
    R4 no 9 Garvoc 3rd
    R5 no 1 Annavisto Won $2.70
    R6 no 1 Liqueuro Won $2
    R8 no 2 Grand Promenade 2nd
    R9 no 5 Platoon

    R2 no 2 Humbolt Current 2nd
    R3 no 5 Foreign Territory
    R4 no 13 Amiche 3rd

    R3 no 2 Kaptain Kaos Won $3
    R4 no 1 Ain't No Other Man 2nd
    R5 no 7 Bogart
    R7 no 9 Clairvoyance Won
    R8 no 1 Western Empire...Won....No 4 Flash Ducati could be worth a tote ticket at 50/1 each way.
    R9 no 8 Creator Won $4

    SR8 no 2 Nature Strip Started $3 Fav. Won. Lay Bet Lost
    MR2 no1 Dollar for Dollar Started $2.70 Fav. Ran unplaced. Lay Bet Won

    Cheers 'n' Beers
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    If you live in Australia and you want to vaccinated then you need to exercise patience. I received my first jab of the AstraZeneca vaccine yesterday along with others and our next jab is some 12 weeks away. Thankfully no side effects, unlike my dear old wife, who had to raid the Panadol box in order to get some relief from headaches. Out of population of 26m, Australia has just ticked over 1.3m jabs, so we are well behind in terms of what needs to be done. But the good news is we can go about our business, attend footy games, talk in groups and with no masks.
    Racing here is pretty much normal. And dear old wife managed to snare a winner at Armidale on Tuesday when her horse led most of the way to win comfortably paying $5.20 on the Fair.
    This Saturday we have more quality racing here on offer and hopefully we can find sufficient winners in order to turn a profit. On a personal note I have had 19 bets so far this week, with 7 winners, 3 seconds, 5 thirds, and 4 unplaced. Much better result so hopefully the tide is turning in the right direction.
    Racing for the venues below commence with the first at Randwick at 11.30am AEST, which is 2.30am London time, and the last race will be run and won at Ascot at 7.00pm, which I think is 10.00am London time on Saturday morning.
    Here are early selections and venues. The selections will be altered, increased,changed, etc etc as we get close to final acceptances.
    May you all stay safe and our best wishes to you all in what are difficult times.

    R1 no 1 Converge Won $3
    R4 no 2 Najmaty
    R5 no 1 Montefilla...danger is no 4 Harmony Rose
    R6 no 8 September Run
    R7 no 12 She's Ideal
    R8 no 7 Verry Eleegant ...heaps of knockers around for her today...but she is a class horse.
    R9 no 1 Probabeel 2nd

    R1 no 4 Fanciful Toff
    R3 no 3 Beau Rossa 2nd
    R5 no 2 La Mexicana Won $3.25
    R6 no 10 Arcaded
    R7 no 10 Alfa Oro
    R8 no 3 How Womantic

    R2 no 1 Stellar Magic Won $2.80
    R3 no 4 Guise Won $5
    R4 no 2 Joymaker 3rd
    R8 no 1 Vega One
    R9 no 3 Axe Scr

    R1 no 3 Yardman
    R2 no 2 Iseered Iseered 2nd
    R3 no 4 Requisition
    R4 no 9 Miss Conteki Won $2
    R5 no 12 Sheikh It
    R7 no 4 Big Bada Boom 4th
    R8 no 9 Hoi An Won $15
    R9 no 3 Amelaia's Contraire....early specking for No 2 Billy Ain't Silly Won $2

    MR1 no 2 Mahamedis Started $1.90 Fav. Won. Lay Bet Lost
    MR4 no 1 Mr Quickie Started $2.20Fav. Ran second. Lay Bet Won

    Cheers 'n 'Beers.
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    Another excellent Card of Saturday racing awaits us and hopefully we can find plenty of winners. Last week was heading towards a very ordinary result until the eighth race at Ascot where little Hoi An despite being last at the top of the straight, sprouted wings to fly home at double figure odds. It paid $18 on Betfair but the $15 I received was a tad shorter, but nonetheless very welcome as the account sprung back into positive thanks to little ole Hoi An. On the subject of punting I have had 19 bets this week so far with 7 winners, 2 seconds, 1 third and 9 that didn't bother the camera.
    The news that we are receiving here in Oz is that the UK is still experiencing lock-downs so I feel for you all. We only had to endure 3 days of lock-downs in Queensland and that was not pleasant, so I can only imagine what its like for you guys to have to endure extended lock-down periods. So here's hoping that this unwelcome menace that's creating havoc with our lives, disappears quickly, and we can all get back to normality asap. If its any consolation you are not as worse off as India for example, where its fast becoming Covid Central because they don't have lock-downs.
    I did watch Prince Philip's funeral which went off without a hitch. It was a moving event and the world has lost a great man. He did visit Australia some say 21 times officially, others have the count at 35, as they included transit stops whilst on the way to and from Pacific Islands, including New Zealand. Either way he was very well liked here as he was in many other parts of the globe. I did have the pleasure of meeting him briefly (very briefly in fact!) when I was fortunate enough to be part of a three man crew that won a dinghy race at the Royal Hobart Regatta many years ago. He was a very inspirational person who created the Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme that was a positive life changer for many.
    Thanks again for those that read this blurb and especially those that leave their Thanks in the box below. Its very much appreciated.
    Racing for the venues below commence on Saturday with the first race at Doomben at 11.32 AEST, which is 2.32 am, London time, and the last as usual will be run at Ascot at 6.55pm AEST which converts to 9.55am London time. Cant guarantee we will pluck another $15 plus winner but who knows when Lady Luck will smile upon us.
    The early selections will be posted shortly and these as is the norm will be altered, amended, changed, added to etc etc when the scratchings and late mail are to hand.
    May your day be a winning one and please stay safe during this difficult time.

    R1 no 12 Ceasefire
    R2 no 2 Kiku
    R3 no 1 Lion's Roar
    R4 no 1 Zaaki 2nd
    R6 no 2 Hilal 2nd
    R7 no 2 Masked Crusader
    R9 no 2 Lost And Running Won $3

    R1 no 3 Gimmie Par Won
    R2 no 3 Brookspire Won $4.20
    R5 no 8 Winsum
    R6 no 1 Alfa Oro
    R7 no 4 Mahamedis
    R8 no 5 Missile Mantra..2nd...No 6 Still A Star Won $4.60 is the late mail

    R1 no 1 Subterranean 3rd
    R2 no 3 Seat Of Power 2nd
    R3 no 9 Racing Paradise 2nd
    R6 no 1 Tycoon Evie 2nd
    R8 no 1 Simply Fly
    R9 no 15 Skins Won $2

    R1 no 2 Platinum Label
    R4 no 3 Tycoon Storm 2nd
    R5 no 9 Stellar Vista....No 2 Kaptain Kaos 3rd is the late mail
    R8 no 6 That's Funny Az
    R9 no 4 Tinsnip Won $2.15

    SR3 no 2 Khoekhoe Started $5. Ran unplaced. Lay Bet Won
    SR5 no 8 Eleven Eleven Started 2nd Fav. Ran unplaced. Lay Bet Won

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    Just been enjoying a few days at a resort at Coolum which is a coastal area north of Brisbane hence the reason this post is a bit behind, time wise. Still getting over the effects of far too much grog in the system, but its not often I let my hair down, so all is good.
    Last week wasn't much fun with plenty of seconds and only 7 winners including the lays.
    She who must be obeyed has her little filly in a Class 1 Race at Gunnedah on Monday. Its drawn the outside alley, which is a definite disadvantage, and the horse inside her is also a speedster, so she will probably end up wide on a circuit that doesn't suit being off the rails. Haven't seen a market yet however I would expect her to be around a $8 chance in what is a tough race with several chances. SWMBO will be delighted if her little filly manages to finish in the top three.
    On the personal punting scene managed to bet on 22 races this week, despite the fact I had none whilst at Coolum, and managed just 6 winners, 4 seconds, 3 thirds and the rest ran unplaced.
    Racing on Saturday for the meetings below commences with the first race at Eagle Farm at 11.30 am AEST, which converts to 2.30am London time, and the last race will be at Ascot at 6.55pm AEST, which is 9.55am London time.
    May the punting gods be kind to you all and please stay safe during these difficult times.

    R1 no 10 Alpendurada
    R2 no 8 Bold Executive
    R4 no 2 George's Pride Won $3.75
    R5 no 3 Guntantes 2nd
    R7 no 1 Apache Chase. 4 Private Eye Won $2.50 is the late mail
    R8 no 1 Trekking......Late mail roughie is no 3 Nicconova at $14.
    R9 no 2 Fender Won $2.60

    R1 no 1 Gleneagles Won $4.30
    R4 no 12 Yangtze Rapids
    R5 no 5 Athiri
    R7 no 3 Ellsberg
    R9 no 7 Serena is a rough chance @33/1

    R1 no 2 Qeyaady Won $3.30
    R2 no 8 Harlem Blues
    R3 no 5 Cordilla 2nd
    R4 no 3 Grand Promenade Won $2.40
    R5 no 7 Dice Roll Won $3.25
    R8 no 7 Spring Choice... Won $5...Late mail rough chance is no 4 Man From Uncle @20/1

    R1 no 3 Vadette De Star 2nd
    R2 no 1 Fatale Femme 3rd
    R4 no 1 Come Right Back Won $5.50
    R7 no 5 Miss Conteki Won $2.50

    MR3 no 9 Altai Ranger Won $3.20. Lay Bet Lost
    SR8 no 7 Royal Celebration. Ran 2nd. Lay Bet Won

    Cheers 'n' Beers
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    Well the missus's horse couldn't cope with the extreme barrier and tossed in the towel once it became apparent she wasn't going to get to the lead. That's her racing assignments for a while as she will now go for a spell and chew on some nice juicy grass on the central coast of New South Wales.
    We have been having a bit of rain here lately which is sorely needed as the gauge is reading less rain than this time last year, so I hope that's not a sign that we will have a long,hot, and dry summer.
    Heading off to the Northern Territory again shortly. First stop will be Darwin to catch up with some thirsty mates, and then off to Arnhem Land to see how the country has changed since we were last there. It's only recently that an all weather road has been constructed to the township of Gove in Arnhem Land, so rather then fly in as we have done in the past, this time the missus and I, with a couple of ex residents, will hire two four wheel drives, and do the 1000 kilometer plus drive from Darwin, and hopefully not hit too many kangaroos.
    Racing here this week has been dominated by the Warrnambool three day event which features hurdle and steeplechase races on each day. These are rare now in Australia with the annual Oakbank Carnival in South Australia being one of the few programs that annually feature hurdle races. Protests by animal activists has been the major reason for the reduction, and even the events that still run are done so on the basis that the hurdles will fall over if you blow on them hard enough!! The Grand National Hurdle over 5500m is the highlight with prizemoney of $350K.
    My personal punts this week totalled 17 bets with 9 winners, 2 seconds and 1 third and 5 that simply couldn't be bothered to have their photo's taken. Good result for a change.!
    Local news here has been consumed by news of what's happening in India. Our Government had a knee jerk reaction and banned the entry of anyone from India for 14 days and if you did arrive here you faced up to 5 years in jail and/or up to $66,000 in fines. Of course someone forgot that our national cricket team are in India earning squillions so instead of heading back to Oz, some of them have headed off to the Maldives to pass some time. Fortunately our Government have backed down on the fines and any possible jail time after reassessing their actions in light of many protests, and have repented by sending planeloads of oxygen tanks to assist the Indian Government in dealing with the covid crises.
    Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who is battling this goddam awful virus and we all hope and pray that vaccines provide us with the pathway back to normality. Please stay safe and if you get the opportunity to take the vaccine then please do so, subject of course to your Doctors advice.
    Enough of the rant; lets get on with picking winners for Saturday's races in Oz. This is one of those odd weekends where racing heads off in different directions. The major races are at Morphettville in South Australia and Sydney races have been shunted off to Gosford, whilst Brisbane races have been punted down to the Gold Coast. Yes its the start of the silly season so lets hope we can find winners amongst this lot.
    The first of the selected races below will commence with Gold Coast and the last will be at Ascot.
    Gold Coast kicks off at 11.25 AEST, which is 2.25am Saturday, London time, and the last race will be run and won at Ascot at 7.00pm which is 10.00am London time.
    The early selections will go up shortly and these will be amended once the late mail and scratchings are discovered.
    May your day on the punt be a good one and may you all stay safe, and thanks to those who read this and leave their Thanks below. Its much appreciated.

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    R1 no 1 Generation
    R2 no 10 Excelman
    R5 no 3 Holbein
    R7 no 2 Redwood Shadow
    R8 no 3 Agreeable
    R9 no 4 Aryton

    R2 no 10 Biscayne Bay
    R7 no 1 Explosive Jack

    R2 no 5 Rammstein
    R6 no 1 Signore Fox
    R7 no 16 Stockman

    R4 no 3 Racecourse Road
    R5 no 4 Ranch Hand
    R9 no 7 Wonderful Riri

    R1 no 3 Beret
    R2 no 2 Born to Try
    R3 no 2 Flying Missile
    R4 no 1 Chantorque
    R5 no 1 Panzdown
    R7 no 4 Marocchino.....danger is No 2 Trap for Fools.
    R9 no 5 Creator

    MOR R5 no 5 Button Express
    MOR R9 no 1 Streetcar Stranger

    Cheers 'n' Beers
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