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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.

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    R1 no 3 La Rouque
    R2 no 8 Miss Inbetween
    R3 no 2 Pretty Brazen
    R5 no 2 Marboosha
    R6 no 14 September Run....thought no 12 Indian Pacific was worth a tote ticket @33/1
    R7 no 6 Quantum Mechanic
    R8 no 17 Paradee

    R1 no 1 Wild Ruler
    R2 no 5 Stay Inside
    R4 no 2 Sacramento
    R5 no 1 Nature 8 Written Beauty is a chance if the fav plays up.
    R8 no 1 Bivouvac

    R2 no 4 Advance Warning
    R4 no 6 She Za Boss
    R7 no5 Joymaker
    R8 no 6 Wren's Day

    R2 no 1 Ladies of London
    R4 no1 Gemma's Son
    R5 no 5 Charlton Eddie


    Cheers 'n' Beers
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