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    We are seeing increased case numbers and new record numbers of cases but it is impossible to compare them to the previous highs seen in March as we just weren't testing then like we are now. We are currently seeing about 7,000 cases a day reported from the testing which isn't the full picture obviously but despite being a higher daily figure than in March it is thought cases are much lower as the real March figures were around 100,000 cases a day.

    More regional tightening of rules are happening, I think I heard something like 25% of the England population is under tighter restrictions, the majority of Wales and Scotland are, not sure about Northern Ireland as we rarely hear on the news about NI.

    There is increasing push back to the measures and especially the increasing of rules, especially given that deaths and hospitalisation rates remain relatively low, though compared to Australia they would be said to be very high.

    The Government got a very strong telling off in Parliament yesterday for basically being to keen with using their emergency powers and rather than have a vote which the Government was sure to loose due to so many of the Government's own MP's rebelling against them they fudged a deal where they have said if they need to make significant changes again that it will go before MP's to debate and vote on unless it is urgent. So basically the same as before as who decides what is significant etc for example today we have had several million more people told they can't mix households anywhere but there was no vote on it.

    The furlough schemes are winding down so job losses are increasing which is feeding into the pushback against the rules as before if you were still getting paid to not work all was good but now reality is hitting a lot of people they are waking up to what it really means.

    Despite this house prices and sales are at all time highs with prices rising significantly but the FTSE100 is not. I gave up a long time ago trying to predict such things! More chance of me getting the 1, 2, 3 in the Melbourne Cup!

    We have been graced again yesterday by a 10 Downing Street press conference after the previous weeks press conference just by the scientists didn't go down to well when they tried to scare everyone with a chart that said we would have 500,000 cases a day if we don't act before the end of October. So now we are supposedly going to be back to fairly regular press conferences so that they can keep reminding us all of the need to follow the rules etc.

    Scotland I believe has never stopped having the Daily Press Conferences!

    So overall, large parts of the country are now in increased restriction zones, many areas though have little if any Covid. People are pushing back and getting fed up. Everyone thinks they could have dealt with it better and knows best!

    A useful link for you might be the Government stats page that they update each day and has a lot of information, charts etc:
    https://coronavirus.data.gov.uk/

    And a link to the Twitter Thread from 10 Downing Street of the charts that were used in yesterday's Number 10 press conference that show how things are changing with Covid in the UK:
    https://twitter.com/10DowningStreet/...36881192423425

    If you like to listen to Podcasts, the week day podcast by the BBC NewsCast team gives a good summary/discussion most days of the current situation/changes etc along with other news happening in the UK in a 30 minute or so podcast. It is available for free on all podcast apps and via the website:
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p05299nl

    Good luck with the punting this weekend!

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    Many thanks PDC for your comprehensive update re Covid-19 in the UK.
    The increase in house prices and the slide in the stockmarket is also similarly reflected here in Oz. There seems to be no sensible reason why house prices are increasing here except that we do have strong interest from buyers domiciled in Victoria. The house next door sold a week ago for an above market price to a Victorian who bought it off the internet listing. Perhaps its a sign of what will happen in Victoria once the lockdowns and travel restrictions are removed!
    There is a push back to Governments here that are trying to be super cautious with the relaxation of rules.....most just want to get back to normality and frankly don't see the necessity of having restrictions, particularly in Queensland where there are only 6 covid cases and none of those are serious.
    The announcement that Donald Trump and Melania Trump have now both contracted covid is a potential game changer in some respects, but indications here is that life will continue on as normal as most seem to rationalise this to their campaigning activities and to the fact that they are in a vulnerable age group.
    Stay safe and hope you find plenty of winners this weekend.

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    Spring is here and with it comes our best racing events. Caulfield has the Toorak Stakes and the Herbert Power Stakes which have attracted quality of the highest standard. Randwick also has a quality program with the Spring Champion Stakes a highlight.
    Of course the news that dominates here is covid related with signs that borders are slowly opening up. It will be a while before we get back to normal here and even longer if you factor in international travel however the signs are positive. On a personal note I have had 18 bets to date this week with 5 wins, 6 seconds, 2 thirds and the rest missed having their photos included in the camera finish.
    We have now gone into that time zone known as daylight saving where the east coast of Australia has different time zones. Queensland don't change their time pieces however the rest of the eastern seaboard are advanced by one hour.
    The first race on the program here starts at Caulfield on Saturday afternoon where they have a ten race card at 12.15 AEDT which
    converts to 3.15am Saturday London Time.
    The last race is at Ascot at 20.38, which is 11.38am London time on Saturday
    Please stay safe, wear a mask where you cant social distance and stay healthy.


    CAULFIELD:
    R1 no 12 Fake Love Won $5.50
    R2 no 3 Swat's That Won $3
    R3 no 6 Windstorm Won
    R4 no 4 Felicia 2nd
    R5 no 10 Diamond Effort 2nd
    R6 no 6 Russian Camelot 2nd
    R7 no 1 Hungry Heart
    R8 no 1 Tagaloa
    R9 no 15 Buffalo River 2nd is the late mail
    R10 no 3 Orderofthegarter

    RANDWICK:
    R2 no 2 Doubtland.. 3rd..No 1 Wild Ruler Won is the late mail
    R4 no 13 Archania 2nd
    R5 no 2 Peltzer Won $3
    R6 no 1 Alligator Blood 2nd
    R7 no 13 Montefilia....Won $3...no 3 Love Tap 4th is the late mail
    R9 no 11 Plaquette 2nd


    DOOMBEN:
    R1 no 1 Magic Conqueror 2nd
    R2 no 3 Shaluna 4th
    R3 no 1 Mishani Operator
    R7 no 2 Le Palmier 4th
    R8 no 1 The Odyssey 2nd

    ASCOT:
    R4 no 10 Truly Great Won
    R5 no 4 Inspirational Girl Won $3
    R9 no 6 This'll Testya


    Cheers 'n' Beers


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    If you’re going to have a senior moment… make sure it is memorable.
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    Saturday's racing in Oz this week includes one of our best time honoured races on the calendar in the running of the Caulfield Cup. This is a race with a long history as it was first run in 1879 over a mile and a half and tomorrow it be slightly shorter at 2400m in keeping with the modern day metric system which Australia adopted in 1979. Favourite is the well performed local horse Verry Elleegant which has edged out the English invader Anthony Van Dyck as the latter drew the visitors barrier in 21. The race will be the highlight of the days program.
    There are two subjects that have been well aired on here apart from Horse Racing and they are matters to do with Covid-19 and Betfairs so called "delay".
    Here are updates on both subjects:
    COVID-19. The Sorry saga of Hotel Quarantine Security in Victoria.
    Australia's death rate from Covid is just 904 of which 816 are from the State of Victoria. Of these 816 deaths in Victoria the average age of those that died was 85. So it doesn't take Einstein to work out here that there are many cases where it was simply assumed that Covid was the cause when the reality was that it was a multitude of other factors at play here which are common when you are dealing with folk in aged care environments.
    There has been a Judicial Enquiry in Victoria into why the bulk of the deaths in Victoria appear to have been caused by the virus that escaped from those who were in Quarantined in two Victorian Hotels in the heart of Melbourne. The Enquiry to date has cost $6m and has failed to answer the simple question of who approved the issuance of a Security Contract to a firm called Unified Security for three months at a cost of $30m. The firm incidentally was not on Victoria's list of approved clients. Now think about this. Here we have a decision made on the run to give a mammoth contract to an unknown firm. The firm on hearing of their windfall immediately emailed all of their employees and prospective employees that they must undertake a 10 minute induction program (tick and flick) exercise and once they had done that they could then turn up for work.
    We now know through contact tracing that the resultant debacle in terms of security was the major reason for Victoria's covid failure and why Victoria's death figures are sky high in comparision to other States.
    Of course the sad story here is that Victoria is still in serious lockdown and the economy has been devastated...all apparently because of a dodgy security contract.

    BETFAIR DELAY: This subject has been well covered by recent contributions by PDC and Temujin so if you want the history here just scroll back to pages 39 and 40 and read their thoughts and contributions to this "story".
    I note that the so called Betfair delay has been raised once more by the Twitter twitterers with suggestions that here in Australia the delay in certain areas is as much as 7 to 8 seconds. The concern of course is that this opens a window of opportunity for unscrupulous folk to place a bet. Think what tennis attendees were doing during critical match points until the authorities woke up to what was happening and banned them. Also we know that scouts/observers/opportunists were posted at race meetings here with laptops or mobile devices that could post a bet just as the race began or in running. If a horse missed the start, or a leader dropped off the pace up the home straight then one could take advantage of such if you were quick. Betfair have once again confirmed that all races are closed off within one second of the jump and the issue is not at their end. Jump on Twitter if you want to know more.

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    Highlight this Saturday is the Caulfield Cup run over 2400m for prizemoney of AUD $5m.
    Its one of a handful of major races in Australia and attracts visitors (sometimes referred to as raiders!) from around the globe. Of course this year is an exception as Covid-19 has halted plans for many, however my first pick in the race is an English raider named Anthony Van Dyck, who is a classy racehorse and is expected to give this a big shake despite drawing the visitors barrier in 21.
    I'm sure racing enthusiasts domiciled in the UK are familiar with his accomplishments.
    Of course there are other races around on Saturday besides the Caulfield Cup with the most important being the running of the Everest at Randwick. Prizemoney is a mere $15m AUD....Yes thats right, fifteen million Australian dollars is up for grabs for a race that will be run and won in just over one minute. Incredible purse for a sprinting race!! And also at Randwick is the Kosciuszko, also over 1200m, and this time they race for AUD$1.3m.
    On a personal note this week I have had 21 bets resulting in 9 winners, 5 seconds, 2 thirds, and 5 unplaced.
    First race on Saturday will be at Caulfield at 11.15am Brisbane time.
    This converts to 2.15am London time.
    The last race will be run at Ascot at 7.05pm Brisbane time which converts to
    10.05am London time.
    Here are the selections for Saturday's racing which will be updated once the scratchings are known and the late mail is discovered.
    Hope your day is a winning one and you are staying safe from the unfriendly virus that seems to permeate our lives daily.

    CAULFIELD:
    R2 no 1 Yes Baby Yes.. 2nd...No 2 Rainbel 3rd is the late mail
    R3 no 2 Osamu 2nd
    R4 no 2 Albarado.. Won $5.25..no 10 Lets Kracka Deal 2nd is a good chance here
    R5 no 3 Starelle
    R6 no 3 Fituese. 2nd..No 2 California Zimbol Won $4 is the late mail
    R7 no 6 Alfa Oro
    R8 no 9 Windstorm
    R9 no 1 Anthony Van Dyck..2nd..thought no 9 Finche was value each way at $12. Put in no 14 Dalasan for the trifecta
    R10 no 4 Felicia 3rd


    DOOMBEN:
    R1 no 1 Sugar Boom Won $2.20
    R2 no 1 Mass Destruction Won $3.50
    R4 no 1 Fastnet Cyclone 3rd
    R5 no 4 Oh Five Glory 2nd
    R7 no 1 Glenall
    R8 no 6 Royal Hale Won $4.80
    R9 no 10 Plenty is an each way chance @ $16 Scr



    RANDWICK:
    R1 no 6 Kalashikov
    R4 no 2 Joviality....No 1 Forbidden Love Won $8 is a definite chance here
    R5 no 3 Redouble 2nd is a rough hope at $31 or better
    R6 no 1 Deprive 4th
    R7 no 1 Nature Strip
    R8 no 2 Star of the Seas
    R9 no 7 Paths of Glory


    ASCOT:
    R3 no 1 Sassy Trader 3rd
    R4 no 8 Notorious One
    R8 no 6 Massimo 3rd

    LAY BETS:
    R9 no 7 Verry Eleegant Won $5.50, Lay bet Lost


    Cheers n Beers

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    “I can see your feet. We’re out of bread and milk, be back in five minutes.”
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    Good luck this weekend with your bets and thanks for your various updates! It is crazy that Melbourne is under such restrictions where as in the UK we have a country arguing over much more lax restrictions when it has just been announced that we have around 30-40,000 cases a day according to the various surveys (the daily testing figures don't give a proper picture, they show around 15-20,000 +'ves a day). Not that it is worth anything but my view is the UK is in for a very messy winter and it won't be very pretty, every area seems to want to do its own thing and what everyone else wants to do is wrong. Chuck in Brexit very much on the horizon and it could get very messy!

    Hopefully the weekend's racing will be a happy distraction with great action both in Australia and the UK at Champions Day.

    Best of luck!

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    Firstly, our best wishes go to all of you in the UK that are enduring the hardships that the Covid-19 virus has thrust upon you. Now that winter has arrived, which unfortunately the virus seems to prefer, the limitations to your basic freedoms and rights of movement will be tested. Lets hope that the Oxford University who are world leaders in the race to provide us all with a proven and thoroughly tested vaccine is successful before Santa arrives.
    Secondly, racing in Australia marches on towards the pinnacle race on our calendar which is the Melbourne Cup run on the first Tuesday of November. This Saturday sees the running of the WFA Cox Plate which is arguably one of our top handful of races on the annual calendar. There wont be a crowd there on course to watch the event this year as Melbourne is still in serious lockdown despite the nil death rate of late and the very low daily case rate of around 6. Yes when you look at other areas in the world its crazy to think Melbourne Victoria is still in lockdown.
    On a personal note I have had 23 bets this week for 9 winners,4 seconds 3 thirds and 7 simply weren't quick enough to bother the judge.
    This Saturday the First Race will be at Moonee Valley commencing at 11.40 AEST which converts to 2.40am in London.
    The Last race this Saturday will be at Ascot commencing at 7.45pm AEST which converts to 10.45am in London UK.
    Please stay safe and I trust the punting gods will be kind to you with your weekend investments.

    MOONEE VALLEY:
    R1 no 1 Ancestry Won
    R2 no 7 Son of Mercury
    R3 no 7 Bella Nipotina 2nd
    R4 no 2 Ecumenical 2nd
    R5 no 2 Greyful Glamour...late mail is no 3 Sovereign Award Won $3.30


    RANDWICK:
    R1 no 5 Total Babe 4th
    R3 no 3 The Bopper Won $5.40
    R4 no 8 Criaderas 2nd
    R6 no 1 Peltzer Won $2.80
    R8 no 5 Hilo Won $3


    DOOMBEN:
    R1 no 6 Niedorp Won
    R2 no 2 Rollwiththeflow
    R3 no 2 Ziemba
    R6 no 9 Glitter Strip 4th
    R10 no 4 Le Palmier Race Abandoned

    ASCOT:
    R2 no 11 Doowahdiddy Late Scr
    R7 no 4 Clairvoyance Scratched.
    R8 no 8 Celebrity Queen 2nd
    R9 no 5 Cuban Twist...3rd...no 8 Great Waters is a chance at $18.

    LAY BETS:
    R9 no 11 Russian Camelot Ran 3rd. Lay Bet Won

    Cheers n Beers

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    A woman walks into a Pharmacy and asked the Pharmacist if he had any cyanide. The Pharmacist a little taken aback with the request says, “Why in the world would you need cyanide?” The woman then explained she needed it to poison her husband. The Pharmacist’s eyes got big and he said, “Lord, have mercy — I can’t give you cyanide to kill your husband. That’s against the law! I’ll lose my license, they’ll throw you and me in jail. Just leave and forget you ever came here before I call the police. The woman reached into her purse and pulled out a picture of her husband in bed with the Pharmacist’s wife. The pharmacist looked at the picture and replied, “well, now.
    You didn’t tell me you had a prescription.”
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    Firstly our thoughts and prayers go to all of you who are experiencing lockdowns as a result of Covid-19.
    In the State of Victoria in Australia, residents there were locked down for a total of 111 days. Most of us would go stir crazy after just a couple of days so you can imagine what it must have been like for Victorians to experience what is to date the world's longest covid-19 lockdown. We trust any lockdowns that you may experience are short and you are able to return to as close to normality as is possible thereafter.
    We are less than a week away from Australia's no 1 race in the Melbourne Cup but the Government has ruled that only horses and jockeys will be allowed on course. Interestingly the same Government has ruled that 25,000 residents can go to the Boxing Day cricket match. The world in Victoria is simply crazy.
    On a personal note I have had 17 bets to date this week resulting in 7 winners,4 seconds, one third, and the rest didn't make it in time to worry the judge.
    Highlight this Saturday will be the Group One Victoria Derby which is run over 2,500m. The drifting favourite is Young Werther at around $4.
    This Saturday sees the first race commence at Flemington at 11.40 AEST which is 1.40am London time.
    The last race will be run at Ascot at 20.35pm AEST which is 10.35am London time.
    The early selections will go up shortly and these will be updated before the first race once scratchings and late mail are discovered.
    There wont be regular updates today as the meetings progress due to commitments I have at polling booths, where our local member Tim Mander is seeking reelection, and I'll be out there to support him as he is a good genuine guy.
    Hope your day is a good one and please stay safe and healthy.


    FLEMINGTON:
    R1 no 3 Aysar 2nd
    R2 no 1 Personal 2nd
    R3 no 9 Octane
    R4 no 1 Ashrun Won $6
    R5 no 1 Mystic Journey...no 12 Odeum 2nd is the late mail
    R7 no 1 Cherry Tortini 4th
    R9 no 3 Diamond Effect......no 10 From Within @40/1 is the get out each way bet

    ROSEHILL:
    R1 no 7 Art Cadeau Won $6.50
    R2 no 10 Elsberg 2nd
    R6 no 3 Wu Gok
    R7 no 1 Gytrash... Won $4..no 7 Star of the Seas has place claims @ $25.


    DOOMBEN:
    R1 no 1 Mishani Scandal 2nd
    R2 no 1 Magic Conqueror Won $2.40
    R3 no 1 Lyrical Girl Won $2
    R5 no 1 Top Prospect
    R6 no 1 The Harrovian Won $3
    R9 no 7 Prospectus.. 2nd....late mail suggests no 10 Okanagan Miss is a chance at 20/1


    ASCOT:
    R1 no 2 Clairvoyance Scr
    R3 no 5 Truly Great Won
    R4 no 4 Heaven's Gift
    R8 no 9 Inspirational Girl Won $2.30
    R9 no 5 Spillinova

    LAY BETS:
    R7 no 5 Young Werther Started Fav. Ran 3rd. Lay Bet Won
    Ascot R6 no 4 Niccovi Started Fav. Ran unplaced. Lay Bet Won

    Cheers n Beers

    JOKE:
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    Because its usually second hand information!!
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    I hope it will be a GREEN Melbourne Cup for you Charles Good luck!

    It's 3.30 AM here in Bucharest, I hope I can stay awake for some trading . NSW markets are also interesting. Cheers & stay safe and positive.

    Nice one, joke with the clock

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    Thanks Bog and best wishes for a safe time in Romania. Always optimistic about trading in the Melb Cup as there is always divided opinion around and that helps. Glad you liked the joke.! Cheers

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    Well tomorrow sees the running of Australia's premier race in the form of the time honoured Melbourne Cup. There is around 160 years of history with this race so whoever wins it will have their name carved into history for all to see. Its the race that stops a nation. Office workers will stop work to watch the race as will those who managed to sneek a long lunch. Many will simply head home after the race with some rewarded by winning something from the obligatory office sweep, or better still by backing the winner, which will return at least $9 as that is around what the lowest odds will be.
    Personally I don't have a good Melbourne Cup record, preferring to trade the disparities with the place market as that area has proven to be fruitful over the years, probably because it doesn't have concentrated eyes on it like the Win market does. Notwithstanding that I will declare that I have had two shots at the First Four divvy, both with Anthony Van Dyck as anchors, so if he manages to run in the first four then I'm a good chance of collecting a nice return.
    The race is run at Flemington in Victoria at 15.00 AEST which converts to 4.00am London time so you will need to set your alarm clock for the early time if you want to witness Australia's greatest race.
    Unfortunately this year there wont be 110,000 folk there as is the norm. Rather there will only be jockeys, handlers, stewards, and essential staff as the Covid-19 restrictions in the State of Victoria have not yet been lifted in respect of large gatherings. Not even owners will be allowed to attend.
    So if you are having a bet here are my selections, and may I wish you the best of British luck with your investments.
    Stay safe.

    MELBOURNE CUP:

    WIN SELECTION: No 1 Anthony Van Dyck ....currently $9 Unfortunately broke down at the 3 furlong mark

    PLACE CHANCES: no 5 Sir Dragonet, no 11 Finche, no 21 Tiger Moth 2nd

    ROUGHIE: no 17 The Chosen One..4th..currently 50/1


    Cheers n Beers.
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    Good luck.

    P.S. Our clocks changed the other week so the Cup runs at 4am UK time.

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    Very sad news about Anthony Van Dyk

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    Yes its an awful sight when a horse breaks a leg in a race and has to be put down. It happened a couple of years ago at the Melbourne Cup when the wife and I were seated right near the winning post watching Cross Counter win the Cup. Again it was a UK visitor in The CliffsofMoher that suffered a fractured right shoulder and had to be euthanised right in front of us with a large number of women around crying and clearly upset. Not a good look for racing.
    Anthony Van Dyck was a class horse with an outstanding record who would have commanded a considerable sum at stud irrespective how it finished in the Cup.
    Very sad day for all concerned and lets hope we don't see any more such incidents in racing here again.

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    Well Flemington again has the spotlight this weekend with the running of the Mackinnon Stakes. Yesterday it was Oaks Day there so with the Cup on Tuesday, the Oaks on Thursday and the Mackinnon Stakes on Saturday then clearly its been a busy time for everyone associated with this historical racecourse. Its unfortunate that silly laws still exist in the Melbourne area which prohibit attendance at these events. Even social distancing would have permitted say 25,000 to attend each day but no Chairman Dan who runs Victoria with an iron fist has decreed that thou shalt not go to the races until I say so.
    Whilst on the subject we are hearing some awful stories about the spread of Covid-19 not only throughout the UK but also throughout Europe. Figures that I have seen seem to indicate that the death rate per person who has contracted the virus is now lower percentage wise, but whilst that's encouraging in one way its also distressing to see such high numbers and the prospect of many areas being subject to lockdown laws. Our prayers are with you all in the hope that this virus is halted quickly by the production and speedy distribution of a suitable vaccine.
    On a personal note I have had 29 bets this week resulting in 8 winners, 9 seconds, 3 thirds, and the other 9 failed to produce a return.
    Worst moment for me this week is having to listen to the missus bragging about backing several winners including a 40/1 shot and collecting several nice trifecta's. Thankfully there is a lock on the door to my office so I have enjoyed some relief from the persecution.
    Has anyone noticed the turnover figure on Betfair in respect of the betting on the US Elections. Last time I looked the matched figure on the Next President market was AUD $900m. Even with a high proportion of market players being traders that's still a nice commission sum for Betfair on just one event.
    Racing this Saturday commences at Flemington at 12.25pm AEDT which is 1.25am London time and,
    the Last race will be at Ascot at 8.30pm AEDT at Ascot which is 11.00am London time.
    As per the norm the early selections will go up shortly and these will be amended and changed as the scratchings and late mail are discovered.
    I hope your punting day is a good one and please stay safe.
    UPDATE: National Totes are all down today so dividends are not available except from Bookmakers Fixed price betting. Reason for the outing has not yet been advised.

    FLEMINGTON:
    R2 no 4 Tommy Gold. 2nd..throw in numbers 2 Deep Speed 3rd and no 8 Shelby Cobra Won $4 for the trifecta
    R3 no 7 Sansom Won $6
    R4 no 5 Right You Are 3rd
    R5 no 2 Pondus 2nd
    R6 no 3 Bivouvac Won $3.70
    R7 no 13 Chaillot
    R8 no 9 Arcadia Queen Won $2.60
    R9 no 11 Metorite...looks a good thing in the lucky last. Gave no 9 Messerschmitt a chance here at 25/1.


    ROSEHILL:
    R2 no 1 Wichita Warrior
    R3 no 4 Petronis 3rd
    R4 no 1 Express Courier.....no 9 Total Recall 4th is the late mail
    R5 no 2 Stockman 2nd
    R6 no 2 Captivant 4th
    R8 no 1 Frosty Rocks Won $2.60


    DOOMBEN:
    R1 no 1 Alert and Ready 3rd
    R2 no 1 Isotope 2nd
    R3 no 8 Fields of Yulong 4th
    R6 no 3 Starosa Won $4.60
    R7 no 5 Desert Lord. Won $2.60...rough chance to no 8 Sea Raider...currently 20/1
    R8 no 4 Emerald Kingdom
    R9 no 6 Command 'n' Conquer Won $2.40

    ASCOT:
    R1 no 1 Sassy Trader 3rd
    R3 no 3 Come Right Back 2nd
    R5 no 6 Notorious One 4th
    R6 no 14 Angelic Miss
    R8 no 1 Kementari 3rd
    R9 no 9 Elite Street Won $2.90


    LAY BETS:
    MR6 no 2 Nature Strip Ran 2nd. Lay Bet Won
    MR7 no 3 Vanna Girl Ran unplaced. Lay Bet Won

    Cheers n Beers

    JOKE:

    A Dad buys a lie detector robot that slaps you if you lie.

    Dad: Son, where were you today during school hours of 8:30am to 3:30pm?
    Son: At school Dad – The robot then slaps the son.
    Son: Okay I was watching Iron Man 1, 2, 3 and 4 at home while you and Mum were at work – The robot slaps his son again.
    Son: Okay I was watching extremely, violent movies.
    Dad: What?! When I was your age I never watched those kinds of movies – The robot slaps the dad.
    Mum: Haha, after all, he is your son – The robot then slaps the mum…!!
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    Biggest news story here and for that matter world wide is around Covid-19. Its distressing to hear reports of what is and what may happen in the UK and of course that also applies in many other northern hemisphere areas as winter increases the chances of contracting the virus.
    The good news is that progress is being made on several fronts in respect of a virus. The optimistic reports have a suitable virus being available before the fat fellow in the red suit slides down chimneys with a sack full of presents. Pessimistic reports suggest March 2021 will be when it will really happen.
    The sad part about that is here in Australia the elderly who are most at risk will be at the far end of the queue as preference will be given to the young, healthy and fit and those likely to be around for a few decades. Some will see this as elder abuse but I guess the facts are that the young are the next generation and as there will be only 10 million doses in the first tranche then decisions have to be made about priority and the elderly are the group that's least likely to protest in masses, and most of them here are pretty patient so they will accept this in the knowledge their turn will come shortly thereafter.
    In Australia we are almost back to normality in that State borders are slowly opening and covid infections are now rare. The economy has taken one almighty whack and unemployment is still above average but slowly the virus info is disappearing off our screens so there's a bright light on the horizon. We just hope that its not another train load of infections on the way!!
    Our prayers are with you all in these awful times.

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    Racing this weekend in Australia takes an usual step in New South Wales at least where the main races are moved away from their normal home in Sydney and transferred out to the coastal town of Newcastle. Its a big shot in the arm for this area and great to see they are receiving support from the Sydney hub.
    In Melbourne the Carnival is now over and Flemington will be rested in favour of Sandown. Still no attendances at races in the Melbourne area but it must be getting close as Melbourne or/and Victoria have recorded zero cases for a couple of weeks now.
    On a personal note I have had just 19 bets this week resulting in only 6 wins, 3 seconds, 2 thirds and the rest were unplaced. Not enough winners to finish ahead so its been a losing week with a small loss.
    Racing on Saturday will kick off at 12.15pm, AEDT, which is 1.15am in London.
    The last race will be at Ascot at 8.35pm, AEDT, which is 9.35 am in London.
    As usual the early selections will be posted shortly which will updated once the scratchings and late mail are known.
    I trust your weekend will be a good one and please stay safe.

    SANDOWN:
    R1 no 4 Brazen Boy Late Scr.
    R2 no 1 La Mexicana 2nd
    R3 no 3 Order of Command 2nd
    R4 no 3 Humma Humma
    R5 no 6 Kenya 2nd
    R6 no 1 Aysar Late Scr
    R9 no 4 All too Huiying 4th
    R10 no 4 Missile Mantra Won $4.60

    NEWCASTLE:
    R3 no 7 Vadiyann
    R4 no 1 Superium
    R5 no 12 On The White Turf is an each way chance at 20/1 or better. Late Scr
    R9 no 7 Hilo

    DOOMBEN:
    R2 no 3 He Runs Away Won $2.60
    R3 no 6 Hard Labour Won
    R5 no 2 Dusty Tycoon Won $2.30
    R6 no 8 Garibaldi 2nd
    R7 no 2 Plitvice Won $8
    R8 no 7 Niedorp 2nd
    R9 no 11 Master Jamie is a rough each way chance at $15....Ran 3rd at $21

    ASCOT:
    R3 no 2 Eeyore Wayz
    R5 no 9 Truly Great Won $2
    R6 no 2 Too Close The Sun Won $2.40
    R7 no 2 Snickerdoodledandy

    LAY BETS:
    MR6 no 8 Sweet Reply Started Fav. Ran 2nd. Lay Bet Won
    MR10 no 7 Tricky Gal Ran 2nd. Lay Bet Won

    Cheers'n'Beers

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    A woman goes shopping with her husband and sees a pair of boots that she loves and wants to buy.
    The husband says "No chance sweetheart...they are way too expensive."
    Later on that night they are in bed, and the wife is falling asleep, so the husband tries his luck and slips his hand on her hip and then lower onto her thigh.
    She turns to him and says "I dont think so mate. If you are not prepared to shoe the horse then you sure as hell ain't riding it!!"
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    Good to read the updates, it is interesting to hear how Oz are planning to roll out the vaccine. It is the opposite to the UK where they are basing it on those who are most at risk of the illness and the impact it is likely to have. So it is first going to those 80+ and in care homes and the staff, then it basically drops in bands of 10 years, so next is 70-80 plus NHS frontline staff, then 60-70 and so on but with the limited supply and the need for 2 doses per patient it is unlikely that anyone bar the older in society will get it in the first wave.

    Until then we have the winter to get through and just yesterday we passed the 50,000 death mark (to have died and tested +'ve in the last 28 days) which got some coverage but we also had almost 600 deaths in a day which as a country we seem to have grown used to amazingly. The daily death figures seem to be just be something mentioned in passing now. Then today we had our highest ever number of positive cases recorded at 33,470. When you consider the death figure will be the last to go down it is a bit scary that we are still seeing increases in the daily cases as that means there are a lot of deaths already baked into the future figures.

    Though we are in a second 'lockdown' it really feels nothing like the first time around. People seem to largely be going about life/work in the 'new normal' way, the roads are very busy, the shops that are open seem to be busy as normal, people stop in the street for a chat.

    We seem as a country to have just kind of got bored of it. At least that is the impression I get. I could be wrong about how it is elsewhere but it really doesn't feel anything like March's lockdown.

    The hospitals however are getting very busy and pushed to having to stop non urgent surgery in a lot of places and the number of people waiting over a year for treatment in England hospitals has hit a 12 year high.

    And it still isn't even mid-November!

    Really liked the joke on a happier note!

    Good luck with the punting.

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    Thanks PDC for your update on the situation in the UK. I must admit that Covid is fast moving off the front pages here as we get back to normality. Still there are odd things happening. For example there will be a capacity crowd at the State of Origin football match here on Wednesday at Suncorp stadium yet in Melbourne there are no crowds at the races. A few minutes ago I did receive a note from a Melbourne friend who told me that Sandown race officials will today permit owners to attend the meeting there. Just owners. Well I guess that's a small start there but it does show the contradictions that we have regarding rules on a State by State basis.
    We are not really concerned here that the young will receive the first batch of Covid vaccines as these are likely to be the Pfizer vaccines, which are really unsuited to Australia as a whole. That's because they need a temp of around minus 70deg to survive and that's going to make it very hard to distribute widely as Australia is a big continent and there's not that many places that could successfully handle the storage and distribution of this vaccine.
    We know from our local sources that the vaccine created by the University of Queensland is a good one. It doesn't need extreme refrigeration requirements, and it will be distributed out to the general public via local medical practitioners and pharmacies, exactly the same method as the annual flu jab is done. That will be quick, painless and free which is exactly what our elderly like. We also know that trial results show that that this vaccine is particularly effective in the elderly category. Yes it may be unavailable for the next six months but its the preferred option for our elderly.
    I wouldn't rule out Oxford University producing an effective vaccine shortly either as they have been front runners in the race to find effective preventive solutions.
    It's awful news that the UK is enduring some 600 deaths per day from Covid.
    The release of a vaccine therefore is desperately needed to counter these losses so I hope and pray that this occurs very very shortly so life can return to some semblance of normaility for you all.
    Best wishes and do stay safe.

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    Another weekend of racing beckons and this week its troppo time here in Oz as we send our city racing out into the sticks and leave the spotlight to just Ascot, far out in Western Australia, and the only State that still has serious rules in place regarding movement of their population under Covid. One week we have the Derby and Melbourne Cup and this week we go bush. Bit like moving from the penthouse to the outhouse.!!
    The top race on the Ascot program is the $1m Railway Stakes run over a mile. As is the norm for this race its attracted a capacity field and should be a great race to watch with plenty of chances capable of figuring in the finish.
    Still its nice to see the bush patronised with Saturday racing but if history is any guide do be prepared for some rough results.!!
    And talking of results the Mighty Maroons from Queensland started rank outsiders in the final game of the State of Origin Rugby League best of three series and despite the long odds they won and won well. Unfortunately, I didn't back them straight out, opting rather for the safer option of 7.5 points start at $2.04.
    Been a quite week on the punt this week, racing wise, with just 12 bets so far resulting in 4 winners, 4 seconds and one third and 3 unplaced.
    Racing this Saturday will commence at Ballarat at 12.10 AEST which converts to 1.10am in London.
    The final race will be at Ascot at 8.20pm which is around 9.20am in London (I think!)
    The early selections will bob up on here shortly and these will be altered/upgraded/deleted/amended etc etc when the final fields and late mail are to hand.

    BALLARAT:
    R1 no 2 The Gauch 2nd
    R3 no 1 Shelby Cobra
    R4 no 6 Butter Blonde
    R7 no 3 Right You Are
    R9 no 3 The Astrologist 2nd


    KEMBLA GRANGE:
    R4 no 7 Destination
    R5 no 2 Big Parade
    R6 no 9 Macroura 3rd
    R7 no 4 Rock


    SUNSHINE COAST:
    R3 no 5 Palladas 3rd
    R5 no 3 Scathing
    R6 no 4 Goldsborough 3rd
    R7 no 7 Sugar Boom Won $2.40
    R8 no 8 Ballistic Boy Won $3

    ASCOT:
    R1 no 3 Long Beach
    R3 no 6 Come Right Back 4th
    R5 no 12 Western Empire Scr
    R7 no 1 Flower of War 4th
    R9 no 11 Inspirational Girl... Won $3.50...thought No 1 Kementari had a chance at 12/1 or better

    LAY BETS:
    MR3 no 5 Super Yulong Ran 3rd. Lay Bet Won
    MR4 no 4 Ranveer Scr
    MR5 no 6 Hi Stranger Started Fav. Ran 2nd. Lay Bet Won

    Cheers 'n Beers

    JOKE:
    Four great friends from Frankston, on the edge of the Mornington Peninsula in Melbourne, Geoff, Joey, Longy and Robbie spent weeks planning the perfect boys trip away, camping, drinking, golf and all the fun stuff that goes with it. Two days before the group is to leave, Robbie’s wife puts her foot down and tells him he is not going. Robbie’s friends were very upset that he can’t go, but what could they do? Two days later, the three get to the camping site, only to find Robbie sitting there with a beer in his hand, tent set up, firewood gathered, and supper cooking on the fire. “Damn man, how long you been here and how did you talk your wife into letting you go?” Well, I’ve been here since last night. Yesterday evening I was sitting in my chair and my wife came up behind me and put her hands over my eyes and said, ‘Guess who’? I pulled her hands off and saw that she was wearing a brand new hot nightie. She took my hand and took me to our bedroom. The room had two dozen candles and rose petals all over. She had on the bed, handcuffs and ropes! She told me to cuff her and tie her to the bed which I did. And then she said, ‘Now you can do whatever you want.’ So here I am…!”
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