With the big 4 days of the Spring carnival run and won, our attention turns to trying to to find a good thing in another sport. And given the performance in the first test in Perth, it looks to be a safe bet that South Africa will win the series ($1.52), and Australian selectors will give out about a dozen new baggy greens in pursuit of a test victory. Just don’t call it a rebuilding phase.
Andy Murray has somehow become world tennis No.1. Not that we pay a lot of attention to how it’s calculated, but it smells like the people who run these rankings also run the voting for the TV Week Gold Logie. Andys Mum must be so proud. There are reports Andy even cracked a smile when he heard, or he may have been forcing out a fart.
And the season of long shots was completed this week when Trump got up in the US Presidential election, and while all the others were feel good stories, all we can do is hope that Trump keeps the seat warm for the next 4 years so Kanye West can get his chance. Paying $51 at the moment. Get down.
BEST BETS – LEAGUE
Adelaide United welcome the Brisbane Roar in what many are thinking will be a close encounter. The Roar are streaks ahead on the ladder United, but we see value in a draw here. Adelaide will get it together at some point, and it will, start this week. Draw at $3.45. While Melbourne Victory will open Etihad to Western Sydney Wanderers. Sitting neck and neck on the ladder, this will be a tight contest as well. Both team keen to get ahead, we think they will cancel each other out, and a draw will result. Paying $3.55, the multi is adding up
BEST BETS – NBL
The Cairns Taipans and the NZ Breakers sit next to each other on the ladder, so the only real edge is to the Breakers as it’s a home game. WA win will help them space the rest of the ladder, and we see them up at $1.48. While the leagues mystery child, the Adelaide 36ers welcome Illawarra ta decisive match up. Again, ladder positioning is critical, and win for either gets a leg up over those below. We think Adelaide will click, and get it done at $1.67
BEST BETS – HORSE RACING
The Carnival may nearly be done, but the quality of horse is till sky high. Who Shot the Barman ($3.10) in the Zipping should get it done if the run around from the Cup has been long enough. Looking to repeat, fitness should be spot on. Our value bet is Super Cash in Race 8. If she can bring her form against the mares here, she can cause an upset at $9.50.
The Punt Club Crew
Zipping Classic Day – Sandown
R1: No. 4 Vinland – Son of Sebring and trained by Tony McEvoy, this one ticks a lot of boxes for a first starter. With Kerrin Mac on board, should get the chocolates ($5.00)
R2: No. 4 Redkirk Warrior – Looks perfect for this. Distance is ideal. Weight is down. Has room to improve. Will get it done ($2.40)
R3: No. 1 Qewy – The only real question is has he recovered from the Cup. If he has, he bolts this in. Well worth a punt ($2.00)
R4: No. 6 O’Malley – This suits. Races well here. Has plenty of upside to come. This should be full of speed, and he loves that. Get on ($3.50)
R5: No. 5 Prompt Respnse – Just looking to win.Should get the run of the race, and with Oliver on, class will rise ($3.10)
R6: No. 1 Mortons Fork – Looks the obvious choice. Unlucky last start, and this is easier ($2.00)
R7: No. 1 Who Shot Thebarman – Looked good for a place in the Cup until the last 300m. Hard fit, and looks better this time than last year ($3.10)
R8: No. 11 Super Cash – Looks the value bet for the day. She is flying against the mares, and that form will hold here. Great value at ($9.50)_
R9: No. 13 Cool Chap – Last 2 starts have been good, and is really looking to peak. Will find the box seat, and be hard to hold out ($4.80)
R10: No 9 Extensible – Looks like perfect race placement. Loves a freshen up, and is 4 weeks since a run ($4.40)
Brisbane Roar @ Adelaide United – Two sides that can’t finds form, and is a hard game to pick at either home ground. Soft option and a draw for us here
Draw Match Result $3.45
Western Sydney Wanderers @ Melbourne Victory – Really just a more intense version of Brisbane/Adelaide. Two sides that are close on the ladder, and will probably count each other pout of it in the end
Draw Match Result $3.55
Cairns Taipans @ NZ Breakers – evenly matched, it’s really only home court that will see the Breakers get the edge here
Breakers Head to Head $1.48
Illawarra Hawks @ Adelaide 36ers – A firing Adelaide would be an easy choice, but they ain’t firing. Home court will be big here, and the 36ers should handle the Hawks
Adelaide Head to Head $1.67