Well we lost a live one overnight. The bloke who’s smashed more bags than we’ve had beers, who was just as good off-field as he was on it, and one of those rare souls who was never, ever boring. Vale Diego Maradona.
Way out West where the rain don’t fall we have the Winterbottom Stakes as a target for our hard-earned weekly wage. Australia takes on India today at the SCG to kick off the Summer of Cricket, and Adelaide has been confirmed as the venue for the first test despite a Pizza dealer doing his best to throw a spanner in the works (although The Village Green fashion parade out the back is sadly a casualty of said plague).
That’s way too much from us, and not enough from Maradona.
As you were,
The Punt Club Crew
p.s. Included below is the best picture of Diego we’ve ever seen – Hand of God indeed.
BEST BETS – HORSES
The big Perth carnival rolls on this weekend with the Winterbottom Stakes headlining the card. For some value, look to R6, No.1 Gemmas Song. Price is longish thanks to the draw but she loves the track and has the speed to come over that op over them. Paying $6 when we last looked.
At Moonee Valley, we like #13 All Banter in Race 6, with Jamie Kah (arguably Australia’s best jock at present) up top paying a juicy $4.50
HORSES & SPORTS
Winterbottom Stakes Day – Ascot, WA
Ascot R9 No.1 Trekking $2.25 WIN
Coming off two super performances in Group One races when strong late, lovely trial tuning up earlier in the week and looks a good thing. Indian Pacific the one to throw in for quinellas.
Festival Stakes Day – Rosehill, NSW
Rosehill Race 2 No.2 Almania $2.45 WIN
Kris Lees imported stayer that Hughie Bowman rode during the Flemington carnival, sticks with it at Rosehill and should give these a touch-up.
Rosehill Race 3 No.5 Another One $2.35 WIN
Wagga galloper coming to town for a highway kill, looks better than a country horse and can shape up in town off a terrific first-up win.
Rosehill Race 8 No.4 Snitz $4 WIN
Took a big step up in class last prep against the top sprinters and has trialled enormous in lead up for a first-up win with Nash Rawiller to get the job done!
Rosehill Magic Multi – these picks all-up $23
Doomben Race 2 No.6 Baby Wong $3.90 WIN
2yo that did a good job on debut when caught wide in a deep race at Newcastle. Expect the Baby to appreciate the trip up north in weaker grade and go very close.
Moonee Valley Race 6 No. 13 – All Banter $4.50
Rising SA 3yo who got the job done last time out at Morphettville, with Jamie Kah up top and our bet of the day.
Prices correct at 2.00 pm ACST
Kansas City -3.5 vs Tampa $1.90
Mahomes is Money…he will have a point to prove to show his class vs Tom Brady and his current form has MVP written all over it. This line is no big enough and expect the Chiefs to smoke the Buccaneers.
Buffalo Bills Winning Margin 1-13 vs LA Chargers $2.40
Think this will be close but the Chargers always find a way to lose so happy to play the Bills 1-13 at $2.40.