Racing in Australia will be very different in 2050 than it is now.
It is my fear that racing-2050 will be far inferior to robust industry what we currently know and love. I actually think the changes will come in a much shorter time frame, sadly.
My Cassandra-type view is in sharp with contrast with accepted wisdom. Continue reading “Racing in Australia – 2050”
In punting circles he is well known. A diminutive figure reeking of incense and chanting for its calming influence while doing the form. The gambler known as the Guru is feared by bookies and the TAB when he spurts incantations after placing a wager. Continue reading “Punting Guru stalks The Everest by Brendan Cormick”
I feel as though I am a frog in a pot that is slowly being heated. Will I have the wit to jump out before
I am cooked?
Racing has given me a great living throughout my working life and I’m very grateful to it. I suspect I’m about to be “restructured”.
Continue reading “The Frog”
The foreign raiders make Saturday’s Caulfield Cup a fascinating affair.
Northern hemisphere-bred horses make up almost half the field and 50 per cent of those (five) are “shippers”, having their first start in Australia. Continue reading “Why Fame Game is the one to beat in the Caulfield Cup”
Saturday’s climax of The Championships was an unequivocal success. Randwick was turned out in fine style and the class of racing is a high-water mark for Sydney racing in my view. The ATC must be delighted with the turnout of nearly 24,000 patrons. Continue reading “Why the climax to The Championships at Royal Randwick was an unequivocal success”
A full-time punter (I hate the phrase ‘‘professional punter’’) has done a statistical study showing an overwhelming correlation of the last tote update (which happens about 40 seconds after the jump) and ‘‘events’’ in the first few seconds of the races. In other words, if a horse gets a ‘‘fly’’ at the start, its projected dividend dips. If a favoured horse ‘‘blows’’ the start, everything else ‘‘tightens’’ and the slow-away horse ‘‘eases’’ slightly in the tote approximates.
It is important to remind ourselves, under the governmentrequired rules for the TAB, all ‘‘parimutual’’ betting must close no later than precisely when the race actually starts. Not doing so would put the TAB’s government licence in jeopardy. The starter’s button used to be connected to the tote – when he pushed his button, the tote shut down instantaneously. Now, it appears to be done manually by someone watching Sky Channel. The difficulty with any manual method, however, is that there is a slight signal delay with the Sky picture. Progress isn’t always positive. Continue reading “Delay of the day: Sky pause gives some punters an edge”
Track bias is an important string to my bow. I’m very aware of it, when it happens. It gives me a real advantage and I make my book fully conscious of which horses, I think, are suited and which aren’t.
For me, the downside of bias is that most punters hate it and won’t bet. A complete turn-off. No turnover. Variety makes racing interesting. I like Warwick Farm, with the long chute starts, the sharp home bend and the short straight. Continue reading “It’s beyond comprehension why Warwick Farm is like quicksand”