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How to win at the race track, with advice from professional punters   Leave a comment

How to win at the race track, with advice from professional punters

Punters must be prepared to go through long losing streaks if they plan to stay in the ga

Punters must be prepared to go through long losing streaks if they plan to stay in the game.Source: News Corp Australia

IT’S 5.30am when the screen on Daniel O’Sullivan’s computer lights up for the first time.

An array of spreadsheets, betting charts and densely worded form guides appear before he flicks over to replays of the previous day’s races. From Mandurah to Moonee Valley, if it’s running, O’Sullivan knows about it.

He spends hours watching horses run around in circles, looking for clues, trying to find an edge.
When you spend your life on the punt, finding a horse that is $4.20 but looks more like a $4 shot is when your eyes light up. That’s what O’Sullivan does six days a week. He started out as a teenager, backing horses for fun, but an accountancy degree and a job as a business analyst helped unlock the magic of numbers and tipped him into a lucrative new career.

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Posted November 1, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Heat on as Derby outsider Prentice comes in from the cold   Leave a comment

Heat on as Derby outsider Prentice comes in from the cold

Most days, Prentice has a swim, although he shied from the icy waters one morning this we

Most days, Prentice has a swim, although he shied from the icy waters one morning this week and refused to budge. Source: News Corp Australia

DON’T talk to Simon Foster about odds.

As far as he’s concerned, you can write your own for Prentice to win today’s Victoria Derby. 200-1? A fair bet, he reckons.

There is no shortage of people telling him he’s mad to put the horse into a race of this class, and part of him agrees. But there is something about this long-limbed, sweet-natured bay that tells Foster it’s worth a crack.

It is a long, long way to bring a horse from Bunbury in Western Australia to Flemington, and after 30 years in the game the well-travelled trainer isn’t doing it for a lark. “He may be lacking a bit of class, but we know he’ll stick on.’’

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Posted November 1, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Melbourne Cup 2014: Red Cadeaux lines up for fourth straight raid with The BMW now on trainer Ed Dunlop’s radar   Leave a comment

Melbourne Cup 2014: Red Cadeaux lines up for fourth straight raid with The BMW now on trainer Ed Dunlop’s radar

International raider Red Cadeaux will line up for his fourth straight Melbourne Cup next

International raider Red Cadeaux will line up for his fourth straight Melbourne Cup next Tuesday. Picture: Colleen Petch.Source: News Corp Australia

RED Cadeaux — the English warhorse who will compete in an incredible fourth straight Melbourne Cup next Tuesday — will be given every chance to chase the big riches on offer during The Championships.

In a huge boost for Australian Turf Club officials, trainer Ed Dunlop revealed he hoped to target a race like the $1.5 million The BMW (2400m) next year.

The $600,000 prizemoney boost this week for the Sydney Cup, which took the overall purse to $1.6 million, would also be enticing, depending on the weight he was allotted.

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Posted November 1, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Elements may rain on Victoria Derby parade   Leave a comment

Elements may rain on Victoria Derby parade

Date
October 31, 2014 – 7:14PM
Strapper Alex Hansford-Smith poses with Victoria Derby favourite Hampton Court at Flemington on Wednesday.Strapper Alex Hansford-Smith poses with Victoria Derby favourite Hampton Court at Flemington on Wednesday. Photo: Getty Images

Racing officials are fearful that expected heavy rain on Friday night would have a dramatic effect on Saturday’s opening meeting of the four-day Melbourne Cup carnival.

The weather bureau predicted up to 10millimetres of rain would fall at Flemington in the 24 hours leading into Saturday’s nine-race program.

Track curator Mick Goodie said he was concerned by the forecast, which indicated that it would rain overnight and continue spasmodically through the day.

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Posted November 1, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Derby Day 2014: Gai Waterhouse’s Hampton Court head-to-head with Chris Waller’s Preferment   Leave a comment

Derby Day 2014: Gai Waterhouse’s Hampton Court head-to-head with Chris Waller’s Preferment

THE heavyweight battle between Sydney’s two best trainers Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse is set to continue on Australian racing’s biggest day of the year.

Waterhouse will saddle up $1.5 million Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) favourite Hampton Court, the colt part-owned by radio king Alan Jones and South Sydney’s new billionaire co-owner James Packer.

Waller will bank on second favourite Preferment to clinch the big Flemington feature.

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Posted November 1, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Derby Day 2014: Glen Boss rates the stars and his own chances   Leave a comment

Derby Day 2014: Glen Boss rates the stars and his own chances

Market Update: Victorian Derby

Market Update: Victorian Derby

I GUESS you’d call me a fringe Derby Day player this year.

But it’s Derby Day, and just being a player is a big deal. This day, this week, is when you really see the jocks with their game faces on. The mood is just a bit different in the jockeys’ room.

I’ll tell you one thing: I can win the Derby. For sure. And I reckon I’ve got as good a chance as most in the Mackinnon, too.

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Posted November 1, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

Melbourne Cup 2014: Bluffer’s guide to the cup carnival   Leave a comment

Melbourne Cup 2014: Bluffer’s guide to the cup carnival

Date
October 31, 2014 – 1:59PM

Ronny Lerner

Rails Run: Derby Day tips

Our racing experts preview the “best meeting of the year for punters”, Derby Day at Flemington.

It’s that time of the year when the spring carnival cranks up a gear as all the attention shifts to the famous Flemington racecourse for the biggest week of racing on the Australian calendar.

It all kicks off on Saturday when Derby Day – arguably the best single day of racing of the year – takes place with no less than four group 1 events and six other top-class races.

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Posted November 1, 2014 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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