Recap: ANZAC Day Plus Weekend Footy And Racing

A midweek public holiday was followed by another big weekend in the sport and racing world

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It wasn’t quite a long weekend, but rather ‘a week with regular days off’ as ANZAC Day fell on a Wednesday and threw out normal sports and racing calendars a little. 

There was plenty of footy tips and racing tips from our stable of analysts as people around the country paid tribute to the fallen soldiers of the past, as well as those currently serving our great country.

The traditional AFL blockbuster between Collingwood and Essendon is always a big part of the day, while what is now becoming an annual NRL double-header between St George Illawarra and Sydney, followed by Melbourne Storm hosting New Zealand, gave sports fans plenty to immerse themselves in.

Of course, it’s always a big day of racing as well, with major meetings at Flemington, Randwick and Ascot headlining the action.

Despite two working days in between, the action on ANZAC Day was a great taster for the weekend ahead.


The track is where we start, with Chris betting into two races across the ditch on ANZAC Day:

  • While he was off the pace at Awapuni, Chris nailed his selections at Avondale, tipping members into eventual winner Franklin ($4.20) as well as runner-up Snitz Of Time ($3.20) and fourth-placed runner Over Torque ($15)
  • Thursday brought more winners, with Startling Reminder ($3.40) and Ice Bomb ($2.20) making it 2/2 and a very handy $450 profit on the day
  • Betting into just the one race on Saturday made for a quiet weekend, but a winning one nonetheless as Abacus ($3.20) saluting to make it four winners in five races since ANZAC Day

Trevor Lawson was betting at Flemington on Wednesday and Caulfield on Saturday this week, finding five races of interest across the two days:

  • No luck early on ANZAC Day but Iconoclasm ($2.90 top fluc) brought some joy for members with a win in race 7
  • The opening race didn’t go to plan for Trev but that became a distant memory as William Thomas ($3.20 top fluc) and Sun Quan ($8.50) dashed away in race 5 to finish one-two and make for an easy watch

There was plenty of racing in New South Wales for Bryan Haskins to dive into, starting on Wednesday:

  • A poor start saw a wipeout on Wednesday, with Wild About Her and Chapelco only managed third-place finishes at Gosford and Randwick, respectively
  • Thursday and Friday were both very quiet; Miss Jenny was the sole bet at Kembla Grange, finishing as the runner-up for the second time in as many weeks in a frustrating result
  • Saturday started off poorly as well but was shortly rescued as Sambro ($5.20) and Roman Son ($1.90) both saluted, with a big stake on the latter making it worthwhile at a short price

In South Australia, Aaron Barby most certainly enjoyed himself over the last few days:

  • With plenty of action at Gawler on Wednesday, Our Prospect ($34) saluted at massive early odds for our members, beating home another of Aaron’s picks in Exalted Gold ($7) in a very tight finish across the track
  • Barby wasn’t done, with Casino Club ($4.80) being crunched into $1.90 by race start time and doing as a short-priced favourite should to make it a great day for members
  • Things only improved over the weekend with Ascendance ($14) rounding them up for a stirring win and a $500 winning day for members
  • 1/2 selections home on Sunday at Penola as Miss Mosh ($3.10) saluted to give members a third-straight winning day, before Another Diamond was disappointing after the home turn in race 7
Mark Van Triet had a busy week with selections at Ascot and Pinjarra across three meetings:
  • A desperately frustrating finish on Wednesday with Dawn Mission ($5.50) and Undisclosed ($4.60) running second and third in race 6 at Ascot
  • Tap The Go Go ($3.30) was a popular pick at Pinjarra on Friday but failed to fire, finishing third despite coming into $2.70 and clear favouritism by the jump
  • The run of frustrating placings continued into Saturday with Elegant Blast ($3.80) looking a winner until it was run down at the line

Cameron O’Brien’s Key Bets were scattered all around the country this week, with selections running in Victoria, New South Wales, Western Australia and Queensland:

  • Cam suffered te same fate as Mark with Undisclosed also a Key Bet, while Attamor was never in the contest at Kalgoorlie
  • Albany on Thursday failed to yield any joy either as three selections went down in disappointing fashion
  • Friday came with a winner as New Age ($2.60) saluted at Pinjarra; 1/2 selections home for a profitable day
  • Selections at Hawkesbury, Caulfield, Doomben and Ascot on Saturday were largely disappointing, with Marsupial ($2.80) in Queensland the only winner on another frustrating day
  • The week finished on a high note with Cameron finding two winners at Geraldton – Trademark ($1.60 in from $2.25) and Politics ($1.80 in from $2.30)

The Trial Spy continued his strong run of form, starting with some nice collects on Wednesday:

  • Sazavee ($4.80, $2.40) drifted before the jump but ran a nice second in the opener at Randwick, while The Autumn Sun ($5.50, $1.90) won the next race at nice fixed odds for members to get ANZAC Day off to a flyer
  • Pretty In Pink ($3.40) kept the winners coming at Gosford, making for a very nice day indeed
  • Friday brought more fortune with Our Bonnie Girl ($3.30) saluting in the second event at Pinjarra
  • Saturday saw a cooling off, with some smaller bets at Coonabarabran and Ascot failing to get over the line


ANZAC Day is synonomous with footy from both codes, and while all three games were relatively dull and one-sided, our analysts were happy with how the matches played out.

  • Collingwood easily saluted at the first half line of -2.5, while Adam Treloar (under 29.5 disposals) unfortunately had 34 touches on his way to the ANZAC medal
  • The Dragons just kept winning in the NRL, which was great news for Steve’s members who took them head-to-head at $1.80
  • NRL Specials went 3-1 for the day, starting with a collect on the second half to be the highest scoring in the Dragons-Roosters clash
  • The Storm’s first half romp of the Warriors meant they easily covered a first half line of -3.5, while Josh Ado-Carr to score a try (and what a try it was!) also made members some money

Thursday night footy saw the in-form Rabbitohs tackle the Broncos in the NRL as the AFL took a night off in between rounds:

  • Souths looked strong in the first half but fell away late in the contest, meaning Steve’s bet on the Rabbits -4 went down as well
  • It wasn’t all bad with the good start by Souths ensuring a -2.5 first-half line was covered for NRL Specials, while the second-half blitz from the Broncos meant another collect on the second 40 to be the highest scoring half

It was a Friday night full of errors and clangers across all three AFL and NRL clashes with the quality of football leaving plenty to be desired:

  • Carlton and the Dogs played out a fizzer at Etihad Stadium, with matters being made worse as Lachie Hunter (under 26.5) found plenty of the footy
  • It wasn’t all bad, with the sting out of the game early in the second half seeing the scoring dry up and Brett’s first half as the highest scoring bet saluting
  • Newcastle ground out an impressive away win over Manly, with three tries after the break (compared to two in the first half) ensuring the second half was the higher scoring for the match
  • The extra try to the Knights in the second half also meant they easily covered the +2.5 second half line, making it 2/2 from game one of the double-header
  • The Bulldogs jumped the Panthers early on but couldn’t hold on, going down 22-14 as Steve’s play on the Doggies at $2.60 went down with them
  • In better news, Brett’s members were happy with the Dogs hot start as they covered the +2.5 first half spread to make it a perfect night

Saturday brought with it five games of AFL, starting off with the huge clash between the Cats and the Swans:

  • Down by 22 points at the final change, the Swans kicked seven goals to one in the final term to snatch victory over the Cats
  • Patrick Dangerfield (over 28.5) was quiet by his standards in the loss, but Sydney’s fightback meant they covered the +7.5 second half line for a win on the game for AFL Specials
  • Unfortunately for AFL Tips members, the Cats’ insipid last term meant they were unable to cover the -16.5 match line despite looking like winners in the third quarter
  • Port Adelaide bounced back with a thumping of North Melbourne, easily covering the -4.5 half-time line before going on with it in the second half
  • Ben Cunnington (over 24.5) was a shining light for the Roos (and our members), making it a perfect 2/2 for AFL Specials from the match
  • GWS and Brisbane played out a sluggish, low-scoring affair with the Giants proving far too strong to win by 34 points
  • The Lions hung on in the second half despite the final margin, which unfortunately meant Brett’s play on the first half to be the highest scoring fell short by a couple of kicks
  • Callan Ward (over 27.5) also struggled despite his side’s victory, leaving a poor taste in member’s mouths for the match
  • St Kilda stayed with Hawthorn in Tasmania for three quarters but poor kicking cost them in an eventual 35 point defeat
  • AFL Tips members were left frustrated by the Saints’ poor accuracy after plays on the away side at +14.5 and head-to-head got away from them late in the contest after looking good in the third term
  • Tom Mitchell (over 33.5) had another 40+ disposal game, while Seb Ross (under 27.5) finished with just 21 in a good match for AFL Specials members
  • Adelaide blew away the Suns in the final game of the night, running out 48-point winners at the Adelaide Oval
  • A second-quarter flurry of goals meant the first half was the highest scoring as Brett’s members got a win, but David Swallow (under 24.5) had a night out with 32 touches to end Super Saturday on a disappointing night

The NRL saw two low-scoring affairs with just 45 points scored across the double-header:

  • The Gold Coast bombed a late opportunity to score the match-winning try with the line in sight, allowing Chad Townsend to pop over the winning field goal at the other end on the next set
  • Steve’s weekend got worse with a play on the Titans at $2.20 going down in cruel, frustrating fashion when it looked as though they had done enough to claim the upset win
  • The dour affair saw the first half just edge the second in the race for most points, much to our members’ dismay, but Cronulla’s strong start meant they covered the -0.5 first half line to break even
  • NRL Tips members bounced back to the winner’s circle as the Raiders fought back from an early deficit to claim a tough 18-8 win in North Queensland
  • Steve’s +7.5 bet on Canberra saluted to bring some joy to what had otherwise been a tough weekend to date
  • Neither Antonio Winterstein or Jordan Rapana crossed the stripe for a try, ensuring a play on them to tie for most tries became a collect

Three more AFL matches on Sunday, plus one NRL clash in Sydney, rounded out the weekend:

  • Melbourne ran all over the top of Essendon in the second half to run out comfortable 36-point winners as Max Gawn and a fan had an ugly clash
  • Gawn, and AFL Tips members, had the last laugh with a huge play on Melbourne at a -4.5 line saluting and earning back most of the weekend’s losses in one hit
  • It wasn’t a great game for AFL Specials members as Zach Merrett (under 28.5) finished the match with 29 touches and a low-scoring first half blew away a first half highest scoring play
  • Collingwood ran out of legs (and players) late against Richmond to go down by 43 points
  • Much to the dismay of members, Scott Pendlebury (under 26.5) made all the running late in the contest to collect 11 disposals in the final term, but Steele Sidebottom (under 28.5) had a quieter day finishing with 25 touches to make the match a break even
  • The first WA Derby at the new Optus Stadium saw a thriller, with the Dockers pushing West Coast all the way before eventually falling by eight points
  • Lachie Neale (over 29.5) had a blinder, collecting 35 disposals in a great result for members, while Freo’s final term fight ensured another win as they covered the +7.5 second half line
  • In the NRL, Parramatta nabbed their second win of the season in a thriller over the Wests Tigers
  • It was a bad result for NRL Tips members, with a play on the Tigers at $1.80 going down after an 80-minutes full of momentum swings and changes
  • The result also meant that Wests failed to cover the -0.5 second half line for NRL Specials members, while the flurry of Parra tries after the break did at least make it the highest scoring half for a winning bet

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So that’s a wrap from another weekend of sport and racing. 

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