It was a mixed weekend across our footy tips and racing tips, with some big winners at the track scattered amongst a couple of disappointing results around the grounds.
‘Value’ selections were included as official bets for Key Bets members for the first time and it saw brilliant results. Winners across the weekend included:
- Friars Gift ($6.50) with a thunderous run down the outside at Albany
- Moss Trip ($2.80) rounded them up at Scone on Saturday
- Perast ($6.00) at Doomben
- Alpha Sky ($2.70) early on at Ascot
- My Greek Boy ($8.00)
- Pearl Of The Plain ($4.50) at Kalgoorlie on Sunday
A dream start to the new format with $1,300 profit in just three days.
Friday gave us Day 1 of the Scone Cup Carnival and members were in the money with three winners from four races:
- Pierina ($10.60)
- Savatiano ($2.60)
- Sedanzar ($4.60)
Bryan picked up where he left off on Saturday with two more winners in Pretty In Pink ($4.40) and Moss Trip ($3.70) for another winning day.
Betting this week on Wednesday at Sandown and then Flemington on Saturday, which includes the start of the Winter Championship heats.
Across the ditch, Kiwi Chris was on song on Friday at Ashburton, backing two winners from two races as Riding High ($17) and Bilbao ($3.90) both crossed the line first.
A heavy track on Saturday meant no betting action, but another winning weekend for NZ Tips members. Chris is now up $54,866 in five years at 18% profit on turnover… a remarkable record.
Tequila Time ($3.60) was an early winner at Morphettville on Saturday, covering most of the day’s bets as a result.
It certainly wasn’t Barby’s day at Gawler on Sunday, with a late rider change in particular getting the ire of Aaron.
Members got a great price on Impulse Diavolo ($2.40) before it was crunched into $1.70 on the tote, but a disappointing run meant no reward.
Kazoom ($7.50) came into $4.20 before the race start but couldn’t quite catch the leader to finish in second.
It was a case of one shot, one kill for Mark and his WA Winners members with Kokopu ($3.90 Best of the Best) getting up at Ascot on Saturday in impressive fashion.
Dean the Trial Spy took on some big prices across the weekend, with a couple of shorter-priced runners getting home to negate much of the damage and make for just a small losing weekend.
Maracas ($3.50) was a highlight at Gawler, beating off the challengers close to the line for an impressive victory.
It was certainly a mixed weekend of results for all of our footy tips analysts.
- Hawthorn crumbled in the final term against Sydney, blowing an 11-point lead to not only miss the -8.5 game line but lose the match as well
- Melbourne blew away the Suns after halftime to easily cover the -23.5 game line
- St Kilda stormed home in the second half but were unable to get back within the +12.5 game line against Fremantle in the West
- North Melbourne took it right up to Richmond, going down by 10 points and easily covering the +23.5 match line
- More injuries to Collingwood and some inaccurate kicking for goal caught up with them in a hard-fought loss to Geelong, missing the +8.5 line in the process
The boys had a frustrating weekend but remain well into profit for 2018 and will no doubt bounce back in round 9 and beyond.
Steve Green’s NRL Tips enjoyed yet another winning weekend, while his Futures bets remain in great shape despite the Dragons suffering their second defeat of the season.
While a profitable weekend is always a good one, it certainly wasn’t without it’s frustrations either:
- The Dogs outlasted Parramatta 20-12 to cover the +1.5 line and start the weekend off in winning fashion
- New Zealand was at a good price against Sydney but were never in the contest in a very disappointing 32-0 drubbing on home turf
- Melbourne trailed 8-14 at halftime against the Gold Coast but rallied to win 28-14, making Steve’s bet on the Storm -14 a very frustrating push
- Souths strangled the Dragons for an impressive 24-10 win and a win for members who took the +6 about the Rabbits
- Canberra capitulated late in their clash with Cronulla to surrender a 16-8 half-time lead on home turf in a frustrating watch for members
With two rounds remaining before the halfway mark of the season, the Dragons sit atop the standings despite suffering defeat on the weekend. One more win should be enough for St George to lead at halfway – paying $21 pre-season – for a very tidy $2,100 collect for members.
Further bets on Gareth Widdop to be the season’s top point scorer ($12 pre-season, currently leading by 14 points over his nearest rival), the Dragons to make the top four ($4.50 pre-season, now into $1.30 with some bookies) and the Dragons to win the premiership ($21 pre-season, currently $5 equal favourites) are also in great shape with more than a third of the season complete.
The trend continued for Brett’s AFL Specials membership, which endured some thrilling victories and tough beats across the weekend:
- Sydney’s big win over Hawthorn saw them cover a +4.5 second half line
- Callan Ward (over 25.5 disposals) found plenty of the footy despite the Giants being well beaten
- Zach Merrett (under 28.5) was very quiet for the disappointing Bombers in another good result
- Clayton Oliver (under 29.5) kept the wins coming as he forgot how to find the footy in the last 10 minutes of Melbourne’s win
- Despite Port Adelaide’s thrilling Showdown win, a slow start saw them unable to cover a first half line of +4.5
- Rory Laird (under 31.5) was well-held after halftime in a good result
- Matt Suckling (under 23.5) was unfortunately on fire with 30 touches for the Dogs
- St Kilda’s fightback saw them cover a +11.5 second half line
- Seb Ross (under 28.5) struggled to find the footy in Perth
- Ben Cunnington (under 25.5) had a massive day with a record-breaking 32 contest possessions
- Ben Jacobs frustrated Dustin Martin (over 25.5) and our members as he was held to 16 disposals
It was a lean week for the AFL Specials juggernaut but there is no doubting a change in fortune with over $5,500 worth of profit on the board already this season.
There were some bright spots, with winners including:
- Wests Tigers +0.5 in the second half against North Queensland
- Penrith -0.5 in the first half against Newcastle
- Sydney +0.5 in the first half against New Zealand
- Melbourne -7.5 in the second half against the Gold Coast
- Billy Slater vs Michael Gordon – tie for most tries (both finished tryless)
- The second half to be the highest scoring of the Rabbitohs-Dragons clash
Unfortunately it was a losing weekend for members, with a few hard luck stories along the way:
- North Queensland -0.5 in the opening half against the Tigers (trailed 8-6)
- Newcastle vs Penrith – second half to be the highest scoring half (lost 24 points to 23)
- Cronulla +2.5 first half line (trailed 16-8 but won the match easily in the second half)
There will be plenty of opportunities to replenish the bank with round 11 of the NRL season coming up this weekend.
- Carlton ($3.10) over arch-enemies Essendon at the ‘G
- West Coast ($2.55) away to GWS
- Port Adelaide ($2.40) in the Showdown
- Leicester ($4.20) in the SA Derby
- Hingus Rose ($4.60) at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday