It was another big weekend of sport and racing with plenty of positive results to look back on. Whether it be our footy tips – both AFL tips and NRL tips – that are flying high in 2018, or our horse racing tips that consistently win over long periods of time, there is never a dull moment over the weekend at Champion Bets.
Footy Feeding Frenzy
The action started on Thursday night down in Canberra as the winless Raiders claimed their first victory of the NRL season over the Bulldogs, running rampant in a 26-10 result. Our NRL expert Steve Green kicked off his own weekend in style, backing the Green Machine head to head at nice odds of $1.80.
Friday night footy was billed as a blockbuster night of action for both codes, with traditional rivals Carlton and Collingwood doing battle in the AFL while the NRL’s double-header saw Cronulla tackle Sydney before St George welcomed South Sydney to Jubilee Oval.
The Blues started red-hot against the Pies but were never in the contest after quarter-time, eventually going down by a flattering 24 points. It wasn’t the prettiest game you’ll ever see, but Brett and his team certainly enjoyed watching the contest unfold as both of their bets (Collingwood -4.5 at halftime and Scott Pendlebury under 28.5 disposals) got home to get their weekend off to a flyer.
Steve wasn’t so lucky, with a 79th minute try to Reece Robinson costing him a 1-unit play on the under 36.5 total points line in the Sharks-Roosters clash. Another Dragons victory, albeit a tight one, meant Steve’s futures bets kept trucking along and with a quarter of the season now complete, members are in a strong position to claim at least one very healthy collect by the end of the campaign.
Saturday brought with it plenty of profits for all of our footy analysts.
Brett’s AFL Specials enjoyed a very good day, with Robbie Gray (under 24.5 disposals), Jordan Lewis (over 24.5), Ben Cunnington (over 24.5) and Connor Blakely (under 25.5) all proving to be winning picks.
Dayne Beams (under 26.5 became a no-bet when the Lions captain was withdrawn pre-match, while Jarryd Lyons (under 26.5) continued his early season form and gathered plenty of the ball to make that the groups’ only blemish from the day fixtures.
Unfortunately for Daniel and Stephen, a plucky Brisbane didn’t let Port have it all their own way and they fell well short of covering the -55.5 line, edging the brave Beam-less Lions by just 5 points.
That loss was quickly as erased as the boys correctly picked the Dockers to cover a small line of -12.5 against the Gold Coast in their ‘home game’ at Optus Stadium, making for a small winning day thanks to some smart staking.
It was a tale of two games at night for Brett. His team nailed both bets in the Sydney-GWS duel as Dylan Shiel (under 26.5) and Josh Kelly (under 28.5) both fell short of their disposal lines. That same form couldn’t be replicated in the Crows’ big win over St Kilda as Dylan Roberton (over 21.5) and Rory Sloane (over 22.5) both unfortunately had quiet ones.
Over in the NRL, things continued to motor along for Steve’s NRL Tips members with a perfect day – and a big one at that.
The double-header at Mt Smart Stadium in New Zealand turned into a feeding frenzy for Steve, with the Tigers ‘hosting’ the out-of-sorts Storm before the undefeated Warriors welcomed 2017 runners-up North Queensland.
Steve took on the Storm, backing the Tigers at +8 for a big stake, as well as having something small on Wests head-to-head at $3. The rejuvinated Tigers fought back from 10-4 down midway through the second half to claim a heart-stopping 11-10 victory on Benji Marshall’s late field goal, making Steve and his members very happy.
It didn’t stop there, however, with the Warriors doing it relatively easily against the Cowboys in a 22-12 victory. That result saw another healthy collect on New Zealand head-to-head with a large stake at odds of $1.80, making for a very nice day indeed.
With two more games on Sunday afternoon to round out the weekend, Steve had one last profitable play up his sleeve.
The Gold Coast were outsiders at $2.20 to knock off Manly at home and Steve saw the value, taking the Titans head-to-head. After rushing out to a 20-8 lead at the half, the home side had to withstand a barrage from the Eagles in the second half as they stormed back to within two. Cool heads prevailed in the dying stages of the contest, however, and the Titans held on for a thrilling 32-20 win, much to the delight of our NRL Tips members.
What a weekend in the NRL!
With three games of AFL on Sunday as well, the weekend was far from over just yet.
Richmond survived a late scare from the Hawks in their 13-point win in the early game, with the Tigers unchallenged for three-and-a-half quarters before Hawthorn made a barnstorming run in the closing stages. While Trent Cotchin (over 23.5) gathered plenty of the ball to please members, Tom Mitchell’s (under 35.5) red-hot start to 2018 continued as he amassed another 42 touches to go well over his disposal line, making it a break-even game.
That would prove to be the final losing bet of the weekend for Brett and his team, with a strong finish to round 3 coming in the final two games.
The Bulldogs stunned Essendon in a 21-point victory, completely reversing their form of the first two weeks to come out snarling in a showing reminiscent of their 2016 premiership year. Jack Macrae (over 28.5) played a brilliant game in the Dogs’ midfield, while Bombers young gun Zach Merrett (under 28.5) had a game he’d like to quickly forget with just 12 touches.
The final game of the round saw West Coast run over the top of a bruised and battered Geelong, who finished with one man on the bench, to record a 15-point win at Optus Stadium.
Six goals to one in the final 10 minutes of the match secured victory for the Eagles, with Luke Shuey (over 25.5) playing a starring role. Unfortunately for the Cats (but luckily for AFL Specials members), Joel Selwood (under 27.5) was well below his best to close out another very strong punting weekend on the footy.
Super Saturday of Racing
It was a huge weekend in Sydney with day one of the Championships at Randwick, but with big and open fields it was a very tough day for the punters. Only four winners paid in single figures across the 10 race card, highlighting just how difficult a day it was to predict.
Unfortunately for Champion Bets members our NSW racing analyst Bryan Haskins was no exception as he struggled to find any rhythm on the day. This left the value to be found elsewhere around the country and across the ditch.
New Zealand is where we start, with CB analyst Chris continuing his strong run of recent form with a perfect four wins from four races. Saturday saw racing at Te Aroha, with Toitoi taking out race 2 at odds of $18 to kick off the weekend in style.
Things only improved on Sunday as well as Chris went 3/3 at Pukekohe, tipping members into Toy Kingdom ($4), Executive Power ($2.30) and Mercy Hill ($3.40) for a very tidy $1000 profit across the weekend.
Trev’s Bets members were tipped into So Far Sokool in race 8 at inflated odds of $12 before shortening dramatically by the jump and winning comfortably at $5.50. Taking the early price saw a profit of $400 for the day from betting into just one race.
SO FAR SOKOOL dishes out a hiding in the Bendigo Guineas. pic.twitter.com/Qr2iwmGWP1
— Racing.com (@Racing) 7 April 2018
Members of Melbourne Ratings were even better off, betting into three races for two winners as Ashlor also got home in the fourth event at the tote price of $5.20. A strong weekend from Trevor for all members, with Melbourne Ratings subscribers finishing $600 in the black for the day.
In South Australia, expert analyst Aaron Barby bet into five races at Morphettville, finding plenty of value runners throughout the card. His biggest bet of the day came in race three where he backed eventual winner Fancy Rumble at $6.50 to make it a profitable day of $350 for his members.
Fancy Rumble ready to rumble in the Redelva Stakes after that eye-catching performance. pic.twitter.com/iqaOSpschM
— Racing.com (@Racing) 7 April 2018
Cam O’Brien was busy on the weekend as well, finding nine qualifying Key Bets for members at Bendigo, Echuca, Ascot and Pinjarra across Saturday and Sunday. Two of the nine runners got home for a small loss over the course of the weekend, with Dainty Tess ($2) winning well at Ascot on Saturday.
“We’re under no illusions that (Sangster Stakes) is going to be a very tough race…"
Dainty Tess Books East Coast Trip
— OzRace.com.au (@ozrace) 8 April 2018
Sunday saw Musical Art get home at nice odds of $3.50 in the last on Pinjarra Cup Day, with a 2nd and two 3rd placings accounting for his four selections at the track. Both winners were also Cam’s two biggest stakes for the weekend, with Dainty Tess in particular one of his biggest in a long while. That thrifty staking ensured members walked away with only a small loss of $100 for the weekend despite most of the results not going their way.
Onwards and upwards to this week, with plenty of high quality sport and racing to come. Round 6 of the NRL and Round 4 of the AFL seasons will play out over the weekend, the NBA playoffs are set to begin and day two of The Championships at Randwick, featuring Winx going for a record-breaking 25th win, will headline another massive weekend of racing.
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