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Thursday March 3rd 2005

Motor Racing
As is the case at most FI races in the past few years Michael Schumacher heads the market for outright winner of the Aussie GP at Albert Park this weekend. His immediate danger appears to be the McLaren team of Raikkonen and Montoya. We also will be betting of the winner of the celebrity race held in the morning before the main event. Iron Man Guy Andrews heads the market.

Wizard Cup Semi Final action on the weekend features the West Coast Eagles at home to The Kangas with the Coasters short price favs. On Saturday night the much improved Western Bulldogs take on the Blues at Telstra Dome minus Rowan Smith who copped a week suspension at the Tribunal this week. Game odds and winner of the Final available.

In cricket the Black Cups head to McLean Park, Napier to salvage something out of the wreck in the 5th and final ODI on Saturday. Australia is short again to win and make it a clean sweep but history shows that betting in dead-rubbers is often fraught with danger. Markets include outright, highbats and highest opening partnerships.

Rugby Union
This weekends round of Super 12's also kicks off in NZ on Friday with the Blues skinny odds to defeat the Reds at Eden Park in Auckland. With games in NZ and South Africa the only game in OZ on the weekend is the Brumbies v Bulls in Canberra, with the Brumbies looking very hard to beat. Exotics on these games are HT/FT double and first scoring play.

English Premier league soccer sees 10 games being played on the weekend with Aston Villa v Middlesbrough starting the round and finishing with Manchester City v Bolton on Wednesday.

Thursday 10th March 2005

The NRL kicks off this weekend with defending premiers Canterbury taking on St. George on Friday night. The Bulldogs have been well supported both straight out and at the line to beat the injury ravaged Dragons. The clash of the Queenslanders looks to be the highlight of the weekend with the Broncos looking to re-establish their dominance over the Cowboys who scored a superb final's win over Brisbane in their last clash. In other matches, Penrith have been well backed to beat the Sharks and the Tigers have had some support against the Eels.

Rugby Union
The Brumbies and Waratahs remain undefeated in the Super 12 while the Reds are still searching for their first win of the season after their controversial loss to Auckland last weekend. The Waratahs have been well backed to continue their good run against the Cats while the Brumbies look too good for the Stormers. The task doesn't look any easier for the Reds as they take on the Crusaders at Nelson. In other games, there has been some support for the Bulls against Otago and the Hurricanes have been strongly supported against the Sharks.

Horse Racing
There is a Super Saturday of racing this weekend at Flemington with the Group One Newmarket, Australian Cup and Cadbury Guineas being the features. The Newmarket sees the two star three year olds of Australian doing battle with Alinghi being heavily supported to down Fastnet Rock and the rest of the quality field. The Australian Cup looks a battle between Caulfield Cup winner Elvstroem, who is looking to remain unbeaten this preparation, and dual Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva. The early money has been for the mare but Elvstroem has proved time and again that he is not to be underestimated.

Thursday 17th March 2005

Horse Racing
The racing focus is on Rosehill this weekend with the Golden Slipper and the clash between Grand Armee and Makybe Diva in the BMW being the features. The Golden Slipper betting is dominated by the Gerald Ryan trained Snitzel but there has been money for a number of other runners. The Paul Perry trained Stratum has been the biggest shortener of the week coming in from a double figure quote. Support has also come for Fashions Afield, Undoubtedly and Al Samer after all three drew well. The big drifters in the market have been Opportunity and Written Tycoon after both drew poorly.

In the BMW, all the money at this stage has been for Makybe Diva who is now rivaling Grand Armee for favouritism following her slashing win in the Australian Cup. However, Grand Armee looks like he will get an easy lead and it will take a big effort for Makybe Diva or any other runner to hall in the champion gelding.

The second test between Australia and New Zealand kicks off in Wellington tomorrow and a forecast predicting rain and wind has seen the draw be heavily backed in early betting. Australia retain favouritism but the combination of rain and New Zealand's better than expected showing in the first test will see Australia start at a better price than they have for a number of games. The Aussies showed why they are the number one team in the world again in the first test and do look good value again despite the forecast.

The first week of the NRL saw a couple of upsets and there looks to be a couple more tricky games this weekend. The Cowboys host the Bulldogs on Friday night and the defending premiers again looked very impressive beating St. George last weekend while the Cowboys couldn't make it back to back wins over their "big brother" Brisbane. The Bulldogs remain favourites but there has been very good money for the Cowboys at the line. The Broncos are strong favourites against the Warriors who were very disappointing last weekend going down to Manly but there has been very strong support for the Kiwis at the line. Penrith went down to an improved Cronulla last weekend but the Panthers have been very heavily supported to take care of the injury depleted Roosters on Sunday.

Thursday 31st March 2005

The NRL threw up a couple of surprises last week with the Tigers upsetting the Bulldogs and Manly defeating Melbourne. The weekend's action kicks off with the local derby between Parramatta and Penrith. Both sides have been disappointing so far this year but Penrith have been well supported to turn it around against the Eels who have looked below par in attack all season. St. George welcome back Trent Barrett and have been heavily supported to register their first win of the season against Canberra this weekend. In other games, the Bulldogs have been well backed to beat Cronulla and Melbourne has had support to maintain their great record at home against the Broncos.

The Grand Final replay between Port Adelaide and Brisbane is the highlight of this weekend's AFL action. Both sides are missing a number of key players but there has been plenty of interest in the game with the big money coming for Port early. The Lions put some of their knockers in their place last weekend by downing St. Kilda at the Gabba but Port are the reigning premiers and will be keen to get their first win of the season on the board. In other games, Carlton has been well backed to beat Essendon and Adelaide have been heavily supported to continue Collingwood's woes. The Pies will be desperate for a win as they have serious injury concerns for star player Nathan Buckley and capitulated after holding a big lead against the Bulldogs last week.

Rugby Union
There are two blockbusters involving the leading Aussie sides in the Super 12 this weekend with the Brumbies taking on the Blues and the Waratahs take on the Crusaders. All the early money has been for the Kiwi sides but both the ACT and NSW are in good form and have to be in with a very good chance. While both the Brumbies and Waratahs look set for semi-final spots, Queensland have already reached the must win stage. The Reds take on the Highlanders at Ballymore and have been well supported to keep their season alive for a little longer. A loss would almost surely spell the end of their hopes so they should be desperate to put in a big performance.

Horse racing
The great week of racing continues in Sydney this weekend with the Sydney Cup, All Aged Stakes and Queen Elizabeth being the features. The Sydney Cup favourite is Mahtoum after his flashing last start win. However, there has been money for a number of other runners including Philosophe, Pantani and roughies Another Warrior and Don Raphael.


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