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Thursday June 2nd 2005

Collingwood take on Geelong in Friday Night Football and all the early money has been for the Cats despite Collingwood recording consecutive wins. The Cats were upset by the Dockers last week but their form had been outstanding prior to that, while the Pies have been struggling for most of the season.

Richmond's season has exceeded all expectations to this point but a drubbing at the hands of Melbourne last weekend and the loss of key forward Nathan Brown for the season has seen a number of punters desert them for their clash with the top of the tables Eagles this weekend. The Eagles crushed Port last weekend and punters have rallied to back them to roll the Tigers at the MCG. Carlton are the new wooden spoon favourites following another loss last weekend and there has been good early money for the Swans to continue their misery this weekend.

In other games, Fremantle have been well supported against the terribly out of sorts Brisbane and there has been good money for the Bulldogs as outsiders against the Hawks .

The Roosters take on Manly on Friday night at Aussie Stadium and both sides will be looking to build on last weekend's victories to cement top 8 spots. Manly have been sensational at Brookvale this year but indifferent away from home and there has been plenty of money to say the Roosters will be too good at Aussie Stadium.

The Cowboys have been heavily backed both straight and at the line to roll Cronulla following a demolition of reigning premiers Canterbury last weekend.

In other games, the Dragons have been well backed against the Warriors and Melbourne have been heavily backed at the line against Wests.

The French Open has reached crunch stage and there have been plenty of surprises to date. The winner of the men's side looks set to come from the mouth watering clash between World No.1 Roger Federer and rising star Rafael Nadal. Federer has been sensationally backed with Sportingbet Australia to beat Nadal and to win the tournament.

The other semi sees Nikolay Davydenko taking on Mariano Puerta for a spot in what would be both players maiden Grand Slam final appearance.

In the women's, Justine Henin-Hardienne has been well backed to win the tournament and to down Nadia Petrova in the semis. In the other semi, veteran French hero Mary Peirce has been well backed to down Elena Likhovtskeya.

There are two big fights involving Aussies in the next week with Kostya Tszyu taking on Ricky Hatton and Anthony Mundine taking on Mikkel Kessler. Tszyu is a clear favourite and has been strongly supported to beat Hatton who may not have the experience to handle the wily and powerful Tszyu.

Kessler has been well supported to beat Mundine in what shapes as "The Man's" biggest test since getting knocked out by Sven Ottke. Mundine has proved plenty of doubters wrong before and is certainly capable of causing an upset against the more fancied Kessler.

Thursday June 9th 2005

The AFL threw up plenty more surprises last weekend but punters have come for the favourites again this week. West Coast take on Essendon on Friday night and there has been plenty of money for the Eagles despite their short price. Geelong went down in a boilover to Collingwood last weekend but punters have rallied to back them as favourites against Adelaide.

In other games, Collingwood have been well supported to keep their revival going against Melbourne and the Kangaroos have had support against Richmond.

Wests take on Cronulla in Friday night football and with both teams coming off thrashings last weekend, they will be desperate to get their seasons back on track at Campbelltown Stadium. Wests led at half time against Melbourne but were disgraceful in the second and punters have rushed to back Cronulla despite their wayward display against the Cowboys last weekend. Several Cronulla players, in particular, Brett Kimmorley, have a point to prove this weekend and the money has come both straight and at the line for the Sharks.

The Raiders take on Brisbane in Canberra this weekend and while Canberra welcome back some key players, Brisbane have been ravaged by Origin duty. Canberra has been heavily backed and are now slight favourites after betting opened with the Broncos as clear favourites. In other games, the Dragons have been well backed against the Cowboys and Parramatta has been well supported at the line against Newcastle.

The second State of Origin game is on next week and despite losing the first game, New South Wales has been well supported as clear favourites to square the series. Queensland has a woeful record at the Telstra Stadium but are a huge price for a team that are 1-0 up in the series. The Blues have made a significant change in replacing Brett Kimmorley with Braith Anasta and Anasta will need to prove he is of Origin class if New South Wales are to justify their favourites tag.

Horse Racing
Queensland racing does not get any better then the long weekend in June with the running of the Stradbroke Handicap and the Queensland Derby on Saturday and the Brisbane Cup on Monday. Can Takeover Target regain his Salinger form in the Stradbroke? If so, put down your glasses - its all over! If not he faces faces a tough ask with the some of Australias top sprinters to take to the turf. Patezza has never raced better; St Basil has been crying out for this race, Ballet Society has been the medium of heavy support and Dance Hero is capable of anything on his day.

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Willy Leica put in a slashing Queensland Derby trial last Saturday and will be cherry ripe for this event. Vitesse Dane does look the obvious danger but prepost punters have put a junk on the favorite suggesting his $4.60 quote is justified.

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Formula One
The Canadian Grand Prix is on this weekend and Kimi Raikkonen is the favourite after returning to form in recent rounds. Championship leader Fernando Alonso has been in fantastic form this year and does look the value as second pick in the market. They have clearly been the two best backed runners so far but there has also been good money for Michael Schumacher and Giancarlo Fisichella at big odds.

Thursday June 16th 2005

Home advantage applies to all but one game in the first half of the split round of the AFL this weekend. Adelaide have had support to down Richmond at the Dome, whilst the match of the round looks to be Melbourne v West Coast. The Eagles are marginal underdogs against The Demons in a match that looks to be a cracker! Geelong and the Kangaroos look to be the best value and most-likely 'upsets'.

In the NRL six out of seven post-origin matches have clear favourites this weekend and only the Friday night match between Sydney City and Cronulla could be considered a tight contest. Despite the Shark's woeful recent form they are only slightly longer than the favorites. Strong form and renewed confidence after recent good results make Souths the best value under dog of the round.

The US Open begins today. Can Tiger take the second step towards a Grand Slam of Majors at Pinehurst or will one of the other 'Big 5' steal the World Number One's thunder? In Cricket, Australia have had an embarassing defeat in the Twenty20 game and would be keen to redeem themselves in the NatWest One Day Tournament between England, Australia and Bangladesh.

Thursday June 23rd 2005

The second part of the AFL's split round is on this weekend and with only two games, there has been plenty of early interest. St. Kilda are clear favourites against the Bombers and all the money has been for the Saints to comfortably account for Essendon.

In the other game, Collingwood welcome back Nathan Buckley and have had some support as outsiders to beat Sydney at the Telstra Dome.

The NRL action kicks off this Friday with the clash between glamour side, the Roosters, and the high flying Parramatta at Aussie Stadium. The Roosters have been very inconsistent this year but with the home advantage have been installed as favourites. There has been some smart early money for the Eels and in their current form do look value as outsiders.

The Bulldogs have been the best backed side so far this week for their clash with Manly. The Bulldogs look to be returning to top form and despite the Sea Eagles great record at Brookvale this year, all the early money has been for Canterbury. In other games, the Cowboys have been well backed at the line against Canberra while the Warriors have had some support to cause an upset against the Broncos.

Rugby Union
The All Blacks take on the British and Irish Lions in the first test this weekend and the Kiwis are clear favourites following the Lions mixed form in the lead up games. The Lions have an extremely proud tradition and are sure to lift for the game and challenge the All Blacks all over the park. The All Blacks have been in ominous form but the Lions certainly do look the value for the first game.

The fifth game of the NatWest series is on tonight with Australia taking on England. The Aussies are still favourites for the game despite going winless in the tournament so far. The Poms have been in very good form and look to have unearthed some very promising players. However, the Aussies don't take losing well and will be desperate to turn their tour around with a big win over the old enemy tonight. All the early money has been for the Aussies but they are short enough for a team who has lost their last four games and England certainly look to be the value.


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