I’ll take a multi with Collingwood, the Western Bulldogs and Geelong to win into Fremantle at the +18.5 points to either win or get within 18 points of Brisbane. The multi price is $3.33. If you would like to make it bigger you could add Richmond, Saint Kilda and GWS which would swell it to $11.20.
Looking for some First Goal Scorer options and I have backed Aaron Naughton at $9, Josh Kennedy at $8.50, Jeremy Cameron at $6.50 and Michael Walters at $15.
I will take a multi with Canberra, Sydney, South Sydney and Melbourne to win their respective matches this weekend. The multi price is $3.76.
WORLD CUP CRICKET
The World Cup gets underway in England next Thursday and shapes up as being a wonderful tournament.
Four months ago I wasn’t holding much hope for Australia to retain their crown but things have changed dramatically since then with the Aussies heading to India to defeat them 3-2 in the ODI Series there before sweeping Pakistan 5-0 in the recent ODI series in Dubai.
The IPL has also been played since and both David Warner and Steve Smith played significant roles throughout the tournament plus Aussie spearhead Mitchell Starc is back fit and firing and last World Cup when that was the case he dominated proceedings.
On top of that Finch and Khawaja have found their best form at the head of the order and Maxwell is in good nick. Zampa bowled some telling spells in India and Dubai and Pat Cummings is flying.
All of a sudden there is a bit to like about the Aussies when you take all of these factors into consideration.
Betting to win the World Cup sees the host nation England at $3, India at $3.70, Australia at $4.50 and New Zealand at $10.
I have backed Australia at the $4.50 to win the lot. Maybe I am a little biased but England are yet to win a World Cup and history shows that they have often struggled to handle the pressure of expectation in major tournaments. India are a threat but Australia defeated them in their home conditions only a couple of months ago so I would fancy Australia to prevail in a final against them. New Zealand, South Africa and the West Indies are all capable of beating the big three but I have question marks on whether or not they can do so in consecutive clutch finals.
In Top Tournament Runscorer betting I have backed David Warner at $10. He was hands down the number 1 batsman in the recently completed IPL where most of the world’s top players were participating and he should be hungry for runs in his return to the national side.
In Top Tournament Wicket Taker I have backed Jasprit Bumrah at $11 with a small bet on Mitchell Starc at $13 – if he can recapture his form from the last World Cup he will give it a mighty shake.
Racing returns to Belmont for the Winter season locally and Group 1 Racing is on the menu at Eagle Farm.
My best bets of the weekend are as follows :
Randwick Saturday Race 4 Number 4 Wolfe (TABtouch Fixed Odds Price $2.05) : Progressive 4 year old who has had 4 career outings for 3 wins and a second and won at Canterbury last start over the 1900 metres in comfortable fashion. Draws nicely here in barrier 5 and only has to reproduce his most recent performance to be very hard to beat again.
Flemington Saturday Race 8 Number 12 Surprise Baby (TABtouch Fixed Odds Price $2.50) : Very promising stayer who was superb when taking out the Adelaide Cup over 2 miles two starts ago and then last time out was something licked when he only got out late to flash home for third here over 2600 metres. Has won 4 of his 7 career starts and looks perfectly placed here.
Eagle Farm Saturday Race 8 Number 9 Man Booker (TABtouch Fixed Odds Price $19.00) : Talented sandgroper who strikes a winnable Group 1 here. Has won 3 of 6 second up starts in the past and Trainer Dan Morton has proven success when travelling his horses to feature events in Queensland. Has had 2 tries over the distance for a win and a second and Trainer has reported that the horse is thriving going into this event. Has been backed from $51 into $19 and I am more than happy to be on each way.
Belmont Saturday Race 2 Number 4 Money Maher (TABtouch Fixed Odds Price $2.25) : Classy type who resumed from a long break when charging home to victory at Ascot over the 1400 metres first up. Should benefit from that return to the track and come on for that performance. Has won second up in the past and looks tough to beat.
Mandurah Friday Race 11 Number 2 Deberti (TABtouch Fixed Odds Price Not Available) : Drops in grade and draws down near the fence where he loves to be – should get the cash. I also like race 7 number 5 Petria Monelli with the 4&5 quinella a nice play, Race 3 number 4 Love Me Tinder and race 5 number 2 Mottza.