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This week’s TOP TIPS from Shortty.

This week’s TOP TIPS from Shortty.

SPORT

CRICKET

WA welcome back a string of stars from the national T-20 setup and I think they can beat Victoria in the Sheffield Shield fixture starting on Saturday. I will take a multi with WA into India to prove too strong for South Africa in the T-20 fixture on Saturday night. The multi price is $2.80.

 A-LEAGUE

I will opt for a multi with Melbourne City to defeat Perth Glory into Sydney FC to defeat Western Sydney. The multi price is $3.33.

 AFL – JLT MATCHES

The pre-season matches commence this weekend. My multi requires Richmond to defeat Essendon and Adelaide to beat Fremantle. The multi price is $2.10.

 SUPER RUGBY

The Super Rugby returns this weekend. I’m looking at a multi which needs the Highlanders to beat the Blues, the Crusaders to beat the Chiefs, the Lions to beat the Jaguares and the Brumbies to beat the Sunwolves. The multi is paying $2.22.

 UFC on FOX 28

I’ll take a multi with Jeremy Stephens to beat Josh Emmett, Mike Perry to defeat Max Griffin and Jessica Andrade to beat Tecia Torres. The multi price is $2.47.

RACING

The richest 2 year old race of the year in Victoria, the $1.5 Million Blue Diamond Stakes takes place at Caulfield on Saturday and it has drawn together a very even bunch of juveniles. Long Leaf heads in as the $6.50 favourite but a case can be made for most of the runners.

My best bets of the weekend are as follows :

Caulfield Saturday Race 2 Number 1 Astoria (TABtouch Fixed Odds Price $3.60) Consistent 3 year old who won the Group 3 Spring Stakes when second up last campaign and goes around in that capacity here. His career record of 10 starts for 2 wins and 5 placings speaks for itself and this looks a very winnable event for a horse of his ability. Right in the mix.

  • Caulfield Saturday Race 9 Number 2 Gailo Chop (TABtouch Fixed Odds Price $2.90) : A winner at 11 of his 24 starts and resumed with an impressive victory in the Group 3 Carlyon Stakes. Has a fine second up record (7 starts for 4 wins) and enjoys racing here where he has won 2 of his 4 attempts. Runs into Hartnell who was a great winner first up and he looms as the danger here but I am happy to be on Gailo Chop to make it two on the trot.
  •  Rosehill Saturday Race 2 Number 1 Show A Star (TABtouch Fixed Odds Price $3.10) : Is chasing a winning hat-trick after victories at his last couple, here over 1500 metres and at Warwick Farm over 1600 metres. Has the services of talented apprentice Jean Van Overmeire whose 3 kilogram claim may prove the key to this event. Can continue on his winning ways here.
  •  Ascot Saturday Race 3 Number 4 Money Maher (TABtouch Fixed Odds Price $3.10): Quality 3 year old who has handed in some stunning performances in his career to date and raced without luck when unplaced in the WA Guineas and Kingston Town Classic deep into last preparation. Has a strong fresh record at this track and distance and with average luck should be right in the finish.
  •  Mandurah Greyhounds Friday Race 6 Number 1 Nice Garry (No Price Available) : Was the fastest heat winner last week when he zipped around in a Best Of Night time of 27.42 and with the aid of box one for this should take a stack of beating. Has won 3 of his 4 starts at this track and looks ideally placed to continue on his merry way in this lineup.