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Turf Deli Free Form Guides and Tips - Rupert Clarke Stakes Newsletter 2014

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Rupert Clarke Stakes 2014 (Sunday)

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Moir Stakes 2014 (Friday night)

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Racing Dot Com

There is a digital revolution afoot in racing, with the launch of Racing Victoria's new racing.com website.

In a major coup they have obtained the rights to the racing.com domain name and also to the @racing twitter handle.

That is the social media equivalent of getting Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to do your 21st speech.

There is also the highly ambitious plan to conduct the first race meeting on Mars, a largely untapped intergalactic market with a lot of potential.

Once they can sort out the quarantine restrictions, having alien runners in the Melbourne Cup will make the race's appeal truly universal.

The new racing.com website has a lot to offer.

Racing Victoria, Country Racing Victoria, the Victoria Racing Club and the Melbourne Racing Club are all under the one banner, whilst the Moonee Valley Racing Club continues to go it alone with their 56K dial up modem.

The main feature of the new website for punters is the free video replays on the form guide. Which is a totally awesome - and an awfully long overdue initiative. Plus there are also videos of jump outs, which are all the trend these days, especially for those who want to spruik a horse's chances on a Saturday.

But overall, we think the new website is a major disappointment.

You just get the impression a product that was still in development was rushed out, unfinished, in a hurry for the spring.

The social media response has been scathing.

Punters get grumpy when you change things.

We were a huge fan of the old Racing Victoria website form guide, it was simple and quick, it worked, it was easy to use and intuitive and had all the information presented in plain text in front of you. It was fantastic for doing the form and was one of the best information websites we have ever used.

The main concern with the new website is that is slow, poorly laid out and just seems to have got it all wrong.

Punters need information on screen, not sliding, collapsible boxes, not information hidden under hover buttons or drop downs, or Easter eggs hidden under rocks. They need information in front of them listed in text. Punters are not browsing for a car, they are analysing data. And often they are trying to do it quickly. They are about to jump!

The form guide is also missing so much basic core information it is astounding, which would suggest no-one with a punting background was involved in the website development.

We have never seen a race field list that doesn't list the last 5-6 runs next to the horse name.

There was no way of telling who was an emergency runner until a little quick fix, slap dash asterisk suddenly appeared in the last week.


Trying to do the form you just keep discovering vital information that is missing for previous starts:

- there is no barrier recorded
- there are no betting fluctuations.
- no limit weights are recorded.
- only the first two place getters are listed - and without the weights they carried, whereas traditionally the form guide would list all three with weights so you can line up runners from the same race easily.
- there are no margins for the place getters so you don't know how spread out the field was
- the trainer's location is no longer recorded so you don't know what horses are racing at their home track.
- the horse's record isn't listed for all track conditions (Fast/Good/Dead/Slow/Heavy), just those similar to today's - so this week we only get Fast + Good + Dead. So if the track rating suddenly changes you are screwed. You can't make notes on horses in case the weather changes. You can't see whether all of a horse's best form is towards one end of the track rating scale. What happens is a horse has no slow track form, but excellent heavy track form but you can't see it?
- there is no Group 1, Group 2 status next to the race's name in the form guide so you don't know what level some of the races were, especially those that are interstate and changing name and status.
- the old website had fabulous racehorse history back to the 1980s, the new website doesn't even go back to 2000.

We have included a state of the art, cutting edge form guide from the 1992 Sporting Globe as a comparison. Life used to be so much simpler.

Then there is a just plain bizarre set of graphs and shaded graphics, but absolutely no pie charts at all. Everyone knows any good presentation needs a pie chart.

Of course it is all about modern tablet and app development these days, but one week out from the Spring Racing Carnival, there is no android application at all.

What does everyone else think? Are we just being a miserable old PC based dinosaur? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter or via email .

The good news is Racing Victoria are actively seeking feedback and we encourage you to get in touch with any issues you find or helpful comments.

The snide comments and cheap shots you can keep for this newsletter.

Thankfully the Spring Racing Carnival is still at least a week away which is heaps of time!


Money Back Freebies

With Spring Carnival upon us, you are definitely missing out as a punter if you don't shop around and take advantage of what deals are on offer to milk the corporate cash cow and make the most of your punting dollar.

Our previous long standing association has been with IASBET, who have now merged with Sportsbet, and if you had an IAS account previously it will be converted over.

We have arranged for a additional offer for new Sportsbet accounts for Turf Deli subscribers until next week to kick start spring punting season.

Matching the value of your first bet up to $250
This is a great little insurance policy if you are planning to have a solid bet on something in the next month. Open up an account, wait for your good thing, place the bet, and if it doesn't win then you get a second chance with another bet of the same value to use as you wish. Even if you are just a small time punter, you can reward yourself with a $10 or $20 freebie.

Unfortunately, residents of VIC, SA, WA, and NSW are exempt due to state government legislation, but if you live on Lord Howe island go for your life. Else sign up from a ship in international waters. Too easy.

Even if you are exempt though it is worth opening an account with the corporates for the other products, Top Tote Plus, the weekly money back specials, and the ease of all up win/place/each way bets.

Top Tote Plus
The best price out of the three TABs and the Starting Price meaning you are always going to get better odds. And even if you are a small punter that is definitely worth your while

Weekly special offers and money back freebies
Every week there is a money back special in one of the feature races, meaning you can place your bets in a way to make the most of these. Use the various offers across companies to give you some back up on your investments on those rare, unprecedented occasions you don't pick the winner.

For example, the money back offer last week in the Underwood Stakes was money back if your horse finished 2nd or 3rd. In a field of ten that meant you could just go straight out on the winner, with some money back insurance if you got it wrong.

This week, money back if you horse finishes 2nd or 3rd in the Rupert Clarke Stakes.

Doubles and Multiples
One thing we really like about the corporates is being able to easily put on doubles and multiples for win, place and each way across multiple races at fixed odds and get the buzz out of seeing how much fun you can have with the rules of multiplication. School mathematics seems so much more fun and practical in hindsight.

If you have had a win on our tips, or like our free service you could also do us a favour by opening an account (OK, we kind of need some signups, and the begging on the streets with the cardboard sign really isn't working)

Click here to open a Sportsbet account.

One week only. Offer closes 28/09/2014. Terms and Conditions apply.

Last Week's Results

And Yet More Winners

The tips have been bouncing along quite nicely this spring and our good run of form continued last week at the Underwood Stakes.

We finished the day in style, with the Best Bet winning, the Best Win Bet and confident top pick in the main race winning and the Best Each Way Bet just getting bobbed out on the line. Sure they weren't at monster odds, but a win is a win. Plus our feature race preview was right on the money, questioning the form and odds about some of the more favoured runners.

BEST BET: Race 9: 5-TRUST IN A GUST 1st W=$2.00
BEST WIN: Race 7: 2-FORETELLER 1st W=$5.70
BEST EACH WAY: Race 8: 4-A TIME FOR JULIA 2nd W=$6.50

The Betting Portfolio made another profit, and we have racked up four profits and two returns from six weeks now this spring. Though a double header weekend beckons and that means it could all be gone in flash of sporting activity.

2014 Spring Campaign: 6 weeks - 4 profits - 2 returns - 0 wipe outs
Spent: $300 - Return: $394.10 - Net: +$94.10

View last week's Underwood Stakes 2014 results.

Check our list of Horses To Follow (updated 25/09/2014)

See how the Betting Portfolio is going at the Bottom Line.

This Week's Free Form Guide

Moonee Valley - Moir Stakes - 26th Sept 2014


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(Friday Night)

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This Week's Free Form Guide

Caulfield - Rupert Clarke Stakes - 28th Sept 2014


Note the feature meeting is on Sunday this week

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Rupert Clarke Stakes 2014

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Cleverly Disguised Ads


Every week this spring we will be delving into the climate controlled historical archives (also known as the garage) to pull out something that only exists in hard copy from the Racing Archives.


This week we are off to Caulfield for the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400M.

This is the race that you will often hear trainers warmly refer to in interviews about their up and coming spring stars as "that Group 1 1400M race - whatever it is called this year".

And for good reason too. Over the last twenty years this race has changed names so many times it is hard to keep up.

From the Marlboro Cup, to the Show Day Cup, over to the VicHealth Cup, up to the Eat Well Live Well Cup, around to the Dubai Racing Club Cup and finally the bouncing ball landing on today's title of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

This year the MRC has set a new ground breaking standard.

Why have many names over several years, when you can save time and cram them all into one year and one super long race name?

And they are off and racing in the Group One, Bendigo Bank East Malvern Sir Rupert Clarke Charity Cup for 2014.

By the time the race caller gets the race name out - they will have already crossed the finishing line.



Why is it that no jockeys have gone the urban hipster bushranger beard look like so many footy players have?

The impeccably maintained, wild bushranger beard would look great on a jockey astride a sturdy mount.

Accompanied by a steely look of determination in their eyes as they parade in the mounting yard, punters would know that this jockey means business - or that they are about to rob a stage coach on the way to the barriers.

Just seems a much more appropriate look for the racecourse, rather than galloping down the wing of the MCG.



If you cast your eye out onto the course in between races, you might just catch sight of the professionalism of some jockeys.

Carefully walking the track. Pounding the ground. Watching for wear and tear. Looking for the best going to ensure they give their mounts the very best chance in the next race.

Either that - or they lost their bloody car keys during the running of the previous.


Sportsbet have a long list of added goodies for punters to enjoy to make the most of your punting dollar.

- matching the value of your first bet up to $250

- Top Tote Plus giving you the Best Price out of the three TABs or the Starting Price

- A pretty impressive YouTube channel

- Weekly special offers and money back specials.

- $100 for every friend your refer. And that is what friends are for - referral bonuses!

Click here to open a Sportsbet account.

Betfair First Bet Free

BETFAIR now offers the Best of 5 - which doesn't mean you can have 5 different goes at picking the winner - but rather means you get the best price of all three TABs, and the Starting Price and the Betfair Starting Price on every Melbourne Saturday spring meeting if you use the Betfair Tote product.

Plus you could always pick up better odds on the betting exchange.

For new customers if your first bet does not win, you can also get your money back up to $200.

That means you can have a no risk $200 ping at one at odds - and if you lose you get you money back.

Always read the Terms and Conditions on these offers - to make sure you make the most of them.

Click here to open a BETFAIR account and take advantage of this offer.

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