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Weekend Wrap: Roger Federer’s win highlights our punting weekend

Mon, Jan 30, 4:36pm by Head Editor

It’s time once again, to look back at myself and the rest of the team at’s best bets for the weekend to find out if we’re buying our lunch or eating at the Soup Kitchen this week.

With Australia Day on Thursday, many Aussies made it a four-day weekend so it’s only appropriate that our betting weekend started on the national holiday.

At Caulfield, we took Ashlee Marie in the first as our value bet of the day, she ran a disappointing seventh. In race six, we took First Approval, who ran second for a return of $1.60.

At the Adelaide Oval, Australia played their traditional ODI match on the national holiday and they celebrated the day with a 57-run win. We also celebrated a win with the $2.21 collect for Aussie opener David Warner to make a 50, he made 129 more than that, in a superb knock.

Across at Etihad Stadium we took Sydney FC to win or draw. They went down a goal in the opening 20 minutes but a brilliant fightback by the ladder leaders saw $1.53 go into the AG wallet and saw them go 11 points clear at the summit.

On Friday night, we backed Rafael Nadal to beat Grigor Dimitrov in four sets, the Spaniard won but it took him an extra set than we predicted. We were happy to cop that loss though as the entertainment provided in the five-set thriller was brilliant.

We didn’t have much luck in the A-League match on Friday either, we took Melbourne City to beat Newcastle but a double to Jets’ winger Andrew Nabbout had other ideas, netting two goals to seal a 2-1 win.

The following day we had a good win ($2.25) when the Roar beat the Wanderers 2-1. Ex-Socceroo Brett Holman was the man of the hour when he drilled home a thunderbolt in stoppage time to give the hosts a late winner which saw them go up to third place on the ladder.

Staying with the round ball code but across in England. We backed Derby to beat Leicester in the fourth round of the FA Cup and we were counting our money when, with four minutes to go, Leicester skipper Wes Morgan headed home the equaliser to force a replay.

Across the Atlantic and a round ball of a different variety, in the NBA we went at 50%. We had the Bulls to beat the Heat but Miami had a strong 100-88 win on the road, then on Sunday we took the Warriors ($1.20) to beat the Clippers which they did by a massive margin, 144-98.

Staying with Basketball but back on home soil, our best was a multi bet of the Breakers to beat the Taipans and Perth to beat Melbourne. Unfortunately, the Taipans surprised the Breakers on Australia Day – doing it for the country but costing us our cash.

Of course, the next leg one when the Wildcats hung on to beat United on Saturday night 73-71. We should never back a New Zealand team on Australia Day. Lesson learned.

Back on the track, we previewed Flemington’s nine race card and our racing guru Bren O’Brien’s best bet was in the first race. He took number Jennifer Lynn and the filly ran second to give us a small collect of $1.30.

In the eighth race, he took number five, Bradman who despite having the name of the greatest cricketer of all-time, ran second last.

Our day on the punt better at Rosehill in Sydney though when our best bet of the day Music Magnate saluted in the ExpressWay Stakes for a collect of $1.95 and $1.30.

The Big Bash Grand Final was won by the Perth Scorchers for a record third time on Saturday night at the WACA. The nine-wicket win was set up by Jhye Richardson who took three wickets to be named man of the match.

Thanks to Jhye and the boys, we collected $1.74.

Also on Saturday night, we previewed the Women’s Final at the Australian Open. Serena won the greatest sibling rivalry in sport by defeating her sister, 6-4 6-4. The good news for us came in the first set when Bren O’Brien correctly selected that there would be more than 9.5 games in the opening set. A handy addition of $2.10 went into the kitty.

The good tennis punting form continued on Sunday when we took Roger Federer to beat Rafael Nadal at $2. The win gave Fed his 18th Grand Slam title and puts his name above all the rest.

Finally, in the NFL’s Pro Bowl game on Monday we took the highly-fancied NFC to beat the AFC in the exhibition contest but Andy Dalton got his side home in an entertaining contest that ended in 20-13 win for the AFC.

Our overall result for the weekend was a return of $191.30 if you bet $10 per selection. A good weekend on the punt but we’ll aim to do even better for you next week.

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