Kyly Clarke has been installed the early favourite to win Channel Seven’s 2014 version of its hit reality series Dancing With The Stars.
Online bookie Sportingbet.com.au makes the 33-year-old wife of Australia’s cricket captain Michael Clarke a $3.50 favourite in front of singer Ricki-Lee ($5) and Olympic swimmer Eamon Sullivan ($7.50).
“Kyly did some tap, jazz and ballet when she was younger so we’re expecting to be bowled over by her ballroom moves,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.
“Ricki-Lee is the main danger as she’s already shown she can bust a move in her film clips.”
“Eamon may struggle a little but he’s bound to attract plenty of public support and could grow with confidence if he survives the first few weeks.”
Others towards the top of Sportingbet’s market include Olympic snowboarder Torah Bright ($10), model Ashley Hart ($10) and former NRL star Matt Cooper ($12).
Thoughts from the Trading Floor: 2014 Dancing With The Stars Winner
Kyly Clarke ($3.50) Arguably the most important mare in Australia, she was an easy top pick for this event. Formerly racing under the name Kyly Boldy, she will be remembered by the punters for her unforgettable 2003 campaign, where she had wins in the Miss Adrenalin Sports Model of the Year Plate, the Miss Hawaiian Island Stakes, the FHM Miss Snow Bunny Cup and the Miss Manly Sea Eagle Memorial.
Ricki Lee Coulter ($5) An impressive 7th on debut in the 2003 Australian Idol Handicap, this 28-year-old has proven form in the entertainment game. Not her first time round, she’s improved greatly since leaving the Young Divas stable.
Eamon Sullivan ($7.50) Don’t go to sleep on this bad boy, has form in these events having taken out the Celebrity Masterchef Plate in 2009. This bolter will love the wet so look for him to stay on top of the slop!
April Rose Pengilly ($8) A lively 26-year-old filly, out of the successfully Pengilly lineage, this one has the bloodlines to do damage. Will be many of the punters’ best of the yard, the young model knows how to parade.
Lynne McGranger ($8) A tricky campaigner, she brings the class and experience to this field. An absolute workhorse, has not spelled for over 21-years, appearing 5 days a week at the Home and Away circuit. Look for her to come out the winner in any photo finish, the Dancing with the Stars track usually favours runners from the local Channel 7 stable.
All Other Runners $10+
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Canterbury Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
Thursday 28th August, 7:45pm AEST
The race to the finals is starting to heat up and a loss by the Bulldogs could see them slip out of the Top 8.
Rabbitohs halfback Adam Reynolds has been named but could be a late withdrawal with injury. Despite that, the Bunnies will be dirty about losing to the Cowboys last week and GI and co. could be in for a big night.
Dogs just aren’t going well enough and expect to see a fired up Bunnies outfit put them to the sword.
Major Outs from Rd 24: No Changes
Big Marn Says: Rabbits to bounce back big time. They now have speed out wide which is something the Dogs lack.
Recommended Bet: Souths 13+ ($2.40)
Brisbane Broncos vs St George Illawarra Dragons
Friday 29th August, 7:45pm AEST
It’s a do or die clash with the loser saying goodbye for 2014.
The move of Justin Hodges to fullback and the form of Ben Barba has started to kick the Broncos into gear.
A big crowd should turn up at Suncorp Stadium to get the Broncos home and there is some uncertainty around the Dragons with injury clouds over Marshall and Dugan.
Major Outs from Rd 24: No Changes
Big Marn Says: Broncos to win. Were impressive last week and the loser is gone for 2014. Dragons appear to have some injury problems.
Recommended Bet: Brisbane -6.5 ($1.91)
Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels
Saturday 30th August, 3:00pm AEST
This is shaping up as a massive danger game for the Eels and with good reason.
The Knights have been a different side at home recently and will be keen to put an end to the Eels finals aspirations.
Going to need a big effort from the Hayne Plane and his Eels but the Novocastrians are a proud bunch and an upset is on the cards.
Major Outs from Rd 24: No Changes
Big Marn Says: Knights have been very hard to beat at home and will be keen to knock the Eels off their perch.
Recommended Bet: Newcastle +4 ($1.91)
Canberra Raiders vs Wests Tigers
Saturday 30th August, 5:30pm AEST
Here is a case of two sides who can’t wait until the end of 2014 but we still need to find a winner.
The Raiders looked a lot sharper last week when Cornish played in the halves and McCrone moved to hooker.
The Tigers are shot ducks and struggling to get troops on the field. Look for the Raiders to put on a big score and Jarrod Croker to add to his point scoring and try scoring tally.
Major Outs from Rd 24: Wests – Luke Brooks (Hamstring)
Big Marn Says: Raiders look good things here. They looked better last week when McCrone went to hooker.
Recommended Bet: Canberra 13+ ($2.45)
Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm
Saturday 30th August, 7:30pm AEST
This should be an absolute beauty and arguably the game of the round.
Have been waiting all year for the Roosters to show the form that won them the competition last year and they look like they’re finally back!
The Storm won’t have enough points in them to trouble a Roosters side who is scoring points at will and brought back their iron defence.
Major Outs from Rd 24:
Big Marn Says: Roosters are back. They will continue on here and win convincingly.
Recommended Bet: Sydney -4 ($1.91)
New Zealand Warriors vs Gold Coast Titans
Sunday 31st August, 2:00pm AEST
Mt Smart Stadium
It’s now or never for the Warriors if they want to play in the finals this year.
Both of these sides were thumped last week but it should be the Warriors bouncing back with more on the line and playing in front of their home fans.
The Titans will have a dig but just don’t have the troops or points in them to trouble the Warriors.
Major Outs from Rd 24: New Zealand – David Fusitua (Shoulder) Feleti Mateo (VB NSW Cup)
Big Marn Says: The Warriors must win this. Titans were smashed last week by the Dragons and the Warriors should win.
Recommended Bet: New Zealand 1-12 ($3.25)
Manly Sea Eagles vs Penrith Panthers
Sunday 31st August, 3:00pm AEST
Manly have been the forgotten side over the past month despite their position on the ladder.
They enjoy playing at Brookie and will want to make a statement against the Panthers in the lead up to the finals.
Plenty of punters have written off the Panthers and they’ve made them eat humble pie. They’ll put up a fight but the Sea Eagles have too much class and should run away with this late.
Major Outs from Rd 24: No Changes
Big Marn Says: Manly will win this at Brookie. The Panthers are brave but too much backline class in the Manly outfit.
Recommended Bet: Manly -12 ($1.91)
North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla Sharks
Monday 1st September, 7:00pm AEST
This could get very ugly, very quickly for the Sharks.
No disrespect to the Sharks but the side they’re sending up to the Townsville won’t be up to it which is highlighted by the massive start the Cowboys are giving away.
JT and the Cowboys to have a night out on Monday and it’ll be a long trip back to Sydney for the wooden spooners.
Major Outs from Rd 24: Cronulla – Jonathan Wright (Suspension), Fa’amanu Brown (Knee)
Big Marn Says: Cowboys look certainties. The poor old Sharkies can’t wait to be sunning themselves on Waikiki Beach mid September.
Recommended Bet: North Queensland -30.5 ($1.91)
Exciting three-year-old Divan’s impressive win at Sportingbet Park today resulted in online bookie Sportingbet.com.au trimming the Zabeel colt’s odds for two upcoming feature races but not all of his potential spring assignments.
Divan firmed from $26 to $13 third favouritism for the BECK Caulfield Guineas and from $19 to $12 for the Caulfield Classic.
However Sportingbet pushed out the price for Divan to win the Sportingbet Cox Plate from $31 to $51.
“We were probably a touch skinny at $31 for the Cox Plate and based on that performance we’re now happy to lay him at $51,” Sportingbet’s Andrew Brown said.
“It’s much tougher giving good horses a start at Moonee Valley as opposed to maidens at Sportingbet Park.”
For Sportingbet’s latest racing futures visit https://www.sportingbet.com.au/horse-racing-features
2014 BECK Caulfield Guineas
Brazen Beau $11
Better Land $14
Get The Nod $14
Washington Heights $17
Rich Enuff $21
Day three sees the conclusion of first round matches and Australia’s own Lleyton Hewitt will be on centre court in the match of the day against Tomas Berdych. Anastasia Rodionova takes on Sara Errani in a second round match while there are plenty Aussies involved in double’s action including the newly formed team of Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic.
The tough draws continue for the Aussie’s. Matosevic had Federer now Lleyton faces Berdych. If he can grind out a win he will steal the easy draw and make a deep run. One thing we know is that Hewitt will fight to the end!
After a fantastic come from behind win in the first round Anastasia will have her hands full against Errani. One positive for Anastasia is that she has the power necessary to beat the Italian but she will have to keep the unforced errors count to a minimum.
Nick Kyrgios and Bernard Tomic v Marcel Granollers and Marc Lopez
The Aussie Assault goes tag team when out young guns team up to take on the Spaniards. Expect the unexpected in this one! Big serving, screaming, point penalties… Anything can happen. A must see!
The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport.
1) Lopez -2.5
US Open – Feliciano Lopez vs Ivan Dodig (1:10 AM AEST)
Dodig leads the head-to-head 2-1 but both of those wins were on clay. Lopez has made at least the 3rd round in the last four years at the US Open and will dominate on serve.
2) Tampa Bay Rays
Tampa Bays Rays (D Smyly) @ Baltimore Orioles (K Gausman) (9:05 AM AEST)
In four starts since moving over to the Rays, Drew Smyly has been lights out, including holding the big hitting Texas and Toronto scoreless in their own backyard. On the other side, Baltimore’s Kevin Gausman got toasted in his last outing against the lowly Cubs, giving up 2 home runs in his 6 innings of work. Look for Smyly to keep showing Detroit why they shouldn’t have let him go.
Cranbourne Race 5 (2:50 PM AEST)
Looking for three in a row and should be one of the few in the race to run out a strong 3000m. Carrys 54kgs, has the turn of foot and should be fighting out the finish.
4) So Does He
Cranbourne Race 6 (3:25PM AEST)
Ran second to the smart Yesterday’s Songs last start which is good enough for a race like this. Is building a consistent record and the third win of his career is not far away.
5) Bulldogs +7.5
Canterbury Bulldogs vs South Sydney Rabbitohs (7:45 PM AEST)
The race to the finals is starting to heat up and a win here is huge for both sides. Souths halfback Adam Reynolds has been named but would have to be in some doubt after going off injured against the Cowboys. Expecting this one to be an arm wrestle and not much will be between the two sides after 80 minutes. Take the Bulldogs with the start.
6) Phil Taylor
Outright Winner Sydney Darts Masters (8:00 PM AEST)
The 16-time world champion is in great form coming to Sydney. He won the Perth Masters against Michael van Gerwen last week and won the inaugural Sydney Darts Masters last year. Looks very hard to beat again and you can’t knock his experience or skill.
The Aussie Assault was on again at Flushing Meadows. We had a mixed bag of results but we managed to get half of the eight through to the next round.
Roger Federer  def Mairnko Matosevic 6-3 6-4 7-6
With Roger on court and Michael Jordan in the stands there was too much talent for Marinko to handle. He deserves credit though as he battled hard!
Samantha Stosur  def Lauren Davis 6-1 6-4
Dominant display from Sam. Hopefully she can return to the form and saw her lift the trophy here back in 2011! Next opponent, Kaia Kanepi.
Bernard Tomic def Dustin Brown 7-6 6-4 7-6
It was tight but Tomic was clutch when it counted. Behind 21 aces he was too good! Next opponent, David Ferrer.
Madison Keys  def Jarmila Gajdosova 6-0 6-3
Too many errors from Jarmila prevented her from having any chance.
Barbora Zahlavova Strycova  def Ashleigh Barty 6-1 6-3
Ash barty’s great run through qualifying into the main draw ended here. Hung in on every point but was out-classed by her more powerful opponent.
Carla Suarez Navarro  def Ajla Tomljanovic 3-6 6-2 6-1
Tomljanovic got off to a great start and it looked like an Aussie Assault was on the cards. Faded poorly in 2nd and 3rd sets making too many errors.
Casey Dellacqua  def Patricia Mayr-Archleitner 7-6 6-3
Great match play from Casey. Held her own on serve and took her chances when presented with them. Next opponent, Qiang Wang.
Sam Groth def Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-3 7-6 6-3
The man with the biggest ever serve didn’t face a single break point in this one. Dominant! Next opponent, Roger Federer.
The Sydney Darts Masters returns for its second year and we’ve put together our guide of what you can expect to see at the Hordern Pavilion from Thursday to Saturday this week.
So whether you’re the defending darts champion of Rooty Hill RSL, fancy the idea of dressing up, or just going along to try and drink 180 schooners, this is a must read for you!
Who said darts players aren’t athletes? The power of the mind takes plenty of training, who cares if it also involves 12 schooners and a bucket of KFC. It also gives hope to plenty of the punters out there, so get that dartboard up on the garage wall and you could be the next MVG or Phil “The Power” Taylor.
You can guarantee the majority of the fans attending the Sydney Darts Masters will be in costume, will spend more time at the bar than watching the dartboard and will scream 180 at any opportunity. Of course if Simon “The Wizard” Whitlock is involved expect a rendition of Down Under that will make you feel like Men At Work are playing at the Hordern. Good times!
The catch cry of the darts world. Even if you don’t what it means or represents, shout it with everything you’ve got. The picture below is the holy grail for any darts players other than a Bullseye of course. 180!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Phil Taylor (The Power)
The 16-time world champion is in great form coming to Sydney. He won the Perth Masters against Michael van Gerwen last week and won the inaugural Sydney Darts Masters last year. Looks very hard to beat again and you can’t knock his experience or POWER!
Michael van Gerwen (Mighty Mike)
Van Gerwen was reduced to tears when he was annihilated 18-9 by Phil Taylor in the World Matchplay back in July. He is the reigning world champion and world number one. The Power is the only man standing in his way in his bid to win the Sydney Darts Masters.
Simon Whitlock (The Wizard)
He’ll have the home crowd behind him but it appears a semi-final berth will be as far as he will get if he has to meet Taylor or MVG to make the final. Made the final of the Singapore Masters where he went down to van Gerwen 11-8. We’ll all be cheering him on but MVG and Taylor appear to be in better form heading to Sydney.
Phil Taylor $2.75
Michael van Gerwen $2.85
James Wade $10
Simon Whitlock $11
Raymond Van Barneveld $11
Dave Chisnall $15
Peter Wright $17
Stephen Bunting $17
Paul Nicholson $51
Kyle Anderson 81
The Aussie Assault continues with a total of 8 Aussie’s in action on day 2 at the US Open. Bernie will try to strut his stuff for the boys while for the ladie’s Sam Stosur and Casey Dellacqua will start favourites. C’mon Aussie’s!
It will be centre court and the bright lights of Arthur Ashe Stadium for Marinko. Problem is he is up against Roger. We all know who will be shining in this one…
She is a former champion here for a reason. the court suits Sam’s game and her kick serve is perfect on this court. Did we mention her opponent is 5 foot 1!!!
Since the rise of Nick Kyrgios it would seem that Bernie is starting to get it together again. This match features two men well over six feet so expect some short rallies and big hitting.
Jarmila is not given much of a chance against the home town hero in this one but she is coming of a win last week in a second tier event and she loves the hard courts. Can definitely cause an upset.
she may be coming up against a seeded player but Ash Barty has made it all the way through the qualifiers and will be well accustomed to the conditions at Flushing Meadows. she will push Strycova all the way.
The pair faced off at the French Open and Navarro took the honours. this time around they play on a hard court which will favour Alja. We would love to see an upset in this one!
This match really will be an Aussie Assault! Casey is in great touch and will simply be too good in this one.
Big serving Sam Groth takes on the consistent Albert Ramos. In a clash of styles this one can go either way. Sam will have to make sure that he is solid on serve because all that Albert need is a sniff.
The Sportingbet team have put their heads together and come up with the best bets across Racing and Sport.
1) Both Teams To Score
Celtic vs NK Maribor (4:45 AM AEST)
These sides played out a 1-1 draw in the first leg and with a spot in the group stage of the Champions League on the line, both sides with come out firing. Celtic have made a revival under their new manager but Maribor have scored at least one goal in their last 10 matches. It will be a thriller with both sides finding the net.
2) Donald Brown +5.5
US Open – Bernard Tomic vs Donald Brown (6:10 AM AEST)
After Nick Kyrgios got up yesterday look for the ‘Aussie Assault’ to continue. Tomic takes on Dustin Brown and although we can see him winning, there is sure to be some hiccups along the way. Dustin Brown defeated Rafael Nadal earlier in the year and he posseses a big power game. The match will be tighter than many predict with Tomic to prevail in four tight sets.
3) Infinite Energy
Sportingbet Park Race 3 (2:30 PM AEST)
Won in the last stride at Caulfield last start and will go head-to-head with Charmed Harmony once again. He is going for three wins in a row and no reason he can’t get one over Charmed Harmony once again. Will be running home late.
4) Handsome Tycoon
Warwick Farm Race 4 (3:23PM AEST)
Should enjoy the freshen up and appears to have a class edge on these. Looked good last start when running third and has formlines around Trevinder (Has won since). The wet track shouldn’t be a problem. Ticks plenty of boxes.
5) The Alfonso
Warwick Farm Race 6 (4:33PM AEST)
Appears ready to break through for another win after a recent run of seconds. Will have to carry top weight but looks a class above these. Hasn’t run on heavy but his record on slow is good. The one to beat
Sportingbet Park Race 8 (5:25PM AEST)
He has only finished out of the placings once in his five starts. Met a smart one last time in Yesterday’s Songs and happy to give him another chance in this field. Can’t knock the Hawkes stable either.
The ‘Aussie Assault’ started with a BANG!
All three Aussie’s in action managed to win with the performance of our rising star Nick Kyrgios a standout. Matthew Ebden and Anastasia Rodionova were also impressive suggesting that Australian tennis is on the up.
Nick Kyrgios def Mikhail Youzhny 7-5 7-6 2-6 7-6
Nick Kyrgios went Wham, Bam, thank you Mam as he blew the 23rd seed off the court with a total of 68 winners (26 aces). He now takes on veteran Andreas Seppi.
Matthew Ebden def Tobias Kamke 6-4 6-3 7-6
There is one word to describe Matty’s performance… Impressive! Kamke was unable to handle Ebden’s serve as our Matty managed to win 80% of 1st serve points. Leonardo Mayer, his next opponent will have his hands full. Go Matty!
Anastasia Rodionova def Camila Giorgi 1-6 7-5 6-3
Fight, fight, fight! That’s what Anastasia did to keep our good fortunes going in the women’s draw. After losing the opening set she bounced back and simply refused to lose. Next up for her is former French Open finalist Sara Errani. That’s back to back Italian opponents for her. Hopefully she likes pasta!
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