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Turf Deli provides detailed form guides as well as light hearted articles of questionable sanity.

There are no claims of easy money, get rich quick schemes or selective memory when it comes to results.

What is provided is argumentative, critical and of course, extremely opinionated form analysis for the serious form students, broken up with witty banter galore for the casual Spring Carnival Punter.

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Turf Deli is proud to be associated with 150 years of losing Caulfield Cup - Melbourne Cup doubles.


#1 1930 - PHARLAP

PHARLAP wins the Melbourne Cup and becomes a national icon.

Unfortunately this was one of the last times that his hide, skeleton and heart were all in the one location, which dramatically cut short his racing career


Forget that artificial orange spray tan this spring, look like a million dollars with the all over, head to toe,  gold spray tan.

The ultimate in spring bling accessories.

Totally weather proof - protects against  sun, rain, tomato sauce and swooping magpies.

Also available in copper and bronze.


MAKYBE DIVA - Three times Melbourne Cup winner, two times Australian Horse of the Year and Australia Racing Hall of Fame inductee says :

Please dispose of your rubbish thoughtfully.


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Come Spring time these cute little cuddly fellas are always so popular.

Everyone wants one or wants to look like one at the fancy dress Melbourne Cup BBQ.

Remember a jockey is not just for Spring Carnival.

At the end of every Cup Week unloved jockeys are often just left abandoned on the steps of the local TAB.

So think about adopting a jockey. They are available in a wide range of silks / colour schemes so they can make a great garden feature.

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Check out the nonsense of our recent weekly newsletters:

Cox Plate 25/10/2014

Caulfield Cup 18/10/2014

Blue Sapphire Stakes 15/10/2014

Caulfield Guineas 11/10/2014

Turnbull Stakes 04/10/2014

Rupert Clarke Stakes 28/09/2014

Underwood Stakes 20/09/2014

Makybe Diva Stakes 13/09/2014

Dato Tan Stakes 06/09/2014

Memsie Stakes 30/08/2014

Moonee Valley 23/08/2014

Lawrence Stakes Day 16/08/2014

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Recent Form Guides and Tips

25/10/2014 - Moonee Valley - Cox Plate

Free tips and form guide for the Cox Plate 25/10/2014


18/10/2014 - Caulfield - Caulfield Cup

The Japanese are officially the exemption to the ignore the Internationals rule.

We scrimp and scrape most of our money back in the Betting Portfolio

BEST WIN: Race 4: 12-FONTEIN RUBY 1st W=$10.70 (saver bet only)
QUINELLA Race 5: 2nd 9-UNDER THE LOUVRE 2nd W=$6.90 / 5-LUCKY HUSSLER 1st W=$10.30. Quin = $33.80


15/10/2014 - Caulfield - Blue Sapphire Stakes

Not the Thousand Guineas Day and really not very much to report.

BEST BET: Race 5: 7-ELOPING 1st W=$3.00


11/10/2014 - Caulfield - Caulfield Guineas

Ground shaking tips and a massive day on the punt including a monster roughie in the Toorak Handicap.

BEST EACH WAY: Race 8: 5-AMICUS 1st W=$11.00

BEST EACH WAY: Race 5: 9-BIG MEMORY 1st W=$6.60

BEST ROUGH: Race 7: 14-DESERT JEUNEY 3rd W=$72.70, P=$14.60


04/10/2014 - Flemington - Turnbull Stakes

Has anyone seen SUAVITO? Could have sworn we saw him go into the barriers - but he never came out?

You know you are having a bad day on the punt when one of your favourite horses and Best Bet of the Day refuses to even leave the barrier.


28/09/2014 - Caulfield - Rupert Clarke Stakes

We turn a measly $3 into $137 with our Turf Deli Wonder Bet !!

Here we try and turn $5 into a whole lot more with a silly multiple bet.
QUINELLA: Race 3: 3,10(scr),12,15,16 boxed x $5 = 50% SCR $2.

This is a bit of a crazy race , capacity field and $6 the field. Likely to be a value runner in the finish, if not a value winner...think it is worth boxing up a few rough chances in a quinella and hoping for a collect here. The 15-VAIN ATTRACTION has excellent Caulfield form and is fitter for the 2 runs in...and even the 16-CHIQUADA from a good barrier, who is lightly raced with a good record isn’t hopeless and seems crazy odds at $81 with no weight. Box them up and hope for a sizeable quinella collect.

1st 15-VAIN ATTRACTION W=$20.60, 2nd 16-CHIQUADA W=$24.50.
Quinella = $274.90 x 0.5 = $137.45


26/09/2014 - Moonee Valley - Moir Stakes

Find all the winners in the three selections, including Early Quad, Quad and Big Six
(aided by small fields..)

Race 1: 5-TUDOR 1st W=$8.30 -- top pick
Race 2: 1-DEAR DEMI 1st W=$3.70 -- top pick
Race 3: 5-SOLSAY 1st W=$4.90
Race 4: 1-BUFFERING 1st W=$5.00
Race 5: 1-ELOPING 1st W=$3.90
Race 6: 1-THE CLEANER 1st W=$3.50
Race 7: 1-ALMALAD 1st W=$2.90
Race 8: 9-ANOTHER PRELATE 1st W=$8.90

Early Quaddie: $950.90
Quaddie: $623.90
Big Six: $25,816.10


20/09/2014 - Caulfield - Underwood Stakes

Best Bet Wins, Best Win Bet Wins, Best Each Way Bet just gets bobbed out - almost the triple play

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


Black Book - Updated 24/09/2014

Bottom Line - 12 weeks - 6 profits - 5 returns - 1 wipe out. Net: +$234.55

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Moonee Valley Stars on the Big Screen

We delcare an undying love for the old school tote boards.
Those long, big and bulky monoliths, that hold your punting fate in their hands as you nervously wait for a number to flash up in a tight finish. Hang on - is that a 6 or an 8 ? A 4 maybe ?


Kerry Packer's Sandown

Together Sandown and VFL Park formed the pride of 1960's construction, and prime examples of what you could do with an awful lot of concrete and a few pie warmers in empty paddocks in the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne.


Flemington Track Guide

Everything you need to know to survive Cup Week on course.


150 Years of the Melbourne Cup - Part One

Over the next week the airwaves will be inundated with epic, sepia toned, historical flashbacks of the Cup Greats, voiced by over Australianised narrators to coincide with the 150th Melbourne Cup.


150 Years of the Melbourne Cup - Part Two

The Cup changed forever in 1927 with the birth of a bouncy, eye browed baby boy named James Bartholomew Cummings. Disappointingly he failed to even have a Cup runner, yet alone win a Cup in his first year of life


Jockey Adoption Program

Come Spring time these cute little cuddly fellas are always so popular. Everyone wants one or wants to look like one at the fancy dress Melbourne Cup BBQ. But you need to remember a jockey is not just for Spring Carnival.


Ever Changing Names

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".


                                 $100 FREE BET

With the corporate bookmakers now free to roam there is fierce competition for your punting dollar

So - make the most of it. Open an account with each of them and grab the free bets they are throwing around.

Cause betting with other people's money is much, much more fun.

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