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Reading the Play

Best Bets, tips, analysis and previews for NRL, NFL and Horse Racing

Expert sports tips and horse racing analysis and opinion every week!

Experienced pros who have worked in this space for many years now bring you our weekly sports tips and Horse Racing selections. Well researched, highly selective and provided by a small team with a proven long term track record.

MrB heads our team of 3 analysts for Saturday Horse Racing

MrG – Gerard Condon – NRL and NFL

Horse Racing and sports tips for NRL and NFL

Gerard Condon

Gerard started his website reading the play this website around 2007 with an initial focus on rugby league. Post retirement from any serious coaching role (mid 1990’s) was also around the same time that sports betting started to get some serious cut through and focus across radio and tv media and more generally on public sports forums and websites (pre social media!). As someone who had always had an interest in horse racing and betting sports betting on NRL became a natural fit – but from the a different angle of a past coach.

What initially started out as his own brief game previews and bet suggestions shared with friends and a few public sports forums led a few years later to a popular following and being offered a paid role providing all NRL tips and content to an established sports website – well why not do it yourself! And so reading the play was born!

Having coached at a senior level for 16 years including 3 years on the coaching staff of an NRL club Gerard was obviously an avid student of the game – and of competitive sport and this approach then flavoured how he was to then look at a game, its flow, strengths and weakness and then likely outcome.

Australian Sports Betting Tips

Reading The Play has grown into a small team of specialists each with a proven long term track record across their individual area of focus. We’ve been doing this for the long haul and enjoy the support of many long term loyal subscribers and followers.

Our analysts have been working at their ‘trade’ for many years. They bet professionally to win. They spend hours each week reviewing the form and markets to form an opinion and bet recommendations in their individual areas of speciality. 

Sports Tips and Horse Racing Reading The Play

Why Are We Different?

A small specialist team who have been doing this professionally for a long time – oh and we didn’t just arrive – each of us have been on the web for over 15 years! Our results month in month out over time speak for themselves, and unlike many who want to charge $50 to upwards of $90 per week and lock you into longer term commitments at Reading The Play we start from $24 per week, offer short term periods and then further discounts for longer term subscription periods (your choice!).

Sports Tips

Having coached at a senior level for 16 years including 3 years on the coaching staff of an NRL club Mr.G is an avid student of professional sport.

An experienced pro MrG aka Gerard Condon provides his expert sports tips across NRL and NFL tips each week, selective picks, analysis and Best Bets for Reading The Play subscribers.

Horse Racing

MrB offers his selective approach and experience with his best 4 plays for each Saturday. His approach is simple, less should be more, a focus on his 4 best plays for a Saturday where the quality of form is at its best and well exposed. MrB does all his own work using a combination of ratings and time data, speed maps and video assessment to then look to isolate his best plays for the day. It is a personal, manual approach that looks to find a single key winning chance in a given race. Quality, professional long term winning approach!

Personalised Customer Service

You deal directly with us. We don’t hide behind no name emails or non contactable phone numbers or bland or inflated marketing messages. We put our name to everything we do, we do this every day, and we share what we do hands on with our subscribers – many of whom have now been with us from day one 8 years ago!

A Fair Subscription Price

We don’t have multiple layers of people to pay, nor has our goal been to charge exorbitant prices. We take a specialist approach, quality over quantity of offering and do so at a fair price to share our insights and selections. We also provide short term subscriptions for those who’d like to have a look or just buy in smaller periods at a time, we have no lock in commitments or reoccurring subscriptions.

Market Watch Podcast

MrG is also a weekly contributor to the highly popular NRL Market Watch Podcast with co hosts Jimmy Smith and Tristan Merlehan – a weekly look at all things NRL as the team preview and discuss all the happenings and key topics in the game and preview the full round of match ups and markets in the NRL! We even look to find a weekly Best Bet, maybe an anytime try scorer or same game multi that we like and try and work out who’s turn it is to pay for Lunch with our Lunch Bet challenges!

Jimmy, Tristan and Gerard also talk across all major happenings in sport plus throughout the year plus offer our popular weekly Racing tips! 

You can listen in each week here, subscribe and get all our weekly NRL, Racing and sports talk direct to your account! 

Market Watch Spotify Link Here

Market Watch Apple Link Here





Ball and All Podcast
Ball And All Podcast

MrG is also a weekly contributor to the Northern Rivers of NSW based long running sports and guset interview series the Ball and All Podcast (here).

At its core, The Ball and All is a podcast aimed at normalising adversity. From a humble farm shed in Lennox Head, former Wallaby Berrick ‘Barnesy’ Barnes, sports business mentor, Steve ‘Condo’ Condon and former Junior World Surfing Champion, James ‘Woody’ Wood chat community, connection, challenges and of course, a little sport too. From former and current sportspeople to coaches through to parenting experts, artists and musicians, The Ball and All keeps things light while often going deep.

Each week on a Monday (Monday’s Experts) and Thursday (Captains Run) Steve and Gerard and the team look at all things sport, in particular when in season the NRL, NFL, Cricket, Rugby and Surfing. Talking points, opinion, previews and a few best bets and plays to follow – you can listen in each week here  then subscribe and enjoy all the sports action. There is also a regular line up of high quality guests doing long form podcast chats and interviews across their career and life interests. If you love your sport and insightful interviews you will enjoy this content! And make sure you check out the back list of interviews!

Over recent years the Ball and All team have also used their platform to help raise over $500,000 running or supporting major community fundraising and charity events across the broader Northern Rivers area.

Ball and All Spotify Link Here

Ball and All Apple Link Here

Jimmy Smith Show SEN Sydney

Gerard is also regular contributor to numerous NRL podcasts and has been a specialist guest contributor on radio each week through out the season for the last 9 years heard nationally each week on a Wednesday on The Jimmy Smith Show on the SEN network.

Jimmy Smith takes you through the afternoon from 12-3PM from Monday to Friday on 1170 SEN Sydney


We Also Bet For Charity

Pass it on Clothing & Co is a Sydney based social enterprise which puts your apparel, shoes and accessories donations directly in the hands of those who need it most.

Often we are asked do you bet on you own tips? Or do you win longer term? At the start of 2020 to support a friendship and respect for the amazing and selfless work that the team at Pass It On Clothing provide we decided to try and look for ways to generate broader awareness, donations and support through our website reach, members, network of friends and social media reach. In addition to donations we also decided to provide suggested public bets (placed with our money) to raise awareness across our social media and membership channels with a goal to also raising money and donations.

In 2021 we teamed up with the very generous support of Tristan Merlehan and the team at Topsport to nominate additional weekly plays on the Market Watch Podcast toward finding winning collects and funds to donate to this worthy Charity.

For more detail on the amazing and selfless work that Pass It On Clothing provide and our relationship in trying to support this – all here

If you would like to help with a donation at any time please do so here Go Fund Me donation page

Pass It On Clothing Facebook page here

Our current combined donations to date now stands at at over $45,000 since January 2020


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Horse Racing Best Bets

If you are looking for professional horse racing tips then you are at the right place.

MrB leads our team of analysts to provide expert Horse Racing Best Bets each week for our Reading The Play Horse Racing subscribers. Each of our team are long term experienced punters, long-term form students and race horse owners who bring together a meticulous approach to his work and selections, refined over many decades of professional punting

If you enjoy following the great game of Australian horse racing and having a betting interest and are looking for some well educated selections to add to your approach each week then our teams work should be of interest to you.

NRL Tips - MrG

Having coached at a senior level for 16 years including 3 years on the coaching staff of an NRL club Mr.G (aka Gerard Condon) is an avid student of the game. 

Gerard has coached sides to win titles at a senior level, run the football arm of a successful district club, managed professional NRL players and worked in various development roles, so it’s fair to say the game of Rugby League is certainly in his blood and supports an experienced and unique offering. 

Mr.G now provides our subscribers with his NRL tips game previews and recommended NRL sports betting tips every week through out the NRL season including all finals series and State of Origin.

Australian Sports Betting Tips

Professional hand selected Horse Racing and NRL Best Bets

Sports Previews & Betting Advice

Unlike most alternatives at Reading The Play we don’t just offer a bet list, we also offer key information, analysis and our “read” on what we expect to unfold around each recommended sports bet. Subscribers enjoy the pre event preview, thoughts and rational as it provides them with not only a potential betting play but a broader “feel” and connection to each selection.

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Each Sports or Racing Preview is available prior to each event (either on a nominated race day or prior to the start of each sports round). SMS notification is also sent to all subscribers on any given day new selections or updates have been published to advise.

Subscription to the website allows subscribers unlimited access to the published content for the duration of their subscription so that they can revisit at any time to check preview content, bet recommendations and or any updates.

Flexible Subscription Options

Australian Sports Betting Tips

We don’t play smoke and mirrors and look to lock any subscriber into long term up front or reoccurring subscriptions.

Unlike many who charge $50 to $65 per week and want to lock you in to longer term periods we start at just $24 per week. 

We deliberately offer options that commence at 4 or 5 week subscriptions so that anyone can can look, test and trial any of our sports and horse racing previews and betting tips for a shorter period to see if they like what we do. For those who wish to take out longer term subscription periods we then offer these options with significant additional discounts.

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