Ardern and Robinson just been printing more money. Came out of the extra 100 Billion first printed start of Covid last year. This current lot be out of the new budget spending bill they print around 42 billion more. Why got money! but hey who cares about inflation! suites people with houses and land. As what other profitability business opportunities are there? unless you are on the Government tit.
Re South Island courses
Not very bright geting ride of Waterlea for a start. Considering many hundreds of Millions are controlled by retires, who retire there from places in Otago, Southland, Canterbury and Auckland. Why a certain major five accounting firm just brought into local firm get into local market? wonder why that is? Say quite a few of them be horse racing owners. Shit of them and a few more and a few more people might decide a horse in Aussie is a better option. Of course, if Harness club decides stuff it and that's it. Then course NZTR and HRNZ going have some massive animal wealth fare issues. If the ferry does not go and no one got some places to put them. Considering wine more profitable, who wants have places for horses? why say easier to give Marlborough Racing club, backs its dates and race again. Not having course in Top of the South Island gives no it no marketing or incentive to grow anything may go back further.
Got say re Westcoast why does it need three or four courses? perhaps just need one and take up Reefton good idea from a few years ago.
Re Southland say one of those courses could close. Just not sure on that one not my area got any tries too.
Re Otago Waikoauiti should closed years ago it is a dump and not had cent spent on it. Suppose certain trainer helped keep it open. Omakau say be in same boat as Waitoauiti. Waimate some people like it and love it Might be worth keeping going.
Re Canterbury Keep Ashburton going with plenty racing. Give the grass track at Riccarton a good repair job. Then Pitman and Chief can be mates😉. Don't really see point of Motukarara as gallops track.
Thats from what know Re South Island . Let you North Islanders fight it out with crocked NZ First backers re tracks up there.
David Geall’s ‘Midas touch’ in country cups continues unabated with Fernando Mick upstaging superstar kennelmate Koblenz – on the clock at least – with a near-record performance in Friday’s Group 2 RAM Security Cranbourne Cup heats (520m).
Six heats were staged, with Geall, who’s won three country cups this year courtesy of Ferdinand Boy (Ballarat, Healesville and Shepparton), one of three trainers to claim heat doubles.
Geall was victorious with long odds-on favourite Koblenz and Fernando Mick; Graeme Jose qualified Lots Of Chatter and Aston Shine for back-to-back cup finals after both contested last Saturday’s Bendigo Cup, while Andrea Dailly also had two winners in Lala Kiwi and Daph’s Ascend.
Fernando Mick, runner-up in the G1 Maturity Classic, set the qualifying standard in the opening heat, defeating defending Cup champion Jax Bale, also trained by Andrea Dailly, in a scorching 29.62sec.
His 13th win at start 44 was just .08sec outside the 29.54sec course record held by It’s A Blaze.
Koblenz, a regally bred son of Fernando Bale and Geall’s G1 Topgun and Golden Easter Egg heroine Up Hill Jill, stifled betting on heat four, starting at $1.30 and in a courageous display he dug deep to defeat outsider Gracie Bale in 29.86sec.
The win improved Koblenz’s phenomenal record to 22 from 35 and Geall is hoping it will be a case of third time lucky in a Group final, with the blueblood having run minor placings in the Cranbourne Classic and Warragul St. Leger at G3 level.
“I actually thought he was going to get beaten,” Geall told Troy Harley post-race.
“When Kinson Bale got to him I thought he was in a bit of strife. He couldn’t shake it off but he’s just courageous. Very happy with that last bit.
“Fernando Mick did surprise me by three or four lengths. I thought if he did win and get a clear run early we were hoping he might run 29.85/29.90sec.
2021 CRANBOURNE CUP HEATS
“The track might be fast but he’s run it. It’s hard to run near track records if the track is slow.”
After finishing second to Paua Of Buddy in the Bendigo Cup final, Graeme Jose’s 85-start veteran Lots Of Chatter was striving to qualify for his second successive Cranbourne Cup decider after finishing fourth to Jax Bale in February.
Drawn in Box 8, as he was in the Bendigo Cup, Lots Of Chatter continued his purple patch of form, downing Xavien Bale in 29.77sec to chalk up his 31st career win and third from his past four.
“The only reason why I was glad we drew the eight is it does give him room to move and he makes his own luck,” said Jose.
“If he gets 10-15 metres clear room he’s nearly as good as the good dogs. But in saying that, if he’d drawn one, two or three tonight maybe it would’ve been a different result and he might have been down the track.
“He just needs a little bit of clear running, like in the Bendigo Cup heat when they fanned and he just went kaboom. That’s him in a nutshell.”
Aston Shine, which ran fourth in the Bendigo Cup, then completed Jose’s double with an all-the-way 29.89sec performance in heat five, his fourth win from his last five starts.
“I’m just in awe. I put in a lot of hard work and I think it’s paying off,” said Jose.
Lala Kiwi improved her perfect record at Cranbourne to four from four, including the G3 Cranbourne Classic, with a dominant 29.78sec victory in heat two, and Daph’s Ascend then provided ‘Team Dailly’ with their second heat winner, taking out the final run-off in 29.88sec.
Photos by: Clint Anderson
GROUP 2 CRANBOURNE CUP FINAL Saturday 30 October – 525m
1 DAPH’S ASCEND (Andrea Dailly, Anakie)
2 FERNANDO MICK (David Geall, Lara)
3 LOTS OF CHATTER (Graeme Jose, Catani)
4 KOBLENZ (David Geall, Lara)
5 ASTON SHINE (Graeme Jose, Catani)
6 JAX BALE (Andrea Dailly, Anakie)
7 LALA KIWI (Andrea Dailly, Anakie)
8 LUCKY LANCE (Gavin Kearns, Churchill)
9 GRACIE BALE (Daniel Gibbons, Avalon)
10 XAVIEN BALE (Samantha Grenfell, Anakie)
HEAT WINNERS (Fastest to slowest):
29.62sec Fernando Mick
29.75sec Lots Of Chatter
29.78sec Lala Kiwi
29.88sec Daph’s Ascend
29.89sec Aston Shine
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Four-year-old gelding Sacred Armour (NZ) (Sacred Falls) made a winning start to his career in Australia for South Australian trainer Travis Doudle, when winning a maiden plate over 1100m on Gawler Cup Day.
Previously prepared by Graham Richardson and Rogan Norvall, for whom he had finished fifth and second in his two starts, Sacred Armour was ridden positively by Ryan Hurdle and dashed clear in the straight to justify his $1.50 favouritism.
“It was good to see him do it. He has shown us a stack since coming over from New Zealand,” Doudle’s Racing Manager Stephen Theodore said.
“We have formed a good relationship over there with a bloodstock agent. He keeps sending them over and we’ve just got to keep doing the job.
“We got him here on course early, just to acclimatise him. There is no doubt that when he gets to 1400m and a mile he is going to be even better.
“A few of the guys that owned him originally in New Zealand have stayed in. The Not Usual Glorious syndicate have jumped straight in.
“We have formed a good relationship through both of these horses and the Kiwi horses are doing the job.”
Sacred Armour was bred by Nearco Stud’s Greg Tomlinson, who remains in the ownership.
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Please excuse, however I'm sure chief will find the correct thread for this. I've just read Ardern has found 940 million dollars per fortnight to help/assist AKL business's through the next wee bit.
I'm sorry I just can't take this in........NZ doesn't have the economy to find that kind of money, the lady must be printing money, it had to come, but she must be, unless it's a misprint in todays NZ Herald....can someone help me out, how on earth can you ever ever repay all these payments, your great grandchildren will be paying this off.......I know they found 75 million to bail out an insolvent racing business run by lunatics, but for Gods sake.